Futurist Amy Webb on why scenario planning is key to creating a more resilient world
Collectively, we're short-term thinkers, according to Futurist Amy Webb, but all generations should stay flexible and prepare for alternative futures.
Quantitative futurist. Research focus: synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. Professor of Strategic Foresight, New York University Stern School of Business. CEO, Future Today Institute, a foresight and strategy firm helping leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Elected a life member to the Council on Foreign Relations. Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Säid School of Business. Mad Scientist, U.S. Army. Fellow, Center for Strategic Foresight, U.S. Government Accountability Office. Fellow, United States-Japan Leadership Program. Delegate, former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Books: "The Genesis Machine: Our Quest To Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology" (2022, about sybio futures); “The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity” (2019, about AI and geopolitical futures); and “The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream" (2016, about strategic foresight and long-term trends). Listed as the BBC’s 100 Women of 2020, named one of the most influential business professors in the world by Poets & Quants, and ranked on the Thinkers50 list of the 50 most influential management thinkers globally. Member, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Emmy Awards judge. Script consultant for films and shows about artificial intelligence, technology and the future.