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Dr. Stuart Candy is an experiential futurist, educator, artist and designer whose practice aims to augment foresight capacity using diverse media, games and live interventions. His work has appeared in museums, festivals, conferences, and city streets, 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 bringing them to organisations, learners, and audiences around the world.

Stuart is a tenure-track Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2016-17 he was the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; 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.

He 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. Sitlab is dedicated to creating immersive and generative situations for the public good, for clients, and for kicks.

As a consultant, facilitator and advisor Stuart works internationally with organisations for the public good. Clients include IDEO, UNESCO, the Sydney Opera House, Interface, Boston Consulting Group, United Nations Development Programme, and the National Film Board of Canada. Prior to entering academia full time in 2013 he served as the Australasia Foresight and Innovation Leader for global engineering firm Arup, in which capacity he led a multidisciplinary renovation of the Singaporean government's sustainability and liveability blueprint for 2030. He launched an engagement 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 commissioned a similar process.

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; and advised the Australian Academy of Science on national scenarios looking out to 2050. He is currently on the Foresight Expert Advisory Group for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva. 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.

Grounded in practice, he has made key contributions to the exchange between design and futures in education, having served on faculty of the world's first foresight programs in design schools, at CCA and OCAD. He has also run courses or lectured at institutions including the Royal College of Art, Politecnico di Milano, SciencesPo, MIT Media Lab, Parsons, NYU, Duke, Cranbrook, Berkeley, Stanford, UBC, CEDIM (Mexico), PUC-Rio (Brazil), Parsons Mumbai, and the National University of Singapore. 

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 studied under Professor Jim Dator, and was twice awarded the East-West Center's 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).

He tweets at @futuryst.

Updated 23aug17.

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