Hans Davies has been at Toffler Associates since 2007 and is a Director. His focus is helping organizations design imaginative futures that explore the nexus of humans and technology and their impact on security and protection. His specialties include security and resilience in the converging cyber and physical environments. Before TA, he was an Analyst at SAIC supporting the Department of Defense Office of Treaty Compliance, focusing on reducing the danger and impact of Small Arms and Light Weapons, especially Landmines, across the globe. He earned a BA in History from Williams College and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Why did you join Toffler Associates?
I enjoyed working on big challenges, but I wanted to do more in the commercial and government space and really indulge my curiosity. Alternate Futures and scenario planning allows me to be a researcher, blending a number of disciplines (e.g., history, philosophy, science), and adding my own imagination to help clients
What is your favorite client story?
At an off-site many years ago, a client bet me that he would beat me at racquetball. If he lost, he would get a tattoo; if I lost, I had to shave my head. Never one to step away from a challenge, I accepted. The next day, I shaved my head. Anything for a good client relationship!
What excites you about 2030?
Having a child in high school and seeing how she wants to make the world a better place.
What do you enjoy most about Toffler Associates client work?
Helping our clients get the most out of their talent and their teams. Too often, clients have an experience with consulting firms that is hands-off. Not with us! We collaborate with our clients and, while we bring innovative thinking, we also help them unlock the potential resident in the organization. That is the best! They benefit from our perspectives, but it is their own capabilities that make the change stick.
What is your favorite part about TA culture?
Serendipity. You never know what you are going to learn from one day to the next – from a conversation or a shared article or simply a life story.
How do you spend your free time?
Reading books and magazines. Playing soccer. Hanging with my daughter. Filling out surveys
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Alternate Futures and scenario planning allows me to be a researcher, blending a number of disciplines (e.g., history, philosophy, science), and adding my own imagination to help clients