Forecasting

After Brexit, Whither Europe?

Posted by on 1:30 pm at 1:30 pm

After months of anticipation, the United Kingdom triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty this week, marking the beginning of the end of its membership in the European Union. As an aspiring futurist living in England, I had a front-row seat to last year’s “Brexit” referendum – and it’s unexpected outcome. Thankfully, I had already […]

IP and Business Citizenship

Posted by on 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm

In the first month of the new US administration we have collectively seen several mile markers towards alternative future scenarios. The president has projected a bias towards US innovation, development, and economic growth – the associated potential for shift in IP policy and the operation of the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is […]

Graphic of the Houston Foresight Scanning Process

Posted by on 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm

Our design expert on the Houston Foresight team, student Maria Romero, is at it again. After doing a beautiful job with updating the Framework Foresight process and cone, she turned her attention to our scanning process. The history of “our scanning process” merits a few comments. For years we have been teaching scanning with a […]

Alum Jason Swanson and student Katie King on The Future of Learning for KnowledgeWorks

Posted by on 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm

The Future of Learning: Education in the Era of Partners in Code is a ten-year forecast created by alum Jason Swanson, Director of Strategic Foresight for KnowledgeWorks along with contributions of current student Katie King and other members of the KnowledgeWorks team. KnowledgeWorks’ fourth comprehensive forecast on the future of learning explores provocations at the intersection […]

Faculty/Alumni Alexandra Whittington quoted in The Week

Posted by on 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm

The Week magazine is having a serie of articles called America in 2050 presented by BASF, in which each week on the writers will choose a topic and explore how the US would be doing in 35 years from now around that topic. On May 6th, Matt Hansen published a piece on the future of american tourists, […]

Alum Jason Swanson: Four Scenarios on the Future of Credentials

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

Alum Jason Swanson, Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks, invites our futurist community to explore four scenarios on the future of credentials: Certifying skills and Knowledge – Four Scenarios on the Future of Credentials. A baseline future, “All Roads Lead to Rome,” imagines a future in which degrees awarded by the K-12 and post-secondary sectors still serve as […]

Faculty/Alumni Alexandra Whittington’s four scenarios on the Future of Infant Feeding

Posted by on 11:33 am at 11:33 am

Faculty/alumni Alexandra Whittington writes about Exploring the Future of Infant Feeding: Scenarios About the Future of Parenting, Infant Nutrition and Consumer Habits in The United States of America, which she summarizes as: Four scenarios of infant feeding offer strategic insights about American culture and social patterns by generating implications for the future of the family, nutrition, consumers and […]

Alumni Emily Empel joins Idea Couture as Co-Head of Strategic Foresight

Posted by on 11:01 am at 11:01 am

We just heard some exciting news from  recent alumnus Emily Empel. Emily is now the  Co-Head of Strategic Foresight for Idea Couture, a strategic innovation and design firm in Toronto, Canada. Emily leaves her Workforce Futurist position at the Walt Disney Company, where she had been actively involved in expanding the company’s foresight and trends practice.  Emily is particularly excited […]

Wendy Schultz visits Intro to Foresight class to discuss images of the future

Posted by on 2:34 pm at 2:34 pm

Wendy Schultz is futurist at Infinite Futures and former professor of Foresight at UH. She was a guest lecturer in the Intro to Foresight class this week where she presented on images of the future. Wendy cited the foundational text, The Image of the Future by Fred Polak as key influence for understanding the role images play in understanding […]

Laura, Jim, Katie, Omar and Andy travel to Indianapolis to present Student Needs project

Posted by on 1:17 pm at 1:17 pm

On September 26th, Foresight students Laura Schlehuber, Katie King, Omar Sahi, and Jim Breaux (now also a faculty member in the program) along with Professor Andy Hines travelled to Indianapolis, Indiana to present the Student Needs project to the Lumina Foundation. The presentation included key findings from the two dozen strong group of faculty, alums, and students who gathered […]