Joshua Fouts is a technologist, futurist, gamer and entrepreneur who has worked at the forefront of exploring and chronicling the evolving use of emergent science and technology for culture, journalism, public policy, academia and the private sector. Raised by behavioral research scientists, Fouts has spent his life immersed in the sciences. As a teenager he collected chimpanzee sign language data at his parents’ primate research lab, which led to a lifelong passion for anthropology and the science of culture.
Since 2007 he has been collaborating with Rita J. King the founder of Dancing Ink Productions on a groundbreaking series of projects that explore the development of a new global culture and economy. Their 2011 project, “IMAGINATION: Creating the Future of Education & Work,” explored the intersection between K-12 science education, technology evolution and 21st Century workforce preparedness.
Joshua co-founded and directed two think-tanks at the University of Southern California, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, the first foreign policy think-tank dedicated to exploring public diplomacy; and the Online Journalism & Communication Center which published the Online Journalism Review, the first digital publication of its kind. In 2005, he was the first person to propose and direct a project illuminating how virtual worlds could be used for cultural relations. He began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the US Department of State.
He is a senior fellow for Digital Media and Public Policy at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress and a Next Generation Fellow at The American Assembly. He speaks Brazilian Portuguese.