The Scenario Planning Training Experience


We choose interdisciplinary topics that both highlight Stanford’s cutting-edge research, as well as illuminate the emerging issues and dynamics that are shaping our future.

How does the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics help us predict, influence, and improve decision making?

What are we learning about rapid environmental changes, their likely impacts, and emerging strategies for mitigation and adaptation?

Big data is more than the increase in data itself. How will big data evolve, create new knowledge and value, and shift power and influence in the world?

What will we eat? Where will it come from? Will we have enough? The future of food security is one of our most critical global challenges. What forces will shape the food system during the next 15 years?

A Hybrid Learning Format


6 Weeks Online

Access From Any Device

A Mix of Media Types

Videos & Animations Podcasts Infographics & Articles

Content Created & Curated by Worldview

Sample Materials

The Future of Food

A Drought Resistant California Worldview interviews:

Buzz Thompson

The 3 Pillars of Food Security Worldview interviews:

Roz Naylor

Environmental Risk & Resilience

The Next 20 Years Worldview interviews:

Pam Matson

View more worldview media samples on our Blog


8-10 hours of original & curated multi-media content


Self-paced and self-directed learning


Discussion forums with experts and peers


Online notebook to capture (& export) insights


Regular updates from a course host


Three full months of access

Why Online?

Our original and curated multimedia content provides a shared foundation. This provokes thoughtful discussions online and deepens the on-campus experience. Learning online accommodates the busy schedules of professionals who can access our materials on any device at any time. And the content remains available post-Stanford for further exploration and discovery.


4 Days at Stanford

What happens when I come to Stanford?

  • Explore campus
  • Identify the key drivers of change and critical uncertainties
  • Develop scenario matrices, concepts, and stories
  • Stretch and validate scenarios with input from Stanford experts and provocateurs
  • Identify implications and early indicators
  • Communicate scenarios effectively
  • Tap experienced scenario planners for best practices

Communicating scenarios

Bring scenarios to life with an interactive presentation.

Build scenario frameworks

Identify the driving forces and critical uncertainties.

"Meet the Experts" panel

Tap the interdisciplinary research and perspectives of Stanford Faculty.

Develop scenario stories

Craft multiple narratives about the future.

"Taking the Long View"

Practice balancing short-term vs. long-term thinking.

Communicating scenarios

Act out the future in 2030.

Stanford Educational Farm

Tour and dinner with "Farmer Patrick".

The experience of working through scenarios with such a diverse group has really opened my mind to less familiar stakeholders, their interests & motivations. Being exposed to these perspectives has not only enriched my own but will also factor into my professional work in this field. Also the facilitators were fantastic!

Sharon Suri, World Fish / CGIAR

Meet Experts and Provocateurs

Rosamond Naylor,

PhD, Professor of Earth Sciences, Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, and UN science advisor
Economist focused on the politics, economics, and technology of global food security

Chris Field,

PhD, Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, co-chairman of IPCC Working Group II
Expert on the global impacts of climate change, mitigation, and adaptation

David Lobell,

PhD, Professor of Earth Sciences and Deputy Director of the Center for Food Security and the Environment
Agricultural economist specializing in adaptation to climate change

Scenario Facilitators

Brie Linkenhoker,


Brie is a neuroscientist-turned-strategist who has helped companies, governments, and nonprofits develop robust long-term strategies for uncertain futures. She holds a PhD in Neurosciences and an MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford, and she did postdoctoral research in neuroeconomics before joining Monitor, a global strategy consulting firm. She returned to Stanford in late 2012 to launch Worldview. She is passionate about science, wildlife photography, and Giants baseball.

Jonathan Star,

Scenario Insight

The founder of Scenario Insight, Jonathan helps organizations use scenarios to enhance strategy, innovation, planning, and visioning. As a senior practitioner at Global Business Network (GBN), a pioneering consultancy recently acquired by Deloitte, he conducted more than 60 diverse scenario and strategy projects, ranging from global climate change and telecom markets to retail and finance innovations. He also led GBN’s groundbreaking Developing and Using Scenarios course. Previously Jonathan was Director of Research at Scottish Enterprise and earned degrees in Business Economics from the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick (UK).

Nancy Murphy,


Nancy is a writer, strategist, network evangelist, and experience designer. During two decades at Global Business Network, she served as CMO/editor in chief, managed its interdisciplinary network of 150 visionaries, and co-created dozens of conferences and learning journeys for executives on global issues. Nancy received a BA from Wellesley College and an MS from ASU's School of Public Programs. She writes novels and mentors young women from Rwanda.