Peter Schwartz employs many guises in discerning the complex patterns and forces shaping our world—as a futurist, business strategist, venture capitalist, writer and speaker. Asked what he does, he responds: “I see myself foremost as someone who helps organizations think deeply, and perhaps in unconventional ways, about the future.”
In 1987, Peter co-founded Global Business Network (GBN), the world’s preeminent member organization focused on scenario thinking and planning. Scenarios are stories that enable us to imagine and plan for different plausible futures and they serve as powerful tools to help businesses and other organizations develop sustainable strategic visions. As GBN’s Chairman, Peter specializes in building scenarios for leading corporations, governments and non-profit institutions. His current research and scenario work encompasses energy resources and the environment, technology, life sciences, telecommunications, media and entertainment, aerospace and national security.
In addition to his work with GBN, Peter is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Santa Fe Institute, the Long Now Foundation, the World Affairs Council and Human Rights Watch (Northern California).
Peter received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and astronautics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.