THE FUTURE WORLDS CHALLENGE

YOUTH PROGRAMS


Future Worlds Challenge youth programs prepare today’s youth for tomorrow's world by developing their cognitive flexibility, critical thinking, ethical frameworks, and giving them stronger awareness of the risks and opportunities new technologies present to humanity and themselves.

Through our programs, students can obtain 10/10 Skills for 2020 as listed by the World Economic Forum plus storytelling & presentation skills.

Future Worlds Challenge youth programs are designed to transform individuals from passive participants to capable designers of the future they want to see.
 

Course Overview

In our fast moving programs students will join a small team of peers to both question our current world and then create new worlds of the future. These worlds may completely challenge current structures but must forward human evolution in a positive way.
 

How It Works

During face-to-face sessions we will introduce, explore, evaluate and assess the pillars of society as well as new and emerging technologies through multimedia presentations and discussion.

Students will work in teams to brainstorm solutions for challenges posed in order to create a world that thrives. On various weeks students will also be given unexpected ‘spanners’ where they will have to innovate their society to manage changes in the world to prevent the world from collapsing.

Students be given additional resources to watch in their own time or with teammates: video talks, articles, movie trailers and other recommendations on our platform, Neutopia.

At the end of the program teams will present their world and defend why their society is the best design to take humanity forward. Teams will question and critique each other’s worlds, after which they will reflect on the success of their world.
 

Core Themes

Social Structure - Students will learn about the key components which form a society including individuals, the environment, education, governance & leadership, economics & business, arts & culture, technology & science, and spirituality & consciousness. Students will learn the specifications of each component, their key dependencies, anchors of quality, key capabilities and how they interact to achieve or hinder balance.

Technology - We will explore how to use technology thoughtfully and with intent. Through game play, trial and error and feedback, students will get to consider the powerful implications of technology on all aspects of their lives.

Ethics - Students will get the opportunity to test out various scenarios and see cause and effect in action on their society.  In this way participants can consider the impact of their choices.

Leadership - Leaders of the future will need to be digital leaders - able to understand and apply the impact of technology on anything they do.

Systems Thinking - At each level of understanding a society we will look at the systems that underpin key interactions.

  • Intrapersonal - what are the systems within ourselves: physical, mental, emotional?

  • Interpersonal - what are the systems between ourselves and others in our family, school, community?

  • Societal - what are the systems at work within a society?

  • Planetary - what are the systems at work in our relationship with the natural world?

 
Systems Thinking at Nested Levels
 

 

Outcomes

Our program is a powerful learning experience for individuals that develops the capabilities critical for success in their personal networks, schools, communities and future workplaces. We call this capability LifeTech.

Most of the skills that can be developed in this course are on the World Economic Forum’s list of top in-demand skills for 2020.

  • Judgement and Decision Making

  • Negotiation (debate)

  • Cognitive Flexibility (dealing with spanners and unexpected situations)

  • PLUS Presentation and Storytelling skills

  • Complex Problem Solving

  • Critical Thinking

  • Creativity

  • People Management (teamwork)

  • Coordinating with other (teamwork)

  • Emotional Intelligence


CURRENT PROGRAMS

Workshop Program

Duration: 1 or 2 day program

Locations: Schools & public learning spaces

Term Program

Duration: 7 weeks - 3 hours face-to-face class +
3 hours independent online learning

Locations: Schools & public learning spaces


PARTNER WITH US

We partner with schools and youth organisations to develop custom programs to suit the learning objectives of the school and specific age groups. Our programs are extremely flexible in their content and delivery methods and can be tailored to anything from a 2 day workshop to 7 weeks. If you would like to partner with us, please contact us to arrange a demonstration.