A few years ago I walked into MIT Media Lab and realized: this is heaven for scholars like me. The MIT professors work without disciplines, are extremely open-minded and create cutting edge new ideas. It is an approach to science that I feel comfortable with. I tend to introduce myself as a sociologist by training, drawing from other disciplines like anthropology and science and technology studies to inform my research.
Studying the future is inherently looking for the edges too. I spend most of my time studying uncertainty, uneasiness, the not-knowing. If I am honest: these are topics I was trained out of when attending university. The generations of students I met during my time as a teacher helped me navigate my way back to them. And still I struggle to take my time for not-knowing, but I see it as a practice to stay aware of this challenge.
Two examples of my research projects are my PhD thesis Becoming Futurists and my inaugural speech the future belongs to all of us. You can download both documents directly. Don’t hesitate to reach out after reading the documents, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
In the spring of 2020, I published my dissertation Becoming Futurists. An interdisciplinary work on futurists. As a scholar you can learn more about professionalization and how futurists are in the forefront of doing things differently on the shop floor. If you are interested in futurist mindset, this work gives you a great impression of how futurists think and work. I recommend you to read the valorization chapter in the back, it can be read as a manifest to think and act differently, I hope it inspires you.
Illustration by Johan Moorman
In November 2021, I was officially installed as lector (professor of practice) designing the future. I wrote a speech (in Dutch), titled the future belongs to all of us. With this work I hope to inspire you to actively engage with the future.
A few times a year, I offer bespoke advice, which may vary from helping you to formulate a sound and actionable long-term vision, facilitating forward looking conversations or creating in-depth programs for your team. If you need a critical outsider to help you formulate what matters and how to think long term, reach out to me with the button below.
Visual summary of keynote, captured by Joni Israeli
In the online class ‘Becoming Futurists’, launching early 2022, I will guide you how to become a futurist. Based on my experience as a teacher and scholar I realised that the future belongs to all of us—but that most of us just didn’t learn to use it yet. I’m here to help you get started.
What to expect?
- The basics of futures thinking.
- Insights on how to use the futurist mindset to become more innovative in your work.
- Hands-on tools to integrate futures thinking in your work and life.
- A tailor-made plan to further enhance and develop your forward looking skills.
Tessa Cramer captured by Joni Israeli
I’m available for speaking & listening inquiries about the mindset of a futurist. Formats vary from crash courses for beginners to comprehensive sessions with experts.
Tessa Cramer captured by Wijnand van Till