We make future-proof.
We support you in
shaping your organization’s future.
We help to identify changes early on
and develop new fields of action.

Who are we?

We combine science and practice. The Center for Future Design (CFD) is a research, education and advisory center for futures literacy. Our goal is to teach sustainable futures literacy and to develop new social techniques to successfully shape the future.

Central to this is the questioning of thought patterns, the early recognition of upheavals and the identification of new fields of action. Our work is based on an integrative approach of combining our scientific foundation with a practical, results-oriented focus on real challenges.

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What we offer

We make you fit for the future. Specifically, we support your organization in shaping its future. We help in anticipating upheavals in advance and preemptively developing new areas of action. We analyze today’s fields of activity from different frames of reference and call existing thought patterns into question. This opens up new perspectives for development.

Go on a path of discovery
Equipped with specific methods and tools, you design your future yourself. You explore the scope of possibilities beyond your current actions, prototype your future activities, and motivate your organization to change.

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Go on a path of discovery
Equipped with specific methods and tools, you design your future yourself. You explore the scope of possibilities beyond your current actions, prototype your future activities, and motivate your organization to change.

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Go on a path of discovery
Equipped with specific methods and tools, you design your future yourself. You explore the scope of possibilities beyond your current actions, prototype your future activities, and motivate your organization to change.

Learn more
Go on a path of discovery
Equipped with specific methods and tools, you design your future yourself. You explore the scope of possibilities beyond your current actions, prototype your future activities, and motivate your organization to change.

Learn more
Go on a path of discovery
Equipped with specific methods and tools, you design your future yourself. You explore the scope of possibilities beyond your current actions, prototype your future activities, and motivate your organization to change.

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We guide you for the long run
To further adjust and adapt your implementation, you become a part of our international network of science and practice. Regular events and collective exchange among equals provide information and inspiration.

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We guide you for the long run
To further adjust and adapt your implementation, you become a part of our international network of science and practice. Regular events and collective exchange among equals provide information and inspiration.

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We guide you for the long run
To further adjust and adapt your implementation, you become a part of our international network of science and practice. Regular events and collective exchange among equals provide information and inspiration.

Learn more
We guide you for the long run
To further adjust and adapt your implementation, you become a part of our international network of science and practice. Regular events and collective exchange among equals provide information and inspiration.

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We guide you for the long run
To further adjust and adapt your implementation, you become a part of our international network of science and practice. Regular events and collective exchange among equals provide information and inspiration.

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Our teaching
Students learn the skills and means to effectively create and explore alternative futures in a collaborative way. Notably, we focus on practical application of the presented tools.

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Our teaching
Students learn the skills and means to effectively create and explore alternative futures in a collaborative way. Notably, we focus on practical application of the presented tools.

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Our teaching
Students learn the skills and means to effectively create and explore alternative futures in a collaborative way. Notably, we focus on practical application of the presented tools.

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Our teaching
Students learn the skills and means to effectively create and explore alternative futures in a collaborative way. Notably, we focus on practical application of the presented tools.

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Our teaching
Students learn the skills and means to effectively create and explore alternative futures in a collaborative way. Notably, we focus on practical application of the presented tools.

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Our research
We research new social methods as well as innovation and leadership skills that open up alternative perspectives and patterns of thought, and help to mobilize people, as well as to create prototypes to research the future of one’s actions.

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UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Techniques and Future Design
Since August '21 we hold the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Techniques and Future Design. Embedded in UNESCO's global network, we promote futures literacy on a local, regional and international level.

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Location

Center for Future Design

University of Art and Design
Hauptplatz 6
4020 Linz, Austria

Management

Professor Michael Shamiyeh

Assistant
Agnes Buchberger
+43 732 7898 - 2218

Partners

Professor Larry Leifer
Stanford University

Professor Walter Brenner
Universität St. Gallen

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