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Foresight student Joe Murphy interviews futurist Glen Hiemstra

Published on 5:24 pm By Andy

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 […]

Forest Futures: Facetime the Woods

Published on 3:40 pm By Bo Roe

What’s the point of exploring the forest in person, when the risks outweigh the benefits by far? That may be the future question we find ourselves asking. Intuitively we recognize the value of being in nature – to connect, to appreciate, to relax.  In his 2005 book “The Last Child in the Woods”, Richard Louv documents behavior […]

Futurists in the Media: Superforecasting

Published on 4:38 pm By Joe Murphy

“Forecast, measure, revise. Repeat.” Superforecasting:The Art and Science of Prediction, a book about discerning the future is igniting a lot of discussion in the media about strategy and accuracy of forecasters and futurists. Co-authors Tetlock and Gardner seek an “evidenced based forecasting revolution,” telling us that forecasting is a skill we can cultivate and need […]

Faculty/Alumni Alexandra Whittington quoted in The Week

Published on 1:31 pm By Maria Romero

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 on Shell’s Scenarios

Published on 8:59 am By April Koury

Royal Dutch Shell’s New Lens Scenarios By Jason Swanson Shell’s New Lens Scenarios mark the company’s 40th year of working with scenarios that anticipate the future.  Their newest set of scenarios seek to consider what the world may look like in the year 2100. In honor of their 40th year of crafting scenarios, it would […]

Alum Phil Gyford Interview by CBC’s Spark

Published on 7:52 pm By April Koury

Dr. Bishop caught Phil Gyford (’00) on CBC’s Spark program on Sunday, Apr 14.  Phil was being interviewed about data longevity and ephemerality, that some data does not stay on the web as long as people might think.  One way that data disappears is when large corporations, like Google or Yahoo, purchase sites that are […]

Foresight and being right

Published on 7:24 am By Andy

We’ll avoid the whole “did you get the future right” discussion here. [See “how accurate are your forecasts?” if that’s of interest]. Rather, here, let’s look at ourselves as futurists and how we personally view “being right” about the future. In the “Integral Futures” module of Alternative Perspectives class, we discussed Ken Wilber’s notion of everyone being […]

Megatrend Future Day!

Published on 10:33 pm By 6osnZ

Mark your calendars!  “Megatrend Future Day” is happening on November 9, 2012. The Bertlesmann Stiftung Foundation presents Megatrends in Global Interaction, an event aimed at bringing together cross-disciplined thinkers and professionals.  There will be discussions on the major challenges humanity is faced with in hopes of encouraging thoughts that might ignite solutions.  The event, hosted by the University of Houston Futures […]

“Forecast it, Maybe?”

Published on 9:09 pm By 6osnZ

Introduction to Futures Studies class is officially full on!  Professor Terry Grim has again requested her students to submit an introduction video and Kate Burgess Laurel-Mac Intosh has me cracking up.  Thank you for allowing us to share your video Kate and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! Tweet

Futurists as the Black Swans of Thinking about the Future

Published on 2:17 pm By Andy

NOTE: I just produced a little “thought piece” for the Association of Professional Futurists newsletter that I thought I’d share with ya’ll. I wonder, futurist colleagues, how many more bestsellers will be written about the future with no mention of foresight or futurists? Once again, I’ve somewhat reluctantly forced myself to look at another bestseller […]