Bringing Futures Closer

The future is our working material. Since 2007, we’ve helped organisations and audiences globally grasp complex futures through the power of research, sensemaking and engagement.

We mix the grounded with fantastical, the mundane with unexpected, the real with visionary to ask provocative questions and illuminate new possibilities.

We carefully research, understand, curate and create experiences that stretch strategic thinking, materialise the new, and connect with people about what comes next.


Why you should 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.


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.



Live from the Future

Changeist brings its Underfutures podcast to two live public events at me Convention in Frankfurt, September 12 and 13. Join us! 

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Our Team

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. 

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 Susan Cox-Smith - Partner

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


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. 

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Ideas & Observations


Listen to new episodes of Underfutures.

Available on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other podcast platforms. Follow on Twitter @underfutures, or view the archive of recordings and liner notes at


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, at Next in Hamburg on 20 September to discuss how we equip those to come for uncertain futures. More.

See past talks here

Recent Writing

"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

Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter on Substack, or see recent issues.  

Some of the organisations we’ve worked with include: 


Contact Info:

Phone: +31 6 5265 2000


Twitter: @changeist

Instagram: changeist

Postal Address:

van Woudekade 23

2274 KC


The Netherlands




Changeist VOF is a Netherlands partnership.

Chamber of Commerce (KvK):  65729374

VAT (BTW) No: NL856234436B01

IBAN: NL24 INGB 0006 8919 23

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