“The challenge is not that we must find ways to “know” the future,

rather we need to find ways to live and act with not knowing the future.”

(R. Miller, 2011)

Reports and consortium materials

PROJECT FOCUS

“Becoming Future-ORiented Entrepreneurs in universities and companies” – beFORE (2017 – 2019) is a European
project which underlines the need to transform university entrepreneurship education, company training and business
practice by bringing together academic, research and business partners capable to develop the educational offer,
which would create Futures Literate Individuals with improved capacity for analyzing and dealing with the unknown
future challenges when managing organizations and developing innovations.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

We aim to promote proactive attitudes and futures thinking skills in the context of:

  • Future career paths among higher education students;
  • Future research paths among higher education teachers,
  • Future business opportunities among entrepreneurs.

All in all, we aim to increase appetite for further futures knowledge and long term thinking practices among project
target groups and to increase awareness of their impact on the future even in the face of uncertainty and change.

PROJECT CONTEXT AND EXPECTED RESULTS

Higher education institutions slowly update their entrepreneurship education curriculum according to labour market needs and global challenges.

  • Higher education and training offer in the field of Futures
    Studies is not widely and evenly distributed across Europe.
  • Knowledge and good practice exchange between educators of
    futures studies (incl. practitioners) and academics representing
    other scientific fields is limited.
  • Managers need competencies for dealing with uncertainty and
    insecurity to survive in a chaotic business environment, in
    fierce competition – and to grow and prosper in the long run.

Within beFORE project, we aim to tackle the above-mentioned issues through the development and release of the online Futures Literacy (FL) educational offer for university students, and professionals such as entrepreneurs and academics (representing non-Futures Studies community). The offer will consists of 16 hours Futures Literacy introductory course and 4h, 6h or 8h long additional learning modules tailored to the needs of each target group of the project

Project Consortium

Institute for Sustainable Technologies – National Research Institute, Poland
Institute for Sustainable Technologies – National Research Institute in Radom (ITeE-PIB) is a public research institute conducting basic and applied research in the areas of machine construction and maintenance, materials engineering, and manufacturing technologies. The scientific activity of the Institute  also revolves around the issues of corporate and technological foresight, technology assessment, knowledge and technology transfer, and lifelong learning and continuing education.
Białystok University of Technology, Poland
Białystok University of Technology, Poland (BUT) is a modern, dynamically developing institution with 65-year-old experience in educating scientists and technologists. At present there are nearly 12 thousand students studying at BUT in its 7 faculties. BUT, especially Faculty of Management has already a recognized position in conducting foresight research and offers Futures Literacy courses, respectively at curriculum level.
4CF, Poland
4CF is a strategic foresight consultancy. Its core expertise lies in long term analysis and strategy – helping businesses, NGOs and governments around the world to reach their goals in the rapidly changing environment. They increase organizations’ and teams’ capacity to identify, prepare for and utilize opportunities and threats. 4CF advises, analyses and trains staff for its clients in Poland and internationally.
The University of Pisa, Italy
The University of Pisa (UNIPI), established in 1343, is one of the oldest in the world. It has 20 departments, and offers 58 undergraduate and 74 graduate programmes, 28 PhD, 68 third cycle specialisations, and about 80 post graduate, including an MBA. It has over 52.000 students, 1552 faculty members, and 1467 technical and administrative staff members.
ValueDo S.r.l., Italy

ValueDo S.r.l. is specialized in activities of European, national, regional and local project management and in the support of public socio-economic innovation policies. ValueDo srl carries out activity of research dedicated to the evaluation and definition of the strategies and the best initiatives within the strategic planning in addition to the use of EU structural fund. Valuedo manages also 91C: coworking space and coworkingcaffè.

www.valuedo.eu

ERREQUADRO, Italy
Erre Quadro main activity is to support the innovation process of enterprises, both at R&D and at strategic level,through a proper analysis of the intellectual property landscape.
Mondragon University – Faculty of Business Studies, Spain
MONDRAGON UNIVERSITY is a non-profit cooperative university of social vocation and public interest focused on the needs of businesses and organisations. Being officially established in 1997, its academic activity started in 1960, seeking to continue the tradition of the former Sancti Spiritus University of Oñati, built in 1542. University’s has four faculties: Engineering, Business studies, Humanities and Education and Culinary Science.
PROSPEKTIKER, Spain

PROSPEKTIKER is an independent structure for reflection and prospective analysis focused on both the public and private sectors and dedicated to examining what possible futures await today’s world. Prospektiker’s main goals are to detect the innovations, discover strong tendencies, evaluate possible impacts and take a role of sentry over the key factors for the future.

www.prospektiker.es

Freie Universität Berlin – Institut Futur, Germany

Institut Futur is the name of the division Education and Futures Research at the Freie Universität Berlin. The institute was founded in 2000. Since then, its focus has been on three core areas: 1) Futures Studies based on Social Science, 2) transformation in the education system, with a special focus on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and 3) research on the transfer of knowledge and innovation.

www.institutfutur.de

AVENITURE, Germany
Aveniture is a boutique consultancy specialized in industrial futures studies. It has focus on three questions: What creates growth, how to make companies grow (including innovation, new technologies and foresight), and how to master the risks involved (chiefly geopolitical and innovation-project risks).

Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

beFORE is a Knowledge Alliance Project (575842-EPP- 1-2016- 1-PL- EPPKA2-KA). This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.