Kansas Future Fellows

Introduction of the 2021-22 Kansas Future Fellows!

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Kansas Future Fellows

...imagine—and act on—fresh, future-focused opportunities benefitting the well-being of Kansas children and families.

The Future Fellows innovations program was developed by the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR). The inaugural cohort of fellows are being selected and trained in partnership with the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund and foresight experts at Openfields.

We need new skills for a new day.

Why We Need Future Fellows

The lives of Kansans are rapidly evolving—economically, socially, technologically, culturally—yet our human service programs often struggle to adapt fast enough. This fact challenges our ability as a state to ensure that every child thrives.

Future Fellows aims to make certain Kansas is an exceptional place to do business and raise a family.

Why Apply to Become a Fellow

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Keynotes from Top Experts

Learn from national and international experts in long-term thinking and social innovation
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Foresight Skills Training and Practice

Map trends and develop scenarios to help define the future of your field
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Intro to Anticipatory Governance

Explore how new models of responsive governance can be applied in Kansas

Becoming a Fellow Continued

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Leadership Skills for Systems Change

Gain skills and confidence in navigating and leading change in complex environments
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Develop a Future Impact Scenario

Using research, data, and trends curated in the cohort, paint a picture of the future you want to design for Kansas families and children
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Unique and Rewarding Cohort Experience

Join nine other visionary, cross-sector leaders from across the state

9-Month Fellowship

Kansas Future Fellows are public and private cross-sector leaders with the vision, tools, and network to apply long-term thinking in their work with children and families.

Fellows receive a honorarium and regularly gather as a cohort to develop and apply their skills to address community needs.

Kickoff Innovation Lab, September 20-21, 2021
Creative Planning Headquarters, Overland Park, Kansas
Featuring Jake Dunagan, Ph.D., pioneer of design futures and Research Director for Institute for the Future

Systems Leadership + Anticipatory Governance Lab, December 13-14, 2021

Scenarios for Innovation LabMarch 2022

Kansas Future Forum, May 2022

Recommend a Candidate

We are seeking 8-10 entrepreneurial leaders who are looking for new ways of thinking and bring the desire for a broader role in enriching the lives of children and families in their community and across the state.

Distinct from leadership development programs, participants will be public and private sector leaders with an established track record of creativity and community successes. The vision is for this initiative to begin a state-wide network of systems-level change agents.

The concept is tried and true – private corporations have long developed “skunkworks” and “innovation labs” to generate and test new ideas ahead of the market. Governments committed to economic development establish special economic zones. But the scope of investment in innovation narrows when it comes to the social sector.

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