Stuart Candy is an award-winning foresight practitioner, designer, artist and educator who aims to augment and distribute humanity’s capacity for navigating alternative futures by any means necessary. A pioneer and methodological innovator where design and foresight meet (experiential futures, design fiction, speculative design, etc), he has brought these idioms to wider attention and application, as well as expanding their boundaries by directing, collaborating and advising on numerous transmedia storytelling projects, participatory design events, installations, and guerrilla interventions. He is also the co-creator with Jeff Watson of acclaimed imagination game The Thing From The Future, now in its second edition.
Stuart’s work has appeared worldwide in city streets, in museums like Cal Academy of Sciences, festivals like SXSW, trade shows like IIDEXCanada, conferences like the Singularity Summit, books like Dunne & Raby’s Speculative Everything, magazines like Wired and The Economist, and on the Discovery Channel. As an experiential futurist, strategic facilitator and advisor, he has worked with organisations from Dubai’s Museum of the Future to Oxford University and Burning Man, and from IDEO to the Sydney Opera House, United Nations Development Programme, Institute for the Future, and the National Film Board of Canada. Prior to entering academia full time he was an in-house futurist at global engineering firm Arup, and a researcher with Jim Dator at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies. He is especially interested in amplifying the future-shaping capabilities of under-served communities and organisations with an ethics-driven mission, as in recent engagements with Interface Inc, the United States Conference of Mayors, and Alaska’s Cook Inlet Tribal Council.
Currently Stuart is an Associate Professor in the Carnegie Mellon School of Design, where he is responsible for integrating foresight / futures throughout the design curriculum. He has previously introduced hybrid design-futures approaches to students around the world including the Royal College of Art, Duke University, California College of the Arts, ArtCenter College of Design, and OCAD University. He is director of CMU Situation Lab, and Affiliated Faculty in the CMU School of Architecture and the Entertainment Technology Center. He is Chair of the Academic Task Force of the Association of Professional Futurists, a founding member of the Foresight Advisory Board at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Switzerland), and a Fellow of The Long Now Foundation (USA), INK (India), World Futures Studies Federation (France), and the Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil).