Richard Lum

Chief Executive, Vision Foresight Strategy, Hawaii, United States*

Richard Lum is chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy LLC (VFS), a foresight and strategic analysis firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Houston, Texas, teaching the advanced strategies course for the foresight program. His professional interests include the futures of governance, conflict and security, and industrialism. VFS's current project work includes forecasting work for NASA, and research for the Canadian governmental foresight agency. Richard has conducted foresight and strategy work on projects for organizations such as the European Commission, the United Kingdom government, the United States Department of Defense, and PepsiCo. He has helped organizations apply foresight and develop strategy for endeavors ranging from the restoration of ancient Hawaiian island land management divisions to crowdsourcing foresight development to helping educators in the US anticipate the long-term futures of learning. Richard is the author of 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight and his contributions were featured in the book Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (2006). He has been published in the Journal of Futures Studies, Futures, and the International Journal of System of Systems Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Verge General Practice Framework for foresight work, a framework used by foresight practitioners throughout the UK, in Europe, Africa, and Asia for horizon scanning, scenario development, and visioning work. Richard holds a Ph.D. in political science from the futures studies program at the University of Hawaii. He is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar Session 449, Salzburg Young Leaders Summit: Global Scenarios and Strategies for 2030, in 2007.