While Changeist engages in a spectrum of activities around the future, from strategic advisory to creating expert networks, below are our three focus areas.
Research & Strategy
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 scenarios, imagine stories and prototype new ways of experiencing possible futures for clients and partners.
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, using foresight as a tool for communicating change.
Imagining the Future of the Gulf Region
From our work over the past few years in the Gulf region, Changeist has distilled and packaged a set of macrotrends we expect to impact and shape the region over the next decade or more.
Lead by our partnership team below, Changeist is supported by talented futurists, strategists, 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, 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 collaborative concepts.
Ideas & Observations
Listen to new episodes of Underfutures.
Upcoming Talks and Workshops
IMPACT 19: Market Research Association. Scott Smith will join a panel to discuss how foresight, scenarios, artefacts and speculative fiction can enrich our understanding of possible futures. More.
See past talks here.
"What Will Everyday Space Look Like?" — Scott Smith — Medium
"Speculative Humanitarian Futures" — 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
Our Quarterly Newsletter
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Some of the organisations we’ve worked with include:
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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.