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Houston Foresight at WFS/APF 2016

Published on 8:46 pm By Andy

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 […]

Oliver Markley Places Second in APF Most Significant Futures Works Award for “A New Methodology for Anticipating STEEP Surprises”

Published on 10:25 am By Andy

We recently featured Adjunct Faculty Terry Grim for winning the 2013 APF Most Significant Futures Works Award. We can’t stop there, however, as Professor Emeritus Oliver Markley of the Foresight program came in second for his piece for “A  New Methodology for Anticipating STEEP Surprises.” Oliver taught in the Foresight (then Futures Studies at UHCL) program for […]

Miss the UH Futurists Gathering?

Published on 7:11 am 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

UH Futures Meeting: Designing Urban Futures

Published on 8:24 am By April Koury

Who doesn’t love a gathering of futurists? Saturday, April 13 the University of Houston’s Futurists hosted the meeting City Making in the 21st Century: Designing Urban Futures. We had an amazing turn out of about 40 attendees.   The day began with Dr. Oliver Markley, Professor Emeritus, presenting Alternative Images on the Future of Cities. […]

Communicating the Future by Alum Pam McConathy Schied

Published on 11:56 am By Andy

Alum Pam McConathy Schied gave a guest lecture to Seminar class last week on “Communicating the Future”. The lecture was based on her Master’s Project for the Futures Program. Pam has had a long career as a public relations professional and used her futures studies degree to help her launch her Futures Communications Group in 2008, where she […]

Applying alternative foresight approaches

Published on 8:40 am By Andy

I’m having great fun with our Alternative Perspectives on the Future class! In a recent class, we explored methods or techniques for calling forth our intuition – and we’re grateful to Professor Emeritus Oliver Markley’s work in this area. These methods and others we’re exploring in class are unconventional, at least in relation to many organizations (many […]

Planning for Renewal in The Upside of Down

Published on 2:36 pm By Andy

Futurist colleague (and my former Professor) Oliver Markley recommended Thomas Homer Dixon’s The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, first published in 2006. Oliver is one of those people who’s always got good leads and it usually takes me a while to catch up. In this case, I am really glad I […]