Much has been written about post-COVID-19 scenarios and how the world could look once the crisis is overcome. Many of the analyses take a rather bleak outlook at the future(s) that might unfold. By using foresight techniques such as storytelling, backcasting and immersion our group of young foresighters from the School of International Futures’ Next Generation Foresight Practitioners network (NGFP) take somewhat of a different approach.
Rodrigo Mendes Leal (he/him)
Strategic foresight and Risk Analyst
Rodrigo Mendes Leal is Ph.D. in Public Policies, Strategy, and Development (Rio de Janeiro Federal University). He participated in international programs of Governance (Brown University) and Planning (UN/ECLAC). Economist at Brazilian Development Bank and Senior Researcher of the Simulations and Scenarios Laboratory at Brazilian Naval War College. Member of the Prospective Studies Group (Mackenzie College) and of the Latin American Development Planning Network. He participated in publications as Post Covid-19 Scenarios (Mackenzie), Brasil 2035 (IPEA), National Strategy of Development (Ministry of Planning), and Partnerships and Implementation Report (Brazilian Commission for SDG). Latin America Next Generation Foresight Practitioner 2019 Awardee.
Deepshikha Dash (she/her)
Deepshikha is an architect, industrial designer, and futurist from India. She enjoys applying the process of design to diverse projects involving products, services, systems, and experiences. She believes that the key to innovation is collaboration and hence, her past engagements have primarily focused on multidisciplinary approaches. Some of the areas in which she has worked include branding and marketing, experiential tourism, lifestyle products, urban development, innovative platforms for primary education and explorations in design pedagogy. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in the field of design research and is actively involved in exploring future design possibilities.
Alanna Markle (she/her)
Policy Analyst - Strategic Foresight
Alanna Markle is a foresight analyst with a background in international development and political economy. Her work focuses on foresight's application in a policy context, and she is currently an analyst with the OECD Strategic Foresight Unit. She is also an active member of the Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Award Network, having won the national policy special award in 2019. Alanna came to the futures field through the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, where she completed an MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She is native of the Appalachian region of the United States, but has lived and worked in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Adeiye Oluwaseun-Sobo (she/her)
Founder, The Intentional Teachers Network
Adeiye Oluwaseun-Sobo is a well-versed educationist and founder of the Intentional Teachers Network, an online and physical community that supports teachers with a goal of intentional teaching. The objective is to connect teachers, fuel their passion and in turn aid them in the moulding of lives. She is currently a Graduate student at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education studying International Educational Development. In 2019, she received the “Africa Special Award” of the Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Awards for her work with Futures Literacy. She is currently interested in seeking ways to feed it into curricula.
Maggie Greyson (she/her)
Designer and Futurist
Maggie Greyson is a global award-winning Futurist for her mastery in futures thinking and design. Maggie’s most important work, Making Futures Present helps people to lead themselves in our complex world. She co-founded Futures Present to help people discover surprising opportunities and unintended consequences. Accreditations: Masters in Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation from Ontario College of Art and Design University. Bachelor in Fine Art, Design for the Theatre from Concordia University. She is a fellow of the School of International Futures.