Three Horizons: Connecting Futures to Strategy with Anthony Hodgson

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 14:00 to 17:00
205 Richmond Street West, 5th fl, Rm 7510
Community members: 

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How can we better understand paradigm shifts in order to lead strategic innovation and transformation?

In this workshop UK-based Tony Hodgson, co-developer of the influential Three Horizons foresight method, will provide invaluable, hands-on guidance for strategic long-term planning in social systems settings. The Three Horizons model offers deeper understanding of the significance of short, medium and long term futures, and how these connect to strategy. Three Horizons builds on the insight that businesses, technologies, political policies and civilizations exhibit life-cycles of initiation, growth, peak performance, and decline; waves of change in which each dominant form is eventually overtaken and displaced by another.

About the Presenter

Anthony Hodgson is founder of Decision Integrity Ltd (DIL), which facilitates better decisions through holistic thinking, systems mapping, integrative group processes and sustainable values. Tony is World Modelling Coordinator for the International Futures Forum, and is conducting PhD research in futures thinking and systems sciences at the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull University Business School. His body of work co-authored with Bill Sharpe and other collaborators is in use at Said Business School, University of Oxford, Manchester Business School, OCAD University and other institutions. More at

During Tony's visit in Toronto, sLab is also co-organizing:
IFF World Game Workshop
Wed July 23, 2014, 2–5:30 pm 
100 McCaul St., Lambert Lounge

The World Game is an interactive simulation learning experience developed by Tony for the Institute for the Future (IFF), creating problem-solving contexts for resilience in complex systems. The Game creates a collaborative context for dealing with complex sustainability issues.  The game is a training ground for professionals and students in the fields of systems and design thinking, adaptation/mitigation and resilience work, scenario planning, environmental studies, resource management, business and corporate social responsibility, as well as stakeholder facilitation. The game is based on a transdisciplinary world systems model that provides a representation of the global social-ecological system as an interconnected whole. It especially addresses issues of requisite diversity and potential synchronous failure of the global system through neglect of boundary spanning shared thinking. It challenges participants to develop a shared ‘connective wisdom’ in response.