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Strategy Amidst Uncertainty: Using Futures Thinking to Inform Strategic Planning

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Richard Lum

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Richard Lum, chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy LLC.

Richard A. K. Lum, PhD, is an academically trained futurist and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy LLC, a foresight and strategic analysis firm based in Honolulu. His professional interests include the futures of governance, conflict and security, and industrialism.

Richard has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, and government agencies on foresight, strategy development, and strategic thinking. He has worked on foresight and strategy work on projects for organizations such as the European Commission, the UK government, the US 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 and the journal Futures, and he has a forthcoming article in 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 is an advisory council member of the Hawai‘i Future Caucus of the Hawai‘i State Legislature, he served on the State of Hawai‘i Constitutional Convention Cost Task Force, and he was recently reappointed to the O‘ahu Workforce Investment Board. He served for several years as the Strategic Planner for the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee for the state of Hawai‘i.

Richard holds a PhD in Political Science from the futures studies program at the University of Hawai‘i. His dissertation research focused on developing new conceptual frames for designing future governance systems.

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