ENTREP 7027EX - Foresight & Social Change
External - Trimester 3 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code ENTREP 7027EX Course Foresight & Social Change Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Trimester 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s External Units 3 Contact Intensive: 36 - 40 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Course Description This course aims to broaden student awareness of futures, how they are created, how they relate to individuals and societies and how innovation impacts upon them. The course particularly, but not exclusively, references emerging technologies and develops student capabilities with a range of foresight techniques. It encourages exploration of different social perspectives grounded in contrasting world views and engages with the question of change within our societies. The course is designed to increase the mindfulness of those involved in creating new ventures with respect to how science, technology and innovation generally influence and create social change. Due to the experiential learning in exercises and in-class assessments, class absences can severely impact on satisfactory completion of assessment items. Participation and attendance in ALL course activity is critical to Pass this course.
Program Director Contact Details:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PG)
Name: Dr Allan O’Connor
Phone: +61 8 8313 0188
Name: Dr Kristin Alford
Short Bio:Kristin established Bridge8 in 2004 following careers in engineering, human resources and product development across sectors including mining, R&D, aviation, agriculture and nanotechnology. She holds a PhD in process engineering and a Masters of Management (Strategic Foresight). Her work explores the links between innovation, economic development, culture, social change and sustainability. Kristin is particularly interested in how we use ideas to create effective stories of the future and is focussed on building foresight thinking capabilities.She lectures in ‘Foresight and Social Change and Business and Carbon Management at the University of Adelaide and has published chapters in Negotiating our future: Living scenarios for Australia towards 2050 and Opportunities Beyond Carbon and, with her team, Big Ideas in Science – Vol 2 & 3. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation program.
Phone: +61 410 442 629
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Opening intensive:
Day 1 – Friday 9 September 2016 – 1pm-8pm
Day 2 – Saturday 10 September 2016 – 9am-4pm
Day 3 – Friday 23 September 2016 – 1pm-8pm
Day 4 – Friday 7 October 2016 – 1pm-8pm
Day 5 – Saturday 8 October 2016 – 9am-4pm
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Foresight methods including AQAL, CLA and Generic Foresight Process; 2 Understanding different drivers of change including technological and social change and how these relate to entrepreneurship; 3 Foresight concepts including breadth of perspectives, depth, and images of the future; 4 The role of self and mindfulness in emerging futures; and 5 The importance of translating foresight into action for social change
University Graduate Attributes
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No required textbook.
Readings are in the links listed in the Learning Activities Summary below, or are supplied via MyUni.
It is recommended that students read the first set of readings listed for Day 1 (Slaughter, Hayward, Bussey) prior to the first intensive and come prepared for a discussion on “what is foresight?”
Please note that pre-reading of other sources are not required prior to the first or second intensives. The remaining readings supplied are intended to add to the content covered, not be the basis of it.
Recommended ResourcesThere is a wide range of material on the course topic available. The following provides some additional reading guidance if you are interested in reading further on the topic.
• Relevant journals include: Futures, Foresight, the Journal of Futures Studies and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
• Popular magazines with related articles include: The Futurist, Wired and Fast Company.
• Websites with futures-related articles are numerous; students could browse io9.com, ABC Science
The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. The University Library web page is: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/
From this link, you are able to access the Library's electronic resources.
Online LearningMyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study (see: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives. Due to the experiential learning in exercises and in-class assessments, class absences can severely impact on satisfactory completion of assessment items. Participation and attendance in ALL course activity is critical to pass this course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
Learning Activities SummaryThis is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
Please note: Pre-reading of first set of sources for Day 1 is recommended prior to the first intensive. Pre-reading of other sources is not required. The remaining readings supplied are intended to add to the content covered, not be sole basis.
Intensive Topic Readings/Activities 1 Introduction to Foresight Slaughter, RA, 2006. “Why your organisation’s view of the future is wrong”
Slaughter, R 2005 ‘Futures Concepts’ in Slaughter, R, Inayatullah, S & Ramos, J (eds), The knowledge base of futures studies, CD-ROM, Professional edn, Foresight International, Brisbane.
Hayward, P., Voros, J. and Morrow, R. 2012. “Foresight education in Australia: time for a hybrid model?”, Futures, Vol. 44, no. 2 (Mar 2012), pp. 181-188.
Bussey, M 2014 ‘Concepts and effects: ordering and practice in foresight’, foresight, Vol. 16 Iss: 1, pp.1 – 16 DOI: 10.1108/FS-04-2013-0017
Integral Perspectives on Emerging Technologies The Economist, 2014, ‘ The onrushing wave’ The future of jobs, The Economist, 18 January. http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21594264-previous-technological-innovation-has-always-delivered-more-long-run-employment-not-less
Lapowsky, I 2014. ‘The Next Big Thing You Missed: The Quest to Give Computers the Power of Imagination’, Wired, 22 April. http://www.wired.com/2014/04/vicarious-ai-imagination/
Smith, Mrs, 2014. ‘Quantified Us’, Medium, updated 12 April. https://medium.com/p/bfd8a31df86
Joy, B 2000, ‘Why the future doesn’t need us’, Wired, iss. 8.04, http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy_pr.html accessed 17 August 2008.
Schell, J 2010, Design Outside the Box, Presentation at DICE, Las Vegas Nevada, February, http://www.g4tv.com/videos/44277/dice-2010-design-outside-the-box-presentation/
Atala, A 2011, Printing a Human Kidney, Presentation at TED, Long Beach California, March, http://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_printing_a_human_kidney.html
Wilber, K 2005 ‘Introduction to Integral Theory and Practice: IOS Basic and the AQAL Map’ in Slaughter, R, Inayatullah, S & Ramos, J (eds), The knowledge base of futures studies, CD-ROM, Professional edn, Foresight International, Brisbane.
Collins, T & Hines, A. 2010. “The Evolution of Integral Futures: A status update”, World Future Review, June-July, pp. 5-16.
2 Worldviews & Levels of Adult Development Rooke, D and Torbert, W. 2005. “Seven transformations of Leadership”, Harvard Business Review, April. http://hbr.org/2005/04/seven-transformations-of-leadership/ar/1
Hayward, P, 2003. “Resolving the moral impediments to Foresight Action”, first published in Foresight, Vol 5, No. 1, pp4-10,
Brown, B, 2013. ‘The Future of Leadership for Conscious Capitalism’, Meta Integral
Voros, J 2003, ‘A generic foresight process framework’ Foresight, vol. 5, iss 3, pp. 10-21
Inayatullah, S (ed), 2004. ‘Introduction to the Reader’, The Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Reader, Tamkang University Press
3 Foresight in social change Inayatullah, S 2008. ‘Six pillars: futures thinking for transforming’, Foresight, vol 10, no. 1, pp4-21.
Ramos, JM & O’Connor, A. 2004. ‘From social foresight to social entrepreneurship: pathways to sustainability’ presented at AGSE-Babson Research Exchange, Melbourne Australia.
Van Pragg, CM 1999. ‘Some classic views on entrepreneurship’, De Economist, vol. 147, no. 3, pp. 311-355.
Morrow, R. 2005. ‘Hope, Entrepreneurship & Foresight’, Paper submitted to the ERE Entrepreneurship Exchange Auckland, http://www.pspl.com.au/ideas-written-down/hope-theory/hope-entrepreneurship-and-foresight/
4 Images of the Future Heath C & Heath, D, 2007. Made to Stick Ch 1. Random House. http://www.heathbrothers.com/madetostick/chapterone.php
Jarratt, Jennifer & Mahaffie, John, 2009. "Reframing the future", Journal of Futures Studies, May.
P.J. Beers, PJ., Veldkamp, A., Hermans, F., van Apeldoorn, D., Vervoort, JM. And Kok, K. 2010 “Future sustainability and images“, Futures Volume 42, Issue 7, September, Pages 723–732, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2010.04.017
Alford K, Cork, S, Finnigan, J, Grigg, N, Fulton, B and Raupach, M, 2014. /The Challenges of Living Scenarios for Australia in 2050’, Journal of Futures Studies, vol. 18 iss. 3, March, pp 115-126. http://www.jfs.tku.edu.tw/18-3/R01.pdf
Nuland, S 2003, On Hope, Presentation at TED, California, February, http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/sherwin_nuland_on_hope.html
Purpose & Mindfulness Issacs, W 2012. ‘Accessing Genuine Dialogue’, The Watercooler, vol 6, iss 4, July/August,
Scharmer, CO 2007, ‘The journey to ‘U’’, Ch 2 in Theory U: Leading from the future as it emerges, in SoL, USA, pp. 27-47.
5 Applying foresight to entrepreneurship (example) Bornstein, David 2007. ‘The light in my head went on’, Ch 3 in How to change the world: Social entrepreneurs and the power of new ideas, Oxford University Press, New York, pp 21-40.
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An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
# Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes 1a Online sharing – Cognitive Bias Min 500 words plus image and responses 10% plus 5% interaction See MyUni 1, 3, 4 1b Online sharing – Futures Perspectives Min 500 words plus responses 10% plus 5% interaction See MyUni 2, 3 1c Online sharing – Reflection Min 500 words 10% See MyUni 1-5 2 Group oral presentation on
case study analysis
20 min presentation + 5 min Q&A 20% See MyUni 3, 5 3 Long applied assignment 3,000 words 40% See MyUni 1, 2, 3, 5 Total 100%
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Students must complete all course assessment requirements and must attend lectures to be eligible to pass the course.
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Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Discussion in online forums
Submission Details: Online Forums in MyUni
There are three online submission topics as follows:
a. Design an image that depicts a cognitive bias and how foresight might combat this, plus with a short description.
Initial post: 10% plus 5% for interaction.
b. Find and share an online article about a future idea along with your short response on the strengths and weakness of the article.
Initial post: 10% plus 5% for interaction.
c. Reflection – from your notes, provide a summary reflecting on your learning journey eg how your thinking has changed, where you might apply it. Post: 10%
Length and Presentation:
The object is quality and demonstrating your understanding of the concepts and ability to apply them. The initial analysis /response to the assigned discussion topics should be a minimum of 500 words and must be posted by midnight on the due date. It is expected you will read all discussion postings, and then post 3 - 4 follow-up responses to your classmates’ postings by end of that week.
Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
- Demonstrated critical thinking, including applying tools and theory where relevant
- Demonstrated complete understanding of the assignment and the underlying concepts
- Met the minimum substantive expectations
- Posted the required subsequent responses to the posts of your classmates or to the responses to your initial post – responses are substantive in nature and should include constructive feedback and meaningful inputs or extension to the discussion
- Demonstrated good-quality writing, concise language choice and appropriate citations where relevant
Assessment 2: Group oral presentation on case study analysis
Submission Details: In class
In a small group, deliver an oral presentation on the outcomes of the analysis of a case study. Analyse a case study of social entrepreneurship and leadership, describing the image of the future for that entrepreneur, their perspectives on the future, the entrepreneurial environment and identifying factors that contributed to the entrepreneur’s successes and failures.
This presentation will assess your understanding of the course topics, particularly identifying images of the future and understanding perspectives.
Length and Presentation:
The oral presentations are each allocated 20 mins plus 5 mins questions.
Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
- Application of foresight tools and methods to the analysis
- Demonstrated understanding of the entrepreneur’s vision, success and failures.
- Presentation style and connection with the audience
Assessment 3: Long applied assignment
Submission Details: Online through MyUni
Identify a technology or innovation that is currently being developed. Using the elements of the Generic Foresight Process, evaluate broadly and deeply the issues associated with this technology or innovation for its specific market and within the broader social context. You should canvass the possible future scenarios and identify specific strategic actions that the developers could undertake to achieve their preferred vision for the future.
This assignment will assess your understanding of the course topics, particularly in integrating foresight concepts such as breadth and depth, and identifying pathways for technological and social change.
Length and Presentation:
3,000 words in Microsoft Word format not including references
Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
- Relevance of assignment in addressing the topic
- Demonstrated understanding of concepts
- Application of a foresight method to an appropriate example
- Submission including timeliness and appropriate word length;
- Presentation including good quality writing, the structure of the essay and correct referencing
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