John Petersen is one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises—wild cards—and the process of surprise anticipation. He conceived and developed the first national surprise anticipation system in the world for the government of Singapore. An award-winning writer, Petersen's first book, The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future was awarded Outstanding Academic Book of 1995. His second book, Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises, was also a World Futures Society best-seller. John's government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. Current involvements include development of tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, and helping leadership design new approaches to deal with the future.