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Futures Masterclass: CLA & Conflict Transformation

With Professor Sohail Inayatullah and Dr Ivana Milojevic

About the Masterclass

Join Studio Dojo as we host world-renowned futurists Professor Sohail Inayatullah and Dr. Ivana Milojevic in a transformative Futures and Foresight masterclass.

Participants will get to familiarise themselves with two key perspectives:

  1. Causal Layered Analysis (CLA), one of the most innovative and popular approaches in futures studies, foresight, and personal transformation developed by Prof Sohail.
  2. Dr Ivana Milojevic will share how we can use the future as a resource to minimise personal and professional conflicts already occurring, prevent it from happening in the future, and how to repair relationships after conflicts have taken place.

The masterclass will consist of presentations, case studies and interactive sessions allowing participants to experiment with these approaches and the associated methodology.

Causal Layered Analysis

CLA assumes four levels of reality, each equally important:

  • Analyses from multiple perspectives – creates a map of positions at all four layers. Helps move away from worldview blindness.
  • Deconstructs the dominant or business and usual understanding and then allows for a reconstruction of alternative futures.
  • Ensures that the new narrative is accompanied by new measures (litanies) as well as required system changes to ensure robustness of implementation strategy.
  • Identifies where are the resistors and resistances to change and what and where are the possibilities of transformation.
  • Ensures that the new preferred future is inclusive of the disowned strategy.

Finally, CLA is used as a tool for people to understand their own story about the future, and their role in the foresight process. This is critical in helping people gain agency, in the ability to understand, manage, and shape personal futures.

Conflict Transformation Futures

Conflict is everywhere.

Even in the most loving of families, and in the most supportive of communities, there is conflict. People often avoid conflict because they are scared of it, and or do not have appropriate skills to address it. But conflict can be a wonderful opportunity to get to the next level of our relationships, to create positive social change, to improve our communities and societies, and that is all possible if we know how to deal with conflict constructively. Too often, we deal with conflict destructively, which means that instead of transforming it to create something new; a different and better future, we actually go towards the root of violence.

When we look at the past, we get one approach. But when we go into the future which is much more open, we are in a much better position to deal with the conflict in the present moment. We will utilise the future as a resource to transform conflict in the present moment. Conflict can be an opportunity to create something novel, something different, and in that sense, we are going to look at where we want to go rather than where we have been.

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What You’ll Learn

  1. An overview of the Six Pillars approach to Futures
  2. A conceptual and embodied understanding of Causal Layered Analysis and its use in analysing and resolving systemic, organisational and personal issues
  3. Capacity to analyse and develop the preferred vision and policy for institutions and organisations
  4. Capacity to use futures methods to better understand probable, possible and preferred futures
  5. How to use the future to help you resolve inner and outer conflicts in your personal and professional life
  6. Capacity to use conflict constructively to create preferred futures
  7. Linking Conflict with Causal Layered Analysis
  8. Case studies from conflict transformational futures at personal, organisational, and institutional levels will be presented

This is for you if you…

  • Would like to get an introduction to Futures Thinking.
  • Are already familiar with Futures and Foresight and would like to deep dive into CLA to enrich your own toolbox with a structured, proven and innovative approach.
  • Are looking to develop new strategies and policies in organisations, institutions and communities.
  • Want experienced practitioners to help guide your exploration of your own specific organisational contexts and situations of conflict.
  • Are curious to learn from two leading figures in the domain of Futures.

About the Trainers

Professor Sohail Inayatullah

A political scientist and futurist, Sohail is the UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies at the Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Humanity, IIUM, Malaysia. He is also Professor at Tamkang University, Taiwan and Associate, Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne. He teaches from where his courses include Become a Futurist and Personal Futures: the CLA of the Self. He is listed in the top two percent of the world’s scientists as measured by the highest impact of citations.

His most recent books include CLA 3.0, The End of the Cow and other Emerging Issues, and Asia 2038.

In the past few years, he has worked with UNESCAP; Victoria Police; Auckland City Council;; Thailand Institute for Justice; Ho Chin Minh Academy; PWC; ANZ; OECD; FAO; INTERPOL; Mitsubishi Motors; the Government of New Zealand; WHO; the Government of Egypt; the Government of Indonesia; The Asian Development Bank; Globe Telecom; ISESCO; the Philippines Senate; the Pacific Community; GASERC; and the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission.

Sohail Inayatullah

Dr. Ivana Milojević

Dr. Ivana Milojević (/ˈivənə mɪˈlɔɪəvɪtʃ/), Director of, is a researcher, writer, and educator with a transdisciplinary professional background spanning sociology, education, gender studies, peace and conflict studies, and futures studies. Since the mid-1990s, Ivana has been actively engaged in delivering speeches, facilitating workshops, and conducting research for various governmental institutions, international associations, and non-governmental organisations across Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Europe. She previously held academic positions at several universities, including at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Adjunct Professor), University of Novi Sad, and Tamkang University (Visiting Professor).

Dr. Milojević is the author or editor of some 150 publications (e.g., academic books, book chapters, journal and magazine articles). In 2016-2017, she led the foresight unit at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies in Brunei Darussalam. In 2022-2023, Ivana was a Senior Futures Thinking and Foresight Specialist/Consultant with the Asian Development Bank.

Ivana Milojević

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I can’t make it for this date. Is there another run of this masterclass?
    Unfortunately we do not have plans for another run at the moment. Please follow us on our social media (LinkedIn, Instagram) and we will update when it is available.
  • Are there group discounts?
    If you are purchasing tickets to this workshop as a group, we will extend the early bird rates to the group.
  • I’m from a government agency, can you please submit an e-invoice instead?
    Yes, we can! Please contact Zilin at with the necessary information.

What participants say…

Date & Time
30 August 2024, Friday
9.30AM to 5.30PM

Common Ground
21 Bedok North Street 1
Singapore 469659
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Full-day, In-person Masterclass

Ticket Types
Early Bird: S$950
2 Jul (Tue) to 31 Jul (Wed) 23:59PM

Regular Price: S$1,200
1 Aug (Thu) to 23 Aug (Fri) 23:59PM


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