Stuart Candy


Situation Lab

Stuart Candy, Ph.D. (@futuryst) helps people think about possible worlds by bringing them to life. Involved in the futures field since the 1990s, he has helped to seed a new generation of hybrid design/futures practices, and to grow popular momentum towards social capacity for foresight, by systematically bringing the traditions and methods of the field into dialogue with media, design, and the arts, and by coaching leaders, learners, and creatives around the world. Co-creator of the acclaimed imagination game The Thing From The Future, and co-editor of the collection Design and Futures, Dr. Candy’s projects, scholarship, and frameworks have appeared in festivals, museums, conferences, and city streets, on the Discovery Channel, and in the pages of Wired, The Economist and VICE. His work as a transmedia storyteller and strategic facilitator and advisor has included collaborations with United Nations agencies, the BBC, World Economic Forum, Skoll World Forum, NASA JPL, United States Conference of Mayors, Smithsonian Institution, Dubai’s Museum of the Future, and Alaska’s Cook Inlet Tribal Council. He was the first fellow of the Long Now Foundation (San Francisco), and the first artist in residence at the Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro). Currently he is director of Situation Lab and associate professor of design at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), special advisor to the global head of innovation and foresight at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Geneva), and he will be spending 2021–2022 as a USC Berggruen Fellow, working on the futures of democracy at the Berggruen Institute and University of Southern California (Los Angeles).


Serious Gaming for Transformative Futures

June 1, 2021

Join a conversation with leading futurists from around the world to explore the promise and perils of using games to explore, imagine, and create futures. This session will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the design and development of popular gaming platforms and tools. Panelists for this session include: Stuart Candy, Jennifer Chan, Shermon Cruz, and Lead Zaidi with Tanja Schindler and John Sweeney as Co-Moderators. Game on!