Scott Smith is founder, principal and vision behind Changeist, a foresight, strategy and innovation lab created to help organizations find opportunities and develop new market spaces where technology and emerging behaviors intersect. He has over 15 years' experience as a futurist, consultant and analyst at some of the world's top research houses, developing new models and tools for monitoring and mapping insights and helping global organizations confront changing market dynamics. He also leads Changeist's partnerships for social development with non-profits and NGOs.
Scott is an acknowledged expert on blending foresight and innovation tools into strategic thinking. He was a co-author of a milestone paper on injecting ethnographic practice into futures research for the EPIC 2006 conference at Intel and has presented new methodologies for insight at a range of international symposia.
Prior to founding Changeist in 2007, he served as a futurist and director for Washington, DC-based foresight firm Social Technologies, aiding respected brands such as Nokia, Honda, Nissan, Herman Miller, P&G, Kellogg’s and McDonald’s understand and plan for the future. Prior to this, Scott led consumer and business research and consulting practices for the Yankee Group, Current Analysis and Jupiter Communications, in London, Washington, DC and New York, respectively.
Scott is a noted speaker, and has shared his vision at major conferences such as the LIFT08 and LIFT07 in Geneva, PDMA 2006, and 2007's SxSW Interactive, and his opinions have been reported by Bloomberg, Le Monde, CNN, and CNBC.
He has also presented his roadmapping methodologies at the annual conference of the Product Development Management Association (PDMA). Scott is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and a past member of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). He is also an advisor to several technology start-ups, and has been on the advisory board of Interactive Ontario's ICE conference. He guest lectures on foresight and design at various institutions, and was co-developer and an instructor for the Futurism Institute at the Duke University 2010 TIP program.
Embed: mapping the future of work and play: a case for "embedding" non-ethnographers in the field