Ross Dawson has come up with his own take on who’s who in the world of futurists, perhaps inspired by Marshall Kirkpatrick’s Little Bird report on work futurists (see The C-Suite’s Challenge: The Changing Future of Work). I was included in Kirkpatrick’s report, along with Tom Peters, Charlene Li, Dave Gray, Seth Godin, and Dion Hinchcliffe.
Dawson’s tabulation is based on various influencer numbers — like Twitter reach and Klout scores (Klout? Really?) — but at least the numbers are exposed, unlike Little Bird’s proprietary algorithm.
A number of really smart folks are in the list, like William Gibson (8), Don Tapscott (6), Kevin Kelly (9), and Rachel Botsman (18). I make an appearance at 34 near Marina Gorbis of the Institute of the Future (32), Faith Popcorn (37), Jamais Cascio (54), and Anab Jain (50).
Somehow I think Dawson’s formula must have a donut hole in it for me to be higher in the list than John Seely Brown — who I got to work with this year for the first time — but it’s great company to keep.