Andrew Zolli is a foresight and global trends consultant whose firm, Z + Partners, helps global companies and institutions see, understand and respond to complex change. As curator of the annual Pop!Tech conference, Andrew creates an elite annual gathering of thought leaders who explore the social impact of technology and the shape of things to come. Recently named one of the Fellows of the National Geographic Society, where he is leading development of a global initiative to envision new scenarios for life in 2040-2050, he has served as Futurist-in-Residence at both Popular Science and American Demographics magazines, as well as Public Radio’s Marketplace. In addition to his work with larger multinational organizations, Andrew advises a number of cutting-edge not-for-profit, public policy and venture-backed startups. He currently serves on the boards of WorldChanging.com, a leading online resource tracking the future of sustainability, and Blurb, a revolutionary publishing company.
In this interview, Andrew sees the intersections of art and life today, and imagines the world to come. What’s it going to be like in 2050?