Born 1973 in Duisburg, founder and head of Future Impacts Consulting. Consulting Futurist since 2000, formerly managing partner at Z_punkt GmbH. Studied comparative literature, English and psychology in Essen and at King’s College, London. Manic reader, into new work forms and fizzy sweets.
Highlights: Has realized projects on all continents. Customers from Alstom or Evonik to the European Parliament to the Korean Institute STEPI. Experienced in CEO or minster-level workshops to those with kids in disadvantaged rural regions. Chair of the German Node of The Millenium Project, Vice-President Foresight Europe Network, Chair of the expert circle of the foresight process by the German Ministry for Science and Education BMBF.
Focus topics: From foresight to impact, foresight gaming, foresight capacity building, societal developments, future of work, inclusion, sustainability
Futures Reading Tipp: Jean-Philippe Toussaint: Der USB-Stick / La clé USB (not yet published in English, it seems); Margaret Atwood: The Testaments; Theresa Hannig: Die Optimierer (not yet published in English, it seems); and as it’s still a good and worthwile read – Dave Eggers: The Circle
Born in 1997 in Oelde, Germany. Student of International Relations since 2016, Foresight Consultant at Future Impacts since 2019.
Highlights: Online Foresight Course Project “Corporate Foresight” and “Consumer Shifts”, Project “The Future of Sustainability in the Fashion Industry” for the C&A Foundation
Focus topics: Political and Social Developments, Gender in Futures Studies, Feminist Foresight
Futures Reading Tipp: Michel Houellebecq: The possibility of an island; Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Herland
Prof. Dr. Sven Hirsch
Physicist and artist, located at Zurich and Cologne. Futurist since 2008, graduated in laser physics, degree in audiovisual media (KHM Cologne), management responsibility for the department of biomedical simulation and lecturer for modeling of complex systems at the ZHAW Zurich (Zurich University of Applied Sciences).
Highlights: Project “Future of Waste”, development of methods for modeling in foresight and qualitative-quantitative scenarios, AneuX – Shape as Biomarker for Aneurysm Disease, Deterritorale Schlingen von Kubli/Mann
Focus topics: qualitativ-quantitative foresight methods, modeling, future of technoloy, future of energy
Futures Reading Tipp: Orson Welles: War of the Worlds
Born in New Zealand, academic studies of psychology and criminology with a focus on social behaviour, investigatory processes, and regulatory theory, futurist since 2007. Jessica has undertaken courses in foresight and futures studies in both New Zealand and Canada.
Highlights: Director “Project 2058” McGuinness Institute New Zealand, Project UKCES „Future of Work“, previously worked for the New Zealand Government Carbon Market and Emissions Trading Group, Foresight Consultant at Z_punkt The Foresight Company.
Focus topics: New foresight methods, regulatory instruments, strategy development, societal and political upheavals.
Futures Reading Tipp: Yevgeny Zamyatin: We
Born 1968, academic studies of English philology, historical science and philosophy, graduate translator and foresight researcher since 2002.
Highlights: 13 years experience as trend and foresight researcher
Focus topics: political developments, societal and cultural trends, languages and science fiction
Futures Reading Tipp: Daryl Gregory: Afterparty; Liu Cixin: The Three-Body Problem
Born in 1983 in Aurich, Ostfriesland, Germany. Christian has completed multi-disciplinary studies in human geography, educational science, futures studies and mediation, and also trained as a surveying technician. He currently acts as the Vice Chair of the Millennium Project’s German Node.
Highlights: Experienced in the establishment and development of new disciplines (mediation, future studies), organizations (integration of future studies in bureaucratic administrations) and institutions (social institutions in disadvantaged neighbourhoods). Vice-Chair of the German Node of Millennium Project.
Focus topics: Societal developments, diversity of methods in futures science, theoretical approaches to future and innovation, conflict identification and resolution.
Futures Reading Tipp: Isaac Asimov: The Foundation Triology
Born in 1991 in Bad Homburg, Germany. Former student of European Economics and Design Management. Designer-in-residence at Future Impacts since 2018.
Highlights: Project “The Future of Sustainability in the Fashion Industry” for the C&A Foundation; and a project on future innovation fields in the life sciences sector.
Focus topics: Design Management, UX/UI Design, Visual Storytelling
Futures Reading Tipp: Douglas Adams: A Hitchhiker´s Guide to the Galaxy