Foresight

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 […]

Foresight Certificate Boot Camp Registration for 2017 now open

Posted by on 10:07 pm at 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 […]

Single Versus Alternative Futures

Posted by on 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm

As part of Futures Research class, we have a discussion forum on the following question: “Why do you think it has taken so long for people to accept that the future is a set of multiple possibilities? And why some of them still prefer to try to predict the future?” Below is what I thought was […]

APF Global Futures Festival Open to Public

Posted by on 10:01 am at 10:01 am

The APF is opening up the Sept 16 APF Global Futures Festival / V-Gathering to the general public free of charge. This gathering offers interactive presentations from leading futurists around the globe. Four different blocs of regional presentations are timed so that you can “follow the sun for 12 hours of hands-on content and discussion.” […]