Futures Literacy & Regenerative Leadership

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21-X178 - Conversations That Matter: Futures Literacy & The Future - Loes Damhof, Alex Lambie & Steve Fuller
Mon 04Jul
Thu 07Jul

The Emergence Academy - Learning capabilities that reframe how we use and respond to urgency

Facilitator: Loes Damhof (International Futures Literacy Expert & UNESCO Futures Literacy Chair)& 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.  

Early-bird ticket prices are available until Monday 30th of May.


Event time: Mon 4th Jul 2022 at 4:00pm - Thu 7th Jul 2022 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
  • Embracing complexity and emergence in your daily life
  • Different ways of knowing, being and thinking
  • Lessons from our sensory responses to nature and art
  • 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. 

This course opens 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 towards a resilient world that is more open to emergence.

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

During your stay, we will make the best use of what Hawkwood has to offer: walks and outings, campfires and delicious food.

Retreat Programme


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 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 at the same time? When we cannot plan the future, can we use her for emergence?


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?


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

Price Options

£700 Early Bird Non-Residential
£790 Early Bird Residential - Shared
£850 Early Bird Residential - Single


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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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