Kevin McDermott

Associate Consultant
Kevin McDermott

Kevin McDermott is a frequent collaborator with the Futures Strategy Group in its scenario-planning work for corporate and government clients. He is the founder of Collective Intelligence (CI), a New York strategic-communications and change-management firm whose clients have included Booz & Co., Innosight, A.T. Kearney, Korn-Ferry International, and McKinsey & Co. He was a major contributor to Project Horizon, a groundbreaking FSG strategic-planning exercise sponsored by U.S. global-affairs agencies.

The 8th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture & Change in Organisations spotlighted lessons from CI’s client work at Cambridge University. Kevin has also published extensively on the relationship between strategic communications and innovation, including Overcoming Opportunity Blindness and Path Dependence, co-authored with Peter Kennedy of FSG. More recently he has co-authored articles on rebuilding Fukushima after the 2011 earthquake and on the promotion of innovation in European service companies.

Kevin began his career as a journalist, pursuing entrepreneurial reporting projects for leading U.S. publications including The Atlantic Monthly in Haiti, The New York Times in Britain, and The Washington Post in France.  He made a specialty of international business and finance reporting for such publications as Business Week and The Economist.  For nine years he was managing editor of D&B Reports.

Kevin earned a Masters in American Studies from the University of Nottingham in Britain. He also holds a double degree in Political Science and English from the University of Rochester in the United States. He served five elected terms on the board of the Overseas Press Club of America and was the longtime chair of its international press-freedom committee. He is currently a volunteer strategist on urban-planning issues for the Taproot Foundation.