Futurist Camp

January 13 - February 09, 2021
06:00 pm - 03:30 pm CT


Registration closed.


Because everyone takes history classes ~ but no one takes futures classes. Because the world before COVID wasn't perfect ~ now is the time to work for an even brighter future. Because time with passionate and committed change-makers is food for your soul.

Join Rebecca Ryan, APF and other local government leaders in this unique experience.

What will I learn at camp?

Here's what's on tap:


Everyone can learn to think like a futurist. But you have to practice. You don't go to the gym and crank out 50 pushups if you've never done a single one. You start small and you practice. Same with foresight. Every day and every week we'll practice thinking like a futurist. By the end of camp, you'll be cranking.


Wait, there's a process for this? Yessirree Bob, there is! You'll learn Rebecca Ryan's four-phase foresight process (updated in 2020!) and how to apply it to nearly any wicked problem you can think of. (It's the process Mike Golat is talking about in his testimonial below.)


Did you know that before COVID, there was a worldwide simulation that anticipated a global pandemic and played it through? It was called "Crimson Contagion" and it predicted many of the issues we're experiencing now. At Camp, you'll talk with futurists working in the public, private, and military sectors about how they apply foresight and what we can learn from their experiences.


What's your wicked problem? At Camp, you'll run it through the entire foresight process. You'll have opportunities to look at it from new angles, get Campers' input, and work directly with faculty so you start August with a clear sense of the future of your domain.


Foresight helps you craft an ambitious, long-range strategy. But how do you get there? Strategic Doing is a lightweight, durable process that helps you and your stakeholders identify do'able projects that don't require money or permission and help you make progress towards your vision. Our clients love it! Futurist Yasemin Arikan will teach Campers how to use this agile, effective process.

What can I expect and what's the schedule?

What can you expect at Futurist Camp? 

Expect a challenge, maximum engagement, and fun! 

What can I expect after I register? 
You will receive an intake form...from there, the wheels are turning and good things are happening. Questions on any of it, give Lisa a holler at ll@rebeccaryan.com.

About a week before Camp kicks off, expect a care package with your (amazing and glorious) workbook, notebook, Camp swag, and other Camp goodies.

Then, its go-time:

Welcome Bonfire
Date: Wednesday, January 13
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm Central Time
Location: Zoom

Put on your best camp couture (any flannel will do) and buckle up for Futurist Camp 2021!
Meet your fellow Campers, Camp Counselor, and faculty at a virtual "bonfire" to help kick off Camp!
Get matched with Camp buddies (aka your small group). Think of them like your bunkmates. You can help wake each other up before Camp starts or text them during the week to check-in. These small groups will meet regularly, with your Camp Counselor (more on that below).

Futurist Camp Instruction / Workshops (mandatory)
Dates: January 14, 21, 28 and February 4 and 11 (Thursdays)
Time: 10 am - 1:00 pm Central Time
Location: Zoom

Enjoy some live "big lesson" learning. Big lessons and cool concepts in Strategic Foresight taught by Rebecca Ryan and Yasemin Arikan, along with some guest faculty sprinkled in for some big lesson learning.
Each week, you have one assignment to complete. Here's a sample of a short writing assignment: What are 2-3 signals you're noticing about the future of your chosen domain? How might these signals work - alone or together - to shape the future of your domain? Assignments may take 15-30 minutes or several hours, depending on how much time and effort you put into them. You will submit your assignments online for faculty review.
FYI: All meetings are live, not pre-recorded; you'll get the most from Camp when you interact with our faculty and your peers, but we'll record as many session as possible and make all recordings available to Campers. Some sessions cannot be recorded; we'll explain why at our bonfire.

Futurist Camp - Office Hours / Study Hall (optional)
Dates: January 19, 26, February 2 and 9 (Tuesdays)
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm Central Time
Location: Zoom

Office Hours / Study Hall is a time to connect with fellow campers and instructors to ask questions and share ideas.
Futurist Camp - Small Group
Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Zoom

Your small groups will meet regularly, along with your Camp Counselor. During your time together, you'll be competing with other teams on a Camp challenge, other times you'll be reflecting on a reading or lesson.

What were all those dates again:

Welcome Bonfire:
January 13
6:00 - 7:00 pm Central Time
Instruction / Workshops:
January 14, 21, 28 and February 4 and 11
10 am - 1:00 pm Central Time
Office Hours / Study Hall:
January 19, 26, February 2 and 9
2:00 - 3:30 pm Central Time
Study Group:
These dates and times are TBD

Learn more herehttps://rebeccaryan.com/what-we-do/futurist-camp

Event Details


  • January 13 - February 09, 2021
  • 06:00 pm 03:30 pm CT
  • Registration Deadline: 01/13/2021


  • Member Price:Not available
  • Non-Member:$995.00

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