Doug Randall

Guest Speaker

Foresight, Narratives, Thriving in uncertainty

Areas of Expertise

Wellness  •  Synthesis  •  Opener / Closer  •  Moderator  •  Leadership  •  Impact  •  GGC-Security  •  Future of Work  •  Future Forecasting  •  Facilitator  •  Exponential Thinking  •  Ethics  •  Entrepreneurship  •  Disruption  •  Digital Networks  •  Design Thinking  •  Customer Experience  •  Crowdsourcing  •  Corporate Innovation  •  Abundance

About Doug

Doug is a thought leader, advisor, and coach on managing uncertainty, leadership, and narrative-led communications. He has over 25 years of advisory and operating experience as a founder, entrepreneur, and business builder.

Doug is a results-oriented leader who helps organizations grow, thrive, and effectively manage strategic disruptions. His work includes leading scenario planning programs, developing compelling strategic narratives, and executive coaching. He serves organizations of all sizes: start-ups, publicly traded companies, foundations, and he was previously an advisor to the White House under the Obama Administration. His has advised leaders at Bank of America, Hewlett Packard, Aera, Genomic Health, Omidyar Network, the Gates Foundation, and dozens of similar organizations.

Doug is the founder and past CEO of Protagonist, the Narrative Analytics company. The Protagonist platform uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to identify public opinion and to generate compelling narratives on issues ranging from climate change to financial product marketing. Before Protagonist, Doug created and led Monitor 360, a cross-disciplinary consultancy that designed and developed analytic methodologies including the Master Narratives platform. Master Narratives are the deeply entrenched stories that resonate with key audiences. Doug created the Institute For Analysis, which was a post 9/11 collaboration with U.S. intelligence agencies for identifying and managing emerging threats and building the capabilities to do so. Before that, Doug was a managing partner at Global Business Network and the Monitor Group, the global strategy consultancy.

Doug has lectured at the Wharton School, Stanford University, and National Defense University on strategy, narratives, leadership, decision making, and negotiations. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from the Wharton School. He served as a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences “Understanding Narratives for National Security Purposes” study.

Doug co-authored “the Pentagon Report,” which was an early scenario-based exploration of the impact of climate change on national security. His Wired cover story on How Hydrogen Will Save America, called for an Apollo-style plan for reducing hydrocarbons and replacing them with hydrogen. His work has appeared in Forbes, Fortune, the Financial Times, and process journals such as Strategy & Learning and Francis Fukuyama’s book, “Blindside, How to Anticipate Forcing Events and Wild Cards in Global Politics.”

Doug is a board member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) SF Bay chapter and a past board member of the Kitchen SF and Bay Area Theater Sports. He teaches meditation and yoga, and resides in San Francisco.

Speaking Topics

  • Mindfulness

    A review of the science of mindfulness followed by mindfulness activities to improve personal resilience and the capacity to lead more effectively. Addresses ways of taking a responsible (vs a victim) mindset.

  • Preparing for the Future

    A look at forecasting, scenario planning, and various forms of futures analysis to understand sound ways of planning for the future.

  • The Art and Science of Narrative

    A description of the power of narrative, and concrete ways to tell better stories. We break down the emotional and rational sides of narrative and provide tools for persuasion.

  • Uncertainty Bootcamp

    An overview of the skills, capabilities and mindsets needed to grapple with the complexity we face. Interactive workshop experience.

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