Future Design Sessions

Get a grip on the (uncertain) future.

Designing the future.

Sara van Broekhoven is a futurist with expertise in the #futureofwork. She is engaged in research into future scenarios. What does leadership look like in the future? And the employee of the future, which future skills matter? And what about your business model, is it still future-proof?

They are already working on it!

During the corona period, we were asked to help design primary education for the new future. With Endemol we think along about the future of TV and with Unilever we actively look at the future of #employerbranding.

Another nice example.

Commissioned by the Bibliotheekwerk foundation, we were allowed to look ahead to the future of the library and the role of a librarian in that future. We saw the library transform from a ‘book lending institute’ to a broad social library, with a strong social connecting role and networking role. From lending factory to Ultra connector; the information broker!


Scenario planning

A method that helps to get a grip on the (uncertain) future (of your organization, talent, leadership, culture and/or collaborations) is scenario planning. It forces you to look into the future and helps you deal with uncertainty. In this session we use #scenarioplans and go through 8 steps.

Through these steps and scenarios you create a new vision and perspective for the future. Those who take it seriously can make adjustments quickly and effectively. Under Sara’s leadership, you will be motivated to think 200% and the focus will be on fully developing and utilizing the potential in your club in the #futureofwork.

Step 1 – Brainstorming on the vision of the future
Step 2 – Research Trends (Labour Market Trends, #futureofwork)
Step 3 – Choose driving impactful forces (for the axes)
Step 4 – Making a scenario template
Step 5 – Development of scenarios
Step 6 – Presentation of scenarios to the environment
Step 7 – Evaluate all scenarios and choose which should receive more attention (focus) (virtual meeting)
Step 8 – Face the future with courage using the scenarios that provide perspective



A second method that can be used is Backcasting. We design the ideal future and from that ideal, we reason backwards. What do we need to get out of there? In the #backcastmethod we go through 3 steps.

Step 1 – What are we doing very well and what helps enormously to arrive at the ideal future? (in behavior and in process)
Step 2 – What are we not doing yet (innovation) and if we do apply this, will this help enormously? (in behavior and in process)
Step 3 – What are we currently doing that is pointless and unhelpful? How can we stop that? (in behavior and in process)

This is what others say about Sara

  • “She is pure, honest, makes an impact and is creative. For example, she drew during the session, which made it super visual.”

  • “Sara is a bit crazy and therefore strikes a chord in a different way. She knows how to handle the different characters in our group and we had a great laugh at her metaphors.”

  • “You feel immediately welcome with Sara. Despite the sometimes tough themes, a safe environment was created in which everyone was allowed to contribute.”

Are you ready for the #futureofwork and are you curious about a future with work?