Here I want to introduce a group of colleagues, each of whom has contributed to Futurist.com from time to time while doing their own work. Some have full time jobs, some are terrific business consultants, some are professional writers, some more than one of those. Each has something to say about building positive and productive futures.
Glen Hiemstra, Founder
Glen founded Futurist.com in 1997, a decade into his career as a professional futurist. Glen is recognized internationally for his work on future trends and preferred futuring. Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations and served as a technical advisor for futuristic television programs. He is the author of Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future. His website is regularly visited by people from over 120 nations. Read more about Glen in his full bio.
Brenda Cooper, Co-Creator
Brenda is a technology professional, a science fiction writer and a futurist. As a futurist, she has worked with Glen Hiemstra for over fifteen years. Brenda writes periodically for Futurist.com and engages in public speaking about the future, technology and writing. She also writes a monthly column for Futurismic called Todayâ€™s Tomorrows and is a member of the Futurist Board for the Lifeboat Foundation.
Dr. Tracie Hiemstra
Tracie Hiemstra, Ph.D., has a passion for helping individuals and enterprises create their future by guiding their discovery of vision, values, and goals and translating them into action and life-balance. With decades of original research, she has authored the Life Balance ScaleÂ© and various other models, books, and empowering materials, including a motivational video. Dr. Tracie writes occasionally for the section Creating Your Future. She spent many years consulting for Boeing, then a few running a specialty retail store she owned, and now is back into consulting.
Rev. Dave Brown is a Presbyterian minister at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington. Dave is a writer, thinker, futurist, blues music expert and originator of a unique blues music worship experience. He is the winner of an award for service in promoting blues music. Dave has worked extensively around the U.S. on issues of religion in contemporary society that confront public educators. With a Masters in Divinity from Princeton, he is an original and provocative thinker. Dave served as consultant to the National Council of Churches and the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation.
David Brin is a noted author with a wide readership, a futurist, and a keynote speaker. Weâ€™ve been recommending his non-fiction work â€œThe Transparent Societyâ€ which won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. David is also a scientist and a very popular science fiction writer, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for books in 20+ languages, such as Startide Rising, The Postman (filmed in 1997), Glory Season, the Uplift War, Earth, Brightness Reef, Infinityâ€™s Shore, Heavenâ€™s Reach, Foundationâ€™s Triumph, and more. More importantly, David Brin works relentlessly with others to create a positive future for humankind.
Richard Wilkinson, MPA, M.A., has 30 years experience as a human resources executive, consultant, adult educator, and manager. Richard is currently Human Resources Director for the International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at the University of Washington. I-TECH trains health care workers in Africa, India and the Caribbean in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of infectious diseases, including AIDS, TB and malaria.
Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A., is an expert in building leadership capacity inside organizations, managing large-scale change, and facilitating groups to help them make strategic decisions and build high performance work environments. Her current pursuits have her exploring the future of China’s role in the global economy as well as the future of publishing. Her website is currently under construction, but she can always be reached by email.
Greg is a beloved and widely honored writer, author of Darwin’s Radio, Darwin’s Children, Blood Music, Eon, Queen of Angels and others which have led the way in imagining the possibilities of human biology in the near and far future. DARWIN’S RADIO won the 2001 Nebula Award for best novel from the Science Fiction Writers of America. His most recent novel is Quantico.
Michael Vassar is President of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), and provides overall leadership of the SIAI as it develops its research capabilities and its role as a forum for discussion of the challenges and potential of artificial general intelligence. He is also responsible for the organization of the Singularity Summit. Previously, he was a Founder and Chief Strategist at SirGroovy.com, an online music licensing firm. Prior to that, he held positions with Aon, the Peace Corps, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Michael has been writing and speaking on topics related to the safe development of disruptive technologies for a number of years: his papers include the Lifeboat Foundation analysis of the risks of advanced molecular manufacturing co-authored with Robert Freitas, and “Corporate Cornucopia”, authored for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology Task Force. He holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in biochemistry. Michael can be reached by email.
Jean is the Managing Partner of Brittingham Partners, an innovation and sustainability engine and network. Jean focuses her over 15 years of experience in sustainable futures on designing and leading cross-sector collaborations and executive strategy and visioning initiatives. She works with a diverse client group that includes Fortune 100 companies, innovative start-ups, local and national governments, and NGOS. Jean is a member of the Consumer Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and her other passion is the support and promotion of women entrepreneurs.
Don Forbes is the Principle of Forbes Management Group. He has a wealth of public sector and private sector experience in the fields of transportation and organizational effectiveness. He has worked for CH2M HILL in a variety of roles, including Region Manager for Transportation in their Southeast Region. Formerly he was the Director of the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Mark Safford has spent the past three decades thinking about, studying and planning public policy for national security, international relations and global transportation and logistics for three U.S. Government agencies: the Navy, the State Department and most recently the Department of Transportation. Now as an independent consultant, speaker and futurist, he continues to ponder these and related topics, the major factors that drive them, what their futures may turn out to be, and how best to position ourselves to make them what we want them to be, rather than let them make us. He has contributed to scenario-based planning exercises to assist more than a dozen U.S. Government agencies plan for a future marked by a bewildering variety of uncertainties. He can be reached by email.
Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist/futurist associated with Tamkang University, Taiwan and the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Sohail has authored/edited twenty books and CDs, including Youth Futures, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians, The Causal Layered Analysis Reader and Questioning the Future. He has also edited ten special issues of journals on topics such as City Futures, Anticipatory Action Learning, the Futures of South Asia and State Justiciary Futures, He has authored over 350 refereed journal articles, book chapters and magazine editorials. Sohail has conducted futures workshops for over a hundred organization in Australia and internationally, he has presented to Unesco, Organization of Islamic Conference, APEC, the Thai Capital Markets Academy, International Crime Stoppers, the Pearls in Policing Executive Training program, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Health Canada, the European Academic Cooperation Association, University Sains Malaysia, and Ministries of numerous governments. He has also presented to numerous associations on the topic of city futures, including the Asia-Pacific Cities Summit, Local Government Managers Association in Queensland and Victoria. He teaches an annual foresight course for Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza Executive Education. From 1999-2010, he was the editor of the Journal of Futures Studies.