Shaping Sustainable Futures programme

'Shaping Sustainable Futures' short course

The new 'Shaping Sustainable Futures' short course will start in Autumn 2024. Join us and become a pioneering leader in business sustainability.

Cost: £750 per person. Fully funded places available for staff working in small organisations (find out more)

Duration: three days

Dates: Autumn 2024

  • Day 1: Tuesday 8 October
  • Day 2: Wednesday 9 October
  • Day 3: Wednesday 15 January 2025


The Centre for Sustainable Business has created the ultimate to empower and grow the sustainability leaders of the future, where you will discover how your organisation can benefit from future thinking to create sustainable opportunities. 

‘Shaping Sustainable Futures’ is a three-day thought-provoking designed to enhance your strategic approach to sustainability and will help you to reimagine how organisations can shape a better future.

Through a series of interactive sessions, the use of contrasting future viewpoints will encourage you to think holistically and systemically over longer time frames, enabling you to anticipate multiple plausible futures to support an actionable path to shaping preferable futures.

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Our team of specialist researchers and industry experts will share insights and evidence to challenge assumptions, reveal blindspots in attention, provoke debate and inspire action.

Our holistic approach to sustainability means our is open to people in organisations of all sizes and sectors, and it will help you develop a future oriented perspective for your business.

Jo Meehan, Centre for Sustainable Business Director

By joining the ‘Shaping Sustainable Futures’ short course you will become part of a community of like-minded individuals who share a strategic mindset that strives for a more sustainable future for businesses and society

Professor Jo Meehan, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business

Who is the for? 

If you are a decision maker who holds a sustainability-related role or can influence your organisation’s approach to sustainability, this is specifically designed for you.

What you can expect

  • Discover how sustainability will impact all our futures and uncover possible implications for your organisation
  • Facilitated group exploration and experimentation with a range of alternative future scenarios to test the assumptions of your organisation’s sustainability strategy
  • Insights from industry experts and world leading researchers that will challenge and inform your organisation’s sustainability journey 
  • Develop a futures thinking skillset for organisational foresight and resilience, that will enable actionable strategic planning 
  • Develop a framework for engagement to grow your impact
  • Be part of a collective network of pioneering sustainability leaders


Course structure


Over two consecutive days we experiment with ‘futures thinking’ tools and approaches to collectively reimagine how organisations can shape sustainable outcomes.

Our experts will provide evidence and insights, from which we will create, explore and debate a series of plausible future scenarios.


We reconvene for Day 3 of the short course to share everyone’s progress, experience, and plans for shaping a preferable future.

This provides the opportunity and space to share, reflect, and learn from your peers, by exploring key questions about your sustainability journey:

  • What went well?
  • What practical tips can you share?
  • What is proving difficult to overcome?


Fully funded places

We offer a limited amount of fully funded places available for staff working in micro and small businesses (up to 20 staff) which have been successfully trading for at least one year.

Fully funded places will cover*:

  • Course fees 
  • Lunch for in-person session


If you would like to be considered for a fully funded place, please send an email to the Iona Thomson ( to express your interest and provide the following information:

  • Tell us about your organisation and your role
  • Include a short paragraph on current sustainable practices, your future plans and how you believe the workshop could help support achieving your goals

Closing date: Friday 13 September

*Please, be aware these bursaries DO NOT cover accommodation or travel costs.


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