Foresight

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 […]

Student Foresight Design Challenge

Posted by on 7:01 pm at 7:01 pm

Teach the Future and KnowledgeWorks are co-hosting a student foresight design competition through March 27. The competition is open to any U.S.-based, 13-18-year-old student interested in creating a scenario about the future of education with an optional artifact from the future (an illustration of an object or scene from a future world). See Competition details. Katherine […]

Student Craig Perry Describes the Field

Posted by on 9:20 am at 9:20 am

When I tell people I’m pursuing a degree in “foresight” at the University of Houston, they often look at me funny. “Futures studies,” I add hopefully, knowing I’ve probably just confused them even further. Perhaps it’s the prospect of studying something that hasn’t happened yet, or the notion that there’s more than one possible future […]

Student Joe Murphy: A Description of the Field

Posted by on 2:25 pm at 2:25 pm

It is the task of the futurist is to inform decisions by critically studying the future, comparable to how historiographers examine and synthesize the past. Foresight is a science and an art but it is not clairvoyance. I am a futurist finishing a Master’s of Science degree in Foresight through the University of Houston. In […]

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

Posted by on 4:23 pm at 4:23 pm

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 […]

UPDATED: 2017 Spring Gathering: Good futures work!

Posted by on 6:52 pm at 6:52 pm

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 […]

Science Fiction Writing Contest

Posted by on 12:34 pm at 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 […]

Alum Terry Collins “furthering” Integral Futures

Posted by on 9:04 am at 9:04 am

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 www.integralfutures.com to me! Integral Theory is used as a method to explore the intention, behavior, culture and systems aspects of whatever is being investigated. Integral […]

Foresight student Joe Murphy interviews futurist Glen Hiemstra

Posted by on 5:24 pm at 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 […]

Houston Foresight Scenario Workshop in Dubai

Posted by on 10:58 am at 10:58 am

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 […]