Greg Van Alstyne (@gregvan) is a designer, teacher, researcher and futurist based in Toronto, Canada, with more than twenty-five years experience in design, complex systems, futures, strategic foresight, data literacy, media ecology, sustainability & flourishing. Greg's research interests include the relationship between design and emergence (top-down vs bottom-up) in innovation ecosystems; the futures of digital media, reading, writing, and publishing; design fiction, tangible & experiential futures; creative & critical data visualization. Among his research & innovation initiatives, Greg was co-founder of DesignJam.ca (OCE-ONE); and co-investigator for Digital Governance; the Urban Futures panel for Imagining Canada's Future (SSHRC); Economic Futures for Ontario 2032 (OPS); and 2020 Media Futures (OMDC). Prior to his OCAD appointments, Greg held senior media, design and education positions including founder, Department of New Media at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and inaugural director of the alternative design school, Institute without Boundaries (IwB).
Strategic foresight, social innovation, digital literacy, interaction design, communication design
MS, Integrated Digital Media, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
BA (Hons), Self-designed arts & science program, minor in philosophy, University of Toronto
Design and emergence in innovation ecosystems; urban innovation; futures of digital media.
In OCAD University's SFI program I have co-taught Innovation Research Methods (with Suzanne Stein), Foresight Studio (with Stuart Candy), and Business and Design Thinking alongside Helen Kerr. My undergraduate courses include Think Tank (design and social responsibility); typeface design; narrative and time-based media; graphic design core studio, interaction design and experience design.
Full member, OCAD U Graduate Faculty (SFI, DFI, IAMD)
Member, Association of Professional Futurists (APF)
Member, World Future Society (WFS)