Ben Hammersley FRSA FRGS (born 3 April 1976) is a British technologist, strategic foresight consultant, futurist, keynote speaker, broadcaster and systems developer, based in New York City. He specializes on Adaptive Futurism and Cognitive Risk from a multidisciplinary perspective.[1]

Ben Hammersley

Born (1976-04-03) 3 April 1976 (age 47)
Leicester, England
OccupationTechnologist, Futurist, Strategic Forecasting Consultant, Journalist
Notable awardsFellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
SpouseAleks Krotoski

Education edit

Hammersley is the eldest of three children and was educated at Loughborough Grammar School, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, from which he dropped out after a year.[citation needed]

Technology and strategic forecasting edit

Hammersley is the founder and principal of Hammersley Futures, an international strategic foresight consultancy advising corporates and governments on futureproofing and risk planning. Hammersley Futures specializes on how society reacts to technological innovation and the changing nature of the workplace, crime and conflict, and the market, and on tools to adapt to the changes. Clients include the UK Foreign Office, the European Commission, the US government, HSBC, Vodafone, Deloitte and other corporates.[2]

As a leading futurist, he gives keynote presentations to corporates and large events internationally.[3]

Until 2013, he was the UK Prime Minister's Ambassador to East London Tech City.[4]

Multimedia reporting and broadcasting edit

In 2015, Hammersley presented a six-part BBC World News series on cybercrimes.[5] He has twice presented on BBC Radio 4's documentary strand Analysis, covering Facebook in November 2007,[6] and personal genetic testing in December 2008.[7] He also presented the five-part BBC series Futureproof Yourself.[8]

Hammersley previously worked as an internet reporter for The Times. He was Associate Editor and Editor-at-Large at the launch of the UK edition of Conde Nast's Wired UK magazine.[9]

In 2006, he pioneered multi-platform journalism for The Guardian[10] covering conflict in Afghanistan, and in 2007 also for the BBC[11] covering the election in Turkey. He later used the systems he developed to build The Guardian's pioneering range of blogs, including the award-winning Comment is Free.

Podcast edit

Hammersley is known for coining the term "podcast" in an article he wrote for The Guardian in 2004.[12] It was declared "Word of the Year" by the New Oxford American Dictionary in 2005.[13] Hammersley has said that he made the word up to pad out an article he was writing that was a little too short.[14]

Fellowships and associations edit

Hammersley is a member of the Transatlantic Network 2020,[15] and a trustee of the London chapter of the Awesome Foundation.[16] In August 2011 he was made a fellow of the UNAOC.[17] He is a judge of the Lovie Awards.[18]

In 2013, Hammersley became a fellow of the Robert Schuman School for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute,[19] Innovator-in-Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies at Goldsmiths, University of London, a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Media Freedom,[20] and a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution.[21]

Personal life edit

Hammersley is married to Aleks Krotoski,[22][23] with whom he has a daughter.[24] Hammersley is a pilot, a licensed Emergency medical technician and Wilderness Medic, a triathlete and ultra-runner, a diver, photographer, and disaster response volunteer.

Bibliography edit

Hammersley has authored or co-authored several books on technology and journalism.[citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ "About". Ben Hammersley.
  2. ^ "Ben Hammersley". Ben Hammersley.
  3. ^ "Ben Hammersley - Keynote Speaker". VBQ Speakers.
  4. ^ "Tech City gets UK-made smartphone app". TechRadar. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  5. ^ "BBC World News commissions major new Cybercrime series". BBC. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Programmes | Analysis | With Friends Like These". BBC News. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Programmes | Analysis | Me and My DNA". BBC News. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  8. ^ "BBC World Service - the Compass, Futureproof Yourself - Available now".
  9. ^ Parsons, Michael (24 April 2009). "Video: Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge". Wired UK. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012.
  10. ^ Hammersley, Ben (31 July 2006). "As we begin our descent" – via
  11. ^ "BBC - the Editors: Turkey experiment".
  12. ^ "Why online radio is booming". The Guardian. 12 February 2004.
  13. ^ "Wordsmiths hail podcast success". 7 December 2005 – via
  14. ^ "The man who accidentally invented the word 'podcast', Radio 4 in Four - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  15. ^ "About Our Participants – Getting Involved – British Council – TN2020". British Council. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  16. ^ [1] Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Fellowship News: Announcing 24 new fellows for the Fall 2011 UNAOC Fellowship Programme!". UNAOC. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Ben Hammersley - Global Governance Programme". Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  20. ^ "European Commission – Press release Digital Agenda: high-level group to discuss freedom and pluralism of the media across the EU". 11 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  21. ^ "Ben Hammersley | Brookings Institution". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Ben Hammersley Tweets about his marriage to Aleks Krotoski". Twitter. 15 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  23. ^ "Ben Hammersley on Twitter: "Holy shit, I just married @aleksk #obviouslyiwillwakeuptomorrowandallthiswillbeadream #bestdreamever"". Twitter. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Ben Hammersley Tweets about his child". Twitter. Archived from the original on 22 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2015.

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