Richard Watson

Leading futurist and founder,


Richard Watson is “an author and philosopher posing as a futurist”. (Quartz magazine). He is a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Language, Culture & Communication at Imperial College London and has been a visiting lecturer at Imperial College Business School, London Business School and the Royal College of Art.

Previous experience

Aviation: Prior to this he was Futurist-in-Residence at the Tech Foresight Practice at Imperial College and a member of the Aviation Futures panel at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Co Founder: He is also co-founder of Thinking Allowed, a 24-hour retreat for leadership teams to escape the non-stop noise of working life and the devices that deliver and amplify this assault.

Clients: Richard has worked with, amongst others, Cambridge University, McKinsey, RAND, Lego, Ikea, Shell, KPMG Australia, CBA, NAB, Westfield, CSIRO, Nestle and MacDonald’s.

Author: He has written five books. His first, Future Files (2007), was translated into sixteen languages. His most recent, Digital Vs. Human (2016), explores the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet from a human perspective. He is currently writing a sixth book looking at how to improve the quantity and especially the quality of thinking in organisations.