Maggie Greyson

Award-Winning Designer, Award-Winning Futurist, Innovation Strategy, Speaker, and Writer

Maggie Greyson is a global award-winning Futurist for mastery in futures thinking and design. She co-founded Futures Present to help people discover surprising opportunities and unintended consequences. Now is a unique time for us to ask tough questions, “Is this what we want, or what we don’t want?” She will teach you to use uncertainty to become more resilient and strategic. Let’s try long-term thinking, together.

Maggie gained her wisdom from a decade in the theatre as a designer in the US, UK, and Canada. She played with the past, present, and future at the International Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Stratford Theatre Festival. It has made an indelible mark, indeed added patina, to how she interacts with the world. Transferring these skills to innovation in products, programs, and services came naturally. As a result, her work with Fortune 100 companies has set templates for innovation in digital media worldwide.

Scanning for disruption is the work while enabling bold leaders is the perk. As an experienced foresight practitioner, she does workshops to help you to uncover trends and drivers of the future. She writes reports and custom content pieces for clients and the media. Her clients include governments, universities, healthcare, tech, and non-profit organizations. She also speaks on emerging technology, innovation, design and foresight at conferences across Canada.

Maggie’s most important work, Making Futures Present has won global awards for helping people of all ages to empower themselves in a complex world. “The future begins… with you.” She will facilitate a fun hands-on virtual workshop for you. The outcome is a deep reflection on how you and your organization will achieve your meaningful goals.

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 in the Association of Professional Futurists and the School of International Futures.

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"The first rule of survival is clear: Nothing is more dangerous than yesterday's success." Alvin Toffler. Learn about strategies and techniques for an individual, team or an organization to help think into a post-COVID-19 future. Design thinking, strategic foresight, and systems thinking help you to think broadly to mitigate risk. Make connections with people who need your skills now, more than ever.

Online Workshop: Science fiction writer William Gibson said, “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.” In this workshop, we will use the future to remind us of our basic values, skills and abilities.  Suitable for individuals or organizations.

Keywords: futures studies, scenarios, creativity, strategic planning

This virus is a rupture in our normal way of life. Normal is the expectation that tomorrow is much like today. We tend to believe that the distant future is blurry, menacing, and unknowable. In this presentation, you will understand why this is so. Yet, we can take advantage of our ways of understanding to create desirable futures.

Online Workshop: We are unintentionally making new habits, we must create habits with intention. We will learn a popular foresight method called backcasting customized for your event. This workshop is great for individual and group work.

We are seeing extreme efforts to flatten the curve. This is a global effort as COVID-19 knows no borders. The United Nations has outlined 17 Sustainable Development Goals that also need immediate efforts to flatten the curve. In this keynote, Maggie will help you to understand what the UN Sustainable Development Goals are, and why they will change the fundamentals of your operation.

Online Workshop: This workshop will be customized to address organizational goals that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This is a highly collaborative brainstorm good for groups up of 4-6 people

Keywords: UN Sustainable Development Goals, build back better, interactive workshop

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After Shock: The world’s foremost futurists reflect on 50 years of Future Shock—and look ahead to the next 50

After Shock marks the 50-year anniversary of Alvin Toffler’s, Future Shock. The compendium of essays comprising this landmark volume offers insightful reflections on the classic text and presents compelling and surprising views of the future—through the very unique lenses of more than 100 of the world’s foremost futurists, including Ray Kurzweil, Lord Martin Rees, Alan Kay, George Gilder, Po Bronson, Newt Gingrich, Byron Reese, David Brin, Sanjiv Chopra, Jane McGonigal, and many other luminaries.

Making the Futures Present

People need help to imagine what they expect in the future. Yet, this is not usually the future that we desire. The Making the Futures Present technique is a hands-on experience making prototypes of the future. It has gained global recognition at festivals, in popular magazine articles, and has turned into games. The interactive technique helps people to make sense of their assumptions and bias when they make decisions today.

Knowledge Base of Futures Studies

Futures studies organizations, methods, and literature are sometimes hard to identify or evaluate. This third edition of the Knowledge Base of Futures Studies helps practitioners define their field(s) of interest from the most seminal contributions of concepts, methods, and organizations that have emerged since 2005. "Work of considerable value and salience was continually being lost," say Editors Richard Slaughter and Andy Hines. Essays were screened for "an important innovation or change in the field" and "exceptional quality." Maggie Greyson’s chapter, Design for the Abstract Qualities of Futures Studies "contains a number of powerful messages for the kind of disciplined enquiry and practice that the world needs now more than ever."

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