Futures Literacy: The Emergence Academy

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Mon 16Sep
Thu 19Sep

Learning & Experiencing Futures Literacy

Facilitator: UNESCO Chair Loes Damhof & Artist Alex Lambie

As times feel more uncertain, we often respond too fast to urgency, regularly resulting in yet more of the same. To uncover and discover new genuine pathways we need new regenerative leadership.

In this three-day course, inspired by the beautiful Cotswolds and guided by experts, you will use Futures Literacy to disrupt the influence of urgency, and experience the power and potential of different ways of responding to uncertainty and complexity.   

Limited Earlybird places available!


If you would like to book a shared room, please call Cathy on 01453 759 034 or email info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk


Event time: Mon 16th Sep 2024 at 3:30pm - Thu 19th Sep 2024 at 4:00pm

"What if how we solve problems, becomes the problem?" Bayo Akomolafe

At a Glance

  • Futures literacy: using futures to see the present anew
  • Deep Listening: our sensory responses to nature and art
  • Nesting: embracing emergence in your daily life
  • Regenerative leadership
  • Develop your regenerative leadership skills

Participants Will Gain

  • Learn how to use futures to make better (informed) decisions
  • Learn how to break the dominance of urgency in decision making
  • Learn how to be open to emerging phenomena
  • Learn to make space for a different, more sustainable sense of agency
  • Learn how to appreciate uncertainty and complexity
"To learn how to approach complexity differently, we need to approach learning differently. If we are striving for a sustainable way of being in a circular economy, then our way of learning must be circular too."

The Course

This course will welcome you as a member of the third cohort of the Emergence Academy at Hawkwood CFT: a regenerative learning ecosystem that enables the leaders of today and tomorrow to develop a shared understanding and language of Futures Literacy that fosters our transition toward a resilient world that is more open to emergence.

The Facilitators

Loes and Alex have worked with organisations including National Governments, The RSA, FutureWomenX, UNESCO, ClimateKIC, Oxfam, global brands, Futures Oriented Museums around The World, UN, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies and were recently made Futures Fellows of Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking.


Earlybird pricing until 5pm on Monday 24 June – limited availability!
Residential Single £1200 (Earlybird £1020)
Residential Shared £1125 (Earlybird £956)
Non-Residential £1020 (EarlyBird £867)


From the first Emergence Academy July 2022

“It was life transforming. I fully took on the learning and felt some realisations shift in me about both my capabilities as a leader and as a human being.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable, get-away-from-the-rat-race, re-connect with nature, and redefining experience that has shifted the way I view the world”

I am

“…more than a Futures Literacy course – it was a feast for mind, body and soul.”
“An amazing dive into FL.  I discovered new ways to change mindset, practice the capability to be with uncertainty and to be more deeply in contact with myself and nature”

Emergence Academy

The Emergence Academy is a regenerative learning ecosystem that guides leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow through unique experiences in the use and application of Futures Literacy; developing and deepening shared understanding and language to bridge gaps in organizational hierarchy and foster our transition towards greater resilience, an openness to spontaneity and an appreciation for not knowing.

This Emergence Academy course has been developed through a proud collaboration between UNESCO Futures Literacy Chair, Loes Damhof, artist and author of enki Alex Lambie, and Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking. Come be part of this unique project!

What is Futures Literacy?

We use the future every day: we predict, we fear and we hope. When we use the future, we anticipate and how we anticipate matters, since it changes the present. For something that has such a deep impact on how we act and think in our daily lives, we know very little about how we use the future. Futures Literacy, developed within UNESCO, is the capability of imagining diverse and multiple futures, and using futures as lenses through which we look at the present anew. (Miller, 2018). By revealing and examining the assumptions we make about the future, we open ourselves up to better informed decisions and innovative ideas. In short, we actively start using the future to innovate the present.

"Futures Literacy Labs are experiential knowledge creation processes, that derive from the collective intelligence and openness of the group. enki seamlessly fits into this process and has proven to be an invaluable component for the learning space....it is a powerful tool for participants to become fully present and connected to themselves while sharing a profound experience."

— Loes Damhof, UNESCO Chair Futures Literacy

Loes Damhof

Retreat Programme

Day 1

On day one you experience a Futures Literacy Laboratory that follows three phases of revealing existing assumptions, reframing our futures and rethinking the present. The Lab is a hands-on workshop that introduces Futures Literacy in a practical and experiential way. It offers plenty of insights on how to use futures differently and to stretch our imagination.

Day 2

Day two is about emergence. Using natural surroundings and art-inspired techniques, you dive into the capability of anticipation for emergence. How do we learn to appreciate the unknown while remaining open simultaneously? Can we use her for emergence when we cannot plan the future?

Day 3

Day three is about nurturing these capabilities and applying them to your own context. After having been on expedition, how do we manifest in the world of concrete? How do we make space for different ways of thinking and being?


Your Stay

Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

The Emergence Academy

An immersive course in Futures Literacy and new ways of knowing, being, and thinking.

Price Options

£867 Earlybird Non-Residential
£956 Earlybird Residential Shared
£1020 Earlybird Residential Single
£1020 Non-Residential
£1125 Residential Shared
£1200 Residential single


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£ 700.00
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Practical Information

Check-in is at 3.30pm; the course will start at 4.00pm

As elements of this course will be taught outside, please bring suitable clothing.

Loes Damhof

As a leading International Futures Literacy Expert and UNESCO Chair, Loes Damhof designs and facilitates so-called Futures Literacy Labs all over the world: collective intelligence ignitions that challenge and raise fundamental questions on leadership, migration, climate change and technology.

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Alex Lambie

Alex is an international artist and social entrepreneur whose work applies fundamental tenets of Futures Literacy and Eco Literacy to create and curate human (re)connection with compassion, emergence and resilience.

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