Bill is an expert in futures techniques and systems thinking. He is a founding partner of Future Stewards and an advisor to leading figures across the climate, technology, and policy arenas.
Bill developed his futures practice as a manager of innovation in the computer industry, working in research, government policy, and through his fifteen years as a research lab director at Hewlett Packard, where he pioneered new technologies in mobile and pervasive computing at the height of the dotcom era. He went on to co-found a specialist innovation consultancy creating new digital products for international clients. Since then he has undertaken a wide range of technology strategy, research and innovation consulting for international clients in both the public and commercial sectors.
He is now dedicated to bringing that experience of innovation and systems change into widespread application to our challenge of enabling ten billion people to thrive on one planet. He is one of the originators of the Three Horizons approach to futures which he is pioneering with colleagues as a basis for a global commons of futures and systems change practice.
Bill is a Visiting Professor at the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England, where he researches ways to understand value and cultural innovation. He is the author of Three Horizons: the patterning of hope and Economies of Life: patterns of health and wealth.