・It is not just Design Thinking! The methodology of “Future Foresight” spread in Europe and the United States as a way of thinking about future prediction and uncertainty management in the VUCA era. In Japan, “Future Foresight” is being used by many private companies, government and local governments as a methodology which may take different approach than “Design Thinking”.

・ “Future Foresight” is important for the mindset which critically thinks about familiar views and relationships of existing things and gives a challenge of creative bias breaking and re-framing (redefining issues).

・ By using horizon scanning methods that capture the signs of uncertain change and forced thinking (brainstorming), we will proactively design the future in 10-15 years from now that nobody has yet conceived. In this course, you will experimentally learn how to use Future Foresight as a thinking tool for this purpose though 4 classes in Jan-Feb/2024.

Date & TimeClass #1:Monday, January 29, 18:00-20:00
Class #2:Monday, February 5, 18:00-21:00
Class #3:Saturday, February 10, 13:00-18:00
Class #4:Sunday, February 11, 13:00-18:00
VenueS4-202, 2nd floor, South Building 4, Ookayama
CapacityAround 25 seats
EligibilityAny Tokyo Tech student (undergraduates and graduates)
FacilitatorsKeigo Awata, Shigeki Matsuki and Kazuki Fujimoto
Future Design Lab., The Japan Research Institute, Limited

Exploration of “My Social Issues,” in which social issues are made personal

  • What do you think of when you hear the word “social issues”? There are a variety of them, such as the declining birthrate, aging population, food loss, and extreme weather conditions, but not many people may see solving these social issues as their own business, thinking like “I don’t feel familiar with them” or “I want to be involved in solving them but don’t know what to do”.
  • Therefore, in this workshop, we will try to look at social issues from a different perspective by starting from familiar problems and issues that participants feel in their daily lives and looking at uncertain changes in the future. In the process, participants will explore “my social issues” that they would like to deal with in the future.
  • By utilizing the future insight method for “My Social Issue,” you will be able to develop topics that you yourself are excited to work on and ideas that you would like to realize, rather than social issues that have been thought of and defined by someone else. It is for you to grasp clues that will open up the ideal future you envision for yourself.

Keigo Awata
Future Design Lab., The Japan Research Institute, Ltd.

Shigeki Matsuki
Future Design Lab., The Japan Research Institute, Ltd.

Kazuki Fujimoto
Future Design Lab., The Japan Research Institute, Ltd.


For inquiries:
Professor Keisuke Yamada, Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership
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Office: S6-309B