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MIOIR and Futures Diamond launch new executive education course on SMART Foresight


We are taking a new approach to short executive courses to provide agile and rapid training on how to design and manage the five phases of a SMART Foresight and futures research process: Scoping, Mobilising, Anticipating, Recommending and Transforming. Our SMART approach will be beneficial for anyone who tave taken the ‘Foresight in Action’ and ‘Foresight Methods’ courses, as well as newcomers. The course is primarily focused on process design and management with emphasis on how to plan and execute a fully-fledged foresight process. Together with Futures Diamond Ltd we have introduced a new set of online courses aimed at boosting foresight and futures know-how. The course is structured around 5 core lectures (approx. 60-90 minutes each) and 3 interactive sessions (approx. 45-60 minutes each) delivered in a 3-half day programme (including optional individual and group practical exercises).

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The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) is a centre of excellence in the field of innovation studies, building on a 50-year tradition of innovation and science studies in Manchester. MIOIR consists of a group of internationally renowned scholars and experts, and supports a broad expertise across a range of academic disciplines. MIOIR is in the Innovation, Management and Policy division of the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), one of the largest research groups for innovation management and policy globally. MIOIR is at the heart of innovation related research and form one of the largest components of the University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI). MIOIR is a recognised international centre of excellence for the study of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy and management. The Institute informs science and innovation policy by engaging with key policymakers, in the UK, Europe and further afield. Reflecting the ethos of rigour and relevance, engagement with key stakeholders is at the core of MIOIR’s work.

MIOIR has been running foresight training courses since 1999. Building on over twenty years of foresight experience, MIOIR is able to call upon a wealth of expertise, from staff with know-how of the practice of foresight, as well as from sponsors and practitioners. This online course on SMART Foresight runs in alliance with Futures Diamond Ltd.