"Start with the future to make a strategy"

Futures Studies supports organisations in exploring the future and formulating a future-proof strategy

Futures Studies

About us

Futures Studies supports organisations in exploring the future and formulating a future-proof strategy.

Technologies, such as robotisation and artificial intelligence, are developing too rapidly for traditional methods for strategy formulation. Our approach, based on Futures Studies and Strategic Foresight methodology, is from the future to today and outside in.

We share our knowledge in keynote speeches, workshops, consultancy projects and books. We are regularly approached by the media for interviews, editorials and articles.

 

Dr. Willem Peter de Ridder, directeur

Willem Peter de Ridder is a futurist speaker, lecturer and strategy consultant. He provides keynotes at conferences and staff meetings, gives strategy workshops for management teams and teaches in executive programs of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and TIAS, among others. He is also a supervisory board member with a strategy, finance and digital profile.
In 2016 his book “Digital by Default” on strategic management in the digital transformation was published and in 2020 his new book “Winning with artificial intelligence” was released (in Dutch).

Prof. dr. Wim de Ridder, directeur

Professor Wim de Ridder is a futurist. He was Professor of Future Research at the University of Twente from 2002 to 2015. Having trained as an economist, he started his career at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, before becoming head of Economic Planning at NMB Bank, predecessor of ING. From 1983 to 2007 he was director of the Society and Enterprise Foundation. 
Professor Wim de Ridder published numerous books and articles. His book ‘The Discovery of the Future’, has been elected one of top five leading business books published in the Netherlands in 2014.

For a more comprehensive overview of our activities, please refer to the Dutch section of this website.

Keynote speeches

Each presentation is tailored to the purpose of your meeting and your audience.

The following formats are possible:

  • Keynotes at conferences and seminars
  • Masterclasses
  • In-house strategy meetings and inspiration sessions
  • Lectures in postgraduate, MBA and executive education programmes

For more information and bookings you can reach us via email or by phone on +31 (0)6 27076672.

Popular keynote topics:

  • The future of your industry and organisation
  • Our future with artificial intelligence
  • The future of work and labour market
  • The organisation of the future
  • The platform business model
  • Trends 2030

Click here for more details about our keynote topics and for a selection of our recent keynote speeches.

Workshops

In all industries technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, self-driving cars, 3D printing, solar energy, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy storage and quantum computing lead to new products, new production methods and new business models.

The Drivers of Change workshop is designed for organisations who want a better understanding of technological and social developments, as well as assess their own position. Which driving forces of change are relevant to us? What will be the main sources of revenue in 5 years’ time? Which innovations allow us to differentiate ourselves from the competition? Do new business models exist? When is it best to ‘wait and see’ and where should we invest today?

Questions that we address include:

  • Future vision. What are the key changes within our immediate environment? How pressing are they?
  • Impact. What are the opportunities and dangers for our organisation? Is the impact limited, gradual or disruptive?
  • Management. Which actions should we take? Will our stakeholders react with enthusiasm? 

For managers, this workshop offers an opportunity to gain extensive support for strategic change within their organisation and to develop a shared sense of urgency.

The workshop runs for half a day (approximately 3-4 hours).

Strategic Foresight Consultancy

Is your strategy future-proof? And is your organisation future-ready?

In a collaborative process, we help organisations prepare for the future with trend research, scenario planning and roadmaps for the transformation of the organisation.

Each strategic roadmap for the future is different. Every project is tailored to your specific requirements. 

01. Future Exploration

What will the world look like in 5 to 15 years? Technology is developing rapidly, former business models no longer work and existing organisations experience the consequences of all of these developments as disruptive. We map not only the trends, but also the less visible, emerging issues and drivers of change, based on data, facts and international research.

02. Alternative Futures

Scenario planning provides insight in alternative future outcomes. What is the impact on your organisation? How well do your plans fit market requirements and the needs of your end consumer? We assess the driving (and restraining) forces and analyse which market trends are inevitable and where there is room to to shape the future.

03. Roadmap to the future

A strategic roadmap is designed from the future to today. How does the organisation need to transform? What approach do the most progressive and distinctive companies employ? Which business models and innovations are successful? Which choices should you make and what are the consequences of these for your stakeholders?

Blogs

AI in education. Part 11 of the series ‘Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence’.

AI in education. Part 11 of the series ‘Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence’.

Of all the current technological developments, artificial intelligence is both the most profound and the least understood. We are witnessing...

4 Best practices for the formulation and implementation of an AI strategy. Part 10 of the series ‘Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence’.

4 Best practices for the formulation and implementation of an AI strategy. Part 10 of the series ‘Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence’.

Of all the current technological developments, artificial intelligence is both the most profound and the least understood. We are witnessing...

From data-driven to AI-driven decision making. Part 9 of the series ‘Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence’.

From data-driven to AI-driven decision making. Part 9 of the series ‘Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence’.

Of all the current technological developments, artificial intelligence is both the most profound and the least understood. We are witnessing...

Usefulness and necessity of regulations for Artificial Intelligence.  Part 8 of the series ‘Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence’.

Usefulness and necessity of regulations for Artificial Intelligence. Part 8 of the series ‘Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence’.

  Of all the current technological developments, artificial intelligence is both the most profound and the least understood. We are...

Contact

Futures Studies
Piet Heinlaan 33
2341 SH Oegstgeest
The Netherlands

Registered office in Oegstgeest, NL
Trade register 28.116.868
VAT: NL8182.25.762.B01 

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Willem Peter de Ridder – Director
E-mail: willempeter.deridder@futuresstudies.nl
Phone: +31 (0)6 27076672
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/wpderidder

Wim de Ridder – Director
E-mail: wim.deridder@futuresstudies.nl
Phone: +31 (0)6 22406044
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/wimderidder