Appendix 2. Leaders - Exemplary Foresight Practitioners and Organizations

Internships that Can Involve Foresight Work – A Starter List

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”.

Company Distinguishing Strength What Company Wants Locations
A.T. Kearney Superlative strategy service 3rd-4th yr college; MBA? Italy, Northern Europe,etc.
Accenture One of the world’s largest (152,000+) 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-2nd yr MBA on-site around the world
Advisory Board Company Big-name healthcare specialists 3rd-4th yr college; MBA Washington, DC
Alvarez & Marsal Turnaround! ~ ~
Analysis Group, Inc Independent assessments and economic “Analysis” (serious economists: “perpetual students”) ~
Aon Consulting Worldwide Premier human capital and management early, rotational, and direct development programs ~
Bain & Company Strategy: “a slightly different angle” 3rd-4th yr college & 1st yr MBA: “high degree of enthusiasm/motivation” nearly all offices (30+)
BearingPoint Inc. Management & technology; public company ~ ~
Booz Allen Hamilton Giant–private and government–worldwide “best and brightest” MBA & advanced degrees many local offices
Boston Consulting Group Management consulting–generalists ~ ~
Cambridge Associates LLC Financial & investment advice to institutions: universities; nonprofits; pensions; governments ~ ~
Capgemini Technology and outsourcing: “collaborative” ~ ~
Cornerstone Research Complex litigation support; testimony: “where lawyers go for counsel” 3rd-4th yr college: “summer analysts”; 1st-2nd yr MBA or PhD candidates: “summer associates” select offices in the US
Corporate Executive Board Membership network; research sharing options: client support; website; corporate finance London, UK
CRA International, Inc. Disputes between giants, public and private ~ ~
Deloitte Consulting LLP Returning from trouble to financial health ~ ~
Diamond Mgmt & Tech Consultants “Best technology consultants” ~ on-site
First Manhattan Consulting Group “All senior executives at major financial institutions” 3rd-4th yr college mostly NY; some in Melbourne
FTI Consulting, Inc Rescue specialists; litigation support and prevention ~ ~
Gallup Consulting People-centered deep research background 3rd-4th yr college:accounting;; development; technical projects; MBA or PhD candidates: World Poll internship (not consulting) Omaha; Princeton or Washington DC
Hewitt Associates Human Resources “trailblazer” ~ ~
Huron Consulting Group Financial/operating “rescue services” ~ ~
IBM Global Services Big Blue: from computers to services ~ ~
Katzenbach Partners LLC Megaclients; executives; nonhierarchical MBA for “summer associates”: curiosity, multidisciplinary, leadership; “sustained record of achievements”. Highly selective. NY, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco
Kurt Salmon Associates Retail/health care/corporate financial 3rd-4th yr college; MBA? ~
L.E.K. Consulting Finance/strategy/leisure market/biotech ~ ~
LECG Legal testimony/litigation support ~ ~
Lippincott Branding; “customer experience mapping” 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-2nd yr MBA; brand identity OR retail practice ~
Marakon Associates “Elite, boutique” strategy Relatively small number: 3rd-4th yr college & MBA London, NY, Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore
Mars & Co Exclusive loyalty to select clients ~ ~
McKinsey & Company “The Firm”–most desirable employer ~ ~
Mercer HR Consulting Human Resources–largest firm 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-2nd yr MBA on-site “attend all sessions”
Monitor Group Financial/strategy ~ ~
Navigant Consulting, Inc. Helping companies navigate through change 3rd-4th yr college “summer associates”: engineering, economics, finance US, Canada, and the UK
NERA Economic Consulting Economic analysis and advice; litigation ~ ~
Oliver Wyman Three companies in one intelligent, analytical, and highly motivated ~
Parthenon Group Small/selective/loyal/strategy 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-yr MBA: “extremely selective” on-site
PRTM “Innovation” (for senior executives) ~ ~
Putnam Associates Health care strategy: pharmaceutical & biotech ~ ~
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Powerful German strategy firm; political 3rd-4th yr college “internships”; MBAs “summer associate positions” Troy, Michigan
Towers Perrin HR/benefits/pensions; financial; catastrophe risk management ~ ~
Watson Wyatt Worldwide Human Resources: global 3rd-4th yr college & 1st-2nd yr MBA; depends on practice & office on-site around the world
ZS Associates Sales Territory innovators; academic atmosphere 3rd-4th yr college: “business analyst interns”; 1st-2nd yr MBA: “summer associates” Paris and Frankfurt; all locations

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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