We live in world where digital is woven into the fabric of our lives; where the pace of change is accelerating, its trajectory exponential, and the convergence of paradigm shifts is the new norm. The complex interplay between these forces creates disruptive stress and fuels unprecedented opportunity. The impact will be profound, as structures, industries, value, ethics, and traditional transformation strategies are challenged and reimagined, and societal progression moves us from profit to purpose. It’s a looking-glass world, making us rethink our long-held notions of success and failure. This course explores these paradigm shifts, digital DNA, transformational enablers, and a framework to think about and prepare for the future, as we enter human history’s most transformative era.
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Language: English

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Course Summary

We live in world where digital is woven into the fabric of our lives; where the pace of change is accelerating, its trajectory exponential, and the convergence of paradigm shifts is the new norm. The complex interplay between these forces creates disruptive stress and fuels unprecedented opportunity.

The impact will be profound, as structures, industries, value, ethics, and traditional transformation strategies are challenged and reimagined, and societal progression moves us from profit to purpose. It’s a looking-glass world, making us rethink our long-held notions of success and failure.

You’ll learn about these paradigm shifts, their related societal factors, and why we can no longer accurately predict the future, but instead must rehearse it. You’ll also hear perspectives from several other futurists and business leaders. Together, we’ll examine future scenarios, the ecosystems that form around them, and discuss their ethical implications.

We’ll then cover transformation through a reimaginative lens, and a framework that helps us think about and prepare for the future, the importance of digital DNA, and the key enablers needed to ensure future success as we enter human history’s most transformative era.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: May 23, 2017, 09:00 UTC, open until June 21, 2017, 09:00 UTC (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: 2 weeks (2-3 hours per week), however the course is open for 4 weeks
  • Weekly assignments, both to be completed by June 21, 2017, 09:00 UTC
  • Discussion forum for you to share your experiences with other learners and get the help of experts
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Week 1: Unleashing the Power of Reimagination
Week 2: The Journey Forward

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Target Audience

Primary Audience: Business and technology leaders
Secondary Audience: Future leaders, senior managers, TCS Associates

Course Requirements

None

About Further Content Experts

image: Hassan el Bouhali

Hassan el Bouhali, CIO at Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), is a global executive with more than 20 years of experience in various industries. He started his career as an aerospace engineer before moving to the information technology field. Hassan has implemented many transformational initiatives over the years, and possesses an exceptional track record in leading global, cross-cultural and high-performing teams.

image: Michele Cunningham

Michele Cunningham, SVP Products and Services at Element Fleet Management, is a thought leader and innovator who leads the Products and Services organization of this global leader in the commercial fleet management industry. Leveraging over 20 years of strategy, marketing, and analytics experience, she is focused on driving the growth and development of innovative solutions for customers and expanding Element’s global value proposition.

image: Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham, Creator/Talk Radio Producer and Host of SAP Game-Changers Radio, is an integrated marketing expert now in her seventh year at SAP, Bonnie’s professional career path has segued from mainframe computer programmer/analyst to graphic designer, stand-up and improv producer/performer, newspaper reporter/assistant editor, marketing communications manager for financial, real estate, and software development companies. “In her spare time,” Bonnie has been creating, producing, and hosting cable television, terrestrial radio, and Internet radio series for 20 years, and recently began writing, directing, and producing made-for-TV romantic comedy plays.

image: K Ananth Krishnan

K Ananth Krishnan, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Tata Consultancy Services heads research and innovation for the firm. He has architected a 4E model to make invention, innovation, and co-innovation deliver value to TCS’ business and its customers. Ananth has been a member of TCS’ Corporate Think-Tank for almost two decades. He has been listed in Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders (2007) and in Infoworld’s Top 25 CTOs (2007).

image: Gerd Leonhard

Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Author, Speaker, and CEO of The Futures Agency is a widely known and top-rated futurist with a focus on near-future “nowist” observations and actionable foresights. He offers provocative insight and critical ethical observations, discussing the multiple mega-shifts that will radically alter not just our society and economy, but our values and our biology. Gerd is also an influential author, a sought-after executive ‘future trainer’, and a trusted strategic advisor. He is the author of the best-selling book “Technology vs. Humanity” as well as 6 additional future-focused books. In 2015, Wired Magazine listed Gerd as #88 of the top 100 influencers in Europe. He’s #21 on the global list of futurists.

image: Chunka Mui

Chunka Mui, Managing Director at The Devil’s Advocate Group, is a futurist, innovation advisor, author, and keynote speaker who offers insight into emerging technology trends and industry dynamics. His provocative perspectives on autonomous vehicles are widely read and cited. He helps audiences understand the implications, provides insight to be ahead of the curve, and the essential tools to proactively embrace the future. He is the author of 4 books on innovation, a regular contributor to Forbes and strategy+business, and has published in numerous outlets including the Harvard Business Review and Technology Review.

image: Gray Scott

Gray Scott, Futurist, Emerging Technology Expert, Founder and CEO of SeriousWonder is a futurist, techno-philosopher, and one of the world’s leading experts in the field of emerging technology. He is a professional member of The World Futurist Society and editorial director of SERIOUS WONDER.com. Gray is quickly becoming widely recognized as one of the most exciting and controversial enlightenists of our time, speaking and writing on a variety of subjects. Gray has frequently appeared on and been interviewed by the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Forbes, CBS News, VICE MOTHERBOARD, VANITY FAIR, FOX News, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, New York Post, The Star, San Francisco Magazine, IEET, and SingularityHub.

Kevin Mulcahy

Kevin Mulcahy is a senior director at Tata Consultancy Services and a member of Frank Diana’s Future of Business team. As a business transformation leader and next-gen strategist, Kevin helps people “connect the dots” to create, visualize, and execute strategies that deliver sustained competitive advantage and enable continuous business evolution. He advises clients on business strategy through the development and understanding of future scenarios, their implications for evolving business ecosystems, and how to develop, analyze, and execute responses for those scenarios.

Rose Castellon-Rodriguez

Rose Castellon-Rodriguez is a senior business strategy and transformation leader, and a member of Frank Diana’s Future of Business team. Over her career, she has focused on the intersection of business and technology, bringing cross-sector perspectives. Rose helps clients understand the implications and complexities of the digital age, reimagine their business for a highly dynamic, connected and exponential world, tackle changing leadership demands, and innovate in the digital era.

Course contents


  • Week 1:

    Unleashing the Power of Reimagination
  • Week 2:

    The Journey Forward
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This course was held from May 23, 2017 through Jun 21, 2017.

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Frank Diana

Frank Diana is a recognized futurist, thought leader, and keynote speaker, with over 30 years of leadership experience. He provides insight into the complex interplay of powerful digital, scientific, economic, and societal forces, and how to imagine, create, and succeed in this highly transformative era. Currently at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Frank is focused on thought leadership and advisory services in the context of business, societal, and economic evolution. He blends a futurist perspective with a pragmatic, actionable approach, leveraging future thinking and connecting the dots to steer executive strategy and action. These skills have led to the effective identification of new business models, ventures, and the use of leading edge technology to create competitive advantage ahead of broad market adoption.

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