“Asking Tomorrow’s Questions”
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Chairman of Strategic Futures, LLC (Chicago, Illinois) and President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (Washington, DC), Nigel Cameron has extensive experience leading high-level conversations focused on the future that cross disciplinary lines and bring together participants with diverse opinions and backgrounds. His emphasis is on process, building consensus through framing and reframing issues, welcoming outlier opinions, and pressing for a positive sum outcome that recognizes differences and engages them to build the agenda for the next round. A citizen of the United States and the UK, he has worked on both sides of the Atlantic and travels widely. In 2010-11 he addressed conferences on all five continents, including the biennial innovation festival hosted by Australian finance giant AMP in Sydney, where he was also invited to help shape the weeklong conversation; and Nanomedicine 2010 Beijing, where he moderated a conference track. He was the sole US-based plenary speaker at “the world’s leading conference on content marketing,” the 2011 Content Summit. Upcoming engagements include the UN-affiliated Rio+20 Planet under Pressure event (London), and the opening keynote at the European Identity and Cloud Conference (Munich, Germany).
His unusually wide experience includes serving on U.S delegations to the UN General Assembly and UNESCO; three periods as an executive-in-residence at UBS Wolfsberg (Switzerland); testimony on technology policy and values issues before the U.S House and Senate, the European Parliament, the European Commission’s advisory Group on Ethics, the German Bundestag, and the UK Parliament; and co-chairing a nonpartisan panel that advised the UK Conservative Party on emerging technologies and health policy. In the early 2000s, he was an invited non-federal participant in the Department of State-led Project Horizon, 3-year scenario-based strategic planning process. He has appeared on network media in several countries, including in the U.S. ABC Nightline and PBS Frontline; and in the UK the BBC flagship shows Newsnight and Breakfast with Frost.
With a strong academic background together with an M.B.A. he has developed projects focusing integrative approaches to new technologies both in the academic/business context (at the Illinois Institute of Technology) and in the policy community (Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC). He hosted a succession of annual policy conferences on nanotechnology at the National Press Club, which led to the publication of Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nano Century (Wiley). Among Washington events in 2011 he hosted a series of roundtables on impacts of new technologies (risk, intellectual property, change), co-sponsored by the Intel-led Task Force on American Innovation; and was invited to moderate panels on the security implications of the “Arab spring” for weapons (WMD) control. He regularly hosts teleconferences with thought leaders such as Wired Magazine founder Kevin Kelly, former Lockheed-Martin chairman Norman Augustine, CEA president Gary Shapiro, innovation leader Vivek Wadhwa and White House technology policy lead Tom Kalil. Other teleconferences have focused emerging issues in cybersecurity, and the future of internet governance with Ambassador Philip Verveer and others. In Silicon Valley he hosted a breakfast for the venture community to discuss his provocative commentary on the innovation gap between the west coast and Washington, How to Bridge the Continental Divide. Other recent commentaries that have generated thoughtful interest in Washington and further afield: on NASA, and Washington’s core problem thinking about the future. He writes a monthly column for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the latest issues in corporate social responsibility.