Imagining Other Futures

Changeist is a multidisciplinary consulting group and lab that helps organisations around the world identify, make sense of, structure and tell stories about what’s next.

We bring grounded research and narrative design together, to explore the near next and the far future alike. 

Why should you work with us?


Our Work

While Changeist engages in a spectrum of activities around the future, from strategic advisory to creating expert networks, below are our three focus areas.



We are always searching for weak signals, trends, and driving forces to bring rich insights to the organisations and conversations we support. We apply sensemaking tools, develop scenario narratives, imagine stories and prototype new ways of experiencing possible futures for clients and partners.


Through How to Future workshops, intensives and custom studio courses and immersions, we put the tools of futures discovery and creation into the capable hands of organisations, teams and individuals. We've create learning experiences for dozens of cultures and contexts worldwide.


We engage audiences through writing, speaking, documentaries and experimental forms of media to stimulate conversations about possible futures. This includes designing new knowledge tools, platforms and experiences that bring futures to life. Whether the Web, print, digital media, or through experiences, we connect people to futures.


Six Conversations About the Future

We sat down with a global fashion retailer to talk about the futures of globalisation, communication, experience, consumption, technology and work. 

Read more

Image: Lizzie Tregear

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Our Team

Lead by our partnership team below, Changeist is supported by talented futurists, writers, designers, curators and producers. Find out more about the broader team, and how to work with us here


Scott Smith - Managing Partner

A 25-year veteran of forecasting and strategy, Scott leads Changeist's futures research and consulting. He also guides our new platforms and partnerships. 


Susan Cox-Smith - Partner

A multidisciplinary explorer, Susan makes Changeist's projects happen, and guides development of new education and communication concepts. 


E-citizenship for Crisis Situations?

How might we respond to future humanitarian crises through technology?  Read more.

Artefact development/image: Sjef van Gaalen



Ideas & Observations


Recent Talks

Speculative Realities (video) — Scott Smith (with Nicolas Nova, Michelle Kazprzak and Edwin Gardner) — Impakt Festival, Utrecht — 26 October, 2017


Upcoming Talks and Workshops

Check back soon, more talks in process of being scheduled.

See past talks here



Check the archive of our quarterly newsletter, or subscribe. 


Recent Writing

"Speculative Humanitarian Futures" — Scott Smith — Medium

"Why We Shouldn't Teach Girls to Code" — Susan Cox-Smith — The Next Web

"Imagining Not Just Technology, But the World It Will Live In"— Scott Smith — Medium


Changeist in the Media

"Beyond Survival Kits: Humanitarian Aid Is Going Wireless, Communal, And Autonomous" — Aarathi Krishnan — Fast Company

"Think Like a Futurist to Be Prepared for the Totally Unexpected" — Christopher Mims — Wall Street Journal

Scratch and Win An Asteroid!

Artefacts to imagine futures of UK science and technology. Read more.

Image: Smithery

Arfetact Development: Smithery/Stanley James Press

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Contact Info

Phone: +31 6 5265 2000


Twitter: @changeist

Instagram: changeist



Visiting Address

A-Lab: Lab 101 / Overhoeksplein 2

1031 KS Amsterdam / The Netherlands


Postal Address


A-Lab: Lab 101 / Postbus 3322

1001 AC Amsterdam / The Netherlands



Changeist VOF is a Netherlands partnership.

Chamber of Commerce (KvK):  65729374

VAT (BTW) No: NL856234436B01

IBAN: NL24 INGB 0006 8919 23

Please consult our terms and conditions.


Directions to the Lab

We are now located in Amsterdam's A-Lab, the former Shell Great Laboratory, just a (free) 3-minute ferry ride away from Centraal Station, in Amsterdam's Noord neighborhood. Directions for driving and public transport can be found here.

Public transport/bike recommended.

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