The Future Planning Studio

Creating Vision Out of Chaos

This studio session will push your team to consider disruptive factors that are not likely ‘ifs’, but ‘whens’, in order to prototype several Future States that allow your team to consider alternative revenue models, customer segments, and operating principles.

This Digital Studio session is for you if…

  • You need to reinvent your business model in order to survive and thrive in a new economic reality.
  • You have spent the past 8+ weeks with your head down focused on reacting to external factors and know you need to also be thinking about what’s next and how to prepare for it.
  • You want to engage a small group of diverse minds for ideas and considerations for future team, department, or business-wide changes.
  • You love dreaming big and responding to various “what if” types of questions. Business existentialism doesn’t scare you!

Your teams will work on and leave with the following deliverables:

  • A Disruptive Scenarios Model that clearly articulates 4x extreme worlds that your business should be equipped to navigate
  • 4 Future State Prototypes that responds to each of the Disruptive Scenarios
  • TDG’s Reinvention Inspiration Deck with curated prompts and ‘what if’ scenarios to spark future-state thinking with your team on a regular basis
  • A Current State Action Plan that translates the extreme scenarios into a prioritized set of products, services, and marketing tactics you should start exploring now to de-risk your business
  • 50+ Low-fidelity Raw Ideas for new offerings, business models, marketing tactics in response to each of the disrupting scenarios

Facilitated activities include:

  • Disruptive Scenarios: Identify extreme scenarios and factors that could unfold for your organization and assess the implications of each
  • Business Model Ideation: Explore options to diversify your revenue streams in each of these extreme scenarios you identified
  • Customer of the Future: Anticipate the rapidly changing needs of your customers and consider new customer groups based on the disruptive scenarios
  • Taking Action on Trends: Leverage near, medium, and long term trend projections to inform ideas and scenario responses
  • Future State Prototyping: Map out possible future states in order to identify assumptions, opportunity indicators, and impact on the organization

Optional pre-work to super charge your Studio Session:

  • Current State Assessment: What are your current knowns and unknowns a team or business (we’ll give you a template and reflection prompts)
  • Industry and company specific trends to inform your scenario planning
  • Immerse your team in some TDG curated inspiration wildly outside of your day to day work (ex. science fiction that paints new scenarios of relationships, communications, etc.)

Interested? Contact us today!

Nitty Gritty

  • 8 hours over 1 day. You pick the date. 8 hours over 1 day. You pick the date.
  • Up to 20 people across 2-4 groups Up to 20 people across 2-4 groups


depending on the number of participants/teams

  • 45-minute pre-session briefing and post-session debrief calls 45-minute pre-session briefing and post-session debrief calls
  • Digital copies of all Studio material and outputs Digital copies of all Studio material and outputs
  • Happy hour to close out the day Happy hour to close out the day

About the Digital Studio

The Design Gym’s Digital Studio is a virtual workshop (as in space to make things). It’s a place to bring your team(s) and get your digital hands dirty tackling priority business challenges with the guidance of our strategy facilitators.

What happens in the Digital Studio?

Your team (or a group of teams) comes together for a guided day of collaborative, accelerated work. We’ll align in advance on the brief and desired outcomes so that your team can focus during your time in the Studio.

How do the Classic Studio Sessions work?

  • Studio Selection: Choose your studio session topic – or multiples! Problem Framing, Problem Solving, and Prototyping can be strung together as a 3-day experience or 3 x 1-day sessions.
  • Scheduling: Select a date(s) that work for your team and ours – we can generally deliver classic studio sessions within two weeks of project sign-off.
  • Onboarding: Meet your TDG facilitators and collaboratively review existing materials, discuss pre-work, and get briefed on what to expect and how to plan for it.
  • Studio Session: On the day of your studio session, the day will largely be spent in focused, facilitated working blocks with plenty of breaks to maintain energy throughout the day. We’ll close the day with a collective debrief and celebratory beer cheers!
  • Debrief: Within 5 days following the session, you’ll get all of the completed deliverables, raw documentation, tools/templates, and shared inspiration from your team’s studio time, so that you can keep momentum going immediately. We’ll set-up time for a debrief discussion and coaching on next steps.

Check out the other Classic Studio Sessions.

Learn more and sign up:

If you’re interested in bringing your team to this Digital Studio session, or customizing a studio session to fit your needs, drop us a note below!


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