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Maria Andersen 

  • busynessgirl at gmail dot com | Salt Lake City, UT | Director of Learning and Research, Instructure
  • Where to Find Me On the Web:  Twitter |LinkedIn Google+ |YouTube| Social Media (free MOOC at Canvas Network)
  • One Sentence Summary: Futurist, speaker, author, PhD, game designer, social media tour guide, eLearning enthusiast, and Director of Learning & Research at Canvas.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: I spend a lot of time thinking about the future of learning and human motivation. Let's have a conversation about it.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Always looking for new speaking opportunities. Invite me somewhere cool to speak.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: Where's the "Learn This" Button? (YouTube)

Karen Arvidsson (via Hangout)
  • karen at creatingchange dot com dot au | (613) 0468760489| Melbourne, Australia | Consulting Futurist, Creating Change & Creating Foresight; Academic Research Director, FERN
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: Twitter | LinkedIn| Google+ | Facebook | Web (Creating Change)
  • One Sentence Summary:  Instigator of ideas and change, serial project worker, ponderer of ethics and sustainable design, distainer of negativity, lover of space exploration, technology, species conservation & enhancement and holistic intellectual development.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: Academic/Course capture and communication (with a little 'bleed-over' into PhD project-finding. Working with environmental advisory and leadership areas, communication and cultural initiatives. Seeking "best" solutions for outreach that drive self-generated updates and connections to FERN.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?:  I believe the You Tube channel & regular output is a key initiative, sharing insights and links through Twitter to drive traffic. Thus deep and usable foresight practices themselves will become better understood, and potentially shallow initiatives be made recognizable.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend:  Journal of Futures Studies; Melbourne AU Strategic Foresight Meetup; Metafuture (Sohail Inayatullah) with useful links.

Scott Aughenbaugh 


Jose Cordeiro

Austin Cleek
   
  • austin (at ) editlab (dot) co |Cookeville, TN | Director of Social Media & Web Content, FERN; Partner, Editlab Consulting; Director of Innovation, Biz Foundry
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn | Web (Austin Cleek) 
  • One Sentence Summary: Grow Editlab into a world leader in technological consulting and development. Pursue a master's degree in Strategic Foresight. Make the most of my time. Travel the world. Live well.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: I am launching the new FERN website. Tell me what you think of it! 
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: I'm the Director of Innovation for a business accelerator in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.  Looking to meet other innovation futurists, plug them into my network. 
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: FERN; Editlab Consulting; Biz Foundry

Joshua M L Davis
  • jmldavis@gmail.com | Chattanooga, TN | Careers Guide Director, FERN;  Futurist & Foresight Analyst, Aperio Insights; Program Associate, Maclellan Foundation 
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: Twitter LinkedInGoogle+
  • One Sentence Summary:  I work with clients to explore the possibilities of the future and to move quickly into action--informed by dynamic images of tomorrow yet rooted in today's current consumer environment. 
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: I am a newer foresight professional, building some momentum. As editor for the Foresight Careers Guide I will be looking largely to the FERN community for their experience and expertise in generating that content. In my own practice, I'm most interested in the "conversation" between social and technological futures and the influence they have on each other.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: I'm interested in networking and exploring strategic partnerships within the FERN community.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: FERNAperio InsightsMaclellan Foundation

Sudhir Desai

Susan Fant  
  • susanchesleyfant@gmail.com | Birmingham, AL | Executive Director, FERN
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn |Google+ | Facebook | Web (Susan Fant) 
  • One Sentence Summary:  FERN/Global Foresight Executive Director, advocating foresight practice in business and academia, with an insatiable loveof writing, travel, start-up projects, and entrepreneurship. 
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help:  I am focused on creating Foresight University, with some open information and first-level certificate program in foresight. This will be a great introduction to other certificate programs and Master's degrees in foresight. I will also be working on a new membership model for FERN in the coming year. 
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: It would be great if FERN could partner with various universities and companies to create active foresight projects for our members to write, research, edit and experience utilizing foresight tools firsthand alongside seasoned professionals. 
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: FERNSAMI ConsultingASF

Jay Gary
  • jay (at) jaygary (dot) com  | Norfolk, VA | Program Director, MA in Strategic Foresight at Regent University 
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: TwitterLinkedIn | Facebook |Web (Jay Gary)
  • One Sentence Summary:  My aim is to "Empower Foresight Professionals" one Certificate at a Time! I work as a professor of strategic foresight for a decade, with a PhD in Organizational Leadership, with 20 yrs as a social entrepreneur and management consultant. 
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests:  I am passionate about helping mid-career professionals explore alternative futures of their sector, and then helping them create change through design thinking and disruptive innovation. I teach graduate courses in Futures Studies, Horizon Scanning, Forecasting, Issues Management, Global Futures, and Systems Dynamics. More recently, through my company, PeakFutures, I offer both a basic and an advanced Certificate of Strategic Foresight, for those ready for professional development through webinars and online courses. These run in the Fall and Spring.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Networking with other foresight professionals.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: PeakFuturesAPFWFS

Jerry Glenn
  • Jerome.glenn (at ) millennium-project (dot) org | Washington DC | Executive Director and CEO, The Millennium Project
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn | Web (The Millennium Project)
  • One Sentence Summary: Create a sustainable global collective intelligence. Specialties: Scenarios, speeches/briefings on global overview of prospects for humanity, strategies address global challenges, managing a global participatory think tank of 40 Nodes around the world that conducts futures research on science and technology, environment including climate change, education, economics (including green and smart growth), energy, and collective intelligence. 
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: Global Futures Intelligence System, annual State of the Future report, Futures Research Methodology series, special studies. 
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Keep running your events.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: The Millennium Project, Global Futures Intelligence System; State of the Future (book); Futures Research Methodology 3.0 (book)

Ruthanna Gordon
  • gordon.ruthanna@epa.gov or ruthanna.gordon@gmail.com | (202) 564-9668 | Washington, DC | Science & Technology Fellow, AAAS
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: Twitter | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Facebook
  • One Sentence Summary:  Science & Technology Fellow on the US EPA Innovation Team, looking for new ways to reach better environmental futures.  When I'm stuck, I write fiction to explore more deeply.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help:  I'm thinking about how crowdsourcing, gamification, next-generation personal sensors, etc., will change the way individuals and institutions respond to environmental problems. 
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: I want to connect with people who are thinking about possible futures and how to get there from here.  I'd love to hear more about your cross-sector experiences in emerging problem-solving frameworks (like crowdsourcing, etc.), and where you think they're going.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: Crowdsourcing ExamplesJane McGonigal: Game Designer & Future ForecasterMIT SENSEable City Lab,

Marguerite Grandjean 

  • mgrandjean@altfutures.org | (703) 684 5880 | Washington, DC | Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: Twitter LinkedIn | IAF Scoop.it on demography Scoop.it on leadership
  • One Sentence Summary: Futurist; that says it all! I have worked in futures in Paris before, now in DC. I'm passionate about spreading optimism and expanding horizons. Currently I'm working on the "Future of Agriculture 2030" project commissioned by Oxfam America, which explores how food justice will look like in 2030. The first country of focus is Peru. 
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: I would love to discuss experiences and opportunities in corporate foresight with a sustainability/corporate responsibility lens. I also welcome your thoughts on the preliminary results of the "Future of Agriculture" project I'll show you on Friday.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Learn and collaborate with fellow futurists or futurists-to-be.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: Shaping TomorrowZ-PunktGlobal Foresight BooksForum for the Future

Bill Halal
  • halal@gwu.edu | Washington DC | Prof. Emeritus, George Washington University; President, TechCast LLC
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedInWeb (TechCast) | Web (Bill Halal)
  • One Sentence Summary: As an aerospace engineer on Apollo, an Air Force officer, a Silicon Valley manager, professor of technology & innovation, and president of TechCast, I have always been fascinated with the revolutionary power of technological change driving us into a high-tech global order. My work is devoted to helping all of us -- especially leaders in business and government -- figure out where this profound transition is heading, what it all means, and how we can get there.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: TechCast has over 120 experts doing collaborative technology forecasting. We are always looking for new technology foresight participants.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Keep up the good work. Expose more leaders in business and government to foresight.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: TechCast LLC; Technology's Promise (book); The Infinite Resource (book)

Jim Kadtke


Sandjar Kozubaev 
  • sandjar.kozubaev@inreality.com | Atlanta, GA | Senior Strategist in Economics & Design, Inreality
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: Twitter |LinkedInFacebookBlog (Layered Thinker) 
  • One Sentence Summary:  I'm a an economist and an experience strategist, exploring the intersection of foresight, critical thinking and design. 
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: I am looking for people interested in experiential futures and critical thinking. How might we show alternative futures and expose our underlying metaphors and worldviews through emotional experiences. 
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Partner up on research and experimentation projects in experiential futures. This is not so much for career advancement as it is for the advancement of the discipline. 
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: Metafuture (Sohail Inayatullah)ZQ Journal (biomimicry)Layered Thinker (my take on Causal Layered Analysis)

John B. Mahaffie

  • jbmahaffie@leadingfuturists.biz | (202) 271-0444 | Washington, DC | Principal/Futurist, Leading Futurists LLC
  • Where to Find Me On the Web:  Twitter LinkedIn Blog (Foresight Culture) | Web (Leading Futurists) 
  • One Sentence Summary:  I've worked as a futurist since 1987; I research, design and lead workshops, write, consult, and give talks on the future. I'm also working to learn the craft of fiction writing
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: Multisponsor program, The Future of Packaging 2013-2023: Exploring library innovations for the State of Delaware; 2035 Packaging Awards; Foresight workshopping for the Institute of Paper Science & Technology; American University Honors Course Future & Foresight (Fall 2013)
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Collaboration with other futurists.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: Leading FuturistsAssociation of Professional Futurists


Christopher Manfredi

  • christopher.l.manfredi@gmail.com |(386) 405-8055 | Houston. TX | Mentors Program Director, FERN 
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: Twitter |LinkedIn | Facebook Google+ | Web (Connext Strategies)
  • One Sentence Summary:  I'm a MBA candidate and recent U of Houston Futures Studies graduate who is interested in connecting students and young foresight professionals with experienced and seasoned foresight pros to further the field of futures.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: I'd like to create a foresight mentorship program that enables the growth of foresight students and veterans alike, one that will ensure that the futures baton will be passed well, taking foresight deep into the 21st century.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?:  Just give me an opportunity to network and speak to other foresight pros to collaborate with, bounce ideas off, talk to, befriend, and work with to better the field with true synergistic capability.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: FERNAPFConnext Strategies

Emily Medley
  • medleyem@gmail.com | (865) 951-5816| Knoxville, TN| Conference & Events Director, FERN
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn |Web (Deuxology) 
  • One Sentence Summary:  I am at home with agents of change, thoughtful citizens, and creative spirits who work toward sustainable, inspired futures through integrative and empowering means.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help:  I am helping lead efforts for FERN's first in-person event (this one!) and am participating in a FERN interviewing project to gather data about the FERN user group. 
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: I would love for FERN to establish a mentor program so potential and new futurists can really get a lay of the land as they embrace their academic and professional foresight interests.  Building on FERN's outstanding breadth of information about the field and supporting academic programs, a true mentorship program would deepen FERN's connections and offer them to others.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: IFTF;Personal Futures NetworkAbundance (book)

Shala Mills

Claire Nelson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • nelson.claire@gmail.com | (202) 907-6140 | Washington, DC | Sustainability Engineer, Futurist, Social Entrepreneur, Ideation Leader, The Futures Forum
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn|Web (The Futures Forum) | Web (ISDC.org)|paper.li              
  • One Sentence Summary:  Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum, an education and research consultancy, established  to bring more focus on strategic foresight to the developing economies and global development challenges; as well as to bring more inclusion and diversity to the futures community, 
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help:  Ideation Leader and Convenor of  a Community of Practice on Global Development Futures -- Beyond the MDGs for the World Futures Society, which includes curating a Multi-media publication of voices from around the world on the topic for special event at the World Futures Society Conference in 2014;  and a Sustainable Caribbean Sea Futures Initiative -- established to bring interdisciplinary, intersectoral, inter-generational dialogue on decision-making and action needed to ensure a living and thriving Caribbean Sea 2030 and beyond.  I need help in getting partnerships with organizations working on these issues, and, I need assistance with grant-writing for both these initiatives.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: I would like to do more consulting and teaching at the University level.  I hope that being in the FERN network will allow me to meet colleagues who are working on research projects such as the Future of Food 2030 project;  or projects in corporate foresight that are looking for increasing innovation in their work through partnerships with futurists from diverse backgrounds.  I would also like to promote Futures Education in the Engineering Dept or in International Development Dept of a University and so I hope that being active in FERN will allow me to share my expertise in a 30-year career as a 'social and economic sustainability  engineer'  in the international development assistance industry; as well as develop my skills further. 
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: World Future SocietyShaping TomorrowFast Company

Ari Palttala 

  • ari.palttala@techcast.org | Washington, DC | Chief Operating Officer, TechCast LLC
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn | Web (Teamware Bio)
  • One Sentence Summary:  Current COO of TechCast  delivering forecasts and strategy for the Technology Revolution and President and CEO of Teamware, a global website solutions and services provider, with over 20 years experience in building and managing IT companies.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: Interfacing with TechCast forecasting system and building next generation of foresight and strategy services for our members. Interested in hearing participants' experiences with TechCast
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Learning from presentations and attendees.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: TechCast

Anthony Scerbo
  • anthonyscerbodc@gmail.com | (202) 802-7111 | Washington, DC | Political-Military Analyst; Critical Issues Editor, TechCast
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn
  • One Sentence Summary:  Let's All Save The World, Together
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: Critical Issues Editor at TechCast.org. 
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Building resource networks with the greater community.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: TechCast; DC Futurists Meetup

John Smart
  • johnsmart@gmail.com | (650) 396-8220 w | Mountain View, CA | President, Acceleration Studies Foundation
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: Twitter |LinkedIn| Google+ |Facebook|YouTube|Web (Acceleration Watch)|Blog (Ever Smarter World)
  • One Sentence Summary:  I'm a technology foresight scholar, educator, speaker, and consultant, passionate about working with others to improve our tools and strategies in a world of accelerating change.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: I'd like to get more foresight practitioner biographies, foresight methods, and "future of" sections onto Wikipedia, including "TINA Trends". TINA stands for "There is No Alternative", and describes social and tech developmental trends like democratization, human rights, connectivity, information growth, accelerating change, etc, that some futurists propose are highly likely to continue. The term was coined by Pierre Wack at Shell's Scenarios Group. Also interested in launching Foresight U, a free online MOOCas a potential APF/FERN project.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: I would love to see FERN produce a Foresight Careers Guide, surveying leading practitioners for their advice on career development, and later, a Global Foresight Careers wiki, describing the scope and breadth of existing and new jobs in foresight, and a resource for those in the field.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend:  FERNweb.org; EvoDevoUniverse.com; Future.wikia.com

Steve Steele
  • sfsteele@aacc.edu | (410) 777-2369 | Annapolis, MD | Professor of Sociology and Futures Studies, Anne Arundel Community College
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn|YouTube|Web (IF@AACC)
  • One Sentence Summary: Founder and former Director of the Institute for the Future @ AACC, Arnold, Maryland, a community college center for the ongoing development of strategies to deliver foresight views and tools at the local level, now in its tenth year.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: Available to assist other groups in starting other local foresight organizations. Making a leadership transition at IF @ AACC for the continued promotion of local futuring. Integrating foresight and futuring in college courses. Utilizing the successful projects of IF @ AACC to promote foresight across the life cycle.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Maintain a network of foresight and futuring colleagues. Provide connections with existing futuring and foresight groups.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: World Future SocietyIt's Your Future (book)Sociology - What Value? and Why Study the Future? (YouTube)

Craig Stevenson 
  • stevenson2000@gmail.com | Northern Maryland | Academic/Researcher; Lecturer in Management
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn 
  • One Sentence Summary: I am a broadly knowledgeable management lecturer who reviews the intersection of foresight and economics, management and other social sciences.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help:  I am working on the development of a prior to study educational program that provides students with the skills necessary to pursue academics at a deeper level from the beginning of their academic studies through acquisition of skills related to research, team-work, critical thinking, EBL (PBL), an understanding of the meaning and genesis of a variety of theoretical models, and foresight. Among, other endeavors.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: Ability to participate in its development, grow as a Futurist, access educational opportunities, access future-oriented project opportunities, and speak with others that are future-focused.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: Foresight Academic Journals, Project Syndicate; Shaping Tomorrow; Learnist (Blog); EdTech Startup SpaceStartup Weekend; Lean Startup; Maker Faire; Michael Pettis' China Financial Markets (Blog)

Mark Tempestilli

Trevor Thompson
  • t.a.c.thompson (at) gmail (dot) com |  Washington DC | Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn 
  • One Sentence Summary: Futurist/Futures Studies researcher and consultant. Conducted environmental scans on a wide array of topics relating to vulnerability, innovation, environment, technologies, health, and inequality. Created forecasts and conducted research for the Health and Health Care in 2032 project. Conduct weekly emerging technology forecasts.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: I am in my second year at IAF, learning the trade under some great mentors. Talk to me if you have any questions. 
  • How can FERN best help you advance our foresight career?: Connection with other foresight professionals.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: IAF

Patrick Tucker

Steven R. Walk
  • swalk@odu.edu|(757) 651-1301| Chesapeake, VA | Assistant Professor and Director, Laboratory for Technological Forecasting, Old Dominion University
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: LinkedIn
  • One Sentence Summary: I am interested in deeper understanding and modeling of technological and social change. 
  • Current Foresight Projects & Interests, and How Others Can Help: Current projects include improving projections of technological change using natural growth models. Looking for projects, collaborations, and mutual learning opportunities.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: FERN can help nurture and sustain the niche of foresight knowledge to help evolve the science of human foresight and its applications.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: Technology Management Workshop (ODU); Quantitative Technology Forecasting Techniques, Steven R. Walk, 2012 (PDF)

Fiona Wollensack
  • fiona.wollensack@ifok.de| +32.2.23 46-128 |Brussels, Belgium | Senior Consultant, IFOK GmbH
  • Where to Find Me On the Web: www.certifiedfuturestrategist.com
  • One Sentence Summary: I work for IFOK GmbH, a leading international communications and strategy consultancy specialized in issues of sustainability, and we are currently working with colleagues from 5 other European organisations to develop the International Certified Future Strategist Program.
  • Current Foresight Projects & Problems, and How Others Can Help: The International Certified Future Strategist program is a tailored, multi-modal executive education program. It is being developed to help individuals, companies and organisations address the needs of the increasingly complex and rapidly changing environment in which they act. It will help organisations and individuals better understand their business environment and future developments, equipping them with the necessary blend of skills in foresighting and strategy for initiating and dealing with change. The International Certified Future Strategist Program has the objective of establishing a new job category in Europe, and is being developed by a consortium of 6 partner organisations.
  • How can FERN best help you advance your foresight career?: FERN and the participants of the conference can help advance the development of the ICFS program by sharing their insights and feedback as we work to develop the program.
  • Foresight Communities, Media, or Resources you recommend: ICFS Program; European Dialog Consortium

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