Appendix 2. Leaders - Exemplary Foresight Practitioners and Organizations

Foresight Specialty and Industry Membership Associations and Networks

Organizational foresight leaders and previous leaders (“prev.”) are listed below in bold, where known. Check LinkedIn Advanced Search, using org name and relevant foresight terms (strategy, foresight, forecasting, design, innovation, scenarios, etc.), org site search, (site:domainname searchstring) and general Google search to find current and past foresight leaders at each org. Use multiple negatives to eliminate urls or terms you don’t want, and use quotes to get exact phrases, like “strategic foresight” and “future of”.

Association Foresight Leaders; Assn Description Region (HQ)
Foresight Specialty – Membership Assns
AIGA: The Professional Assn for Design Advancing product, service, and environmental design. 1 (USA)
American Assn of Individual Investors Improving saving, financial planning, asset mgmt skills. 1 (USA)
American Bar Association Improving legal specialty practice and rule of law. 1 (USA)
American Creativity Association Creativity, prob solving, ideation theory, methods. 1 (USA)
American Insurance Association Leading trade association for big insurance providers. 1 (USA)
American Management Association Training in leadership, analysis, comm, IT, mktg, sales, PR, HR, finance, & project mgmt. 1 (USA)
American Marketing Association Leading assn advancing marketing theory and practice. 1 (USA)
American Planning Association Improving practice of urban and regional planning. 1 (USA)
American Society for Quality Quality and lean six sigma methods, tools, principles. 1 (USA)
American Society for Training and Development Leading assn for workplace training, employee learning & development (L&D) programs 1 (USA)
Association for Strategic Planning Strategy and planning devel. and deployment for business, nonprofits, and government. 1 (USA)
Association of Change Management Professionals Facilitating methods and training for individual and organizational feedback and change. 1 (USA)
Association of Professional Futurists Newest professional foresight practice assn. 1 (USA)
Balanced Scorecard Institute Perf. measurement and balanced scorecard certs. Partner w/ Assn for Strategic Planning. 1 (USA)
Benchmarking Network Determining best practices for the firm by reviewing the competitive environment. 1 (USA)
CFA Institute Global assoc. of 120K chartered investment professnls. 1 (USA)
Chartered Institute of Personnel & Devel. Wilson Wong; Building HR, talent, and org. developmnt. 3 (London, UK)
Collective Intelligence Academic Community Beth Noveck; Platforms, HCI, crowdsourcing, solving, funding, founding, group dynamics. 1 (New York, NY)
Digital Analytics Association Jim Sterne; Digital Analytics, eMetrics Marketing, and Text Analytics conferences. 1 (USA)
European Working Group on Decision Support Systems Modeling, expert systems, data vis., GIS, collaborative decisionmaking and support.. 3 (Leeds, UK)
Foresight Institute Christine Peterson; Nanotechnology, AI, and abundance. 1 (Palo Alto, CA)
Foresight University John Smart; Foresight training, entrepreneurship support, and retreats. 1 (Los Gatos, CA)
Founder Institute Helping founders to do internal or external startups. 1 (USA)
Institute for Operations Research & Mgmt Sciences (INFORMS) Operations resrch, mgmt sciences, data analytics. 1 (USA)
International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Group processes, consensus facilitation, conflict resolution, KM. Certifications. 1 (Toronto, Canada)
International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis Interdisciplinary research on envir., econ., tech., and social systems and global change. 3 (Laxenburg, Austria)
International Institute of Forecasters Advancing quantitative and judgmental forecasting. 1 (USA)
International Leadership Association Developing leadership and change mgmt practices. 1 (USA)
Internat’l Society for Professional Innovation Mgmt (ISPIM) Researchers, industrialists, institutions, and consultants in innovation management. 3 (UK)
Institute of Internal Auditors Assessing whether internal accounting and metrics are useful and accurate. 1 (USA)
Institute of Management Accountants Cost acct, financial planning, decision support, BI skills. 1 (USA)
Intrapreneurship Conference An oft-neglected skill for large firms, self-funded accelerators, startups and spinouts. 1 (USA)
Issue Management Council Advancing the emerging discipline of issue management. 1 (USA)
KPI Institute Performance management best practices, including Benchmarking, KPIs, and OKRs. 1 (USA)
National Association of Sales Professionals Certification and training in sales trends, strategies, and customer acquisition techniques. 1 (USA)
National Customer Service Association Best practices in customer service and satisfaction development. 1 (USA)
National Federation of Indep. Business Advocacy for small business owners in the US. 1 (USA)
National Speakers Association Professional speaker business and skill development. 1 (USA)
National Venture Capital Association Global events and platforms for entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists 1 (USA)
North American Simulation and Gaming Association Physical and digital “serious games”, strategy games, wargames, gamestorming. 1 (USA)
Open Data Science Community Large annual global conferences for the DS community. Focus on PA and ML (AI). 1 (USA)
Operations Research Society Operations research publications, conferences, courses. 3 (Birmingham,UK)
Product Development and Mgmt Assoc. Global advocate for product dev & mgmt professionals. 1 (USA)
Research and Development Management Association Publish the academic and business journal R&D Management. Presently no conference. 3 (Chester, UK)
Risk Management Society (RIMS) Global leader in risk management practices (insurance, finance, acctg, legal, IT, HR, etc). 1 (USA)
Security Industry Association Cross-industry best practices in physical and informational security (cybersecurity). 1 (USA)
Society for Risk Analysis Improving risk assessment, comm, mgmt and policy. 1 (USA)
Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) Strategy and comp. intelligence (legal and ethical info gathering and analysis) practice. 1 (USA)
Society for Human Resource Mgmt World’s largest HR membership association. 1 (USA)
US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Bridges academia and industry to improve entrepreneurial education and training. 1 (USA)
World Future Society – Prof. Members Julia Steele; Conferences, publisher of The Futurist magazine. 1 (USA)
World Futures Studies Federation Jennifer Gidley; Developing futures studies field. Online
Industry Specialty – Membership Assns
American Statistical Association Promoting statistical practice, applic. and research. 1 (USA)
Institute of Management Consultants Certifying body and professional association for management consultants and firms in the USA. 1 (USA)
Intnatl Assn of Law Enforc Intell Analysts Org representing law enforcement analysts. 1 (USA)
Investment Mgmt Consultants Assn (IMCA) Investment consulting and wealth management credentials and educational offerings. 1 (USA)
National Crowdfunding Association Advancing the crowdfunding and investing market. 1 (Dallas, TX)
National Venture Capital Association Advocates for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. 1 (USA)
Police Futurists International Improving criminal and social justice and professionalizing policing using futures research. 1, 3 (USA, Europe)
Project Management Institute Project mgmt’s global professional assocition. 100K members. 1 (Newton Square, PA)
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Leading membership organization for I-O psychology. 1 (USA)
Society of Actuaries Professional assn for modeling financial risk and contingent events. 1 (Schaumberg, IL)
TBK Consult Network and conference for software companies and consultants that use and develop software. 1,3 (USA,Denmark)
Foresight Specialty Networks (Free)
Foresight Education & Research Network Susan Fant, Director; An onramp to the global foresight practice community. 1 (USA)
Public Sector Foresight Network For govt officials involved in foresight work (IAF). 1 (USA)
For many more orgs, see:
GlobalForesight – Foresight Organizations

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Table of Contents


Chapter 2. Personal Foresight – Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 2: Personal Foresight

Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 4. Models – Foundations for Organizational Foresight

Chapter 4: Models

Foundations for Organizational Foresight

Chapter 7. Acceleration – Guiding Our Extraordinary Future

Chapter 7: Acceleration

Guiding Our Extraordinary Future (In Process)

II. Global Progress: 5 Goals, 10 Values, Many Trends

Innovation: Our Abundant Future
Intelligence: Our Augmented Future
Interdependence: Our Civil Future
Immunity: Our Protected Future
Sustainability: Our Rebalanced Future

III. Universal Accelerating Change

Great Race to Inner Space: Our Surprising Future
Entropy&Information: We’re Running Down & Up
The Puzzle of Meaning: We Have No Einstein Yet
Trees, Funnels & Landscapes: Intro to Evo Devo
Big Picture Change: Five Scales of Accelerating ED
Transcension Hypothesis: Where Acceleratn Ends?
IDABDAK: Social Response to Accel & Developmnt
We’re On a Runaway Train: Being Accelaware

IV. Evo Devo and Exponential Foresight

Seeing It All: Accel., Diverg, Adapt, Convrg, Decel.
Natural (I4S) Innovation: The Evolutionary Drive
Natural (I4S) Intelligence: The Human-AI Partnership
Natural (I4S) Morality: Why Empathy and Ethics Rule
Natural (I4S) Security: Strength from Disruption
Natural (I4S) Sustainability: The Developmental Drive
S-Curves: Managing the Four Constituencies
Pain to Gain: Traversing the Three Kuznets Phases
Hype to Reality: Beyond Hype Cycles to Reality Checks
Exponentials Database: Measuring Accelerations
TINA Trends: Societal Evolutionary Development
Managing Change: STEEPCOP Events, Probs, Ideas
A Great Shift: A Survival to a Sentient Economy

V. Evo Devo and Exponential Activism

Building Protopias: Five Goals of Social Progress
Normative Foresight: Ten Values of Society
Top & STEEPCOP Acceleratns: Positive & Negative
Dystopias, Risks, and Failure States
Three Levels of Activism: People, Tech & Universe
A Great Opportunity: Exponential Empowerment


Chapter 8. Your Digital Self – The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

Chapter 8: Your Digital Self

The Human Face of the Coming Singularity (In Process)

I. Your Personal AI (PAI): Your Digital Self

Digital Society: Data, Mediation, and Agents
Personal AIs: Advancing the Five Goals
PAI Innovation: Abundance and Diversity
PAI Intelligence: Bio-Inspired AI
PAI Morality: Selection and Groupnets
PAI Security: Safe Learning Agents
PAI Sustainability: Science and Balance
The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

II. PAI Protopias & Dystopias in 8 Domains

1. Personal Agents: News, Ent., Education
2. Social Agents: Relat. and Social Justice
3. Political Agents :  Activism & Represent.
4. Economic Agents:  Retail, Finance, Entrep
5. Builder Agents :  Work, Innov. & Science
6. Environ. Agents : Pop. and Sustainability
7. Health Agents :  Health, Wellness, Death
8. Security Agents :  Def., Crime, Corrections

III. PAI Activism & Exponential Empowerment

Next Government: PAIs, Groupnets, Democ.
Next Economy: Creat. Destr. & Basic Income
Next Society: PAI Ent., Mortality & Uploading
What Will Your PAI Contribution Be?

Chapter 10. Startup Ideas – Great Product & Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs

Chapter 10: Startup Ideas

Great Product and Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs (In Process)

I. 4U’s Idea Hub: Building Better Futures

Air Deliveries and Air Taxis: Finally Solving Urban Gridlock
Ballistic Shields and Gun Control: Protecting Us All from Lone Shooters
Bioinspiration Wiki: Biomimetics and Bio-Inspired Design
Brain Preservation Services: Memory and Mortality Redefined
Carcams: Document Thieves, Bad Driving, and Bad Behavior
Competition in Govt Services: Less Corruption, More Innovation
Computer Adaptive Education (CAE): Better Learning and Training
Conversational Deep Learning Devsuites: Millions of AI Coders
Digital Tables: Telepresence, Games, Entertainment & Education
Dynaships: Sustainable Low-Speed Cargo Shipping
Electromagnetic Suspension: Nausea-Free Working & Reading in Cars
Epigenetic Health Tests: Cellular Aging, Bad Diet, Body Abuse Feedback
Fireline Explosives and Ember Drones: Next-Gen Fire Control
Global English: Empowering the Next Generation of Global Youth
Greenbots: Drone Seeders and Robotic Waterers for Mass Regreening
High-Density Housing and Zoning: Making Our Cities Affordable Again
Highway Enclosures and Trail Networks: Green and Quiet Urban Space
Inflatable Packaging: Faster and Greener Shipping and Returns
Internet of Families: Connecting People Over Things
Kidcams: Next-Gen Security for Child Safety and Empowerment
Kidpods: Indoor & Outdoor Parent-Assistive Toyboxes
Microdesalination: Democratizing Sustainable Fresh Water Production
Noise Monitors: Documenting and Reducing Noise Pollution
Oceanside Baths: Sustainable Year Round Beach Enjoyment
Open Blood Scanners: DIY Citizen Health Care Sensor Tech
Open Streaming Radio: User-Centered Audio Creation and Rating
Open Streaming Video: User-Centered Video Creation and Rating
Open Values Filters: Social Rankers, Arg. Mappers, and Consensus Finders
Personal AIs: Your Private Advisor, Activist, and Interface to the World
Pet Empowerment: Next-Gen Rights and Abilities for Our Domestic Animals
Safe Closets: Fire-, Earthquake-, and Intruder-Proof Retreat Spaces
Safe Cars: Reducing Our Insane 1.3M Annual Auto Deaths Today
Safe Motorcycles: Lane Splitting in Gridlock Without Risk of Death
Shared Value Insurance: User-Centered Risk Reduction Services
Sleeperbuses and Microhotels: Demonetized Intercity Travel
Space-Based Solar Power: Stratellite Powering and Weather Management
Stratellites: Next-Gen Urban Broadband, Transparency, and Security
Touch DNA: Next-Gen Home Security and Crime Deterrence
View Towers: Improving Urban Walkability, Inspiration, and Community

Chapter 11. Evo Devo Foresight – Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Chapter 11: Evo Devo Foresight

Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Appendix 1. Peer Advice – Building a Successful Foresight Practice