Back to the Futurist Interview

Alexander Phillips was kind enough to interview me for the very cool “Back to the Futurist” series over at URBNFUTR.  The series highlights some interesting ideas on the future of cities and those who think about them.  Many thanks to @MelissaSterry and the entire URBNFUTR team for the recommendation. PS – Their bio is a bit outdated […]

Dubai, Science Fiction City

I recently moved to Dubai, where I snapped this shot this morning. Rolling fog in Dubai this morning looking beautiful #SciFi http://yfrog.com/h7ql5kqj Soon Chris Nelder and Alexis Madrigal picked it up, which led to over 60 RT’s and coverage in The Atlantic and Gizmodo.  Alexis said, Wow. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a city look more like “the future” than […]

Complete PhD Online

I finished my PhD at MIT this August, on “Large Scale Participatory Futures Systems: a Comparative Study of Online Scenario Planning Approaches”. I’ll write more soon, but here is the full PDF (11.4 megabytes) and the slides from my defense, below. From the abstract: This dissertation explores the role that participatory online collective intelligence systems […]

“A depression where people are afraid of the sky…”

I was just listing to an old DJ mix I did with Bruce Sterling as part of my NerdHouse Podcast. It’s from his famous Reboot 11 closing speech back in 2010. The speech is full of crushing lines, but the following ones really made me smile. Here is what the future looks like for your […]

Guest blogging at Cognitive Edge, Updated

I finished guest blogging at Dave Snowden’s Cognitive Edge site recently.  Go have a look and see what you think. So far I’ve blogged about: Foveal and Peripheral Vision Threats: What Kind of Threats Do We Face in the 21st Century? Learning to See the Unseen New Movement, New Mastery: Perceptual Dexterity in the 21st […]

Resource Bubbles & Commodity Prices: Lessons in Optimism & Pessimism

I recently contributed to an interesting white paper on the future of resource scarcity and commodity prices at GBN.  Check it out here; it’s called, “Winners and Losers in the New Commodity Price Regime” (PDF). Part of what I found so interesting about this exercise was that the project began as a heated debate over whether […]

The Future of Public Services; Innovations in Online Scenario Planning, Part 2

The following mini-scenarios were created using the SenseMaker Suite Scenarios approach developed for my PhD with Dave Snowden and Wendy Schultz.   They were auto-aggregated using narrative fragments contributed by over 265 participants from around the world.  In other words, participants submitted stories of the future, tagged them, and then the system clustered them based […]

Update from the Oxford Futures Forum, 2011

This week (April 18th) I attended the third Oxford Futures Forum at the Said Business School of Oxford University.  Among other things, the Forum aimed to: Forge and support an international community of future-minded practices aimed at actionable knowledge. It was a remarkable gathering of futures practitioners, young and old, with a partial list of […]

Design Thinking as Dog’s Dinner

My friends at Made by Many have an office Strategy Dog.  Her name is Tilly.  She lives in a cardboard box with a sign on it that says, “Strategy Department”.  She tweets at @strategydog and is rapidly gaining more followers than many of us could ever dream.  Here she is, in her full, surreal glory… […]

Eight Ideas for 21st-Century Risk Managers

UPDATE (April, 2011): The full article (“Gifts of Sight“) is now online at Risk Professional magazine.  It is behind a pay wall, but email me and I’ll send you a personal copy. I was recently asked to explain some of the concepts I use in my research to a journalist interested in new developments in […]