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Student Scanning: Futurecraft Biofabric

Published on January 19, 2017 By Liah Johnson

Shoe company, Adidas is going above and beyond to become a sustainable company. In November, they launched a prototype of a new shoe called Futurecraft Biofabric. The shoes’ material is made of a material called Biosteel, which is a replication of spider silk and is fully biodegradable. Adidas collaborated with a German biotech company, AMSilk which produces the […]

Graphic of the Houston Foresight Scanning Process

Published on June 29, 2016 By Andy

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 […]

Introducing Futurists in the Media

Published on October 8, 2015 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 […]

Student Scanning: “Empowering Youth through E-books”

Published on May 24, 2015 By Maria Romero

[NOTE: We will occasionally be featuring some blog posts from student scanning hits in World futures class. This one is from Joe Murphy]. Partnerships are key in a future connected by ebooks. The White house unveiled a plan on April 30 to provide $250 million dollars worth of eBooks to the nation’s less affluent children […]

Student Scanning: “If it moves, it’s alive!”

Published on February 14, 2015 By Andy

[NOTE: We will occasionally be featuring some blog posts from student scanning hits in World futures class.]. Up until now there were two predominant ways to effectively search for extraterrestrial life. For very far away worlds, planet hunters execute a spectrographic analysis of a planet’s atmosphere. Different chemical compositions would emit different light in specific […]


Published on October 26, 2012 By Jim Breaux

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow [1] NEW STEEP – Jim Breaux In Alternative Futures this semester we are finishing up our deep dive into integral theory. One of the tables we reviewed is the basic 4 quadrant (Wilber). A quick survey of […]

Environmental Scanning

Published on April 12, 2012 By Jim Breaux

Maree Conway ( http://thinkingfutures.net/about/maree-conway/ ) is offering a FREE Webinair on the topic of environmental scanning! The contact and sign up information are below: Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/820468360 Right now – today – the amount of change people in organisations need to work through and respond to is…well, ridiculous. You know you need to understand this […]

Searching 36 Million Faces at Once

Published on March 25, 2012 By Christopher Manfredi


Learning From 5 Million Books

Published on September 19, 2011 By Christopher Manfredi


Houston Futures Scanning Hits- 8.30.2011

Published on August 30, 2011 By Christopher Manfredi

With information at every keystroke where commerce, information, visualizations, and everything else meet, your world becomes easier to digest.  All you need to get connected is to be connected.  What if you could scan your environment for information much like you use Google Maps to get directions, reviews, and even see the store?  Start scanning […]