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International Certified Future Strategist – Part 2

  • Crete
  • 28 October 2018 - 1 November 2018

Take part in an international course taught by business professionals from five European countries, with more than 15 years of experience each in the fields of future studies and strategy.  The program is run by the ICFS Consortium – a collaboration between Kairos Future (Sweden), Capful (Finland), Emetris (Greece), Shared Intelligence (UK), and shiftN (Belgium) – and is a recognised EU Lifelong Learning program.

We work in an increasingly complex environment.  In order to successfully cope, companies need to understand their current business environment and visualise future developments. Organisations need to anticipate and understand change and they need to proactively plan for it, so as to increase their resilience and secure their future competitive advantage.

The International Certified Future Strategist (ICFS) program helps organisations do just that.  The program focuses on how to link future with strategy and action; how to enhance your strategic thinking and planning by understanding your contextual environment.

The course follows a proven analytical framework called TAIDA, short for Tracking, Analysing, Imaging, Deciding and Acting. It enables participants to understand step-by-step the theory and practice of futures thinking and strategy development. Each element is taught in their own tailored modules, building on the skills and concepts learnt in previous modules.  The focus of the ICFS program is on the practical application of the TAIDA model and how to implement future studies and strategy development in the participants own organisations.



The ICFS is targeted at companies and organisations wishing to build the necessary in-house expertise for developing futures perspectives and strategy, and at individuals who want to enhance and impact their career path by learning and developing these skills.

The course is a tailored executive education programme with an emphasis on learning in an international environment. The course is best suited to individuals in management positions, who have a responsibility to shape and enhance strategic thinking within their company.

The course will admit about 20 participants.



The duration of the ICFS Greek Island program is two months and will be delivered as two 5-day modules (September 24-28, 2018 and October 28-November 1, 2018) of face-to-face teaching, made up of 2 units each.



Download the ICFS Brochure

We have chosen Crete for the second part of this International Certified Future Strategist program as Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, although it retains its own distinct local cultural traits.  Once the centre of the Minoan civilisation, the earliest known civilisation in Europe, Crete has survived into the future.

Cretans are truly remarkable. In spite of adversities going back fifty centuries, they have managed to preserve their national characteristics and their clear language intact: bravery mixed with a sense of independence, vivid intelligence, fervent imagination; language full of imagery, spontaneous and simplicity; love for every kind of adventure; and an irresistible urge to be free. It is a fertile land, which has been giving birth to the worthiest people in democracy, sciences and letters.

The culture and character of Cretans are quite unique. Influenced by the different conquerors in the course of their history, Cretans are culturally multidimensional and never fail to impress their visitors. Hospitable, joyous, vigorous, traditional and modern, they will be glad and proud to show you around, urge you to taste all (and there are truly many) their local products, and tell you stories and myths about their island.