Scott Smith — Managing Partner
Scott is best—and worst—described as futurist, taking a distinctly non-traditional approach to the role. He is also a columnist, writer, speaker, advisor and educator. As founder and managing partner of Changeist since 2007, he points the way for the team's research, and manages partnerships and strategic direction for the group.
Scott's work covers 25 years looking for and describing the "So what?" of change across technology, society, economics, the environment and politics. His time is spent between gathering new signals in the world, making sense of them at a quiet table or crowded whiteboard, giving them narrative form on sketch paper, in a text editor, or on camera. He has lived in three countries and worked in over 20, and managed forecasting and research teams in New York, Washington and London before launching Changeist.
Scott heads the Designing the Future programme for Dubai Future Academy, and lectures in the Innovation & Future Thinking programme at IED Barcelona, which he helped create. He has written for The Atlantic, Quartz, The Next Web, WIRED UK, How We Get to Next, Medium, The Long View, and HOLO 2, and spoken at major events as diverse as The Next Web, Lift, Helsinki's Flow Festival, South Australia's Open State, EPIC, SxSW, Sibos, FutureEverything, PRIMER EU, and NEXT14 and 15.
Susan Cox-Smith — Partner, Executive Producer
Drawing on over 20 years of experience as a writer, designer, creative director, interactive producer and researcher Susan seeks to enrich public engagement with possible futures.
In addition to client work, she has written for Medium, How We Get to Next, The Next Web and other publications. She has presented workshops at A/D/O in Brooklyn, Sibos in Geneva, ThingsCon Amsterdam and UXLondon, teaches at the Dubai Future Academy, and has facilitated How to Future modules in the UK, Dubai and Malta. She also speaks at various events, most recently, Fiber Festival in Amsterdam.
In her spare time, Susan supports the University of Leiden’s respected online learning lab courses, as a consultant, community coordinator and mentor.
Changeist works with a dedicated network of talented writers, designers, facilitators, and researchers. Our frequent collaborators include:
Madeline Ashby is a futurist and science fiction writer based in Toronto, Canada. Alongside supporting Changeist projects. She has worked with organizations like the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, the Atlantic Council, Strategic Innovation Lab, and others. She has conducted workshops with groups like Engineers Without Borders Canada, United Way Canada, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
She also lectures on science fiction and design thinking at OCAD University in Toronto, where she graduated with a Masters of Design from the Strategic Foresight & Innovation programme, and in creativity and collaboration at Ryerson University. Madeline is also a guest lecturer in the Designing the Future programme at the Dubai Future Academy.
She is also the author of the Machine Dynasty series, and the novel Company Town from Tor Books, which was runner up for the Canada Reads prize in 2017. Her fiction has been translated into Japanese and German.
Lily is a future-oriented designer of processes, strategies, methods, and experiences. Her current work and practice is informed by her recent thesis, "Future Flex: A Play-Based Approach to Organizational Change in the Age of Uncertainty" which was nominated for Willem de Kooning Academy's Bachelor Research Prize 2017. Her background as a visual artist and subsequent degree in Lifestyle Design with a specialization in the theory of play gives her a niche perspective on the topics of futures, organizational change, and the next generation of design thinking.
Lily currently collaborates with Zeewaardig Service Design as a Designer of Change, Playspace Studio as a Play-Thinker, and supports Changeist projects as the newest and youngest member of the futurist team. She has previously worked with BioScope Outreach Lab in Geneva, Sociedade Global in Curitiba, Brazil, and various creative studios in the US and the Netherlands. She is fascinated by new narratives, interconnectedness, change, and 'the why'.
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