Bill Sharpe

Futures and Systems Practitioner

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Bill was a research lab director at Hewlett Packard for fifteen years, where he pioneered new technologies in mobile and pervasive computing. On leaving HP, he co-founded a specialist innovation consultancy creating new digital products for international clients and launching two start-ups. Since then he has undertaken a wide range of technology strategy, research and innovation consulting for international clients in both the public and commercial sectors.

Bill is a practitioner in futures techniques and systems change. He has edited a collection of the latest scenario-based methods from the work of the Oxford Futures Forum – Scenarios for Success. He is one of the originators of the Three Horizons approach to futures.

Bill works with colleagues in the International Futures Forum and H3Uni to pioneer new approaches to futures, systems thinking, and transformative innovation for one planet living. He acts as mentor to Leaders’ Quest and the Future Stewards partnership. He is the author of Three Horizons: the patterning of hope and Economies of Life: patterns of health and wealth.

At the School of System Change

Bill shares an introduction to futures, pattern thinking, and the Three Horizons framework.

"I enjoy working and learning with the wonderful groups of people that come together in the Basecamp programme - both participants and other tutors, and the supportive atmosphere that the School creates for everyone."
Bill Sharpe