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Robert Bolton

Head of Foresight Studio, Idea Couture

Robert Bolton is a Canadian writer, futures thinker, innovation strategist, and multidisciplinary artist.

As a senior strategist at global innovation firm, Idea Couture, Robert leads interdisciplinary teams, using design thinking and foresight methods, to solve complex problems and generate brand, revenue, and profit growth for Fortune 500 clients.

Robert’s personal research and art is concerned with accelerating humanity’s collective ability to understand the implications of emerging technology so that we can better respond with evolved cultural codes and systems of ethics. Robert co-authored a perspective on policy, Biohackers: The Science, Politics, and Economics of Synthetic Biology, published in Innovations Journal (MIT Press, 2014).

In collaboration with Policy Horizons Canada, an innovation lab within the Government of Canada, Robert led the design of the board game, Impact, which is used to teach federal public servants the discipline of strategic foresight and encourages deliberate thinking about long-term future developments and uncertainties.

Robert has worked on the future of food and food security under several auspices, including as a National Science Foundation AoSL Innovation Fellow. He holds a Masters of Arts in the Humanities from the University of Chicago.