Ms Marina Gorbis

Ms Marina Gorbis

Executive Director, Institute for the Future (IFTF)

United States

Marina Gorbis is Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a 50-year old non-profit research and consulting organization based in Silicon Valley. She has brought a futures perspective to hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, philanthropy, and civic society. Her current research focuses on transformations in the world of work and new forms of value creation. Ms Gorbis launched the Workable Futures Initiative at IFTF with the aim of developing a deeper understanding of new work patterns and to prototype a generation of Positive Platforms for work. She has introduced the concept of Universal Basic Assets (UBA) as a framework for thinking about different types of assets and the role they play in economic security. The UBA framework also highlights a variety of approaches and tools that can be used to achieve wider asset distribution and greater equity.

Her book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World, explores many of these themes and draws connections between the changes in our technology infrastructure and our organizational landscape, from education to governance and health. Ms Gorbis holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

“Loss of Free Will”: Can Humans Stay in Charge?

Main Stage

Modern society was built on the idea that educated and empowered human beings are the source of progress and development. But what happens when computers are becoming increasingly intelligent and powerful? Power and knowledge seem to increasingly reside in networks beyond individual human understanding and control. Does this threaten the ability of individuals to shape society for the […]