Learning About Imagination from Futurists

Posted By on November 3, 2016

Scientific American was at the Futurist Imagination Retreat organized by the Imagination Institute and the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto, California. Here are some highlights:

Participants in the retreat included professional futurists Stuart Candy(an expert in experiential futures and director of Situation Lab); Jamais Cascio (one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers); Tessa Finlev (a specialist in peace and conflict resolution through futures thinking); Dylan Hendricks (the director of the annual Ten- Year Forecast at IFTF), Jane McGonigal (an expert in use of games to promote collaborative futures thinking), Sarah Smith (a research director at IFTF specializing in the future of food), and Kathi Vian (a distinguished fellow at IFTF with 42 years’ experience as a futurist). They were engaged in discussion by me and Elizabeth Hyde of the Imagination Institute, and blogger and journalist Mark Fraunfelder.

You can read the full report here, prepared by Jane McGonigal and Mark Frauenfelder. Also, here’s a cool write-up at BoingBoing, written by Mark Frauenfelder.


Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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