foresight is a wonderful thing

What does the future hold for your organisation?

We’re surrounded by complexity and uncertainty, so it can be difficult to identify relevant trends and adopt new working practices. At thoughtengine, I help people and organisations to ask better questions so that, together, we can build better answers to the problems and challenges that they face.

about patrick harris

Patrick is the Founder of thoughtengine, Co-founder of Growth Agenda and a Partner in Future Agenda - the world's largest open foresight programme.

He was formerly Director of Creaticity for Orange and a Director in The Futures Company. Patrick is an Honorary Life Member of Medinge, a think tank celebrating humanity in brands and has served as a Non-executive Director for France Telecom UK R&D.

His book, The Truth About Creativity, is a guidebook for the practical application of creativity in organisations and was published in 2009.

Patrick enjoys helping people and organisations to resolve complex issues and to employ inspired strategies. He was born in the USA, is married with two children and now lives in London. He holds a BSc and an MBA (Hons).

Throughout 2015, Patrick co-facilitated much of the Future Agenda programme, travelling extensively as a result. While the main body of work was completed in 2015, Patrick and his colleagues are still continuing to develop the programme by addressing certain topics with greater depth. 

helping organisations

What might we do together?

Draw from broad foresight experience to:

Work with the most relevant drivers of change for your industry or organisation, or possibly unlock futures thinking in your organisation to make it more prepared and to help you build a more responsive and adaptive culture.

Draw on creativity & innovation expertise to:

Instil creative activities in your organisation and nurture creative behaviour in a practical, straightforward manner.

Draw on strategy expertise to:

Deliver bold strategic direction, craft guiding principles to help individuals to act on the strategic direction and generate powerful organisational momentum.


What does the work look like?

Collegiate, co-creative, immersive, energetic and hands-on. A bespoke response to your particular question.

Workshops are a useful approach. Workshops that are well planned, outcome-focused and enjoyable for all.

Talks and speeches are helpful too. Talks that really engage, that are more two-way than one-way.

Research, often done together with you and possibly with colleagues from an extensive network including partners like Growth Agenda to determine the best fit for you, from a range of sources.



Occasionally, I might write or share something. Perhaps an article, a piece of work, or images of work taking place. This area of the website points you to some of that activity. 

working with others

Patrick is a founding member of Growth Agenda and a core member of Future Agenda - the world's largest open foresight project.


The Growth Agenda is a global network of leading-edge expertise that helps organisations identify and exploit majornew growth opportunities.


The Future Agenda is the world's largest global open foresight programme. It addresses some of the major challenges of the next decade by talking to 1,000s of people and shares all output for all to use.

upcoming events


Future of Hospitality Outlook - IHG

Patrick is looking forward to working with IHG senior managers to review the Future of Hospitality outlook.

The Future Agenda website


Future of Retail Event - London

Patrick is pleased to be working with Tim Jones again, showcasing Future Agenda at the SAP-led Future of Retail event.

SAP's website


Vistage Innovation Workshop - London

Patrick will be working with a London area Vistage group to help foster innovation

More on Vistage here


NET Nexcel workshop - 7-8.12.16

Patrick is rejoining the Nexcel team, helping them continue to innovate their game-changing oil change concept.

More about Nexcel here


GOTO Presentation Assessments - Saïd Business School

Patrick will be sitting on a panel of tutors assessing students' GOTO (Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford) presentations.

The GOTO programme

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