About Near Future LaboratoryAbout Near Future Laboratory
About Near Future Laboratory

Near Future Laboratory is the creative design, innovation, technology and strategy studio that pioneered the grounded futures practice known as Design Fiction.

It was founded by Julian Bleecker, BSEE, MSEng, Ph.D. in 2004 when he purchased the URL nearfuturelaboratory.com to use as his blog shortly after he became a Professor at the University of Southern California's world famous School of Cinematic Arts (the USC Film School), where he taught graduate students interactive media theory & practice.

Over the last twenty+ years, he has empowered some of the world's largest and most forward-thinking organizations to make sense of, and respond to, the dynamics of the kinetic and uncertain environment in which they operate. As a consultant, facilitator, creative partner, and even as an employee, Near Future Laboratory has helped these organizations amplify their ability to make meaningful strategic choices by grounding creativity and imagination into practical, tangible contexts.

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Learn more about how we can help you and how to engage us on our Services page, check out some of his select past work on our Projects page, find past episode of his Near Future Laboratory Podcast, and take a look at SuperSeminar the Learning & Development platform he created — or browse the links in the menu above.

Contact us directly using the form below if you want to discover more of the ways we work, the projects we do, and the clients we work with.

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