Introducing Wikistrat

Wikistrat is the world’s first Massively Multiplayer Online Consultancy (MMOC). It leverages a global network of subject-matter experts via a patent pending crowdsourcing methodology to provide insights unavailable anywhere else. This online network offers a uniquely powerful and unprecedented strategic consulting service: the internet’s only central intelligence exchange for strategic analysis and forecasting. These ideas and insights are delivered, for the first time, on a real-time, interactive platform.

Our network of hundreds of experts follows our scenario-driven crowdsourced policy planning methodology to generate unique intelligence products.

Our Services

  • Real time analysis of geopolitical and economic forces through live multi-player simulations.
  • Customized Commercial and Political forecasting models to meet specific corporate or government needs.
  • Tailor-made risk management and strategic planning solutions.
  • Training focused on teaching executives and staff how to think strategically about the global forces shaping the future and their implications for company and government operations.

Corporate Information – Mission Statement

Wikistrat exists to help public and private sector organizations maximize their organizational goals through the application of our crowdsourcing methodology and global network of experts. Our analysis remains objective and non-partisan, and is applied to help our clients understand, anticipate, and manage complex issues. Both the analysis we provide and solution-sets we offer all our clients are used to advance our corporate worldview of:

  • Diminishing violence and extremism
  • Promoting international security and stability
  • Advancing responsible governance and accountability
  • Promoting constructive dialogue between adversaries and conflicting parties where possible
  • Promoting free speech, access to online communications, and freedom of information

Why We Exist

  1. Because we believe there is wisdom in the crowd.
  2. To overcome bureaucracy by delivering more with less.
  3. To provide an unbiased, external perspective and objective consulting that is grounded in analytic rigor.
  4. Because we believe that powerful insights about the future can be produced through collective intelligence methodologies and competitive analysis from large and diverse groups of people.
  5. Because we believe there is value in processing inputs from as diverse a crowd as possible, to better understand the future and anticipate change.

Corporate Values

  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Open debate
  • Analytic integrity, creativity, and open-mindedness
  • Analytic rigor
  • Do more with less
  • Professionalism
  • Client service
  • Diversity
  • Excellence

Code of Ethics

  1. As a US-based company incorporated in the state of Delaware, Wikistrat will comply with all Delaware State and United States Federal laws and regulations governing our business.
  2. Wikistrat reserves the right to refuse a project on the grounds that the results will be used for a possible violation of international laws.
  3. Wikistrat will not perform services nor receive remuneration from any individuals or organizations that have been sanctioned by the international community, or whose goals and objectives run counter to Wikistrat’s global worldview as described in our mission statement.
  4. Wikistrat requires that any entity using Wikistrat’s services must declare if they are working on behalf of another client or entity to ensure that Wikistrat does not violate the rules as outlined above.
  5. Employees and consultants of Wikistrat are expected to use their best judgment to act, at all times and in all ways, in the best interests of Wikistrat and our clientele.
  6. Wikistrat’s employees and consultants are legally committed to use only unclassified content in open client simulations.
  7. Employees of Wikistrat may not bribe anyone for any reason, whether in dealings with governments or the private sector.
  8. Wikistrat will not work with or for any entity under financial sanction, determined by the following:
    • Her Majesty Treasury List
    • Bureau of Industry and Security
    • Department of State
    • EU Terrorism List
    • FBI Top Ten Most Wanted
    • Interpol Most Wanted
    • ICE List (U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement)
    • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions
    • CBI List (The Central Bureau of Investigation)
    • SDN & Blocked Entities
    • SECO List
    • Treasury PML List
    • UN Consolidated List
    • OCC Shell Bank List
    • World Bank Debarred Parties List
  9. It is in the interest of Wikistrat and our clientele to draw expertise from all corners of the globe, and from diverse facets of society, to maximize the range of analytic perspectives we provide our clientele. In the course of obtaining these perspectives, it is our priority to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that individual contributors have the required academic and professionals pedigrees and cultural acumen to support Wikistrat’s work. Those who violate our corporate standards will be prohibited from contributing to future engagements with the company and removed from the Wikistrat Analytic Community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the organizational structure of Wikistrat?
Wikistrat Inc., a privately-held, Australian-owned company, is incorporated in the US State of Delaware, and is a for profit corporation, unaffiliated with any government agency.

Are there limitations for who Wikistrat will and will not do work for?
Wikistrat’s corporate ethics policy, mission statement, and bribery and corruption policy and company values, can all be found in the tabs above. Wikistrat operates an Advisory Board of former senior government officials and operates a governance structure that practices a corporate ethics policy grounded in integrity and transparency.

Where was Wikistrat founded?
Wikistrat was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 2009.

Where is Wikistrat?
Wikistrat’s headquarters are based in Washington DC, although it operates an R&D in Tel-Aviv and Sydney, Australia.

Who are Wikistrat’s analysts?
Wikistrat’s Analytic Community is extensive in number (1000+) and diverse in nature. Wikistrat staff make an ongoing and concerted effort to diversify the Analytic Community in terms of geographic location, worldview, area of expertise and career experience, in order to maximize the number of perspectives available to our clients. We welcome and encourage participation from analyst in all countries (where in accordance with all relevant legal rule sets). Wikistrat’s diverse network of analysts have no organized political agenda. All members of the Wikistrat Analytic Community have been vetted and trained on the Wikistrat platform and have legally committed to abiding by Wikistrat’s Analytic Community confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and Wikistrat’s code of conduct.

How are Wikistrat analysts remunerated?
Wikistrat provide a combination of a minimum revenue guarantee and potential access to project prize pool for analysts participating in the lead team of all client projects. The larger the client project the more the available funds for the analytic community according to a strict algorithm consistent across client project.

Is there a difference between analysts and employees?
There is an important difference between Wikistrat company employees and members of the Wikistrat Analytic Community. Members of the community enjoy potential access to client and internal projects, and have the opportunity to learn, network, develop their analytic skills, and profit from their analysis.

Who has access to content produced by Wikistrat’s analytic community?
Wikistrat’s Analytic Community and clients are bound by confidentiality and non disclosure agreements, limiting the use and reproduction of content produced on the Wikistrat platform for clients. Client simulation content is only accessible for a limited time by contributors.

Advisory Board

General James L. Jones

Former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States
Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Combatant Commander USEUCOM
32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps

General James L. Jones has spent his life serving and protecting America and American ideals. He is sought after for his wisdom, guidance, and political endorsement. As the former commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led all military operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and later, as National Security Advisor, he brought clear vision and steady leadership to America’s mission in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the country’s interests around the world.

Greg Lebedev

Chairman, Center for International Private Enterprise
Board Member, US Chamber of Commerce
Senior Advisor, The Robertson Foundation

Mr. Lebedev currently holds a portfolio of assignments which span the business, government and philanthropic sectors. He serves as Chairman of the publicly-funded Center for International Private Enterprise, one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, whose mission is to promote free market institutions in emerging economies throughout the world. He is a Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, the largest business federation in the world. And, he is Senior Advisor to the Robertson Foundation for Government, a private family fund which provides support to talented men and women wishing to pursue governmental careers in national security and international affairs. Mr. Lebedev sits on a number of advisory boards, regularly speaks on a range of international subjects, and undertakes special projects involving trade, development and global corporate governance.

Rationale for Crowdsourced Consulting

We realize this is a radically new approach to traditional consulting, but we believe that a massively multiplayer online consultancy will revolutionize the industry by shifting a significant portion of the market from typical “black box” consulting (you tell the firm your issues and an answer pops out of the other side in a big fat static report) to wide-scale employment of global talent accessed transparently via interactive and real-time delivery.

As globalization grows ever more complex and unpredictable, we are certain that collaborative crowd-sourcing of large numbers of analysts will become a primary analytic tool for enterprises across the board – especially in its capacity to brainstorm rapidly and provide multiple perspectives.

If, for example, you have a client interested in having dozens/hundreds/thousands of strategic thinkers chase down a problem, query or brainstorm for you, then Wikistrat can mobilize them en masse for a X-week-long collaborative simulation. We’d simply tailor the parameters and the participants. But the key thing is, the desired effort would now involve a true “wisdom of the crowd” dynamic, with the crowd in this instance being a vetted group of strategic thinkers collaboratively competing to come up with the best answer.

Why we think that’s a better route: In today’s complex world, we’re certain that companies and governments will benefit deeply from such intellectual exposure. No, we don’t think this completely replaces in-house studies or working with contractors, because there will always be those needed deep dives on specific issues. Plus you simply can’t outsource your strategic thought processes in every instance. But there will also increasingly be the need to tap into far wider pools of thinking, or ones that explore issues more “horizontally” (i.e., plumbing the cross-domain connections) than “vertically”–especially when you’re talking strategic planning on an international scale. In a black- swan world, you can never ask too many “what if” questions, or have too many bright minds proposing possible answers.

When Wikistrat pulls hundreds of topic-experts into an online venue explicitly designed to foster collaborative competition – directly, then we turbo-charge the dynamic by concentrating it to an unprecedented degree. I honestly believe that Wikistrat, with its crowd-sourcing-of-analysts approach, represents the future of consulting. I think it will change the way governments and corporations consume analysis and conduct strategic planning.


Joel Zamel, CEO

Joel is the Founding Director and CEO of Wikistrat. Joel has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Masters Degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center, specializing in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. Joel also developed the strategic planning methodology of Collaborative Competition, on which Wikistrat’s flagship system is based.

Daniel Green, CTO

Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in technology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with additional tertiary studies in Security and Counter Terrorism from Monash University and Murdoch University. A co-founder of Wikistrat with Joel Zamel, Daniel has had a diverse career spanning the use of technology in a range of environments and has completed engagements for Macquarie Bank, Opera Australia, University of Sydney Union and a private security agency. Having had the privilege of access to both Computers and the Internet from a young age, Daniel is quick to adapt to changes in a technical environment and uses this to keep Wikistrat innovative.

Elad Schaffer, COO

Elad is a former senior analyst specialized in the field of Counter Terrorism. Elad has previously held Vice President position at CeifiT consulting firm, heading the Research Department and the firm’s Marketing operations. In addition, in the past years Elad has been involved in business consulting and development of new entrepreneurships. He holds Bachelors of Laws (LL.B) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Elad oversees the growth and operation of Wikistrat’s Analytic Community.

Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Chief Analyst

Dr. Barnett, world leading grand-strategist, is the author of five books and a NYT bestseller. He has served in the past 20 years in various leadership positions in the consulting world, including positions as Senior Managing Director at Enterra Solutions, Partner at IEG Strategies, Assistant for Strategic Futures, Office of Force Transformation (OFT), Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Barnett is also former Senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Central Command, Special Operations Command, and Joint Forces Command. In the past few years Barnett has been authoring the successful “Globlogization” blog, and in 2010 joined forces with Wikistrat to establish a unique strategic consulting service offering.

Ted Obenchain, Director, Business Development

Ted Obenchain is the director of business development at Wikistrat Inc. He is responsible for orchestrating the firm’s business origination efforts across the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Wikistrat, Ted was the director of the government services business at Eurasia Group Ltd., a global geopolitical risk consultancy. He has also worked in senior business development and analytical roles at Science Applications International Corporation, a Fortune 500 international defense company, and The Cohen Group, a strategic advisory firm founded by former US Defense Secretary William Cohen. Ted holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs & International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Capt. Wayne Porter (USN, ret.), Lead Strategist

Wayne’s work in strategic planning on the personal staff of both the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has received international recognition. His multiple overseas tours of duty included serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence) for US and combined naval forces in the Persian Gulf. He is the co-author of “A National Strategic Narrative,” published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and has written widely in publications that include the Harvard Business Review, the Hotspring Journal Quarterly, Naval Institute Proceedings, and many others. His work has been cited internationally by such luminaries as former UK Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable David Milliband, former Israeli Foreign Minister, the Honorable Shlomo Ben Ami, and current US Secretary of Education, the Honorable Arne Duncan. Wayne is a Walton Fellow at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and holds two Masters of Science Degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School. He will soon be receiving his PhD in Information Sciences and System Dynamics from that institution where he has served as Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity. Wayne’s interests and strenghts’ lie in applying systems analysis to corporate and governmental strategic planning.

Dr. Shay Hershkovitz, Director, Analytic Community

Shay has vast experience in the field of intelligence in general and political analysis of the Middle East in particular. He has a PhD in Political Science and lectures at several colleges and universities, specializing in political theory, consumer culture, globalization and social protest.
Before joining Wikistrat, he worked in strategic consulting and market research, specializing in competitive intelligence analysis and business war-games. He was involved in long-term strategic planning and executing and assisted leading companies in achieving commutative advantages in their various markets and verticals.

Publicly Available Client Reference Sites

Media Mentions of Wikistrat

“Wikistrat supports U.S. Africa Command”, U.S. Department of Defense, Africa Command (AFRICOM)
“Why this company is crowdsourcing, gamifying the world’s most difficult problems” (Fast Company)
“Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Consulting?” (Information Week)
“As China rises, ‘grand strategy’ talk back in style” (Reuters)
“Intelligence agencies turn to crowdsourcing” (BBC)
“What will we smuggle in the future? Drones, coal, and honeybees” (Washington Post)
“AFTER CRIMEA: Top Intelligence Analysts Forecast The 5 Things That Putin Might Do Next” (Business Insider)
“What comes after Chavez?” (CNN)
“Why “exoatmospheric war zone” is part of the outlook for space companies” (QUARTZ)
“Can ISIS Really Pose a Threat to Jordan?” (The Huffington Post)
“The Ottoman Presidency?” (The Huffington Post)
“With Wikistrat, crowdsourcing gets geopolitical” (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Internal Simulations Catalogue

Wikistrat regularly runs internal simulations to train its analysts and expand the company’s knowledge-base. These simulations typically attract between 60 and 120 participating analysts who produce dozens of competing scenarios or policy options on Wikistrat’s unique, Web 2.0 interactive platform

The findings of each simulation are outlined in an Executive Summary and/or Report, several of which have been made available here.

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Turkey and Qatar: Deal-Makers or Deal-Breakers?
Date: October, 2014
Type: 2 week simulation

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Ebola – A Global Health Challenge
Date: August, 2014
Type: 12 day simulation

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The Ottoman Presidency?
Date: July, 2014
Type: 2 day simulation

Southeast Asia 2035 simulation banner

Southeast Asia 2035: A Realized Economic Promise?
Date: July, 2014
Type: 2 day simulation

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When Scotland Leaves the UK
Date: June-July, 2014
Type: 2 week simulation

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An ISIS Spillover Into Jordan
Date: July, 2014
Type: 3 day simulation

The New Mesopotamia

The New Mesopotamia
Date: June, 2014
Type: 2 day simulation

Heightened Tensions in the East and South China Seas

Heightened Tensions in the East and South China Seas
Date: June, 2014
Type: 18 day simulation

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The EU in 2030
Date: March-April, 2014
Type: 3 week simulation

The Next Russian Military Intervention
Date: March, 2014
Type: 4 day simulation

Afghanistan Post-Nato Drawdown
Date: February, 2014
Type: 2 week simulation

The Private Space Industry 2050-2100
Date: January-February, 2014
Type: 2 week simulation

A Post-Obama Middle East
Date: January, 2014
Type: 3 week simulation

The Bicentennial Woman
Date: December, 2013
Type: 2 week simulation

Myanmar Moving Forward
Date: November-December, 2013
Type: 2 week simulation

Time “Person Of The Year” 2013-2100
Date: November, 2013
Type: 17 day simulation

Global Middle Class Values 2033
Date: October, 2013
Type: 2 week simulation

The Turkey-Iran-Saudi Arabia Co-Evolution
Date: October, 2013
Type: 3 week simulation

The Future of Al-Qaeda
Date: September, 2013
Type: 10 day simulation

The Western Hemispheric U.S. President
Date: September, 2013
Type: 10 day simulation

Countering Conventional Wisdom: The Coming Resource Wars
Date: August-September, 2013
Type: 2 week simulation

The Future Of Drones
Date: July, 2013
Type: 10 day simulation

The Emerging Global Progressive Era
Date: July, 2013
Type: 10 day simulation

Millennials Shaping Foreign Policy
Date: June, 2013
Type: 7 day simulation

The Rise of Africa
Date: June, 2013
Type: 2 week simulation

Britain Exits the European Union
Date: May, 2013
Type: 10 day simulation

Who 3D Prints what in 2033?
Date: May, 2013
Type: 10 day simulation

Korean Conflict Pathways
Date: April, 2013
Type: 10 day simulation

Jobs of the Future
Date: April, 2013
Type: 7 day simulation

Winning Mexico’s Drug War
Date: April, 2013
Type: 7 day simulation

Cuba After The Castros
Date: March, 2013
Type: 72 hour speed simulation

When Putin Falls
Date: March, 2013
Type: 2 week simulation

New Pope, New Challenges
Date: March, 2013
Type: 4 day simulation

Jordan and the Arab Spring
Date: February, 2013
Type: 10 day simulation

Rebuilding Post-Gaddafi Libya
Date: February, 2013
Type: 2 week simulation

Venezuela Post-Chavez
Date: February, 2013
Type: 4 day simulation

Mali in the Crossfire
Date: January, 2013
Type: 48 hour speed simulation

The First Woman To…
Date: January, 2013
Type: 48 hour speed simulation

Iraq in the Year 2023
Date: December, 2012
Type: 2.5 week simulation

Predicting 2013 – Opportunities and Threats
Date: December, 2012
Type: 48 hour speed simulation

Pakistani Nukes Go Loose
Date: December, 2012
Type: 10 day simulation

How the Arctic Was Won
Date: November, 2012
Type: 10 day simulation

Who Smuggles What in the Year 2050?
Date: October, 2012
Type: 10 day simulation

First Nuclear Detonation of the 21st Century
Date: October, 2012
Type: 10 day simulation

When World Population Peaks
Date: October, 2012
Type: 10 day simulation

Globally Crystallizing Climate Change Event
Date: October, 2012
Type: 10 day simulation

When China's Carrier Group Enters the Persian Gulf

China’s Carrier Group Enters the Persian Gulf
Date: September, 2012
Type: 3 week simulation

Challenging the Democratic Peace Theory

The “Democratic Peace Theory” Challenge
Date: August, 2012
Type: 2 week simulation

Syria's Turmoil Explored

Syria’s Turmoil Explored
Date: July, 2012
Type: 3 week simulation

Taliban Rule in Pakistan

Taliban Rule in Pakistan
Date: May, 2012
Type: 2 week simulation

In Search of NATO

In Search of NATO
Date: August, 2012
Type: 3 week simulation

China hits the Great Wall

China Hits The Great Wall
Date: March, 2012
Type: 3 week simulation

The North American Energy Boom

The North American Energy Boom?
Date: February, 2012
Type: 2 week simulation

China as Africa's de facto world bank

China as Africa’s de facto World Bank
Date: January, 2012
Type: 3 week simulation

Industry Partners

Wikistrat works with a range of partners, including the following defense contractors: