Publication: 2014-01-01


​In an age when individuals are bombarded by signals, when uncertainty daily threatens to overwhelm both understanding and confidence, we are here to help make better sense of this changing world. ​We want to serve the people who are looking for greater confidence, understanding, and insight amidst this uncertainty and possibility. ​Not everyone wants or even needs a new strategic conversation in order to re-frame their future. But for those who do, we are here to guide that journey.

Vision Foresight Strategy (VFS) is a foresight and strategic analysis firm that works with clients to create strategies to meet their goals by reframing the challenges they face. ​​Founded by professional futurists and based in Honolulu, Hawai'i, we are a global network of experts that love the challenge of seeing and thinking strategically in a world of complex and dynamic change. ​And we get the greatest fulfillment helping others do the same... We offer a variety of services designed to map out the strategic and long-term context of your organization. Our unique network of professional futurists and experts will help your organization to explore the forces and relationships drivng change in your business. Building upon that foresight, we can assist you in developing innovative and insightful strategy, focusing on the compelling opportunities and aligning your organization on common goals.​


Name:Vision Foresight Strategy


Vision Foresight Strategy is a strategic analysis firm that specializes in applying foresight methodologies to framing and forecasting the complex and dynamic issues facing organizations today.


  • VFS NetworkAt VFS we offer the expertise and flexibility of a global workforce able to quickly respond to emerging client needs. Drawing upon our global network of experienced professionals we build the right team for each client project, providing exactly the unique and diverse expertise that clients needs, precisely when they need it. ​Our teams are built around a core of academically-trained and experienced foresight professionals, augmented by a network of experts with a unique spectrum of skills and experience in business, nonprofits, and government.

  • Richard A. K. Lum, PhDDr. Lum is an academically trained futurist with training and expertise in futures studies, strategy formulation, and planning process design. Some of his professional interests include the futures of governance, global conflict, health care, and industrialism. ​ He served for several years as the Strategic Planner for the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee for the state of Hawai‘i. Dr. Lum currently serves on the O'ahu Workforce Investment Boardi. He is a Salzburg Global Seminar fellow from the 2007 Global Young Leaders Summit. ​ He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, has a Masters degree in Political Science with a specialization in Alternative Futures from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and holds a PhD in Political Science focusing on the issue of designing governance systems.

  • Darci ArnoldDarci Arnold is a consultant specializing in leading firms toward 21st century competitive advantage and top-line revenue growth. Her expertise is in strategic business development and leadership, marketing and sales, organizational structure and cultural change, and in uniting diverse stakeholders through customized value propositions. ​ Ms. Arnold is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional focused on sustainability and multiple bottom-line strategies (financial, environmental, and social). She has an extensive professional background with over 20 years in the global high-tech storage industry, most recently as the first Vice President of Global Marketing at Seagate Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master's in Corporate Sustainability from San Jose State University. She has been a faculty member at the Salzburg Global Seminar since 2007.

  • Garry GoldenMr. Golden is an academically trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults on issues shaping society and business in the 21st century. He has worked with organizations such as the Association of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), IBM Almaden/US Army, Oregon Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Transportation, Public Service Utility of New Hampshire, PTIS/DuPoint, Wachovia, Sepracor, McGraw-Hill, and Xcel Energy. ​ He teaches on The Future of Energy & Environment through the University of Houston Futures Program, was the founding editor of, and is a frequent quest analyst on the national radio show The Takeaway. He is co-author of Designing Your Future (2008) and has co-written several business white papers including the Future of the Social Web and the Future of Green as a Business Strategy. Mr. Golden holds a Master's degree from the University of Houston Futures Studies program.

  • Steve Kiser, PhDBased in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Dr. Kiser is an academically trained futurist and a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served in a variety of academic, intelligence, policy and executive positions. Dr. Kiser's most interesting assignment was his deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, where he co-lead the Iraq Threat Finance Cell with the Treasury Department, and was charged with identifying the sources of funding for various terrorist and insurgent groups operating inside the country. ​ Dr. Kiser finished his Air Force career as a Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he advised Admiral Mike Mullen on a variety of energy, economic, personnel and terrorism issues, as well as authored much of his Congressional testimony. Dr. Kiser is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, has an MA in Political Science (Alternative Futures) from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and holds a PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Corporation.

  • Matthew LorinMr. Lorin has served as a senior advisor to corporations, non-governmental organizations, governments and multi-lateral institutions, including the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He served as Global Head of Strategic Communications for Caspian Securities, an emerging markets investment bank with 13 offices in 10 emerging markets. Mr. Lorin was a Director on President Clinton's National Security Council Staff in the Office of Multi-lateral and Humanitarian Affairs. He was Founder and Executive Director of SHARE, the Student Human Rights Exchange. ​ Mr. Lorin serves on Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship at Tufts University. He is a Leadership Fellow at the Institute for Global Leadership and participates in working groups on civil-military affairs and the delivery of humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies. He is a member of the National Policy Roundtable, and serves as Amnesty International's Government Affairs Director for Hawai'i. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the Kennedy School of Government.

  • Christopher MehiganChristopher Mehigan is a Political Communications advisor and advocate from Ireland. Building on five years of professional experience as legal counsel to large companies operating in Europe and the United States, Christopher has focussed his professional development on his work representing interests at a political level, with Public Diplomacy and Political Communication as his areas of expertise. ​ Mr. Mehigan is a member of the New York Bar since 2004, he holds a degree in Irish law, a diploma in Public Relations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, and has a Masters Degree in Public Affairs and Political Communications.

  • Wendy Schultz, PhDDr. Schultz is a professionally trained futurist with over twenty-five years of foresight practice all around the world. She recently completed a scenario project focused on England's natural environment to 2060, and worked with the UK Foresight Programme's Land Use Futures Project on foresight methods. Dr. Schultz has also provided emerging issues analyses and scenario explorations for the UK Health and Safety Executive, the UK Environment Agency, the Food Ethics Council, UK's Local Government Association, the UK National Policing Improvement Agency, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Her current work includes scenario building with a Fortune 500 food-and-beverage company; an EU project on foresight methods for higher education planning (Romania); and creating an innovative crowd-sourced approach to evolving scenarios, working in partnership with Cognitive Edge (UK) and MIT (USA). Dr. Schultz is a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, and she holds a PhD in Alternative Futures from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

  • William Wieninger, PhDBased in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Dr. Wieninger has an extensive career in the US Air Force providing command policy advice and designing and conducting training on a variety of global and security issues. Dr. Wieninger has served as the Asian Political-Military Affairs Officer for the Thirteenth Air Force, has served as an Instructor of Political Science at the US Air Force Academy and at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, and has served as the Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor for Air Combat Command, headquartered at Langley Air Force Base. ​ Much of Dr. Wieninger's academic and policy work has revolved around nuclear proliferation and security and his work has been published in Korea Review and for the International Studies Association. Dr. Wieninger has an MA in Political Science from UC Riverside and holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University.

  • VFS ClientsOver many years we have had the privilege of working with a diverse array of clients across business, government, and community.

  • University of Nottingham

  • First Insurance Company of Hawaii

  • HiC

  • ATLAS Insurance Agency


  • ENTERPRISE Honolulu

  • Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union