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ONLINE LEARNING on 24 Jul & 28 Aug
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP on 23-25 Nov (9:00 to 5:30)



ONLINE LEARNING on 24 Jul & 28 Aug
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP on 9-11 Nov (9:00 to 5:30)


would you rather predict or design the future?

Open Course

3-day program


did you know?

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




We are sceptical 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 of Desirable 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 practising for probable and plausible futures, we will project for possible and preferred futures.

Create desirable futures for your life, country, organisation, community, government, democracy, city.

emergency and tendencies as weak signals and exponential technologies

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 of Desirable 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-centred design and an ethical, inclusive way of building new possibilities for desirable futures.

Hybrid Learning: All of our learning experiences are now hybrid experiences. Part online and part in person. 

Online learning: The online learning starts when you receive a digital pack of content set for self-guided learning, after that you will meet your colleagues and facilitator in a live video call, where you will be guided by your facilitator and where you’re going to work together with other participants. 

You will have 2 live virtual sessions, but don’t worry, if you can’t make it on the dates, you can always watch the recorded sessions later. 

In-person learning experience: At the School of Design Thinking, we believe in “Learning by doing”. It means rolling up your sleeves and learning through the process; each participant will discover knowledge while they journey towards the understanding of an idea, tool or thought. It means learning by failing, by building and experimenting new things. 

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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