Appendix 2. Leaders - Exemplary Foresight Practitioners and Organizations

Mid-Size Companies (100-499 Emps) Doing Leading Foresight Work (non-Govt, Defense, or Consulting)

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 Foresight Leaders; Company Description Region (HQ)
Adaptive Insights Leader in cloud-based corporate performance management. 3, 1 (London, Palo Alto)
Airbnb Global marketplace for listing, discovering, and booking lodging. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
AngelList Social network for angels funding early-stage startups 1 (San Francisco, CA)
BrightSource Energy Largest solar thermal plant. US-Israeli renewable energy pioneers. 1 (Oakland, CA)
DonorsChoose Charles Best; Educational needs crowdfunding platform. 1 (New York, NY)
DraperFisherJurvetson Tim Draper, Steve Jurvetson, Founders; Venture capital 1 (Menlo Park, CA)
Dropbox Cross-platform file sync and sharing, online backup. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Expect Labs Anticipatory software listens to conversations, suggests relevant info. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Fitbit Wireless activity trackers for quantified health and fitness. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
ForeSee Customer modeling and experience surveys, annoying pop-up style. 1 (Ann Arbor, MI)
i4C Analytics Analytics for business forecasting, prediction, optimization. 5 markets. 3 (Milan, Italy)
iHub Innovation hub and hackerspace for Nairobi technology community. 5 (Nairobi, Kenya)
Indiegogo International crowdfunding site. Backing crowdfounding (JOBS Act). 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Kaggle Predictive modeling & analytics competitions. 95K data scientists. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Kickstarter World’s largest crowdfunding platform for creative projects. 1 (New York, NY)
Lit Motors Eric Miller, Transportation Futurist; Self-balancing motorcycles. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Oxford Innovation Operates 21 Innovation Centers for companies and govt bodies. 3 (Oxford, UK)
PEDCO High performance engineering, planning, and sustainable design. 1 (Cincinnati, OH)
Predictix Predictive analytics & decision suppt. for apparel, grocery, hardlines. 1 (Atlanta, GA)
Quirky Crowdfounding consumer products innovation platform. 1 (New York, NY)
Rapiscan Systems Chuck Brooks; Global security equipment manufacturer. 1 (Torrance, CA)
Relex Supply chain optimization and forecasting solutions. 3 (Helsinki, Finland)
Rethink Robotics Rodney Brooks, CTO; Industrial Robotics 1 (Boston, MA)
SXSW Film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences. 1 (Austin, TX)
Tagetik Corporate performance mgmt, planning, and forecasting. 3 (Lucca, Italy)
TED Edutainment 1 (New York, NY)
Twitter Social networking and microblogging service. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Uber Ridesharing and vehicle for hire transportation services. 1 (San Francisco, CA)
Valve Video game development and digital distribution leaders. 1 (Kirkland, WA)
Vontobel Asset Mgmt Long-term growth & value investment firm. $42B in assets managed. 1 (New York, NY)
XL Hybrids Hybrid drivetrain conversion technology for fleet vehicles. 1 (Boston, MA)
Yelp Urban guide and business crowdrating and review platform. 1 (San Francisco, CA)

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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