Futures Festival 2019 Team

Futures Festival Team

Amy Hosotsuji

Futures Festival Organizer
Amy Hosotsuji
Founder, The Futures Network

Amy Hosotsuji is the founder of The Futures Network for changemakers, activists, artists, designers, futurists, scientists, and others. The Futures Network is a space to convene, share and discuss respective, diverse visions for the future. Amy is also Coordinator, Innovation and Electoral Transformation at Elections Ontario. Previously, she worked in community development and youth social entrepreneurship. She was a network coordinator, facilitator, and equity and organizational development consultant for six years. She also loves singing!

Contact Amy Hosotsuji

Email: hello@futuresfestival.online

Twitter: @hoso2g

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyhosotsuji/

Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Organizer

Bryan Alexander

Futures Festival Organizer
Bryan Alexander
Futurist, Educator, Speaker, Writer

Profile coming soon.

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Cheryl May

Futures Festival Organizer
Cheryl May
Consultant/Advisor

Cheryl May is a specialist in strategic foresight, governance and process design. She is a four-time executive director, entrepreneur, writer, and designer. Cheryl was the practice lead for social innovation at MaRS and has also worked with Tides Canada, Artscape, and Community Innovation Lab. She is currently working with the Centre for Social Innovation on the Impact Dashboard.

Cheryl led the development of 211, the Pan-Canadian human services information system, which currently serves 26 million Canadians. Consequently, she received the Ontario Federal Council Leadership through Collaboration Award, Showcase Ontario Diamond Award, and Head of the Public Service Award. In 2018 she was appointed to the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, a Crown corporation. Her foresight work includes Futures of Canadian Identities with Canadian Heritage.

In 2017, she completed a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. Currently, she is initiating PhD research on for-benefit corporations.

Contact Cheryl May

Email: maysie@cherylmayconsulting.com

Consulting website: https://www.cherylmayconsulting.com/

Project website: https://www.cherylmayproject.space/

Twitter: @MayRichings

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylmay/

Thesis: A New Model – The role of the for-benefit corporation in Canada

Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Organizer

Association of Professional Futurists
Member

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Graciela Guadarrama

Futures Festival Organizer
Graciela Guadarrama
Design Researcher | Strategist | Futurist

Graciela Guadarrama has experience in innovation and design from problem finding to solving – she likes to make sense of the complex, wicked problems critical to a sustainable future. Originally from Mexico City, her background is in Industrial design; particular areas she works in are social innovation, design and systems thinking, and mapping. She is an avid workshop facilitator and enjoys participatory, co-creation sessions. Graciela incorporates in her practice both primary and secondary research methodologies and her interest and expertise include Experiential Futures and Strategic Foresight. Grace has worked with the public sector, nonprofits and startups as well as with big companies such as BASF and Compass Group. Her projects often vary in the expertise within the team and the industries themselves, which has shown her the many applications of design and the myriad faces of innovation. She is now part of Futures Space, a network of freelance Futurists in Germany who help organizations shape a better future.

Contact Graciela Guadarrama Baena

Website: gracielagb.com

Project Website: gracielagb.com

Website: https://home.futures-space.com/

Twitter: @okanaga86

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gracielaguadarrama/

Thesis: Air Pollution in Mexico City

Article: My Journey into Space

Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Organizer

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Hala Beisha

Futures Festival Organizer
Hala Beisha
Futurist and Transformation Strategist

Hala Beisha is a designer, futurist and strategist with a focus on the human factor. She partners with emerging and established leaders of Fortune 500 companies to identify “leverage points” and amplify what works. She works with professionals navigating complex and transforming environments and that include multinational companies, law practices, global construction companies and scaling tech firms.

With an MBA and a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, she combines creative and analytical thinking to design outcomes that move the dial. Hala has worked in cities around the globe and in Toronto to build brand equity and to increase market share for brands such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt International.

Hala volunteers as a board member to support Newcomer Kitchen. Newcomer Kitchen is a Toronto based nonprofit and social enterprise with plans to scale globally. As well, she is a business mentor for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Finally, she volunteers as a project manager to support Ignite, a global initiative of the International Coach Federation Foundation.

About Hala Beisha

Email: hala@halabeisha.com

Twitter: @halabeisha

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halabeisha

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/halabeisha

Thesis: From Intergenerational Collaboration to Designing for Problem Solving for Value Creation in the Creative Economy

Follows: #grit#perseverance #interests #iteration #futureofworkskills #longterm#frame #entrepreneur #adaptivestrategy #build #flexible #biggerpicture #workinprogress #tranforming

Association of Professional Futurists
Member

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Maggie Greyson

Futures Festival Organizer
Maggie Greyson
Designer, Futurist, Writer

Maggie Greyson is the Winner of the Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Special Award for North America from the School of International Futures for her work as a Designer Futurist. Robust research and creative risk-taking define her career. She has designed for the stage with International Shakespeare’s Globe, the Stratford Theatre Festival and others in Canada, US and UK. She has also designed interactive online experiences for Fortune 100 organizations that gained international recognition for innovative storytelling methods.

Maggie’s mandate is to help people to get comfortable with uncertainty so that they play a meaningful part in the future. Presently, she is looking for leaders to extend the reach and adoption of a foresight mindset in everyone for everyday decisions.

She has a Master of Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation, OCADU, and Bachelor of Design, Theatre, Concordia.

Recognition: Association of Professional Futurists 2018 Emerging Fellow

Contact Maggie Greyson

Email: mg@futurespresent.com

Consulting website: www.futurespresent.com

Twitter: @futurespresent1

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggiegreyson/

Related article: WIRED, Making the Futures Present

Podcast: #TheFutureOf Podcast | Episode 1 | Self disrupt or get disrupted?

Thesis: Making the Futures Present

Work cited in
Candy, S. and Kornet, K. (2019). Turning Foresight Inside Out: An Introduction to Ethnographic Experiential Futures. Journal of Futures Studies, 23(3): 3–22.
Talag, C. (2019). Narrative journeys: Play therapy for emerging adulthood. (final thesis). Master of Arts, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology.

Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) session: Making the Futures Present

Association of Professional Futurists
Member

Prateeksha Singh

Chair, 2019 Futures Festival
Prateeksha Singh
Designer

Prateeksha Singh is a multidisciplinary designer based in Canada and India. Working at the intersection of foresight + systems + design, she collaboratively explores how applying a living system lens to a design-futures and arts-based practice can provide additional tools and perspectives for working with complex yet adaptive challenges. She is driven to working with diverse voices and harnessing inclusive and plural images of the future.

Her work (solo and collaborative) includes facilitated sessions, workshops, experiential installations, written articles, and has been published in a range of leading publications, radio channels, conferences, and art shows.

Prateeksha is on the board of the Association of Professional Futurists and chairs their annual Futures Festival. She also holds a U.S. CPA license and has a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Her professional experience spans corporate, non-profit, start-up, social enterprise, government, and academia. Additionally, she has lived in eight countries. Hence, her diverse experiences inform her richly textured projects.

Contact Prateeksha Singh

Email: prateeksha@mpathy.ca

Website: mpathy.ca

Twitter: @mpathyDesigns

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/prateeksha5/

Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Chair

Association of Professional Futurists
Board Member

Raul Valenzuela

Futures Festival Organizer
Raul J. Valenzuela
Design Researcher

Raul Valenzuela is an interdisciplinary professional who draws from his diverse academic background and thorough retail experience in business management roles. He uses a design approach applying tailored design research and foresight frameworks to redefine brands by unearthing their genuine value proposition.

Raul is currently leading brand and product efforts at a social enterprise. His interests lie in speculative design and experiential foresight, indigenous knowledge for sustainable innovation, and social innovation.

Contact Raul Valenzuela

Email: raulvalenz@gmail.com

Twitter: @ravalenz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raul-valenzuela/

Vera Fearns

Futures Festival Organizer
Vera Fearns
Designer and Researcher

Vera Fearns is a designer and researcher who works at the intersection of the arts, environmental humanities, and management. She designs moments and environments that serve as a catalyst for conversations and facilitates experiences and interactions that encourage people to imagine possible and impossible futures. She is currently completing a PhD in Management at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, looking at how tangible future scenarios are contributing to sustainable behaviour and decision-making. In addition, Fearns is the founder of the community platform Speculative Futures Lisbon.

She previously held positions as a Design Futurist at BMW, as a researcher at DJCAD in collaboration with FutureEverything, and as a researcher at the Chair for Sustainable Urbanism of the TU Munich.

Fearns holds a diploma in Design from the Free University of Bolzano; a postgraduate in Literature, Art, and Media from the University of Constance; and she spent some time studying traditional design techniques mixed with new media art at the Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon, and Public Spaces and Urban Cultures at the TU Vienna.

Contact Vera Fearns

Email: vera.fearns@novasbe.pt

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/verakarina

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anirakarev/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/futures_lisbon/

Association of Professional Futurists
Member