Futures Festival Team
Carlos AlvarezFutures Festival Organizer
Graciela GuadarramaFutures Festival Organizer
Hala BeishaFutures Festival Organizer
Prateeksha SinghChair, 2019 Futures Festival
Raul ValenzuelaFutures Festival Organizer
Vera FearnsFutures Festival Organizer
Carlos is a design and user researcher interested in digital wellbeing. Carlos is a PhD student at Northumbria University in the UK. He works in a multidisciplinary lab that focuses on critically understanding the role, and implications, that computer science has in delivering future digital systems and digital aspects of living.
Previously, Carlos worked for three years with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, designing strategies and digital engagements for its innovation and strategic foresight unit.
In his free time, Carlos enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, tasting beers and cooking spicy food.
Follows: #Futureofwork #worklifebalance #userresearch #graphicdesign #futureofworkskills #humancomputerinteraction
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.
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Company Website: https://home.futures-space.com/
Thesis: Air Pollution in Mexico City
Article: My Journey into Space
Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Organizer
About Hala Beisha
Follows: #grit#perseverance #interests #iteration #futureofworkskills #longterm#frame #entrepreneur #adaptivestrategy #build #flexible #biggerpicture #workinprogress #tranforming
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.
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Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Chair
Raul J. Valenzuela
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.
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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.
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Bryan AlexanderFutures Festival Organizer
Cheryl MayFutures Festival Organizer
Maggie GreysonFutures Festival Organizer
Profile coming soon.
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.
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Consulting website: https://www.cherylmayconsulting.com/
Project website: https://www.cherylmayproject.space/
Other APF: Diverse Futures (2018) Organizer
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
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Consulting website: www.futurespresent.com
Related article: WIRED, Making the Futures Present
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