Futurists and Associates

Coaching a major US health care provider through the creation of scenarios on information systems and technology and their use to target new product and service development.

CLEMENT BEZOLD, PH.D.

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Clement Bezold is founder and chairman of the Institute for Alternative Futures.  Dr. Bezold established IAF in 1977 and in 1982 he started IAF’s for-profit subsidiary, Alternative Futures Associates, to assist corporations in their strategic planning using futures methods.  He has been a major developer of foresight techniques, applying futures research and strategic planning methods in both the public and private sectors.  As a consultant, Dr. Bezold has worked with many Fortune 500 companies along with major organizations, including the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, AARP and the American Cancer Society.

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JONATHAN PECK

President and Senior Futurist

Jonathan Peck provides a wide range of research, consulting, speaking, meeting design and facilitation services.  A certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner, Mr. Peck has integrated psychological patterns and insights into his facilitation of vision, mission, and strategic processes for corporations, organizations and government agencies.  He led IAF’s 2019: Health Care That Works for All project, which has sketched out a visionary outcome of ten years of U.S. healthcare reform.

His work on the future of health spans scientific, economic, political and social changes that can be addressed with an understanding of complex systems dynamics.

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BEN SHEPPARD, PH.D.

Senior Associate

Ben Sheppard, Ph.D. designs and runs war game simulations using IAF’s futures tools.  These scenario planning exercises, which are based on war gaming and are customized for corporations, NGO’s, and governments, examine the robustness of current and alternative decision making and of organizational structures under various internal and external conditions.

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ANNETTE L. GARDNER, PH.D., M.P.H.

Senior Associate

Dr. Gardner is a subject matter expert on the futures of health care reform implementation, the health care safety net and community health centers, vulnerable populations, and the future of U.S. health and health care. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco.

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WILLIAM ROWLEY, M.D.

Senior Fellow

Dr. Bill Rowley is a subject matter expert and frequent keynote speaker on possible futures for a full range of health care issues.  He has analyzed trends and developed forecasts and scenarios for specific diseases, advances in biotechnology, the evolution of health systems, and the future of various health professions.  He has written articles for numerous publications including U.S. Medicine, Surgery, Stroke, Managed Care, foresight, and Naval Institute Proceedings.

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BARBARA KRIMGOLD

Senior Health Program Director, IAF

Barbara Krimgold is the Founding President of IAF’s Culture of Health Equity Network initiative as well as currently serves as IAF’s Senior Health Program Director and director of the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program. The KP Burch Program supports junior minority scholars to sustain connections with policy experts to inform policy development.  She also is co-director, with Marie Briones-Jones, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation design grant for RWJ future programming in human capital and leadership development.  Both of these projects are based at the Institute for Alternative Futures.

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MARIE BRIONES-JONES

Senior Health Program Director, IAF

Marie Briones-Jones is the Founding Vice President of IAF’s Culture of Health Equity Network initiative as well as serves IAF’s Senior Health Program Director and co-director of the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program. The KP Burch Program supports the leadership development of minority researchers to sustain connections with policy experts to inform policy development. Together with Barbara Krimgold, she co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation design grant for the Foundation’s future programming in human capital and leadership development. Prior to joining IAF, Marie served as deputy director for the Kellogg Health Scholars Program, Kellogg Fellows in Health Policy Research, and the H. Jack Geiger Congressional Health Policy Fellows Program at the Center for Advancing Health.

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ROBERT OLSON

Senior Fellow

Robert L. Olson is a Senior Fellow at IAF and was the Institute’s Director of Research for fifteen years, working as a consultant to leaders in a wide range of government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations.  Much of his recent work has focused on  environmental and energy futures, including projects with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to bring greater foresight into the Agency’s planning. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Technology and Policy (NACEPT) and the primary author of the NACEPT report The Environmental Future: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities for EPA.  He is the author of Exploring The Future, editor of Mending The Earth, and co-editor with David Rejeski of Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow.

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YASEMIN ARIKAN

Futurist

Yasemin Arikan is a futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures. Most recently, she developed national and local scenarios on the futures of public health in 2030 for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Previously she coauthored forecasts and scenarios on health care, society, and technology for a variety of associations. Ms. Arikan also co-led the first-ever examination of U.S. community health centers’ role in improving population health by addressing the social determinants of health that underlie and shape the health of patients.

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