Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz is a cofounder and chairman of Global Business Network, a Monitor Group Company. GBN is the world’s foremost consultancy in scenario thinking, strategic conversation, and futures research. Peter is an internationally renowned futurist, business strategist and Founder of GBN. He is one of the world’s leading practitioners of scenario planning, working with corporations, governments and institutions to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop robust strategies for a changing and uncertain world.

Before founding GBN in 1987, Peter headed scenario planning for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies in London and directed the Strategic Environment Center at SRI International.

Schwartz has written several books, on a variety of future-oriented topics. His first book, The Art of the Long View (Doubleday, 1991) is considered by many to be the seminal publication on scenario planning, and is used as a textbook by many business schools. Inevitable Surprises (Gotham, 2003) is a look at the forces at play in today’s world, and how they will continue to affect the world. He also wrote The Long Boom (Perseus, 1999) with co-authors Peter Leyden and Joel Hyatt, which is a book about the future of the global economy. His book When Good Companies Do Bad Things (Wiley, 1999), is an argument for corporate responsibility in an age of corruption. China’s Futures (Jossey-Bass, 2001), is a vision of several different potential futures for China. He also co-authored the Pentagon‘s An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security.  He publishes and lectures widely and served as a script consultant on the films “Minority Report,”  “Deep Impact,” “Sneakers,” and “War Games.”