Marshall Kirkpatrick, then at LittleBird (now Sprinklr) produced a report on the top 125 women futurists in 2015. The link to the original article is no longer available sadly. It was written in response to an article in The Atlantic "Why Aren't There More Women Futurists?” by Rose Eveleth which generated a ton of interest on social media. Marshall wrote:
"So we used our technology to build a list of 125 important women futurists online. You can access the full list of all 125 via their Twitter accounts here. Then we reached out to them and asked for their thoughts on gender and the study of the future. Of course there are important women futurists who do not use Twitter, but when looking for women futurists, we think this is a great place to start plugging into the conversation. "
LittleBird's technology identified six of the 125 as the top sharers in our peer group on social media - I was honoured to be one of them. Here's what I added to the conversation about gender and the study of the future:
"I'm not sure there's anything specific to say about female futurists that doesn't apply to professional women everywhere….Personally, I don't think trying to get a higher profile for women futurists (or a futurist or any gender) in the media is worth the effort. By spending energy there, we are playing today's game rather than working out how the field can add value to organizations and societies today and into the future - by, for example, helping leaders and managers understand that strategic planning needs to be reframed and redesigned using foresight approaches and tools. Also, my view is that foresight work is personal, network and relationship driven and women - theoretically - are better at that than men!”