Creating Foresight-Fueled Action: The Future of Innovation and Design Panel

The Futures School Co-Founder Frank Spencer had the honor of speaking with an esteemed panel of innovation and design professionals creating the future of their professions. Zan Chandler, Craig Mellott, and Adam Wilson discussed using design for racial and social equality as well as the convergence of design and foresight practices. Since design is about creating and influencing the future, the panel was in agreeance that design is also a great avenue through which we can democratize the future!

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Zan Chandler

Senior Foresight & Design Researcher, KerrSmith Design

Zan is the Senior Foresight and Design researcher with KerrSmith Design, and an instructor for OCAD University’s Masters Program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. Her background is includes training in foresight, innovation, public policy, media production and linguistics. As a result, she brings pattern-finding, synthesis and analysis skills gained from this journey to bear on projects spanning multiple domains and sectors, including all levels of government, Arts, Cultural and Heritage sectors, Post-secondary education, Transportation, Retail, Military, and Non-profit. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and OCAD University, her working approach, grounded in empathy and justice, is underpinned by human-centred design research, futures and systems thinking.

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Craig Mellott

Innovation Manager, at PlayPower, Inc.

Craig has been exploring play design at PlayPower/Playworld Inc. for 25 years. Craig’s focus as the PlayPower Innovation Manager is creating / maintaining an innovative culture in the product development teams, and setting future visions for product development.

Craig’s design process is driven by Strategic Futuring, Human Centered Design, diverse team collaboration, and playful discovery.

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Adam Wilson

Design Thinking Studio, Edward Jones
Certified Foresight Practitioner

Adam Wilson serves as Design Thinking Studio Lead at Edward Jones, a Fortune 300 Financial Services firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. In Edward Jones’ first 100 years, the firm has succeeded in bringing Wall Street services to Main St. North America. Looking to the next 100 years, Edward Jones will provide human-centered wealth management to generations of families and Design Thinking is how the firm delivers on that promise.