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Reflecting on Futurists in Media 2016

Published on 2:54 pm By Andy

As futurists, we learn to be patient and take the long view. So, when something catches our attention, we catch our breath and compose. Because…..the 4th quarter tracking results of Futurists in Media reported 106 relevant hits, compared to 24 in the 4th quarter of 2015, which is a 341% increase if my math is […]

Futurist in the Media Update: December 2016

Published on 1:43 pm By waylon edens

In late November/early December we saw a good variety of activity involving futurists. An article by James Wallman suggested the gender pay gap will close by 2045 — which is almost 100 years earlier than the World Economic Forum estimation of 2133. Pablos Holman’s article on “The Big Threat” suggested that it’s not the catastrophic […]

Futurists in the Media: Early October 2017 Update

Published on 11:36 am By waylon edens

A quick roundup of hits from since the September update. About half are from organizational futurists and half from consulting futurists. There’s the typical “change is coming fast” and “deep change” keynotes, and the much-covered Millennials, in this case noting how they are hesitant to take vacations. Among the other topics were cybersecurity, supply chain, […]

Futurists in the Media: September 2016 Highlights

Published on 5:52 pm By waylon edens

September began with the passing of Australian futurist Richard Neville. He was a prominent 1960s counter-culture figure in Australia, and his satirical magazine landed him in prison in Australia and in the UK. He later evolved into calling himself a “practicing futurist” and was known for being a provocateur. There was news of a new […]

Futurists in Media Q3 Update: Toffler and the Demise

Published on 11:39 am By Andy

Perhaps the biggest story this quarter was the death of Alvin Toffler. As expected, it brought forth a “demise of futurists” story. This time from the New York Times: where are the futurists? and a follow-on from Slate on “the muddled legacy of Alvin Toffler.” Toffler’s prominence triggers a quick reflection on where foresight stands […]

Futurists in Media Q2: Less Use of “Futurists”

Published on 1:02 pm By Andy

It occurs to me that a new category we might monitor is how often futurist appears in “scare quotes.” When we say someone is a doctor or lawyer, we don’t put it in scare quotes. But many times “futurist” is, i.e.: so-and-so is a “futurist” who is going to…. A scare quote is a “phrase […]

Futurists in Media Q1 2016 Update

Published on 10:21 pm By Andy

Just tallied up the Q1 stats for FIM. Our Google Alert search identified 184 articles focused on “futurists.” Our analysis suggested 77 of these were “fresh” mentions (22 were repeated on multiple days) of relevance to foresight and professional futurists, that is, not about the art movement or band. Our media savvy friend Jack Uldrich […]

Futurists in Media….Week of August 31st

Published on 1:36 pm By Will Williamson

We are catching up on some recaps of mentions of futurists in the media. This week’s hits ranged from the ever-present Jack Uldrich promotions to a talk by futurist David Pearce Snyder, a futurist conference hosted by The Minneapolis Foundation, and the promotion of a new Pennsylvania police commissioner who made his name by looking to […]

Introducing Futurists in the Media

Published on 10:07 pm By Andy

The Houston Foresight program is initiating a research project to track, collect and analyze mentions of futurists in the media. The goal is to gather evidence for how futurists are being talked about in the media. The initial idea for this project was suggested by APF member Natalie Ambrose in 2008.* In our Pro Seminar […]

Coming Soon: Best of Houston Foresight 2015

Published on 9:59 pm By Andy

It just over a month away to this year’s Best of Houston Foresight session at the World Future Society. This year it’s in San Francisco on July 25th from 2:15-3:45. It is an annual event that gives us a chance to highlight some of the best work coming out of the Houston Foresight program. It is […]