Sanjay Khanna is a corporate futurist and writer. He is founder of the Resilient People initiative, which emphasizes adapting to socioeconomic and climatic change. Nominated as a "Transformational Canadian" in 2010 in Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, Khanna co-founded the world's first conference exploring how climatic change and environmental degradation threaten people's mental health and well-being -- and how resilient communities are more needed than ever. In 2011, clean capitalism magazine Corporate Knights profiled Sanjay, highlighting his message that people must consciously build social capital in order to cope with disruptive change.
Khanna advises the U.S.-based Post Carbon Institute on psychosocial resilience in an energy-constrained world. His articles and op-eds on arts, culture, politics, technology, the economy, the environment, and community resilience have been featured in YES!, Nature, Grist, Reuters, Worldchanging, The Tyee, Sun-Times News Group and Corporate Knights. An original thinker, Khanna has synthesized environmental, social, technology, and mental-health trends for the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Nokia Corp., and Yamaha Motor Corp., USA. His perspective on global affairs has been informed by scenario-planning training with senior strategists from oil majors, financial institutions, manufacturers, and the U.S. government.
Khanna has collaborated with artists and musicians on environmentally based projects. He is an adviser to The Elephant Project, based in Boston, Massachusetts, which uses the arts to encourage greater empathy towards animals. He co-wrote the lyrics to "The Climate Is the Heart," a song about climate change in Africa, with 3-time Juno Award-winning musician Alpha Yaya Diallo. A popular track on Diallo's award-winning 2010 album Immé, the song was selected for Playlist for the Planet, a compilation CD released in 2011 by Universal Music Canada. Produced in association with The David Suzuki Foundation, the CD includes contributions from well-known Canadian musical acts such as Sarah McLachlan, Randy Bachman, Broken Social Scene, Bruce Cockburn, and k-os.
Khanna is the 2011-2012 Saul Rae Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor's degree in education.