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Scott Smith      

Futurist, Strategist, Digital Society Expert

Scott Smith is the founder of Changeist, a lab, research tank and consultancy created to identify and make sense of weak signals of change. His work is built on over 20 years’ experience tracking social, cultural, technological and economic trends, and helping organizations navigate complex futures.

Before founding Changeist, Scott served as director of research applications and futurist at Social Technologies (now Innovaro), a foresight and innovation company, leading visioning around consumer lifestyles, social values and emerging technology. Prior to this, he spent a decade leading start-up research and consulting teams for international technology research firms in New York City, Washington, DC, and London. He has consulted to and developed research for some of the largest brands, non-profits and government agencies worldwide.

Scott has co-authored papers on ethnographic futures, and playful methods in foresight, as well as dozens of studies and briefings on topics such as the future of computing, media, transportation, sustainability, energy, food and cities.

Scott has been quoted in Le Monde, Fast Company, and MIT Technology Review, had his writing featured on Gizmodo and his work covered on WIRED and BoingBoing.

Scott has guest lectured at the Royal College of Art in London, and has been a returning speaker at LIFT and FutureEverything, spoken at SXSW, EPIC and Improving Reality, and run workshops from Japan to India to Finland. He was co-developer and advisor for the Futures Institute at the Duke University TIP program and is currently a visiting lecturer in Innovation and Futures at IED Barcelona and CEDIM in Mexico. He is also a commentary writer for global business site Quartz.

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