Greg Van Alstyne

Greg Van Alstyne portrait

Co-founding Director, sLab
Co-founder, DesignJam
Associate Professor, SFI Graduate Program

As Director of sLab, Greg is responsible for fostering and shaping the lab's objectives, research program, and impacts. Greg is also convener of sLab's Media Futures Research Group.

Greg Van Alstyne (@gregvan) is a designer, teacher, researcher and futurist with more than twenty-five years practice in strategic communications and experience design, creative concept development, writing, visualization, art direction, branding, publication design, and design management. His strengths include team leadership, presentation, process facilitation, program development, critique, and evaluation. Prior to his OCAD appointments Greg held positions in media, design and education settings including founder of the Department of New Media at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and inaugural Director of the Institute without Boundaries (IwB). Among his many research initiatives, Greg was PI for the SSHRC-funded, Southern Ontario regional panel in Imagining Canada's Future; project leader for the OMDC-funded project, 2020 Media Futures; co-investigator in Economic Futures for Ontario 2032 (EFO); and is currently leading the Visualizing Emergence data visualization project, with support from CIVDDD & NCE-GRAND.


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

Research Interests

Design and emergence in innovation ecosystems; urban innovation; futures of digital media.


In OCAD University's SFI program I co-teach Foresight Studio with Suzanne Stein and Stuart Candy, as well as Business and Design Thinking. My undergraduate courses include Think Tank (design and social responsibility); Typeface Design; Time, Motion, Media; and Experience Design.


Full member, OCAD U Graduate Faculty (SFI, DFI, IAMD)
Member, Association of Professional Futurists (APF)
Member, World Future Society (WFS)