Author Archives: Noah Raford

How Governments Change

Tech Open Air is an amazing event in Berlin that blends arts, technology, and culture into a beautiful, inspiring mix. I had an incredible time on my first visit to Berlin this July and was really blown away by the quality of the speakers, the vibe of the event, and the overall level of comfort […]

A Long, Deep Dive Into the Future

I love the chance to give a long form talk about the major trends shaping our future, then bringing this back home to imagine how cities and countries can engage with them to create a better world. Last May, 2017 I had the chance to go back to my home town of Denver, Colorado to […]

More detail on the Dubai Blockchain Strategy

I posted a short talk from March 2017 on the strategic background of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy. This is the first public presentation of the details of the Strategy, which commits the Government of Dubai to aggressively pursuing distributed systems on the blockchain as a fundamental component of its IT and governance infrastructure. Our partners […]

Background on the Dubai Blockchain Vision

One of the exciting initiatives we’ve been working on over the last few years has been the development of blockchain ecosystem in the UAE. This all started at a small conference in December, 2014, then lead through a series of meetings, councils and pilot projects to the launch of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy in October, […]

It’s been a long time

That moment when you look back at your old blog and realise that you haven’t written anything in since 2014. I’ll be uploading a few recent talks and events in the coming days just to kick start things again. In the mean time, we’re live again. More on the way soon.

Silicon Howl

Note: This a spontaneous rewrite I did of Alan Ginsberg’s classic poem “Howl“, adapted to our 21st century Wired culture.  It started out as a rant against management consulting, inspired by this piece of “thought leadership“. The rest just flowed spontaneously and so I decided to rewrite the whole thing on the spot, tweet by tweet. People seemed to […]

The Crowd, the Service, the Game and the Future (at the Institute for the Future)

A friend and colleague Jake Dunagan (@dunagan23) started an important initiative at the Institute for the Future called the Governance Futures Lab. I gave a lightning talk at the launch event (The Reconstitution Convention) about how we use foresight in the UAE.  It covers a bit of the history of the UAE and Dubai, about futures […]

“Game Changing” at LOGIN2013

After my LIFT 13 talk, I gave another fun talk about the future,hope and fear, and “game changing events” at LOGIN 2013 (in Vilnius, Lithuania). Summary The organisers asked me to speak about “Game Changers in Politics”, as gaming changing was the theme of the event. I borrowed a trick from Jamais Cascio and opened the talk […]

Foresight & Surprise at LIFT 13

I had the pleasure of giving a talk at LIFT 13 in Geneva on the topic of networks, foresight and strategic surprise. It was an extraordinary event, one of the best I’ve been to in years. I highly recommend going if you haven’t already. Summary of my talk In the talk I went over two […]

Teaching Foresight in Singapore

I recently had the pleasure of co-teaching a one week scenario planning course to a group of students at the University Scholars Programme (USP) of the National University of Singapore. I co-taught the course with three of my favourite friends and foresight practitioners; Aaron Maniam, Stuart Candy and Teddy Zmrhal.  These are some of the most talented practitioners I […]