After leading Coates
& Jarratt, Inc. through more than two
decades of designing and delivering studies on the future of technology,
business and government, Joe retired from the company he founded to
become a consulting futurist.
the course of his pioneering future studies, Joe has consulted with 45
of the Fortune 500 companies and numerous smaller firms, scores
of professional, trade and public interest groups, and with all levels of
He is the author of more than 300 articles, chapters, papers, and
publications and currently writes columns for Technological
Forecasting and Social Change, Research and Technology Management
and Personnel Management and is on the editorial boards of nine
publications. He is co-author of 2025: Scenarios of U.S. and Global
Society Reshaped by Science and Technology (Oakhill, 1997),
Future Work (Jossey Bass, 1990), What Futurists Believe
(World Future Society, 1989), and Issues Management (Lomond,
1986). Joe was also on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of the
Future (Macmillan, 1996).
Joe presents to about 50 groups per year all over the world. His
speeches on the future appear in Vital Speeches of the Day and
Representative American Speeches. For two years Joe created and
hosted a program on the future for National Public Radio, and, as
an active member of the World Future Society, he plans, organizes, and
takes part in sessions at Society meetings.
Joe was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, where
he taught graduate courses on the future and on technology. His career
includes work as an analyst for a nonprofit think tank and positions
with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Congressional Office
of Technology Assessment. He holds 19 patents from his first career as
an industrial chemist.
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