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Cohort 1 | Feb 16 - Mar 09
Tue & Fri | 9.00am - 12.00pm | 7 live sessions

would you rather predict or design the future?

Open Course

8 modules


did you know?

Learning to Design a Future is only possible when you have basic Design Thinking knowledge. Echos offers promotional fees for participants who sign up for the Design Thinking Experience course combined with any other of our courses, including Design Futures. Find out more.




Futures Design is a program that aims to speculate and create strategic and desirable futures. The application of this approach has been used in companies, governments, startups, and even in social movements to visualize and create a roadmap for activating futures. Instead of predicting futures-based only on trends, we will explore and speculate possibilities for intentional futures through design.

We are skeptical of approaches to futurism that solely focus on tendencies, previsions, and emerging technologies. We believe that the future cannot be built on predictions only and so intentionally and collaboratively, designers of the future should create the places where we will be in 5, 10, 25, or 50 years.

Design Futures is a course in which we will provoke alternatives to exercise wanted (and avoid unwanted) outcomes for the future with the goal of designing a reality that is desirable, inclusive, and strategic for corporations, government bodies, small businesses, and civil society.

Instead of practicing for probable and plausible futures, we will project for possible and preferred futures.

the future cannot be built on predictions only

who is
this course for?

  • For executive and government leaders that are looking to create desirable futures within their companies
  • For entrepreneurs looking for a glimpse of the future and how it will impact their businesses
  • For Design Thinkers and Service Designers looking to take the next step to work on systemic transformations
  • For anyone interested in understanding the emerging technologies and the behavioural changes that are outlining our future
  • For anyone who has knowledge of Design Thinking (required)

why is this
course different?

The Design Futures course was developed with a particular methodology that works with the creation of the future starting from three key values:

  • Emergency and tendencies as weak signals and exponential technologies
  • The building of an intentional future based on people and, therefore, human-centred
  • Ethics and diversity; designing futures is a political act and should be done with responsibility

This approach unites the best of predictive futurism and emerging technologies with the best of human-centered design and an ethical, inclusive way of building new possibilities for desirable futures.

You will have 8 live virtual sessions, but don’t worry, if you can’t make it on the dates, you can always watch the recorded sessions later. 

building intentional futures based on people


Our facilitators are innovation experts who are committed to showing the ropes to participants and sharing tactics to implement design thinking in any situation.

Juliana Proserpio Juliana Proserpio

Echos Chief Designer Officer & Founder

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Ricardo Ruffo Ricardo Ruffo

Echos Global CEO & Founder

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