Bob Johansen

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"Bob has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. As a distinguished fellow at IFTF, he draws on his training in the social sciences and his extensive experience at the edges of multiple disciplines as he interacts with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organizations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He was IFTF’s president from 1996 to 2004 and served on its board until 2010; before that he created and led the Technology Horizons Program. Today, he invests his time with IFTF sponsors and particularly enjoys leading small workshops with creative teams and rising-star leaders, where he uses foresight from IFTF’s ten-year forecast to kindle insight and action.

"The author or co-author of ten books, Bob is a frequent keynote speaker. His best-selling book Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present was selected as one of the top business books of 2007. His latest book is The New Leadership Literacies. This book picks up where Bob's earlier book Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Ageleft off. With contributions by the Center for Creative Leadership, Leaders Make the Future was named by Connect Consulting Group as the best business book of 2012 related to change management and leadership. The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth, co-authored with Karl Ronn is about the practice of partnering with others for mutual benefit. Bob has done workshops based on his books at a wide range of corporations, including P&G, Walmart, McKinsey, United Rentals, and Syngenta, as well as major universities, nonprofits, and churches. In 2016, Bob was named the H. Smith Richardson Jr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership.

"Bob began working with IFTF in 1973 and holds a BS from the University of Illinois, an MDiv from Crozer Theological Seminary (where Martin Luther King, Jr., attended divinity school), and a PhD in sociology of religion from Northwestern University. " [1]

"Kathi Vian, who began at IFTF in the mid-1970s. Kathi started at IFTF as an editor, but quickly showed that she had much more to offer. She co-authored a book with Bob and Jacques Vallee called Electronic Meetings based on their work on the Camelia Scenarios, which explored technical alternatives and social choice in teleconferencing". [1] (Kathleen Spangler_

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  1. Institute for the Future Bob Johansen, organizational web page, accessed March 30, 2018.