Dr Richard David Hames is the Founder & Executive Director, Centre for the Future Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science Chairman, Asian Foresight Institute and Chairman, HamesMcGregor + Partners
In 1998 Richard warned of the probability of hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Centre. In 2005 he described to a group of Wall Street bankers the patterns that would lead to a global financial crisis just three years later. He was among the first to anticipate the success of Apple’s first iPod and Tesla’s electric cars. He also predicted the socio-political conditions that eventually led to the election of Donald Trump.
He is now talking about the collapse of capitalism as we know it threats to the established world order in a post-COVID-19 world. Described by Forbes Asia as one of the smartest people on the planet, Richard is widely considered to be among the world’s influential intellectuals. Based purely on performance, he is also one of our most accurate futurists.
Richard’s blog The Hames Report is read by around 45,000 people each month. He is also a regular guest on various Television channels in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and the US.
An architect of mindful evolution, Richard works at the interface between organisations and society. Using various forms of enquiry he cuts through the fog of current paradigms. By asking challenging questions wisdom is liberated, leading to the deep renewal of worldviews, strategies, structures and practices.
Richard is Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Future; Honorary President of The Hames Group (a globally distributed think-tank and strategic design laboratory comprising thought leaders from all fields of human endeavour); Chairman of the Asian Foresight Institute in Bangkok; and past President and Chairman of Australia 21 (Australia’s leading multidisciplinary think-tank). He is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science.
After an early career encompassing medicine, academia and the arts, he was appointed Group Chief Executive to AMI, a position that was to earn him an enviable reputation as a charismatic and highly effective leader of change through the transformation of an almost bankrupt business into one of Europe’s most successful and dynamic media corporations. He then introduced Total Quality Management into Australia and New Zealand, working closely with W. Edwards Deming.
As a strategist and organisational designer, Richard has advised many of the world’s most successful enterprises including Apple, Microsoft, Disney Corporation, GE, BP, Shell, AXA, Google, Facebook, TikTok, Telstra, Australian Tax Office, Amazon, Alibaba, IBM, Jardine Matheson, National Australia Bank, ANZ Group, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Pratt Industries, Visy, Bridgewater Associates, BHP Billiton, Singtel, Etihad Airlines, Virgin Group, Qantas, Aviva, and the Chinese Construction Bank.
Today, Richard continues to advise institutions, multinational corporations and governments on issues as diverse as whole system change, economic resilience, ecologically intelligent urban futures, governance, surveillance, resource security and alternative energy. He is a member of various advisory boards and remains personal mentor to Presidents, Heads of State, and some of the world’s top business leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. He also advises the strategic intelligence unit at The Economist and Edelman Intelligence and also Horasis – the Global Visions Community.
Richard is best known for pioneering Deep Design – a ground-breaking approach to whole system change based on the integral nature of complexity science and living systems. He is also admired for his passionate advocacy of real-time cybernetic and humanitarian models of governance. Richard’s methodologies, including Systemic Acupuncture, Strategic Navigation and Transformational Narrative, all apply generative learning principles to the strategic management of organizations and communities in dynamically complex environments.
As a foresight practitioner Richard has examined topics ranging from the future of conflict to the ethics of machine intelligence, nanotechnology in everyday life, financial services, transport networks, urban development, terrorism, taxation, health care, social innovation, power and governance systems, energy and sustainability, food, natural resource management and learning.
An authority on the design of strategically relevant yet viable ‘whole system’ solutions for business and government in a globalised world, Richard has built an enviable reputation with a range of clients spanning the world and in all sectors of the economy.
Richard Hames is also a social impact entrepreneur in his own right. In 2015 he co-founded MiVote – one of the fastest growing direct democracy movements in the world – in addition to its commercial spin-off Horizon State capitalised to the tune of close to $100M within weeks of its launch and voted by The Australian newspaper in February 2018 as 7th out of 100 technologies most likely to change the world.