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Research Director, Ten-Year Forecast
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As a research director for the Ten-Year Forecast program, Rachel spends most of her time customizing and interpreting IFTF research for clients. She has worked with a range of organizations, from large corporations like Procter & Gamble and Hallmark Cards to government agencies like the Office of Naval Research to nonprofit organizations like United Cerebral Palsy, the AARP, and the Episcopal Church. She is an expert designer and facilitator of workshops as well as an experienced game guide in IFTF’s Foresight Engine forecasting engagements. Rachel is also co-curator of TEDxRedding.
Before she joined the Ten-Year Forecast team, Rachel worked as a research manager with Distinguished Fellow Bob Johansen, focusing on future forces affecting retail, customer relationships, business architecture, branding and consumer insight, supply chains, and leadership development (including the future leadership skills outlined in Bob’s book Leaders Make the Future). Rachel’s current research is broad by design, spanning the five domains of the Ten-Year Forecast: work, wealth, bodies and minds, planet, and power. In addition, she is doing deep dives into affective technologies, digital versus tangible choice points, and the intersection between new media and religion. She holds a BA in religion and psychology from St. Olaf College, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an MPhil in ecumenical studies from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
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Making the Future
“Champions of change exist within every organization regardless of the sector or industry. Our job as forecasters is to provoke future-oriented leaders so that they can help their organization get ahead of trends and disruptions. We equip people to make the future by reframing how they think about what they do, surfacing their assumptions, and inspiring them with concrete examples that point to larger patterns of change.”