Futurists in Media

Reflecting on Futurists in Media 2016

Posted by on 2:54 pm at 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 […]

Futurists in the Media: What it Means to be a Futurist

Posted by on 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm

Futurist may not predict the future, but we can anticipate one question we will all get: What does a futurist do or What is a Futurist? In fact, we practice Elevator Speeches in our curriculum to have a ready response. It’s interesting to learn about how professionals respond. Marketplace.org asked that very question and similar […]

Futurist in the Media Update: December 2016

Posted by on 1:43 pm at 1:43 pm

In late November/early December we saw a good variety of activity involving futurists. An article by James Wallman suggested the gender pay gap will close by 2045 — which is almost 100 years earlier than the World Economic Forum estimation of 2133. Pablos Holman’s article on “The Big Threat” suggested that it’s not the catastrophic […]

Futurists in the Media: November 2016 update

Posted by on 7:35 pm at 7:35 pm

The last month has seen a mix of mentions about organizational futurists and keynoters. Mentions are increasing and we are seeing more quality hits on professional futurists compared to what we call “accidental” futurists (those who are assigned the title by others [media or marketers] or simply pick it up themselves].  And we have not […]

Futurists in the Media: Early October 2017 Update

Posted by on 11:36 am at 11:36 am

A quick roundup of hits from since the September update. About half are from organizational futurists and half from consulting futurists. There’s the typical “change is coming fast” and “deep change” keynotes, and the much-covered Millennials, in this case noting how they are hesitant to take vacations. Among the other topics were cybersecurity, supply chain, […]

Futurists in the Media: September 2016 Highlights

Posted by on 5:52 pm at 5:52 pm

September began with the passing of Australian futurist Richard Neville. He was a prominent 1960s counter-culture figure in Australia, and his satirical magazine landed him in prison in Australia and in the UK. He later evolved into calling himself a “practicing futurist” and was known for being a provocateur. There was news of a new […]

Futurists in Media Q3 Update: Toffler and the Demise

Posted by on 11:39 am at 11:39 am

Perhaps the biggest story this quarter was the death of Alvin Toffler. As expected, it brought forth a “demise of futurists” story. This time from the New York Times: where are the futurists? and a follow-on from Slate on “the muddled legacy of Alvin Toffler.” Toffler’s prominence triggers a quick reflection on where foresight stands […]

Futurists in Media Q2: Less Use of “Futurists”

Posted by on 1:02 pm at 1:02 pm

It occurs to me that a new category we might monitor is how often futurist appears in “scare quotes.” When we say someone is a doctor or lawyer, we don’t put it in scare quotes. But many times “futurist” is, i.e.: so-and-so is a “futurist” who is going to…. A scare quote is a “phrase […]

Book Release by Graduate Student Craig Perry

Posted by on 1:03 pm at 1:03 pm

We are proud to announce the book release of one of our very own students: “Never Leave an Airman Behind: How the Air Force Faltered and Failed in the Wake of the Lackland Sex Scandal” written by Craig Perry. Craig did his undergraduate studies in History at Brown University, and while on active duty in the […]

Futurists in Media Q1 2016 Update

Posted by on 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm

Just tallied up the Q1 stats for FIM. Our Google Alert search identified 184 articles focused on “futurists.” Our analysis suggested 77 of these were “fresh” mentions (22 were repeated on multiple days) of relevance to foresight and professional futurists, that is, not about the art movement or band. Our media savvy friend Jack Uldrich […]