Futurist.com History

The Basic History

Futurist.com is a company focused on the dissemination of information about the future and how to create it.

The website is designed to be your window on the future. We provide information about many future related topics, and add to this information all the time.

Our commitment is to a greater understanding of and enthusiasm about the future and future-related subjects.

Our audience is global, one of the great features of the World Wide Web. Each month visitors from about 120 nations stop by the website.

Futurist.com was founded by Glen Hiemstra. The website is designed to acquaint you with professional futurist services including keynote speaking, long-range planning retreats and consultation, scenario planning and think tanks. All programs are focused in one way or another on the development of the preferred future. For over two decades Futurist.com has assisted hundreds of private, public and non-profit enterprises in thinking about and planning for the long-term future. Most often the work been done solo, occasionally with colleagues and collaborators who have joined the Futurist.com Think Tank. The website offers information about programs and presentations, a speaking schedule, and the projects, interviews, books, and articles that Futurist.com is currently involved with.

Company History

Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra began as a professional futurist in the 1980’s, having been taught by a mentor, Dr. Ed Lindaman, who had been Director of Program Planning for Apollo at the Rockwell company. Glen knew him during his first career, in higher education. Glen literally gave his first presentation as a Futurist in 1980. Glen made a final break from an academic career to do futurist business consulting and speaking full time in 1987, originally as a business called Hiemstra International. Early in the 1990’s Glen learned of a looming technology development called Mosaic, that would change the Internet forever. He also learned that when Mosaic and browser technology became the norm it would be critical to have a “home page”. When Glen checked into it, he was surprised that no other professional futurist, many of whom had more prominent names, had thought to register “futurist.com”. So Glen did.

In the mid-1990’s Glen was completing a consulting assignment with a small town in Washington state, for the purposed of developing a community vision. A key player in that project was Brenda Cooper, the city IT manager, who also building a small enterprise developing web sites in her spare time. Glen worked with Brenda to build the original Futurist.com, in HTML. Futurist.com launched as a website in 1995 and the consulting company name changed from Hiemstra International to Futurist.com. (Brenda went on to a career as a science fiction author, futurist, and IT manager.)

In the second decade of the 21st Century, the decision was made to expand Futurist.com to include a collective of other Futurists in a Think Tank. Highly talented Futurist experts from a variety of places have joined the Think Tank. Each works as an independent Futurist and both speaking engagements and consulting assignments are referred to individuals as appropriate. Occasionally when the assignment justifies or calls for it, members of the Think Tank work as a team on a project.

Timeline

1970’s Glen Hiemstra meets Dr. Ed Lindaman, former Dir. of Program Planning for Apollo, now President of Whitworth College and a Futurist, learns of Futures Studies
1980 Glen Hiemstra delivers first “futurist” keynote speech, while still a faculty member in Communication at Whitworth
1980’s Glen Hiemstra enters PhD program at University of Washington, where he studies how computer networks will change communication
1987 Glen leaves a faculty position at Antioch University to start up a consulting company, Hiemstra International
1993 Glen learns of Mosaic and the fact that HTML and Mosaic would change the Internet into the World Wide Web
1993 Glen Hiemstra registers Futurist.com as a Home Page URL
1995 The first HTML version of Futurist.com is created on the Web by Glen Hiemstra and Brenda Cooper
1997 Futurist.com becomes an established web presence, and resulting consulting and speaking business grows
2013 The Futurist.com Think Tank is created
2021 Nikolas Badminton assumes ownership and management of Futurist.com

Futurist.com Beliefs & Values

At Futurist.com we share common core beliefs and values about the future and our role in creating the future we prefer.

The future is creatable, so we have choice.
The future is not something that just happens to us. The future is something we do.

There is a knowable future.
While much of the future is unpredictable and full of surprises, there are aspects of the future, which are relatively knowable, if we take the time to look.

The purpose of anticipating the future is not so much to figure out what to do, in the future.
Rather, the purpose is to fold an enhanced understanding of the future back on the present, and make better decisions about strategy, today.

The future creates the present.
Our images of the future – what we expect, what we fear, what we hope for, what we prefer – all exert an influence on our decisions in the present. Change our image of the future in a way that matters to us and we make different decisions today .

The future is inspiring.
Imagining the future, learning about amazing possibilities, seeing what science writers and other visionaries see, creating the future, all can be a rich source of enjoyment and inspiration