Orgs - Business, Econ, and Development

Foresighted business services, finance, industry leaders, and economic development organizations around the world. 

Listed alpha by organization name. Two-line maximum description, thanks.

Sections
Top Business Services and Consulting
Twenty-Six Global Industry Groups Needing Better Foresight
Top Finance - Seed Funds, Incubators, Angels, VCs and Hedge Funds
Development - Emerging Nations


Top Business Services and Consulting

Accounting for the Future
ACCA's annual conf. for foresight-oriented accounting (signaling emerging problems, risk mgmt, transparency, sustainability).
American Academy of Actuaries (AAA)
Public policy and professionalism organization for U.S. actuaries.
American Marketing Association
A leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession. 38,000 members. See also Silicon Valley chapter.
American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC)
Provides businesses with expertise in benchmarking and best practices research.
Aon/Albert G Ruben
Innovative global insurance and long- and short-term risk management.
ApproTec
Appropriate technologies for African enterprise development.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (US Dept of Commerce)
Promoting understanding of the U.S. economy by providing timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data.
Business Software Alliance
A piracy-fighting and cyber security consortium of key software companies. Early internet immune system.
Cliometrics Society
Using historical data, economic theory, and statistical techniques to study historical economic change, and inform the present and future..
Comprehensive Crisis Management
Pre-identification and management of human-created organizational crises. In important example of applied futurism.
Corbett and Associates
Leaders in global outsourcing consulting and education. Producers of the Outsoucing World Summit. (Michael Corbett)
Council on Competitiveness
A leading business, academic, and labor forum for elevating national competitiveness to the forefront of national consciousness (Wash, DC).
Decision Analyst
World-class market research and innovation (creative consumer panels) services. (Arlington, TX)
A nonprofit focusing on helping second stage companies ($1-50M) become more entrepreneurial.
Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)
Turning labor market data into useful info to help orgs understand the connection between economies, people, and work.
Encore Software (Bangalore, India)
Makers of the Simputer, a scalable, open source computing platform used in India.
Helping entrepreneurs, by region, to give back to society via community investment and involvement.
Ernst & Young
Leaders in accounting, tax, risk, technology, and human capital services and consulting.
Foundation on Economic Trends
Lobbies for federal legislation, studies trends in science and technology and their impact on the environment, economy, and society. Alarmist, utopian. (Jeremy Rifkin)
Glocal Vantage
Innovation, futures, and systems consultation for business, nonprofit, and municipalities. 
Graduates Club
Networking and learning group for MBAs and other business professionals.
 
Harvest Plus
Breeding bioengineered crops for better nutrition in emerging nations.
Human Resource Institute (at the University of Tampa)
Human resources trends, issues, strategy, and futures.
IC2 Institute (U Texas at Austin)
(Innovation, Creativity & Capital). Devoted to accelerating wealth and job creation at home and abroad.
Instituto de Prospectiva Estrategica
A cell of strategic thinking leading the creation of new approaches or modifying those that are considered obsolete in organizations and companies. (Jose Miguel Echarri, Spain)
Intellectual Ventures
Nathan Mhyrvold's IT R&D and acquisition group. Patent trolls, largely.
International Monetary Fund
Intergovernmental organization that oversees the global financial system and brokers loans to countries.
International Schumpeter Society
A German research center for evolutionary and developmental economics, in the spirit of J. A. Schumpeter. 400 members.
International Society of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSSP)
Promoting the advancement of Six Sigma efficiency and quality initiatives in business.
iRobot
Creating realistic robotic solutions to real-world problems (Colin Angle, Helen Greiner, Rodney Brooks)
Milken Institute
Focusing on the effects of economic, political, technological and regulatory changes on the world economy and its societies.
Kairos Future
An international consulting and research company that helps companies and business leaders to understand and shape their futures through trend analysis and scenario planning, strategy and innovation. (Mats Lindgren)
The leading US nonprofit advancing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.
Formed after the JOBS Act to help advance startup crowdfunding.
National Investment Banking Association
Regional and independent brokerages, investment banking firms, and related capital market service providers. 

National Venture Capital Association
Supporting entrepreneurial activity and innovation.
Nomura Research Institute
Japan's leading IT consulting and systems solution firm.
NPD Group
Global consumer marketing research for manufacturers and retailers.
Plexus Institute
Improving the health of individuals, families, communities, organizations, and the environment by helping people use concepts in complexity science.
Project Management Institute
Project management’s leading global professional association (100,000 members).
SAP
The world's largest inter-enterprise software company.
Six Apart
Leading low-cost tools for publishing weblogs (Randy and Mena Trott)
Society of Actuaries (SOA)
Leading professional society promoting methodologies for the modeling and management of financial risk and contingent events. 
Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)
Leading organization teaching the value of competitive intelligence in forecasting and adapting to business change.
Society for Organizational Learning
Achieving profit, equity, and sustainability in "learning organizations." (Peter Senge et. al.)
Indian nonprofit engaged in fostering entrepreneurship globally.
Tower Group
World's leading research and consulting firm focused on trends and issues in the global financial services industry.
Un Techo Para Mi Pais (A Roof for My Country)
Latin American NGO employing students and young professionals to build housing for the most disadvantaged communities.
United Nations Millennium Project
Action plan to achieve the global Millennium Development Goals.
Urban Land Institute
Professional association for the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines. (40,000 members, Global)
VitalSmarts
Training solutions for helping individuals and organizations to learn and practice better leadership, supervision, and communication, and to improve individual and corporate ethics.
Wall Street Journal Online
Excellent website for domestic business activities. Superior coverage and analysis. 
WGSN
Consumer and cultural trends and design inspiration for the fashion industry.

World Bank
Loans and advice to more than 100 developing countries.
World Economic Forum
International organization committed to global socioeconomic development.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Promoting global use and protection of intellectual property. Specialized agency of the U.N. (Geneva, Switzerland)



Twenty-Six Global Industry Groups Needing Better Foresight
Financial analysts Morgan Stanley and Standard & Poor’s have created a Global Industry Classification Standard, categorizing public companies into 24 industry groups, 68 industries, and 154 sub-industries. Once we add Government Administration and Education (public and private), that gives us twenty-six main industry groups as a reasonably complete global industry categorization system. Each industry group is a multi-hundred-billion to multi-trillion dollar financial sector and career category in which people are willing to pay for better solutions to their problems. Foresight is one of those solutions, and you can help provide it!


Aerospace, Automobiles and Components
Banking and Credit
Capital Goods (B2B Construction and Infrastructure)
Commercial and Professional Services

Consumer Staples (Non-Food) and Apparel
Consumer Discretionary Products and Services (B2C)

Defense and Security (Public and Private)

Educational Services (Public and Private)

Energy (Fossil Fuels and Renewables)
Financial Services (Non-Bank)
Food, Beverage, and Farming
Government Administration (Public and Private)

Hardware and Equipment (IT)

Health Care Equipment & Services (Public & Private)

Hotels, Restaurant, Travel and Leisure

Industrial Products (B2B)

Insurance (Health, Life, Prop, Casualty, etc.)
Materials (Chemicals, Metals, Mining, etc.)

Media and Entertainment
Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
Real Estate and B2C Construction
Retailing (Storefront Consumer Discretionary)
Software and Services (IT)

Telecommunication Services
Transportation and Warehousing

Utilities


Notable foresighted companies, by industry:

Aerospace, Automobiles and Components
Banking and Credit
Capital Goods (B2B Construction and Infrastructure)
Commercial and Professional Services

Consumer Staples (Non-Food) and Apparel

Consumer Discretionary Products and Services (B2C)

Brondell
Next generation toilet seats (bidets, deodorizing, eco-friendly) (Mark Cuban, Angel Investor). 

Defense and Security (Public and Private)

Educational Services (Public and Private)

Energy (Fossil Fuels and Renewables)
Financial Services (Non-Bank)
Food, Beverage, and Farming
Government Administration (Public and Private)

Hardware and Equipment (IT)

Health Care Equipment & Services (Public & Private)

Hotels, Restaurant, Travel and Leisure
Industrial Products (B2B)

Insurance (Health, Life, Prop, Casualty, etc.)

Materials (Chemicals, Metals, Mining, etc.)

Media and Entertainment
Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
Real Estate and B2C Construction
Retailing (Storefront Consumer Discretionary)
Software and Services (IT)
Telecommunication Services
Transportation and Warehousing

Utilities

Top Finance - Grants, Seed Funds, Incubators, Angels, VCs and Hedge Funds

Grants

Grants.gov and SBA.gov
SBIR and other Government Grants for Innovation. $100K Phase I, $750K Phase II. 


Seed Funds and Incubators
Capital Factory (Austin, TX)
Startup incubator. $20K for 5% equity.
Curious Office (Seattle, WA)
A seed stage investment and technology development organization.
DreamIt Ventures (Philadelphia, PA) 
Seed stage investment and incubator.
Idealab (Pasadena, CA | Bill Gross)
T
echnology business incubator.
iVentures10 (Chicago, IL)
Technology incubator.
LaunchBox Digital (Wash, DC | Sean Greene)
IT business incubator. $20K/company in exchange for 6% of common stock. Pitching to angels and VCs at end of summer.
Seedcamp (London, UK)
YCombinator style incubator. F
unds ideas to prototypes, which are then pitched to angels and VCs.
Shotput Ventures
 (Atlanta, GA)
Technology startup accelerator that focuses on capital-light web services companies and assists in the conception phase.
Singularity University (Mountain View, CA)
Ideation and startup support for businesses using exponential technologies to solve Grand Challenges. 80 students/9 week summer program (Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil)
TechStars (Boulder, CO and Boston, MA | 
Seed capital and mentorship for startups. $18K in seed funding, pitching to angels and VCs at end of summer.
Unreasonable Institute (Boulder, CO)
Helping social entrepreneurs with their startups. 25 students/10 week summer program (Daniel Epstein, Teju Ravilochan)
Venture 51 (Scottsdale, AZ)
Helps startups with minimal seed capital and active involvement in executing the launch strategy. Interested primarily in game changing social web technologies.
YCombinator (Mountain View, CA | Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston)
Software and web services incubator. The first to fund ideas to prototypes, which are then pitched to angels and VCs.

Angels and VCs
Angel List (Angel.co)
A networking and fundraising platform for startups, networking them to accredited investors.
Eric Schmidt's (Google Chairman) venture capital firm. Very future oriented.



Development - Emerging Nations

Equity Bank
A leading microfinance bank in Kenya. 3.4 million account holders in 2009.
M-PESA
First cellphone-based peer-to-peer money transfer service in the world (Safaricom and Vodaphone). Has taken off in Kenya (12 million subscribers by end of 2008). Banks are predictably trying to shut it down
Obopay
Cellphone-based payment service. 25 cents to send money. High transaction costs, so of limited ultility in emerging nations.
PlayPumps
Water pumps that double as merry-go round play devices for children, being installed in rural Africa (Malawi). Goal of 4,000 by 2010.
Wizzit
South African cellphone-based banking service, started in 2005. Popular with lower income South Africans.


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