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Dr Stuart Candy (@futuryst) is an experiential futurist, design professor and strategic facilitator who has brought futures to life in museums, festivals, conferences, classrooms and city streets worldwide. Involved in the foresight field since the 1990s, for over a decade Stuart has focused on bringing futures and design together. He has created transmedia interventions, immersive encounters, tangible artifacts, and compelling images for settings including the California Academy of Sciences, South by Southwest, and Wired magazine.

Stuart is currently the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Visiting Lecturer and Researcher at ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles; and a tenure-track professor of foresight and design at OCAD University in Toronto. He is also director of Situation Lab, a research unit dedicated to creating immersive and generative situations for the public good, for clients, and for kicks.

His work in foresight and game design includes directing a CDC-funded online game commissioned by the State of Hawaii about pandemic flu; serving as Game Master on IFTF and Jane McGonigal's groundbreaking alternate reality game Superstruct; and with Sitlab co-director Jeff Watson, designing and publishing the award-winning imagination game The Thing From The Future.

As a consultant, facilitator and advisor Stuart works internationally with organisations for the public good. Previously the Australasia Foresight and Innovation Leader for global engineering firm Arup, he led a multidisciplinary renovation of the Singaporean government's sustainability and liveability blueprint for 2030. He launched an unprecedented engagement initiative to enlist the public in co-creating a digital strategy for the City of Melbourne; the leadership of the University of Oxford subsequently engaged him to run a similar process there. Recent clients include IDEO, the Sydney Opera House, Interface, Boston Consulting Group, United Nations Development Programme, and the National Film Board of Canada.

Stuart's involvement is often sought for unusual strategic projects. 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; and advised the Australian Academy of Science on a national scenario set looking out to 2050. He is currently on the Futures and Foresight Expert Advisory Group for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, and the Advisory Board for Scout, a Seattle-based startup for futures-oriented journalism. He recently ran a process for invited creatives from around the world to co-design exhibition concepts for the Museum of the Future at the 2016 World Government Summit in Dubai.

Grounded in practice, Stuart has made key contributions to the exchange between design and futures in education, having served on the faculty of the world's first two foresight programs in design institutions; at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. He has also run courses or lectured at the Royal College of Art, Politecnico di Milano, SciencesPo, MIT, Duke, Parsons, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, Cranbrook, Berkeley, Stanford, Singularity University, USC, ArtCenter, UBC, CEDIM (Mexico), PUC-Rio (Brazil), Parsons Mumbai, and the National University of Singapore. His graduate students have won numerous awards for projects produced in the Foresight Studio that he teaches at OCAD.

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's futures program, where he studied under Professor Jim Dator. He has served on the Executive Board of the World Futures Studies Federation, and currently sits on the Editorial Board of the World Future Review (Sage Publications). He is a two-time Graduate Degree Fellow of the East-West Center (Hawaii), and a Fellow of the Long Now Foundation (San Francisco), INK Conference (India), and the Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro).


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