Amy Webb

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Amy Webb
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Amy Webb, Futurist
Born c. 1977 (age 39–40)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Residence Baltimore
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University (Visiting Nieman Fellow)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.)
Indiana University (B.S. in Political Science) Jacobs School of Music (Clarinet Performance)
Occupation Futurist, Journalist and Writer; Founder Future Today Institute; Co-Founder of Spark Camp
Known for Futurism, Writing, Emerging Technology, Technology Trends, Public Speaking, TED Talks
Notable work The Signals Are Talking: Why Today's Fringe Is Tomorrow's Mainstream (PublicAffairs); Data, A Love Story (Dutton); How To Make J-School Matter Again (Harvard University)

Amy Webb (born c. 1977) is an American futurist and author. She is the Founder of the Future Today Institute.[1] She is an Adjunct Professor (future of technology) at New York University's Stern School of Business.[2] She was a 2014-15 Visiting Nieman Fellow[3] at Harvard University. Webb was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list[4] of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.


In 2001, Webb graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[5] In 2003 she launched a future of news R&D shop. In 2006, she founded Webbmedia Group, which advised primarily media and technology companies. Now in its second decade, Webbmedia Group has a new name––The Future Today Institute––and an expanded scope. FTI answers "What's the future of X?" for a global client base of Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups.[6]

In 2009, she founded Knowledgewebb, a digital media training company.[7] That company expanded in 2015 with a new cofounder. It is now called Knowledgewebb Training, and it focuses on digital media training on near-future technologies.[8]

In 2010, Webb cofounded Spark Camp, a next-generation convener that facilitates important conversations on the future of a better society.[9]


During her career as a futurist, Webb has worked with hundreds of government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, universities, and associations from around the world. She has also written extensively about her methodology.[10][11][12]

Forbes named her one of the Women Changing the World (Technology category).[13] In 2012, she was named one of Columbia Journalism Review's "20 women to watch".[14]


The Signals Are Talking: How Today's Fringe Becomes Tomorrow's Mainstream Webb's book about her near-future trends forecasting methodology was acquired by PublicAffairs, an imprint of Perseus. It was published December 6, 2016 and selected as one of Fast Company's Best Books of 2016[15] and as one of Amazon's Best Books of 2016.[16]

How To Make J-School Matter (Again) In 2015, Harvard University published Webb's research on what can be done to reform college and graduate education and the news industry.[17]

Data, A Love Story In 2013 Webb released the memoir Data, A Love Story through Dutton Adult.[18] The book chronicled Webb's attempts at online dating.[19] Initially meeting with failure, Webb collected and analyzed data to game online dating.[20]

Data, A Love Story has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese for overseas markets. Critical reception for the book was positive,[21][22] with Booklist calling it "clever and inventive".[23]

Webb's TED Talk about Data, A Love Story has been translated into 31 languages and has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.[24]


  1. ^ "Amy Webb bio". FTI. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Amy Webb Faculty Bio". New York University. 
  3. ^ "Nieman Foundation Announces Visiting Fellows Fellows". Harvard. 
  4. ^ "Thinkers50 Radar". Thinkers50. 
  5. ^ "Amy Webb brings Awesome to Baltimore". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Webbmedia Group Capabilities Deck on Slideshare". Webbmedia Group. 
  7. ^ "Former Newsweek Reporter Launches 'Hands-On' Educational Site for Digital Novices". 
  8. ^ "Knowledgewebb Management". 
  9. ^ "Spark Camp". Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Harvard Business Review". 
  11. ^ "Harvard Business Review". 
  12. ^ "What, Exactly, Is A Futurist?". 
  13. ^ "Women Changing The World: Technology". Forbes. 
  14. ^ "20 women to watch". CJR. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2016". Fast Company. 
  16. ^ "10 best books of December 2016, according to Amazon's editors". Christian Science Monitor. 
  17. ^ "Amy Webb's new approach to curriculum and classroom education". Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. 
  18. ^ "Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2013, Pt. 1: American Tech, from Edison to Detroit to Online Dating". Library Journal. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Can Online Dating Lead To Love?". Time Magazine. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "A New Formula For Love". CNN. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Review: DATA, A LOVE STORY". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Review: Data, A Love Story". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Review: Data, A Love Story". Booklist. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating TED Talk". TED. 

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