How the US Forest Service is Promoting Foresight within Its Institution
On Wednesday, December 11th at 9:00am PST, Institute for the Future, together with the US Forest Service's David Bengston and Jason Crabtree, will host a free and public-facing webinar about how they're developing and applying foresight methods and thinking to help forest planners, managers, and policy makers anticipate and prepare for change.
David N. Bengston is Social Scientist and Environmental Futurist for the Strategic Foresight Group at the US Forest Service, Northern Research Station in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Bengston is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Forest Resources and the Conservation Biology Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Chair of the North American Forest Commission’s Foresight Working Group. Dr. Bengston has an individually designed BS in Futures Studies, and MS and PhD in environmental economics, and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation.
Jason Crabtree is Lead Futurist & Foresight Researcher within the Strategic Foresight Group at the US Forest Service Northern Research Station in partnership with the University of Minnesota - St. Paul. He develops methodology and facilitates work sessions that build skill sets among their team of resource planners, scientists, and researchers. By integrating foresight into the long-term visioning process they are working to create presently-sustainable and future-thrivable operations for the shared resources within the USFS Eastern Region and beyond. He holds a Master of Foresight from the University of Houston and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.