Learn from be radical experts Pascal Finette and Jeffrey Rogers how to understand, contextualize and navigate the future.
The FutureFWD (“Future Forward”) program is the latest next-level learning experience from be radical. Armed with unique insights, frameworks and a practical toolbox for futures-thinking and leading in complex environments, you will leave the program inspired, empowered and equipped to create a radically new future.
Join the FutureFWD March Cohort, a 2-week intensive learning experience designed for business professionals. Packed with learning and connection with your fellow participants – you will get:
Four live online 90 minutes learning sessions
Four fieldwork assignments and debriefs to deepen your learning and make new connections between sessions
Two special discussion sessions with your instructors
Community Exchange sessions where we’ll connect you with the larger be radical community
Unlimited access to our online courses and the recordings of your live online sessions
Supplemental reading materials, podcasts & videos, and template worksheets
“be radical’s FutureFWD program is the best remote learning experience I have ever participated in. I consider the content to be essential to anyone who is seeking a path to sustainable relevance in an exponentially evolving future. Pascal, Jeffrey, Jane and the rest of the be radical team deliver deep, practical insights in an easy to absorb and fun to learn way. An unreserved recommendation.” George Constantinescu, Chief Transformation Officer, ATCO Group
Future FWD is specifically designed to help leaders, founders and their organizations understand, contextualize and navigate the future. You know that the decision-making environment and business landscape are rapidly evolving. We will support and accelerate your organization’s transformation with proven strategies, practical tools and frameworks & a new conceptual vocabulary for communicating your vision of change.
“Pascal and Jeffrey and the be radical team manage to turn a random group of international leaders into a learning community in no time. Afterwards it's like having been on a school trip! You had an intensive time with a bunch of great people and amazing experiences that shape you. The FutureFWD program shapes your business and if you want it to, you as a leader as well. And when it’s over you have the blues.” Ellen Herb, Managing Director, Ellen Herb Learning & Development
The Future FWD program has been designed for maximum engagement and actionable learning oriented toward valuable takeaways and tangible outcomes. We build for memorable, “sticky” experiences in the program and practical next steps for our participants to take between sessions and after the course to apply learnings and drive further discovery. Our innovative, human-centered instructional methods create best-in-class live online learning experiences.
Our methodology comes from our core beliefs about learning:
We believe that digital learning should be awesome. We’ve been a digital, distributed organization from the start, and when we moved our programs to be digital-first, we saw an exciting opportunity to make them not only more accessible, but also more interactive, more flexible, and more varied. We saw the opportunity to incorporate new modalities and new tools and to challenge widely held assumptions about the limits of digital learning. We love an active chat, facilitated whiteboarding, breakout discussions, live polling, and collaborative group work, and with two leaders in our sessions, we keep the energy high and the participants deeply engaged.
We believe in collaboration and co-leadership. Our learning experiences are conversational and dynamic by design. They begin as a partnership, and with two leads, we start from a place of exchange, trust, generative questioning, and reciprocity. We DON’T do “lectures”, and we DO bring to the experience the same things we want to see from our participants to make the most of our time together. We want you leaning into the program and excited to jump in with questions and comments.
We believe in learning by doing. Our programs are highly interactive and participatory, and our learners are active participants in the session–not a passive audience. Our sessions are spaced to allow time for reflection and application. The doing, in our view, is essential. If you don’t do, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you don’t change. And if you don’t change, you don’t adapt.
We believe in building knowledge while also building community. We convene groups of like-minded business professionals who bring unique perspectives and experiences from all over the world. We create a richer learning experience by fostering new connections and leveraging multiple alternative perspectives in every conversation. Our learners join the network and gain not only new insights but new thought-partners as well.
We believe in extending the experience. Your learning journey doesn’t end with the last class session. We’re building a community of learning and practice that we invite our program grads to join and co-create on an ongoing basis. You’ll find that the radical network is an active community that offers plenty of opportunities for continuous learning and thought-partnership for the future.
“A fantastic course that really helps shift one’s mindset in the direction of generating possible futures, providing tremendous food for thought for different aspects of work and life. What resonated most were two things: the sharing of stories around ways to approach innovative ideas, but also challenges, in a range of creative ways. This conversation has been hugely engaging to have not only with Pascal, Jeffrey and Jane, but also with the wider group of participants. It is fascinating how sharing experiences across seemingly unrelated environments and industries can be so relatable. And secondly, the huge bonus for the practically-minded among us are the tools that can help navigate key concepts such as Complexity or Disruption Mapping. Thank you be radical team for designing something so relevant, engaging and fun!” Lina Angelov, Innovation Lead, KPMG Mexico
The live online classes will be hosted in a secure Zoom room. You will receive a personal welcome and onboarding kit upon signup.
Live Online Session #1
Where We Are & Where We're Going
We start by meeting you right where you are – in a global context of heightened uncertainty. We’ll share strategies for sitting with uncertainty more productively and even using it as a springboard for creative inquiry and learning In the second part of the session, we unpack drivers and dynamics of accelerating change. You’ll learn to spot weak signals, to assess five determining factors which turn weak into strong signals and to apply this foresight framework to identify business opportunities.
Live Online Session #2
Disruption is fundamentally different from innovation. Together we will explore those differences while questioning some of the assumptions at the core of popular narratives about disruptive products and firms. We’ll identify the main forces that actually drive disruption and the common challenges incumbent organizations and their people encounter when it comes to embracing disruptive change. The session culminates in a practical exploration of the core/edge concept and how to apply it to your organization.
Live Online Session #3
Increasing complexity and interconnectedness require us to change the way we approach leadership and problem-solving. We’ll delve into complexity as a defining characteristic of today’s decision environment and the dynamics of the adaptive challenges that are critical to 21st century leadership. We’ll explore the concept of polarities — a class of unsolvable challenges that exist as tensions to be managed in an organization or system — with a specific focus on the adaptability/control dynamic. You’ll come away with a set of transferable practices suited to learning your way through an uncertain present and toward a more adaptable and resilient future.
Live Online Session #4
Prototyping Your Future Self
Future fitness and adaptability ask us to embrace continuous transformation — at both the individual and organization levels. In this closing session, we detail principles and practices for building systems and cultures optimized for learning, which is the key to positive change. We’ll share our methodology for rapid learning and effective experimentation, and we’ll explore mindset and narrative as essential, powerful tools for creating change and ultimately shaping a preferred future.
Additional Resources & Tools
Full six-month access to the Learning Partner program (including the full archive of program resources)
Unlimited access to our online courses
Two special discussion sessions with your instructors
Community Exchange sessions
Reading materials, worksheets and field work
One Week Until Launch
Monday, March 15
Your Welcome Package Arrives
Saturday, March 20
Pre-Course (Audio): Introduction to the Exponential Era
Monday, March 22 (8am – 9:30am PST)
Live Online Session #1: Where We Are & Where We're Going
Wednesday, March 24
Online Course: Disruption Mapping
Thursday, March 25 (8am – 9:30am PST)
Live Online Session #2: Disrupt Disruption
Friday, March 26 (12pm – 1pm PST)
Community Exchange Session (Optional)
Saturday, March 27 (8am – 9:30am PST)
FutureFWD Discussion Session (Optional)
Monday, March 29 (8am – 9:30am PST)
Live Online Session #3: Navigating Complexity
Wednesday, March 31
Online Course: Decentralized Innovation
Thursday, April 1 (8am – 9:30am PST)
Live Online Session #4: Inner Mastery to Outer Impact
Friday, April 2 (12pm – 1pm PST)
Community Exchange Session (Optional)
Saturday, April 3 (8am – 9:30am PST)
FutureFWD Discussion Session (Optional)
Meet Your Instructors.
Pascal is Co-Founder at be radical, EY’s wavespace Advisory Board Chair, SingularityU’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation, VC at BOLD Capital Partners. Previously he held leadership positions at Google.org, Mozilla, and eBay, built technology startups, launched a Venture Capital firm. He is the posse leader at TheHeretic.org, and is a general upstart when it comes to creating meaningful change.
Jeffrey is Principal Learning & Facilitation at be radical. Jeffrey is passionate about lifelong learning and designing unique learning experiences that build knowledge while also building community. He’s been a top-rated facilitator and moderator of executive education programs and international summits at Singularity University and has been featured as a guest lecturer and workshop leader at UC Berkeley Haas, the Hasso Plattner Institute at Stanford, and the Empowerment Summit at ECAL in Lausanne.
Join a radical Network.
Our students are a global and diverse community of executives from Fortune 500 companies and SMBs. They are start-up entrepreneurs and family-owned business leaders.
Comments from previous FutureFWD participants.
Stacey Brewer, CEO, eAdvance “An enlightening masterclass on how new technologies and digital are impacting the future of business. I left with the abilities to ‘drive’ into the future as opposed to be a passenger along for the ride!”
Navin Valrani, CEO, Arcadia Education “To make well-informed strategic choices, leaders must understand how current trends will inform the next fifty years. This program gives us a real insight on future trends and how to develop the mindset to be able to spot opportunities that will arise from them. It is a must do for organizational leaders.”
Sithembiso Khumalo, Co-Founder, Lepsta “This programme has been profoundly impactful to me and my business. Jeffrey and Pascal did a great job of distilling everything down into actionable insights. Network expansion is the cherry on top. I highly recommend it.”
Remo Siciliano, Managing Director, Immersant “FutureFWD left me with a clear understanding of what I need to do, how to put it into practice and a solid foundation to start from. It was the most valuable program I’ve done, changing the way I think about the future and how I engage with it.”
Salim Dewji, Event Chair, YPO Gold Africa at Large “Truly outstanding! This dynamic duo delivered immediate take-to-work value.”
Last day to enroll is Friday March 13th 2021. Due to limited seating in each class, all ticket purchases are final. If you would like to discuss ‘enroll as a team’ options please reach out to discuss. Lastly, we’re always adding new classes, let us know if you’d like us to keep you up to date.
“I would highly recommend the be radical FutureFWD program to any executive looking to understand and explore practical frameworks to help their organizations navigate the ever changing technology landscape. The materials are well thought out sessions that naturally flow and the instructors are absolute top notch. They take very complex concepts and boil them down into actionable steps that can be applied immediately. The program has the right balance of live group sessions mixed in with take away work to help cement the overall learning objectives. Expect to participate, as the curators of the program make it extremely easy for busy business professionals to get plugged in and share experiences with other professionals across a broad spectrum. I’m looking forward to my continued learning with the be radical team. By far the best executive education value I’ve come across – Two thumbs UP!!!” Joseph Toro, Vice President, Enterprise Data Management, Raymond James Financial Inc.