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Reflecting on Futurists in Media 2016

2:54 pm

As futurists, we learn to be patient and take the long view. So, when something catches our attention, we catch our breath and compose. Because…..the 4th quarter tracking results of Futurists in Media reported 106 relevant hits, compared to 24 in the 4th quarter of 2015, which is a 341% increase if my math is […]

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Spring Gathering now April 21 and 22….and other news

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A quick update on what’s happening as begin the Spring 2017 semester! The Fall Newsletter  is out. Spring Gathering now April 21 and 22. We just updated the dates for our  Annual Spring Gathering to April 21 and 22 (previous dates were on Easter Weekend, oops). The theme is “Good Futures Work.” We are very […]

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UPDATED: 2017 Spring Gathering: Good futures work!

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When: Friday April 21 & Saturday April 22, 2017 Where: UH Campus (and other fun spots) Why: Learn, network, and have fun! The topic and dates are set for our 7th Annual Spring Gathering of students, alums, faculty, prospects, and friends (and do feel free to bring a guest). It’s a tradition that we do […]

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Congrats to Fall 2016 Graduates

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Congratulations to our Fall 2016 graduates: Gandhi Bhakthavachalam, Maria Romero, and  Johann Schutte. I am going to miss them, but happy to see them moving forward! Gandhi has an amazing array of talents and interests beyond the future, including being a professional tennis player. Nonetheless, he went through the program full-time, did outstanding in all […]

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Science Fiction Writing Contest

12:34 pm

A Certificate boot camp alum has alerted us to a science fiction writing competition seeking entries (yes, you!) Here’s the announcement: The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is pleased to announce its first Mad Scientist Science Fiction Writing Contest and will accept submissions between November 22, 2016 and February 15, 2017. (Mad Scientist Writing Competition […]

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Alum Terry Collins “furthering” Integral Futures

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I am Terry Collins, an alum of the foresight program, and I’m very excited to announce that the “father” of Integral Futures, Richard Slaughter, has transferred the Integral Futures domain to me! Integral Theory is used as a method to explore the intention, behavior, culture and systems aspects of whatever is being investigated. Integral […]

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Foresight student Joe Murphy interviews futurist Glen Hiemstra

5:24 pm

Popular Mechanics recently published an article, “How to See the Future,” that discusses the work that futurists do and notes that one can earn a degree in futures studies. I reached out the futurist who was interviewed for the article, Glen Hiemstra, and he shared deeper insights with me below. Hiemstra noted that he defines futurist work […]

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Houston Foresight Scenario Workshop in Dubai

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Our research program continues to gain momentum. In November, on behalf of the Future Foresight Foundation, Dr. Hines led a team from the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai through a scenario planning and implications workshop. The project is exploring how the work of the GDRFA will be different out to […]

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Forest Futures: Wood Skyscrapers

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Tall buildings made of wood have been reaching skyward in many cities around the world recently. Using cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, an innovative technology in advanced composites, low-value wood can safely, sustainably and cost-effectively be used for commerical construction. Shown to the right is a photo of the Wood Innovation and Design Center (and one […]

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Foresight Certificate Boot Camp Registration for 2017 now open

10:07 pm

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 UH Foresight Certificate is now open. The five-day course will take place January 16-20 (and also May 1-5) at the Hilton hotel right on the campus of the University of Houston. Peter Bishop kicked off the first certificate back in 2009 and we’ve been running […]

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