Work: Futurist, technologist, cultural diplomat. I help people “time-travel” and explore realms they wouldn’t ordinarily – mostly for building systemic resilience – but also the pleasure of intelligent leisure.
[oh wait, let me explain that a bit]
A futurist ≠ shiny/scary trend forecaster or opinionated oracle. Possible realities are constantly competing for dominance. Which means we have a hand in choosing which future triumphs.
I act as a scout, gathering evidence to help select routes, where the golden opportunities and hazards might be, and fitness for the future terrain we WANT to live in vs. stumbling ahead magically hoping for the best.
Assuming continuity is seductive but ultimately, silly. History smashes the error of predictability every time. But, being aggressively scared yet prepared with shotguns, bunkers, & baked beans, is no good for your general enjoyment of life.
We ARE in a precarious, dangerous place but – as timeless stories have primed us – humans up against improbable odds, will eke out the win that nobody saw coming. Which may just be the kind of fun for which you were born.
Raiding history, interrogating data & non-human intelligence for clues, understanding & tinkering with the constituent parts and properties of emerging tech, shaking out business models, (bizarre) cultural behaviour make my work fascinating and useful. Come do this with me.Quality minds wanted for exploration, observation & experimentation:
Holidays are awkward for smart people. Do you find aliveness in cognitive challenge or intensely learning & trying stuff – for kicks? Polymath who regularly reinvents their identity … because living only one version of life is a horrible waste?
Expeditions! Sabbaticals! Cultural diplomacy! Citizen science! Makeathons! Brainy travel!