You can't see the future without changing your thinking

This is a past event

34 people went


Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in room 532, which is on the 5th floor

Location image of event venue


Why do we often fall victim to surprise developments that seem, in retrospect, to be obvious? What mental habits unnecessarily limit our ability to plan for the future? Can we learn to anticipate potential flaws in our plans, and, being wiser, improve the plans in sufficient time?

This London Futurists event features Bryce Hoffman, who will be sharing his insights about "red teaming" - a process developed by the U.S. military and intelligence agencies.

Red teaming is designed to to stress-test strategies, and to flush out unseen threats and missed opportunities. By making critical and contrarian thinking part of the planning process, red teaming helps companies and other organisations challenge their assumptions, overcome groupthink , and strengthen their plans.

The event will feature examples of organisations learning to execute more successfully in an increasingly uncertain world, and discussion of implications for how society as a whole can manage risks more effectively.

== About the speaker ==

Bryce Hoffman spent twenty-two years as a newspaper reporter, covering the high-tech in Silicon Valley, the biotech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the automobile industry in Detroit. His work received numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Associated Press and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

In 2015, Hoffman became the first civilian to graduate from the U.S. Army’s Red Team Leader Program at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

As president of Red Team Thinking, Hoffman now teaches companies and organisations around the world how to use the same approach.

For more details, see

== Praise for the book 'Red Teaming' ==

"'Red Teaming' provides the specific tools and a reliable process to continuously improve your management system and business plan to adapt and thrive in our rapidly changing world" - Alan Mulally, Retired President and CEO of The Ford Motor Company and Boeing Commercial Airplanes

"Red teaming methods can correct overconfidence and impulsive decision making - just what we need today" - Gary Klein, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, MacroCognition LLC


== Meeting logistics ==

2pm-4pm, Sat 12th October 2019.

Venue: 532, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 532 is on the 5th floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (, 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.

== Wifi access ==

Wireless network: BBK-Guest
Username: RedTeaming
Password: W6SVqt

(The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.)

== Event hashtag ==


== Covering meeting costs ==

A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

(NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.)

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser in advance.