While Changeist engages in a spectrum of activities around the future, from strategic advisory to creating expert networks, below are our three focus areas.
Sensemaking & Strategic Thinking
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.
Education & Capacity Building
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.
Communication & Engagement
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 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
Listen to new episodes of Underfutures.
Upcoming Talks and Workshops
me Convention — Scott Smith and Madeline Ashby will host special sessions at this event, a collaboration between SxSW and Mercedes-Benz, on 12-13 September in Frankfurt. More
Next 19 — Scott Smith will join Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner of Wales, and Dr Eliza Filby at Next in Hamburg on 20 September to discuss how we equip those to come for uncertain 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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