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Joseph Coates, Ph.D.


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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.

In 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 government.

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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