Have you ever driven in rain so heavy you knew you really shouldn’t be driving? Remember how it felt. Barely able to see what’s in front of you, every sense heightened, tensed for possible collision.

The critical question is – did your lack of vision cause you to travel faster or slower?

I’m guessing you slowed down. Significantly.

This is exactly what happens when your vision and plans for the future remain unclear. Which is why we created Futurelabs…

Our Futurelabs are a high-impact workshop format like no other.

During these sessions we blend a variety of future-focused tools and techniques. The unique Futurelab approach enables organisations to achieve greater outcomes while accelerating progress.

In other words – to go further, faster.

The format has been designed through Dave Wild’s extensive research and development work as a Futurist – running Futurelabs with organisations across the country and internationally including Air New Zealand, Microsoft, Xero and Callaghan Innovation.

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Futurelabs enable teams to look beyond the status quo in order to create a compelling vision of the future


Unique aspects of our Futurelab format include:

GLOBAL VISIONARIES

When working with a facilitator or consultant you’re typically dependent on the expertise and knowledge of that expert.

As insightful as they may be, their knowledge is limited to their personal experience.

Meanwhile the world keeps advancing meaning that often the guidance and insights shared fail to reflect the latest advancements. Leading-edge insights typically take years – up to a decade or more – to become mainstream, as they slowly make their way through a process of documentation, review, education and application.

Attending conferences, reading articles and watching videos help shorten this process. However the challenge for most leaders is prioritising the time required.

Futurelabs hyper-accelerate this process, virtually bringing global visionaries and innovators into the room with short highly focused video insights.

As a Futurist Dave is continually researching the latest developments by world-leading visionaries and innovators. To save our clients significant amounts of time we then fast-forward to critical new insights, which require just a few minutes viewing.

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Our Futurelabs then incorporate these leading-edge insights, using an agile video library to virtually bring global experts into the room – based on the direction of the conversation and knowledge required. Full copies of the Futurelab presentations are then provided with links to the insights shown, so these can be reviewed in full and shared across the organisation.

Futurelabs leverage Dave Wild’s expertise as an international Futurist, incorporating world-leading presentation formats to challenge and inspire your team

Dave challenged us to move our modes of thinking towards longer-term future possibilities and away from just the obvious and immediate. Dave’s impact on our organisation has been profound. We have aimed to develop a more free-thinking, creative approach to problem-solving and really try to continuously imagine what the future could look like and determine how Bluelab will evolve and thrive in that future state.
— Greg Jarvis, Chief Executive, Bluelab


FUTUREADY COACHING

The problem with engaging consultants to guide the design and delivery of projects, is that the resulting expertise remains external to the organisation.

This is because leadership development and project delivery are traditionally approached as distinct activities. Meaning that the investment in either activity has limited transferable benefit across the organisation.

Futurelabs take a very different approach – applying our expertise to deliver the project outcomes while openly sharing the new tools and techniques used.

As a result of our significant coaching experience with clients such as NZ Trade & Enterprise and Leadership NZ, we have developed a unique Futuready approach to our work. This future-focused collaborative style combines the development of new skills across your team while actively working on project deliverables.

The resulting new capabilities gained incorporate critical Future of Work leadership skills as identified by the World Economic Forum* including Creativity, Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Flexibility.

* For more details see The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Futurelabs enable leadership teams to step back from the pressures of Business as Usual, to explore the disruptive possibilities of Business as Unusual

Dave’s facilitation is engaging and challenging. He takes you to places you’d never considered and supports you to imagine a very different future and direction. He is motivating and stimulating! He leaves you with an energy and enthusiasm for the future.
— Sally Pitts-Brown, Chief Executive, Pathways
 

DIGITAL COLLABORATION

Just as important as the in-person Futurelabs is our digital collaboration between meetings.

Not only does this accelerate project progress, it also provides an opportunity for leaders and teams to develop critical new collaboration skills.

So rather than just using email to communicate, Futurelab teams keep in touch with a modern collaborative network – using their preferred choice of freely available platform e.g. Microsoft Teams, Slack, Facebook Workplace etc.

The best thing about working with Dave is that if you have allowed yourself or your organisation to become even the tiniest bit complacent he quickly concentrates minds by ensuring we are looking forward to what might be, rather than allowing ourselves to be captured by the here and now or the past. Not once I have come away from a session with Dave without learning something new or having my preconceptions tested. There aren’t too many people that I have worked with over the years that I could say that about.
— Peter Jensen, Chief Executive, Harness Racing NZ

Let’s create a brilliant future

Futurelabs are ideal for:

  • Vision and Purpose development
  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership programmes
  • Board visioning
  • Future of Work upskilling
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All Futurelabs are personally facilitated by the Futurist Dave Wild.

Dave has led Futurelabs in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Unique to his approach is a futurist focus on the new, which he applies when facilitating strategy sessions and coaching innovation skills for clients such as Air New Zealand, NZ Rugby, Ministry for the Environment and NZ Trade & Enterprise.

As a Futurist Dave can show you how to see into the future more clearly. How? First by detecting the signals of the future that are all around you. Then innovating to shift from predicting the future, to creating it.