Hello! Thank you for visiting. 

My name is Ksenia Benifand.  I am a researcher, systems designer, and foresight strategist with 12 years of experience helping corporations, governments and non-profits navigate and plan for locally-based as well as systemic transitions and shifts. My research & strategic foresight work spans across several content areas including regenerative economies, sustainable production and consumption, governance, and healthcare.

I help organizations and governments use the design thinking and strategic foresight processes to gain deeper insights about user and stakeholder needs, and map out complex social systems to pinpoint challenges and opportunities for strategic interventions.

It's exciting and fulfilling seeing people have an “aha” moment when they realize the design thinking & foresight processes at work! 

I am a graduate from OCAD University with a Master of Design (M.Des) in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, and a BA, International Development, University of Guelph.

I am currently working as a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto, California.  I am also the Founder and Curator of the Rising Women Collective, an international community of women who are exploring, working on, and manifesting social change within our local communities and worldwide.

Areas of Expertise

User Research 

Gain key insights about the needs, pains, goals and dreams of the users, people and communities that matter to the success of your organization and community. 

Strategic Foresight 

Understand how the rapidly changing environment may impact your organization or community. Uncover blind spots and provide critical insights to map out risks and prospects for innovation by anticipating emerging trends and opportunities. See more about my foresight work here.

Strategy Design & Implementation 

Co-design your organizational strategy with key stakeholders to achieve your desired outcomes using a human-centered approach, to ensure relevancy, early buy-in, and a more robust action plan.

Training & Workshops 

Build capacity for your staff and stakeholders to drive and spread innovation across your organization through customized innovation workshops.  

Experiential Futures, Virtual & Augmented Reality Design 

Using mixed media tools, help to envision possible futures and build deeper empathy with your stakeholders. See some of my VR Projects here.

Custom Presentations 

Inspire your staff, stakeholders, or clients with latest research and custom presentations designed for your needs.  See my presentations here.

Want to know more about me and my work?

Take a look at some of the things my clients and colleagues have said about my work here. Also take a look at some examples of my work

You can also connect with me on Twitter, I post tweets about best practices in the foresight and innovation field, new technologies, and ideas for social innovation in healthcare and sustainability.   

I look forward to getting to know you more! I hope we can be in touch.

Ksenia Benifand

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