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Amy Zalman

Dr. Amy Zalman is the founder and CEO of Prescient, a foresight consultancy that helps Fortune 500 firms, governments and non-profit organizations to anticipate and prepare for the future.

She is a professor of strategic foresight in the Culture, Communications & Technology Program at Georgetown University. In addition, she is the founder and director of the Foresight Sandbox, a collaboration with Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society to provide strategic foresight training to business and government leaders.

Huffington Post called her one of the world’s seven top futurists in 2015, and Forbes named her one of the world’s 50 leading female futurists in 2020.

Dr. Zalman’s previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and President of the World Future Society, and the Chair of Information Integration at the U.S. National War College. She earned her doctorate from the Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at New York University.

Articles by Amy Zalman

Imagination: Powering Post-COVID Pandemic Planning

Acknowledging that we live on the edge of uncertainty is terrifying for modern people. How to deal with that?

April 13, 2020

Fighting Terrorists? Needed: More Effective Battle of Ideas

There are different kinds of terrorists. Understanding the variations could help stop them.

July 17, 2016

After Orlando: Trump Doing ISIS’s Bidding

Calling the Orlando attack “Islamist Terrorism” is a strategic mistake.

June 15, 2016

Beware the NSA: Human Vs. Machine Intelligence

What is the real conversation we should be having about NSA data mining?

June 13, 2013

Post-Boston: A More Effective Battle of Ideas (Part II)

With a deeper knowledge of the various kinds of terrorism that have emerged, how does the United States engage in an effective battle of ideas?

April 24, 2013

Post-Boston: Keep Calm and Think Clearly (Part I)

What can the Boston Marathon bombings teach the United States about employing more effective forms of countering violent extremism?

April 23, 2013

How Power Really Works in the 21st Century: Beyond Soft, Hard & Smart

Has the ubiquitous concept of "soft power" outlived its usefulness in international affairs?

July 17, 2012