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The Future Is Yours To Create

You care about the future. We love that about you.

We are futurists, economists, trend-trackers, logicians, nerds, and good-timers. We work with clients who share our commitment: to leave the world better for future generations.

Rebecca Ryan, APF

Rebecca Ryan, APF

Rebecca Ryan captains the ship. Trained as a futurist and an economist, Rebecca helps clients see what's coming - as a keynote speaker, a Futures Lab facilitator, an author of books, blogs and articles, a client advisor, and the founder of Futurist Camp. Her blog: https://medium.com/@rr_futurist. Contact Lisa Loniello for more information.

Lisa Loniello

Lisa Loniello

Lisa Loniello is our "logician" - a magician with logistics. She is also the captain of fun and will leave you LOLing. Before joining forces with Rebecca, Lisa ran the show at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Got a question about booking Rebecca, need to discuss some Prince trivia, or need to know the skinny on the Futures Labs? Lisa will hook you up.

Yasemin Arikan

Yasemin Arikan

Yasemin (pronounced Yahz-MEEN) Arikan operates the research vessel. Trained in futures and social science methods, she works closely with Rebecca and our clients to find the local trends shaping their future. She also helps design and facilitate useful activities and materials. Her work includes developing scenarios on the futures of public health, health care, society and technology for associations, foundations, government, and business. Bonus: Yasemin can help you take your gift wrapping game to the next level. And she can talk with you about it in English, German, or Turkish.

Gregg Potter

Gregg Potter

Gregg Potter connects people. It’s what he was born to do and it’s what makes him an outstanding Director of Futurist Camp. If Gregg looks familiar, it’s because he's has been a volunteer and co-facilitator at Futurist Camp since 2016. He’s comfortable running canoe races, chopping veg, pouring drinks, and dishing his knowledge about collaboration. Gregg is committed to making sure you have the time of your life at Futurist Camp. Ask Gregg anything about Camp!

Charlie Grantham

Charlie Grantham

Charlie Grantham, PhD, APF is a futurist, author, and strategist who’s helped dozens of our clients over the years. Charlie served in Special Forces in Vietnam and earned his PhD in Sociology. Afterwards, he worked on the front lines of the telecommunications and remote work revolutions. He’s seen a thing or two. His current focus is health care and well being. Charlie works from Tucson, AZ.

Creston Burse

Creston Burse

Creston Burse, PhD is a futurist and strategic IT leader. Creston has worked with us on projects including the future of public education and the future of local government pooling. Creston holds a doctorate in Strategic Leadership with a foresight emphasis, an MBA in Information Systems Management and a BBA in Business Information Systems. Creston works from Jackson, MS.

Mark Funkhouser

Mark Funkhouser

Mark Funkhouser, aka “Mayor Funk”, has a wikipedia page! He’s a local government finance whiz, former Mayor of Kansas City, former publisher of Governing magazine, and the person we call when we wonder, “How can cities pay for this?” Mark works from Washington, D.C.

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