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Stuart Candy (@futuryst) is an award-winning foresight practitioner, designer, artist and educator who aims to amplify humanity’s capacity for navigating alternative futures by any media necessary. A pioneer of practices where design and foresight meet (experiential futures, design fiction, speculative design, etc), he has helped lay a foundation for these idioms and bring them to wider attention and use, as well as expanded their boundaries by directing, collaborating and advising on numerous transmedia storytelling projects, participatory design events, installations, and guerrilla interventions.

Stuart’s work has appeared in city streets, in festivals like South by Southwest, at museums like California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) and M HKA (Antwerp), trade shows like IIDEXCanada, conferences like the Singularity Summit, books like Dunne & Raby’s Speculative Everything, magazines like Wired and The Economist, and on the Discovery Channel. He is also the co-creator with Jeff Watson of acclaimed imagination game The Thing From The Future, used by leaders and learners around the world to scaffold creativity and strategic conversation.

Currently Stuart is an Associate Professor in the Carnegie Mellon School of Design, where he is responsible for integrating foresight / futures throughout the design curriculum. In 2016-17 he was the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor. He has previously introduced hybrid design-futures approaches to students around the world including the Royal College of Art, Duke University, California College of the Arts, ArtCenter College of Design, National University of Singapore, and OCAD University. He is director of CMU Situation Lab, and Affiliated Faculty in the CMU School of Architecture and the Entertainment Technology Center.

As an experiential futurist, strategic facilitator and advisor, he has worked with organisations from UNESCO to Burning Man, and from IDEO to the Sydney Opera House, United Nations Development Programme, Institute for the Future, and the National Film Board of Canada. Prior to entering academia full time he was an in-house futurist at global engineering firm Arup, and a researcher with Jim Dator at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. He is especially interested in amplifying the future-shaping capabilities of under-served communities and organisations with an ethics-driven mission, as in recent engagements with Interface Inc, the United States Conference of Mayors, and Alaska’s Cook Inlet Tribal Council.

Stuart's involvement is often sought in unusual projects intersecting strategy and cultural change. He helped to found the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) in post-earthquake Christchurch; contributed to the Future We Want project for the United Nations Rio+20 Summit; advised the Australian Academy of Science on national scenarios looking out to 2050; and led a multidisciplinary renovation of the Government of Singapore's sustainability and liveability blueprint for 2030. He launched an initiative for public co-creation of a digital strategy for the City of Melbourne, and the leadership of the University of Oxford, subsequently engaged him to run a similar process there. He recently facilitated the co-design of exhibition concepts for the Museum of the Future at the World Government Summit in Dubai, which project went on to win recognition in the Core77 Design Awards. He is a founding member of the Foresight Expert Advisory Group for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, where he helped guide the organisation's first use of experiential and guerrilla futures approaches through its biennial Statutory Meetings in 2017.

Originally from Australia, Stuart holds a double degree in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, and an MA and PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa futures program, where he was twice awarded the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship. He is Chair of the Academic Task Force of the Association of Professional Futurists, and a Fellow of The Long Now Foundation (USA), INK (India), World Futures Studies Federation (France), and the Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil).

Updated 08may18.

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