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.
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 collaborative concepts.
Ideas & Observations
Speculative Realities (video) — Scott Smith (with Nicolas Nova, Michelle Kazprzak and Edwin Gardner) — Impakt Festival, Utrecht — 26 October, 2017
Upcoming Talks and Workshops
Ethics in Design Fiction — Scott Smith will be talking about the role of design fiction and speculative design in an increasingly complex public sphere at Primer Conference EU, in Helsinki, 10-11 September, 2018. More.
Dubai Future Academy Strategic Foresight — We're delivering training for future foresight in Dubai for government and private sector. If you're in the region, check it out. More.
Scott Smith will be a guest lecturer at IED Barcelona's 'Innovation & Future Thinking' Summer Course 17-18 July. More.
See past talks here.
"What Will Everyday Space Look Like?" — Scott Smith — Medium
"Speculative Humanitarian Futures" — Scott Smith — Medium
"Designing Dubai's Future," — 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
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Is it real? Does it matter?
Scott Smith will speak about the role of ethics in speculation at Primer EU, Europe's first conference on design fiction and speculative design.
10-11 September - Helsinki, FI
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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.