Leadership Team : Dennis Draeger

What does shaping tomorrow mean to me?
Mapping futures is hard work especially connecting them to corporate strategy and present management, but thinking like a futurist is not. To me, futures thinking is a skill that should be culturally inherent. It should be taught in very easy to understand ways starting from the primary level. We should all be trained futurists. Shaping Tomorrow is helping to simplify the methods and tools to apply foresight and make it more valuable and readily accessible for everyone. Academics are finding new ways to research, executives are profiting from futures thinking, governments are better informed about the implications of their decisions, and individuals are being motivated by their own views of the future.

My perfect weekend
My perfect Saturday is spent hiking in the hills with my family before returning to the city for some street tacos. Sunday is all about church, family, and relaxing with a good book.

My biography
I am the research director at Shaping Tomorrow and lead consultant with Aiglatson Foresight Research. I'm author of several Gist reports and the trend report, Wearing IT: Trends expanding the wearable web. A scenario hunter, innovation manager, and foresight researcher providing organizations with a broader, deeper, and longer view of the future with ways to exploit opportunities and protect against contingencies. I have consulted with local SMEs, global corporations, and government agencies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. Focussing on technology’s place in social change and consulted on the social implications of various technologies from 3D printing's potential invasion of retail & manufacturing sectors and EHS concerns of nanotechnologies to legal issues surrounding transhumanist enhancements. My expertise primarily lies in horizon scanning, scenario planning, and qualitative technology forecasting and I believe the future is constantly changing, and organizations must optimize their innovation strategies through constant maintenance to maximize opportunities and minimize threats. 

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The place I call home
Napier, New Zealand