Christopher S. Rice, Ph.D. is the Founder and Managing Partner of Refuturing, where he leads foresight, strategy and research activities. As a futurist, ethnographer, experience designer, educator and political theorist, Chris’ work over the last 20+ years has explored the intersections of society, technology, economics, the environment and politics. During his career, Chris has worked with clients in higher education, government and community development, including Salesforce, University of California San Diego, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, College Business Management Institute, Kentucky Department of Libraries & Archives, Jerry Brown’s We The People Legal Foundation, Center for Sustainable Cities, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development and more. Through consulting, workshop design & facilitation, research, speaking and writing, Chris works with clients to rethink unspoken assumptions, reframe problems and challenges, reimagine possible futures and develop actionable strategies to achieve them. He writes and speaks on a wide variety of topics, including the future(s) of higher education, strategic foresight trends and methods, learning technologies, culture and technology, experience design, and sustainable community development.
Prior to founding Refuturing, Chris was the Director of Digital Learning Design & Analytics with the Institute for Transformational Learning at the University of Texas System, and a Partner with Experience Design Works. Chris spent over a decade at the University of Kentucky championing learning innovation and student success as Associate Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), Enterprise Architect for Learning Analytics & Technologies, Social Technology Strategist (Undergraduate Education), and as a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. He began his career in sustainable community development in Appalachia as Research Director of the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and Program Director for the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.
Chris holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He lives in Austin, TX.