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Dr. Stuart Candy (@futuryst) is a foresight practitioner, artist and educator whose practice aims to augment futures literacy using diverse media, games and live interventions. His work has appeared in festivals including South by Southwest (Austin), museums such as California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) and M HKA (Antwerp), on the Discovery Channel, and in the pages of The Economist and Wired. He has spent over a decade leading the development of new thinking and methods in foresight and design, and bringing them to organisations, learners, and audiences around the world.

Stuart is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Affiliate Faculty in the School of Architecture and the Entertainment Technology Center. In 2016-17 he was the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor; he was previously Assistant Professor of Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University in Toronto, and visiting lecturer and researcher at ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles.

Grounded in practice, he has made key contributions to the exchange between design and futures in education, sharing foresight and experiential futures approaches through courses and lectures at the Royal College of Art, Politecnico di MilanoSciencesPo, MIT Media Lab, Parsons, NYU, Duke, Cranbrook, Berkeley, Stanford, UBC, CEDIM (Mexico), PUC-Rio (Brazil), Parsons Mumbai, and the National University of Singapore. He served on faculty of the world's first foresight programs in design schools, at California College of the Arts and Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Stuart is co-creator of the award-winning imagination game The Thing From The Future, published by Situation Lab, a research unit that he co-directs with Professor Jeff Watson of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

As a consultant, facilitator and advisor he works internationally with organisations for the public good. Clients and partners include IDEO, UNESCO, the Sydney Opera House, Interface, Boston Consulting Group, Singularity University, the United Nations Development Programme, and the National Film Board of Canada. Prior to becoming a full time design professor he was the Australasia Foresight and Innovation Leader for global engineering firm Arup.

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 sustainability and liveability blueprint for 2030. He launched an initiative to involve the public in co-creating a digital strategy for the City of Melbourne, Australia; the leadership of the University of Oxford subsequently engaged him to run a similar process there. He recently ran a process for invited creatives to co-design exhibition concepts for the Museum of the Future at the World Government Summit in Dubai, and he currently serves on the Foresight Expert Advisory Group for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, where he helped the organisation use experiential and guerrilla futures approaches for the first time, at its biennial Statutory Meetings held in Antalya, Turkey, in November 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 studied under Professor Jim Dator, and was twice awarded the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Long Now Foundation (USA), INK Conference (India), World Futures Studies Federation (France) and the Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil).

Updated 01dec17.


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