Ben has been involved in public policy research for 25 years. He is co-director of the consultancy Shared Intelligence and works with community volunteers, public sector professionals, and elected representatives. He has a particular interest both in futures literacy and public libraries. He is one of the founders of an international professional development programme teaching futures and scenarios skills, and led CILIP’s “Come Rain or Shine” project which produced a library futures report and toolkit. He was also a founding trustee of community-led change charity Local Trust from 2012 to 2020.