Broaden your horizon with the power of exponential thinking with this Introductory Course.


Are you ready to upgrade your mindset? This mind-expanding intro, a prerequisite to all our online courses, is your no-risk opportunity to begin a transformational learning experience with us. Embark on an exciting journey through 10 interactive video lessons where you’ll learn about the mission behind SU and the exponential mindsets you need to be a leader of the future. You’ll also become acquainted with our influential global network of future-oriented innovators moved by massive transformative purpose to revolutionize billions of people’s lives.


Lesson 1: If not you, who? If not now, when?15m

5m What is Singularity University?
5m Pause and Reflect – What problem in the world are you uniquely positioned to solve?
5m Open discussion

Lesson 2: You can design the future13m

3m The four types of exponential leaders
5m Pause and Reflect – Which leadership quality best describes you?
5m Open discussion

Lesson 3: Welcome to the journey23m

3m Shifting from linear to exponential thinking
10m Pause and Reflect – What will life by like in 30 years?
10m Open discussion

Lesson 4: The law of accelerating returns17m

7m Moore’s Law and the Law of Accelerating Returns
5m Pause and Reflect – What implications does this increasing acceleration have for the economy and job market?
5m Open discussion
8m Developing an exponential mindset
10m Pause and Reflect – What cognitive biases do you have about the future?
5m Open discussion
7m Understand the 6Ds framework
10m Activity – Identify the 6Ds with real examples
5m Open discussion
6m Embracing the abundance mindset
5m Pause and Reflect – How might increased global access to resources, capital, technology, and expertise change your outlook on the future?
5m Open discussion
11m The 12 challenges we’re committed to solving
10m Pause and Reflect – What threats and opportunities does one of the 12 GGCs have for you, your industry or the world?
5m Open discussion
6m Taking moonshots
10m Pause and Reflect – Can you think of a radical solution that could make a GGC solvable?
5m Open discussion
5m Pause and Reflect – What’s next?
10m Continue your discussion

What kinds of activities are in the course?

The activities in Understanding Exponentials are designed to give you an idea of what to expect in our more advanced courses. Activities include responding to questions, thinking through various scenarios, brainstorming moonshot solutions, and more.

Do I have to take this course on certain dates or at given time?

Understand Exponentials is available to you on demand. That means you can work through it at your own pace. Complete it all at once or revisit the materials over a few days or weeks. It’s up to you! The discussion forums are always available and ready for you to engage.

Is the course really free?

Yes! All you have to do is sign up with your email address to get started. We believe the information in this course should be made available to everyone. It will shift the way you think about your life, your career, and the world. While it covers the basics, we offer several other courses that will help you develop skills and a deep understanding.

Are there live presentations in this course?

No. This course is available on demand which means we’ve designed an experience optimized for you to complete at your own pace. If you’re interested in live presentations, check out our weekly webcast series, Experts On Air.

What other courses does SU offer?

Interested in taking more courses with Singularity University Online? The next step is to apply and enroll in the Exponential Foundations Series. A paced 9 week experience with a select cohort. Learn more.