Welcome to Become a Futurist

In challenging times, thinking about the future can be overwhelming. Most of us can only imagine a future that we know; one that we've experienced before in real life or through movies. We assume the business-as-usual future will continue, but when we are disrupted, it is often too late, we lack the skills and means to effectively respond, or we don't have a compelling vision of the future to move toward. We are unable to adapt or create.

But a futurist gets out ahead of the disruption. A futurist expands what is possible by exploring alternative and preferred futures in a creative and collaborative way. In essence, a futurist uses the future to change the present, to solve tomorrow's problems today. These are the leadership skills you will learn in this course "Become a Futurist - Futures 101 with Sohail Inayatullah".

Join me on a journey through the world of Futures Studies, where I will share nearly 40 years of my experience as a futurist with you. By the end of it, you will have an understanding of Futures Studies and be well on your way to becoming a futurist, and a more flexible and transformative leader.

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Meet your instructor

My name is Sohail and I have been a futurist for 40 years. I run workshops around the world working with organizations and institutions to create transformative strategies. I am the first UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, a political scientist at Tamkang University, Taipei (Graduate Institute of Futures Studies); an Associate at Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne; and an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Social Sciences and Business).

I have been lucky enough to author and co-edit twenty-four books, audio tapes and programs, including: Asia 2038: Ten Disruptions that Change Everything (2018); Transformation 2050: the Alternative Futures of Malaysian Universities (2018); What Works: Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight (winner of the most significant work for 2016, the Association of Professional Futurists); and, CLA 2.0; Transformative Research in Theory and Practice (2015). 

Futures Studies

This immersive self-paced course will give you the knowledge, the methods and the tools you need to master the Six Pillars approach to Futures Studies, and transform the future. I have poured 40 years of my experience as a futurist into this learning journey. You will also gain membership to Metafuture's online Community of Practice.


Participation and completion of this course can lead to Certification of Completion from CFAR, TAMKANG UNIVERSITY. Take the course, select a topic, write up 1500-2500 words for external evaluation by two Tamkang Uni Professors. This is a real certification. Strong pieces may be published.


Based on the issue you or your organization is facing, we will apply the appropriate methods to co-create transformative strategies. For example: 

1 Development of scenarios for your institution, organization, or self.

2 Development of a CLA on your organization

3 Applying CLA to your own life journey - creating a new future vision and supportive metaphor

Course Curriculum

  1. Introduction to Become a Futurist
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  2. Futures Studies Defined
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  3. Beginning the journey
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  4. What works in Futures Studies
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  5. Six Pillars and Linked Methods
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  6. Pillar 1: Mapping the future
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  7. Pillar 2: Anticipating the Future
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  8. Pillar 3: Timing the future
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  9. Pillar 4: Deepening the Future
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  10. Pillar 5: Creating Alternatives with Scenarios
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  11. Pillar 6: Transforming the future
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  12. The Six Pillars Approach: Conclusion
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Full access to Become a Futurist

A self-paced online course featuring 8-10 hours of media, materials, methods, and exercises

  • We have designed Become a Futurist - Futures 101 for the busy person. The course is completely self-paced. You have lifetime access.
  • We expect the course will take a part-time learner studying approximately 1 hour every day to complete the course in 2-4 weeks. This is as long as learners actually complete all the exercises including facilitating a Futures workshop or conducting a Foresight project.
  • The course is designed to get you practicing Futures. If you plan to skim through it without actively engaging with the content, or sharing with other people to gauge their worldviews and perspectives, the course will be insightful but far from transformational.
  • If you decide having completed the basic access course that you want to get certified with CFAR or have a consultation with sohail, or both, contact us and we can arrange payment for the remaining funds.


Full Access + Certification

Access the course and receive an official Foresight Certification from the Center of Futures Intelligence and Research (CFAR)

Participation and completion of the 'Futures 101 - Become a Futurist' online course can lead to a Certification of Completion from CFAR, TAMKANG UNIVERSITY. This certificate is issued by the Director of CFAR in cooperation with the Metafutureschool. To receive this certificate an anticipatory action learning paper/blog is required. This paper, between 1000-2000 words, needs to demonstrate, through an account of implementation, a comparison of tools, a personal narrative, or critique, any of the futures methods or approaches used in the course. Your paper will be subject to external evaluation by two Tamkang University Professors. This is a real certification. We will do our best to have the paper published in the Journal of Futures Studies blog.


Full Access + 1 on 1 Consultation with Dr Sohail

Access the course & experience a 1 on 1 consultation with Dr Sohail

A consultation can go in a number of directions. Based on the issue you or your organization is facing, we will apply the appropriate methods to co-create transformative strategies. For example: Development of scenarios for your institution, organization, or self. Development of a CLA on your organization Applying CLA to your own life journey - creating a new future vision and supportive metaphor.

Dr Sohail's consultation experience is vast and spans the private and public sectors around the globe. Here is a comprehensive list of previous clients:

Civil Service Institute, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Brunei and Centre for Strategy and Policy Studies, Brunei; Office of the President, Republic of Argentina, Buneos Aires; Converge Capital Markets and Wfuturismo, Rio De Janeiro; Civil Service Institute and Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies, Government of Brunei; the Government of Kazakhstan, Nur Sultan; Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane; National Agriculture Technology Institute, Buenos Aires; Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane; Australia Federal Police and the National Commission on Crime Proceedings, Brisbane; the Pakistan Strategy Summit, Karachi; National Disability Services, Sydney; the Asia-Pacific Futures Network, Bangkok; National Economic Development Authority, the Government of the Philippines; Ministry of Education, the Government of Norway, Oslo; Government of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (Sponsored by the Asian Development Bank); Edmund Rice Education Australia, Sydney and Melbourne; The Ministry of Finance and National Planning Reform Commission (the Government of the People's Republic of China); the Institute for Futures Research, South Africa (via skype); the Government of Armenia, Yerevan (Sponsored by the Asian Development Bank); FAST Yerevan, Armenia; the Ministry of Education, Government of Sri Lanka, Colombo (via skype, sponsored by the Asian Development Bank); Ngai Tahu from New Zealand; Livingstone Shire Council,Yeppoon; The Coroners Court of Victoria, Melbourne; Mind Australia, Melbourne; the Obidyar Fellows, Honolulu; the Asian Development Bank Knowledge Forum, Manila; Z-Punkt, Koln (skype), Communify, Brisbane; Local Government Managers Association, Queensland, Twin Waters; Queensland Deaf Services, Brisbane; Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia, Mackay; The Futures Institute, the Gold Coast; The Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome; Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Brussels; INTERPOL, Singapore; Beyond Storytelling, Hamburg; OIC and COMSATS, Kuala Lumpur; Australia Federal Police, Canberra; the South African Treasury and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science; FAO, Bangkok; Prince Mahidol Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, Bangkok; the Global Leaders Forum, Seoul; Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi; Peryon People Management Association of Turkey, Istanbul; Swissaid, Geneva; UNESCO, Social and Human Services, Paris; United Nations Association of Australia, Perth; Universitair Centrum Sing-Ignatius Antwerpen, Antwerp; the Ministry of Education, Government of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; Hong Kong Police; Omidyar Fellows, Honolulu; Tablelands Regional Council, Queensland; Montesorri International College, the Sunshine Coast; Government of South Korea, National Employment Information Agency, Seoul; The Institute of Space Technologies, Islamabad, Pakistan; The Knowledge Park, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Thailand, Bangkok; Adelaide City Council; Worldvision International, Geneva and London; Bond International, London; African Youth Futures Network, UNESCO, Paris; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa; National Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Singapore, Singapore; Office of the President, Government of South Korea, Seoul; Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Canada; The European Commission, Brussels; Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, Perth; Loreto Normanhurst, Sydney; Pearls of Policing (a consortium of Europol, the Dutch Police, the RCMP and the FBI), Hong Kong and Sydney; Australian Council for International Development, Canberra; the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the Government of Iran, Tehran; Victoria Government, Department of Health and Human Services; Jesuit Social Services, Melbourne; the Lowitja Institute, Melbourne; Centre for Investment Education, Melbourne; the City of Greater Geelong; Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Brisbane, and National Disability Services, Brisbane. My corporate clients include: PWC, Sydney; The Rutherford Business Group, Auckland; RHB, Kuala Lumpur; Berjaya, Kuala Lumpur; Birdway Management Consulting, Hong Kong; Futures Platform, Helsinki; Bank Pembangunan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; Asahi Beverages, Brisbane; Bluescope Steel, Sydney; Northern Queensland Airports, Cairns; Optometry Australia, Melbourne; Bristol Myers Squibb, Singapore; Glaxosmithkline, Melbourne; Australian Pharmaceuticals Association, Sydney; Fuji Xerox, Sydney; Zurich, Sydney; AAMI, Sydney; Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia, Dow and Sadara Chemical Company, Dubai; National Transport Insurance, Queensland; Stepbeyond, Perth; the Family Wealth Forum, Sydney; Cisco, Melbourne; Indue, Sydney; Ozri, Melbourne; BUPA Group, Melbourne; Ergon, Queensland; Suncorp Bank, Queensland; and John Holland, Queensland.


Full Access + Certification + Consultation

The full package includes Access to the course, a professional foresight certification, and a consultation with Dr Sohail

Accessing the 'Futures 101 - Become a Futurist' course, gaining a CFAR certification, and experiencing a consultation with Dr Sohail Inayatullah is a big investment in your own personal and professional development, and a considerable step towards becoming a futurist. Feel free to reach out for more information to [email protected]

Additional Benefits


Our learners gain exclusive access to Metafuture partner Futures Platform's innovative foresight solution, utilizing an interactive foresight radar to support their study. Click here to find out more.


Our learners receive special rates on membership to Metafuture partner Futures Space, a digital home for futurists that offers networking opportunities events, and capacity building. Click here to find out more.


Connect with our alumni through a private LinkedIn Community of Practice. Share your work, your ideas, your questions, and your networks. Get access to this growing network as soon as you enroll.

Access your own interactive foresight radar

Learners who sign up to Become a Futurist will get exclusive access to Futures Platform foresight solution, utilizing an interactive foresight radar to support their study. Click the image below to find out about Futures Platform.


Stefanos Fotiou (PhD), Director, Environment and Development Division, United Nations ESCAP

"The Become a Futurist course impresses with its clear and sound methodological approach and excites with the landscape of possibilities that someone can start identifying when thinking about the future.

I would recommend it to professionals and practitioners in a variety of organizations dealing with sustainable development who would like to experiment with a fresh out-of-the-box thinking methodology."

Satori Valez, psychologist, art therapist

"I feel fortunate to have found the Become a Futurist course. I was looking for a training on futures because I was interested in how trends and human behavior shape the future. However, as I worked through the course, I began to understand there are many other variables.

The most valuable takeaway for me was to realize the future is not predetermined - the future is an asset with many possibilities. This opened my mind. I like that the course offers many exercises which helped me put concepts into practice, and I appreciate Professor Sohail and Adam who were always there to give me their feedback. I highly recommend this course." 

Lisa Fraser, Senior Sector Development Officer, National Disability Services (NDS)

"National Disability Services is delighted to be part of the ‘Become a Futurist: Futures 101’ course. Many of our disability service provider members are currently engaged in the course and are applying futures methods and tools to understand the changing future, identify risks and opportunities, strengthen futures-flexibility, and adapt and innovate to create alternative and preferred futures. We see foresight literacy as a core capability for our work in creating more equitable and inclusive tomorrows."

Nordin Abdullah, Managing Director, Glenreagh Sdn. Bhd, Founding Chairman Malaysia Global Business Forum 

"Thank you to Professor Sohail Inayatullah for sharing a glimpse of the knowledge that he has acquired and indeed refined over the past few decades in the field of futures studies.

As a business owner with competing priorities for my time the online approach to teaching has made it possible for me to access this body of knowledge. Coupled with Professor Sohail’s approachable manner and conversational lessons has made the content both informative and enjoyable.

I look forward to the next course from Professor Sohail and the team at Metafuture School."

Dr. Susann Roth, MD, MPH, PHD, Principal Knowledge Sharing and Services Specialist, ADB

"I got inspired by Sohail and the foresight community a couple of years back during one of Sohail’s exceptional workshops in Bangkok. Since then I had the great privilege to work with Sohail on numerous projects. The importance of Sohail’s course is evident now: the global community experiences first-hand why futures thinking with all its tools like emerging issues analysis, scenario planning with radical change scenarios, and backcasting are important. Had we used them across countries, agencies, and stakeholders, we would be in a much better position as a global community to respond to and manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic."