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Saluting our Spring 2014 Graduates: Jim and Jason

Published on June 19, 2014 By Andy

Congratulations to our Spring 2014 graduates: Jim Breaux and Jason Swanson. It is always fulfilling to see students graduate, but I think we all feel a tinge of sadness at losing these guys as students. From the teaching/admin side, it’s such a pleasure to have students get really involved, going beyond just the classroom, to […]

The Houston Futures Studies program is now “Foresight”

Published on June 12, 2013 By Andy

I am happy share that we’ve changed the name of the Futures Studies program to “Foresight.” Actually, the official name of the program at the main campus was “Futures Studies in Commerce.” Without going into details, we were not big fans of the “in commerce,” as it raised questions about whether we had changed the nature of […]

Student Work: A Reality Check on Probability, Possibility and Plausibility

Published on May 22, 2013 By Andy

Welcome to another posting of student work from “Alternative Perspectives.” The class was a popular one and, in my view, the quality of work was so great, that it makes sense to share with the foresight community. It should be noted that presentation slides don’t do justice to the live discussions, but they give you […]

Miss the UH Futurists Gathering?

Published on April 23, 2013 By April Koury

Dr. Oliver Markley has been kind enough to post an edited audio version of his presentation for our April 13 Designing Urban Futures gathering here. Don’t forget the accompanying slideshow, and check out the rest of that day’s presentations at our Houston Futures community page! Tweet

Futurist: specialist or generalist?

Published on April 22, 2013 By Andy

A prospective student raised a question about specialization in foresight in a recent APF listserve conversation. This question is also a frequent one of our Houston Futures grad students. We discussed the question recently in Pro Seminar and did a  “personal branding” exercise to help us think through how we want to present ourselves to the marketplace in doing our foresight […]

Big Data, Cities, Simulations and the Future

Published on March 7, 2013 By Andy

I read an interesting piece in the Sunday NY Times a few weeks ago called “SimCity for Real” Measuring an Untidy Metropolis.” It talked about a “smart city” initiative at NYU seeking to use sensing, computing, and data-sifting technology to improve efficiency and quality of life in urban areas. Big players are partnering in the […]

Simulation, gaming, and the foresight tool kit

Published on February 8, 2013 By Andy

Looking forward to the APF (Assn of Professional Futurists) annual Gathering “Play”  from May 2-4 in Orlando. The theme is the future of Simulation and Gaming. I’m particularly excited about it because I feel it’s been a weak area of my practice/knowledge base. It has been a bit puzzling that simulation and gaming has not been a […]

Megatrend Future Day!

Published on September 19, 2012 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 […]

Call For Papers!

Published on September 14, 2012 By 6osnZ

The Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies within the Department of Political Science at The University of Hawaii at Manoa is hosting the 2012 Manoa Futures Symposium – Emerging Futurists event on Friday, November 30, 2012.  The symposium is graduate student centric, they envision the “symposium as an opportunity for nascent futurists to share their work, discuss issues in the […]

Alum Adam Gordon appointed Director of Executive Education & Professional Development, Wits Business School, Johannesburg

Published on September 13, 2012 By Andy

Houston Futures alum Adam Gordon has just been appointed the Director of Executive Education and Professional Development at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg. He observes that this is a natural segway from his work in developing and running graduate and executive education courses in strategic foresight and scenario planning around the world. Now, he will […]