Houston Futures News

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 […]

Congrats to Fall 2016 Graduates

Posted by on 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm

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 […]

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 […]

Welcome Foresight Fall 2016 New Students

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

Glenn Akins serves as Assistant Executive Director of a large faith-based non-profit. Based in Richmond, VA. He spent last 36 years helping churches pioneer their next chapters of service to their communities. Coaching, conferencing, and consulting comprises the bulk of my work. He enjoys learning and acquiring new skill sets to improve his service among […]

Introducing Liah Johnson as the Fall 2016 Foresight GA

Posted by on 9:10 am at 9:10 am

The baton has passed once again to a new GA this Fall – introducing Liah Johnson! Liah is a full-time student living in Houston. She began the program in Spring of 2015 and is getting close to graduation. She is doing an internship on our Forestry Horizon Scanning and Scenarios project, for which she’ll be […]

“Future of Students Needs” Work on Lumina Site

Posted by on 11:07 am at 11:07 am

It is great to see the follow-up work we did for the original “Future of Student Needs 2025 and Beyond” get published on the student-powered section of Lumina Foundation’s website. A key recommendation of the original work was to set up a portal for students to provide input into the discussion on the future of […]

Houston Foresight at WFS/APF 2016

Posted by on 8:46 pm at 8:46 pm

The Houston Foresight program was once again well represented at the WFS/APF annual conference held this year in Washington DC from July 22-24. Congratulations to Julie Steele and the new team at WFS for simply pulling this conference off, given that they took over only a few months before the conference. As usual, I spent […]

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 […]

Exploring the Future…with MISC

Posted by on 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm

The bonds are strengthening between foresight and design. We recently received our first physical shipment of beautiful new magazines as part of the Houston Foresight Program’s collaboration with MISC. MISC is published by Idea Couture…. “where design meets business, insight meets foresight, and empathy meets economics.” One of our alums, Emily Empel, the co-head of futures, joined the firm a few years […]