How to Predict the Future(s) | Jeremy Pesner | TEDxHerndon

The future is unknowable, but that doesn't mean we can't prepare for it. Futures studies provides methods and perspectives to envision different versions of the future. This field can help any person or organization to plan strategically for black swan events and other future developments that transform the world as we know it. This talk introduces the basic concepts of futures studies and the method of scenario planning. Jeremy is a multidisciplinary technologist, researcher and policy analyst with a background in Computer Science and tech policy. He is currently a Baltimore Corps fellow placed as a data analyst with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. He loves questions about social interactions with technology, appropriate policy responses for emerging technology issues and how to help organizations through the development and use of technology. He has given talks at venues such as StartingBloc, Hackers on Planet Earth, and the World Future Society conference on a range of futurist and technology-oriented topics. You can find him online at This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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