New Shoots: People Making Fresh Choices In A Changing World

The world is changing and the effect on people is only just starting to be felt: it is hard to make sense. Patricia and Gill’s new book New Shoots provides evidence of the forces at work to help people make sense of the changes. It builds on our view that people are essentially decent and want to be happy. It explores levers for change. It includes snapshots of projects and people innovating and adapting. The book is designed to empower people to take action. The co-authors will use some examples from the book to explain why a combination of social change and technology makes them optimistic about the future.


Patricia Lustig has recently been named as one of the world’s 42 top Futurist authors. Links to some of her podcasts and videos can be found here.

She has worked across the world and is multilingual. She is Managing Director of LASA Insight Ltd and on the Board of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF).

Patricia has written many articles and is the author of four books including the award winning Strategic Foresight: Learning from the Future. Her next book (with Gill Ringland) is New Shoots – people making fresh choices in a changing world.

Patricia has held senior positions (OD, software development) at blue-chip companies such as BP, Motorola and Logica. She was a Programme Director at Management Centre Europe, a Visiting Executive Fellow at Henley Business School, and CIPD Faculty for Scenario Planning and Foresight. She edited a professional journal for 14 years. She oversees the APF Emerging Fellows programme.

Patricia has a BA (joint Hons) from the University of St. Thomas. She is a member of The World Future Studies Federation (WFSF), The Society of Authors, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Gill Ringland

Gill has over 100 publications: Her books on Scenario Planning and strategy are used at Business Schools including Harvard. Her next book, the 9th, with Patricia Lustig is New Shoots – people making fresh choices in a changing world.

Gill’s early career included the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, California at Berkeley and Oxford. She did pioneering work in IT on systems and data architecture, at CAP, Inmos and Modcomp. She has been active in seven start-ups and built a £3bn new business at computer firm ICL.

She was CEO, Director and a Fellow of SAMI Consulting (Strategy with a view of the future) from 2002 to 2017, with clients in the public, private and NGO sector from Mexico to Malaysia. From September 2017 to February 2021 she was a Director of Ethical Reading.

She has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, an Emeritus Fellow Emeritus of SAMI and ICL, and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science. She is a graduate of Stanford University's Senior Executive Program; and a Liveryman of the City of London. She has been co-opted for various UK and EC advisory roles.

Thursday, 02 December 2021

11:00 - 11:45 GMT


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    Patricia Lustig
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    Gill Ringland
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