The Young Visionaries Academy is an initiative of the International Society of Change Leaders in collaboration with the International Institute for Education Advancement, the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, the Hasso Plattner Institute, and the Møller Institute of Cambridge University.


The aim of the Young Visionaries Academy is to provide young people with the skills and tools they need to envisage their future society, to design it, to make the changes needed, and to lead those changes. The emphasis of the programme therefore is on social innovations and social transformation.


The ChangeLeader Programme of the Young Visionaries Academy is comprised of four interrelated and sequential modules – scenario planning, design thinking, social innovations and entrepreneurship, and leadership.  The Young Visionaries will have the opportunity to use the skills and tools learnt during each module to develop their own projects.


Upon completion of all four modules participants will be awarded a Diploma by the International Society of Change Leaders.

The key questions the programme addresses are:

• What are the possible, plausible, probable and preferred future scenarios of the society one lives in?
• How does one go about designing the ‘preferred’ future scenario?
• What social innovations are needed to achieve one’s preferred future society and is this the same as ‘social entrepreneurship’?
• How does one lead society towards a preferred future?

As such, the Young Visionaries Academy programme is built on 4 key modules:

o Module One: Transformative Scenario Planning
o Module Two: Design Thinking for Social Innovations
o Module Three: Social Innovations and Social Entrepreneurship
o Module Four: Leading Societies through Change and into the Future

Our partners

The International Institute for Education Advancement (IIEA) is the lead partner for the Young Visionaries Academy initiative. IIEA is an international education organisation that specializes in the design and development of innovative education programmes. Other than the Young Visionaries Academy, the IIEA is setting up two think tanks - one for the School of the Future and the other for the University of the Future. It has also developed an innovative executive education offering on the Greek Islands called SIG Executive Education.

The International Society of Change Leaders (ISCL) is an international organisation providing change and transformation leaders with support to help them enrich their work. ISCL provides a networking and membership platform, consulting and coaching services, and education and training programmes to meet the needs of its members. ISCL's mission is to support change leaders and to encourage activities that enhance transformational change in others. ISCL believes in transforming lives and creating sustainable futures.

The Møller Institute is a residential leadership development centre set in the beautiful grounds of Churchill College, in the University of Cambridge. As part of Churchill College, it offers a unique collegiate community and can provide unparalleled access to world-class expertise through the Fellows and staff of Churchill College and the wider University of Cambridge. More than 4,000 leaders from around the world have been inspired by the Møller Institute's leadership development programmes.

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) is a world leader in futures studies, founded in 1970 by Professor Thorkil Kristensen, former Minister of Finance and Secretary-General of the OECD. The CIFS aims to strengthen the basis for decision-making in public and private organisations by creating awareness of the future and highlighting its importance to the present. The work of the CIFS is interdisciplinary, encompassing a variety of fields such as economics, political science, ethnography, psychology, engineering, PR and sociology.

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is one of Germany‘s most noted university institutes for IT and Europe’s biggest hub for Design Thinking education. HPI is closely affiliated to Stanford University's d.school, which bears the name of Hasso Plattner, founder of HPI. Hasso Plattner, a world-renown communications engineer, is dedicated to the promotion of future-oriented research, innovation and entrepreneurship. HPI has branches in South Africa, at the University of Cape Town, and in Israel, at the Technion in Israel, and in China, at Nanjing University.

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