Chapter 11. Leaders - Exemplary Foresight Practitioners and Organizations

University-based Research Centers and Consultancies Notable for Foresight Work

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”.

Center or Consultancy Foresight Leaders; Org Description Region (HQ)
Arthur C. Clark Center for Human Imagination, UCSD Sheldon Brown; Understanding and enhancing the gift of human imagination, and improving prediction. 1 (San Diego, CA)
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard U Increasing information access, exploring the future of the internet and related technologies. 1 (Cambridge, MA)
Center for a Livable Future, JHU Food system sustainability, public health, and diet. 1 (Baltimore, MD)
Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics, DePaul U Applied research center for industry challenges in data mining, predictive analytics, and business intelligence. 1 (Chicago, IL)
Center for Digital Business, MIT Research and industry collaboration on IT-driven innovation. 1 (Cambridge, MA)
Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Aarhus U René Rohrbeck; Corporate foresight, technology transfer, innovation management research and consulting. 3 (Aarhus, Denmark)
Center for Future Architectures Research, U MI, 13 others, Innovation and research to create the next generation of scalable computing systems. 1 (Ann Arbor, MI)
Center for Future Urban Transport, UC Berkeley Studies the mutual interdependence of urban transportation policy and technology for sustainable future strategies. 1 (Berkeley, CA)
Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Inst of IS Largest NGO in the world devoted to curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. 1 (Monterey, CA)
Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Research in CSR, economic development, education, governance, human rights, and social entrepreneurship. 1 (Palo Alto, CA)
Center for the Digital Future, USC Research in future and impact of digital technologies, data collection and analysis, consulting for private & public orgs. 1 (Los Angeles, CA)
Earth Institute, Columbia U Climate change, environmental degradation, dev. issues. 1 (New York, NY)
Future of Humanity Inst, Oxford U Nick Bostrom, Anders Sandberg; Long range foresight. 3 (Oxford, UK)
Finland Futures Research Center, U Turku Jari Kaivo-oja; Alternative futures, sustainability and development foresight, foresight methods research. 3 (Helsinki & Turku, Finland)
Futures Academy at DIT Ela Krawczyk; strategic foresight consultancy. 3 (Dublin, Ireland)
Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, U Hawaii Politics, institutions, society, technology, population foresight. Part of the U Hawaii foresight education program. 1 (Manoa, HI)
Innogen Institute, U Edinburgh and Open U David Wield; The future of genomics and the life sciences, social and economic impact of genomics innovation. 3 (Edinburgh, UK)
Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA Exploring ethical, legal, and societal impacts of advances in genetics, genomics, and the life sciences. 1 (Los Angeles, CA)
Institute of Design, Stanford U Education in design thinking, innovation processes. 1 (Palo Alto, CA)
Isis Innovation, Oxford U Technology transfer and academic consulting for Oxford U. 3 (Oxford, UK)
Mack Center for Technological Innovation, Wharton GSB, U Penn Research on strategic innovation, emerging technologies, organizational ecosystems development. 1 (Philadelphia, PA)
Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, U of Manchester Effie Amanatidou, Luke Georghiou, Mike Keenan, Denis Loveridge; Innovation studies, economics, public policy. 3 (Manchester, UK)
Media Lab, MIT Joi Ito, Alex Pentland; Creates disruptive tech, wide-ranging research 1 (Cambridge, MA)
Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology Nick Bostrom, Anders Sandberg; Long-term foresight, emerging technologies, and existential risk. 3 (Oxford, UK)
Pardee Center for International Futures, U Denver Barry Hughes; Quantitative forecasting research. 1 (Denver, CO)
Pardee Center for the Study of the Long-Range Future at Rand GS Robert Lempert; Long range global policy, security, and the future human condition. 1 (Santa Monica, CA)
Strategic Innovation Lab, OCAD R&D in design, innovation, and strategic foresight. 1 (Toronto, CA)
World Vision Center for Social Innov, EBS and World Vision DE Advancing social innovation to address development challenges, via for-profit and non-profit approaches. 3 (Weisbaden, DE)

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