Directed by CEO and Founder Amy Webb, the Future Today Institute is a collective of professional futurists, technologists, scientists, economists, anthropologists, policy experts and management thinkers.
The Future Today Institute's Core Staff
Founder and Quantitative Futurist
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute. She was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led and was shortlisted for a 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award. She is the Washington Post bestselling author of The Signals Are Talking: Why Today's Fringe Is Tomorrow's Mainstream.
Director of Operations
For the past eight years, Cheryl Cooney has led the operations, logistics and organizational management for FTI. Previously, she spent 20 years helping to manage law firms in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Emily Caufield is an award-winning graphic designer. Her data visualization and graphic storytelling work has earned Emily international recognition. At the Future Today Institute, she applies design thinking and computational design to complex research and forecasting scenarios.
Our Affiliates section is currently being updated.
If you are interested in becoming a Future Today Institute Affiliate, send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link for us to view your current cv or resume online. Please note: we do not open PDFs or files from unknown senders.
Our Affiliates all learn and use the FTI forecasting methodology, which is described in detail in The Signals Are Talking.
2018 Teacher Training
In July-August, the Institute hosts a special Teacher Training Fellowship for teachers who want to incorporate futures forecasting into their curriculum. Over six weeks, we teach fellows the tools of futurists, how to think like a futurist––and how to build these tools and frameworks into their classrooms. Fellows receive sample syllabi, classroom activities and reading lists tailored to specific subjects/ courses. There is no charge to participate in the Teaching Fellows program. A Teaching Certificate is awarded to Fellows who successfully complete the training.
Our Teaching Fellows program is open to current college and graduate school faculty. Selected high school faculty will be considered if space allows. We prioritize those who primarily teach business, entrepreneurship, strategy, economics, political science, leadership, technology, journalism and the hard sciences. The program is virtual. We meet twice a week for instruction, and work in teams and independently between classes.
We will open the application process in early 2018.
Each summer, the Institute accepts two high school, college or graduate school students into our Forecasting Fellows Program. Fellows work on a forecasting project of their choice––FTI staff and adjuncts mentor Fellows, teach them the tools of futurists and collaborate on their work. Forecasting Fellows publish blog posts throughout the summer on what they’re discovering. Together, we publish a final report, which is distributed throughout all of our channels.
Ideal candidates are curious students with multidisciplinary backgrounds. If you're someone who's quadruple-majoring because you have too many interests (or changed your major a few times because there were lots of topics you wanted to study), you'll fit in well here. Our Forecasting Fellows Program program is intended to mentor and guide aspiring futurists. We require a minimum commitment of five hours per week, however this Fellowship should not preclude you from pursuing other internships or jobs during the summer.
We will begin taking applications early 2018.