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.
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
Keynotes from Top Experts
Foresight Skills Training and Practice
Becoming a Fellow Continued
Leadership Skills for Systems Change
Develop a Future Impact Scenario
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 Lab, March 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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