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Houston Foresight 2017 Research Projects

January 14, 2018

The Houston Foresight Program continues to develop its research capability, drawing on our network of faculty, alums, and, of course, the students. We completed a project on “The Future of Work for NASA’s Langley Research Center.” The project used scenario planning to create long-term views of the future of work. The scenarios will be used […]

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Houston Foresight Fall 2017 Newsletter

January 14, 2018

Before we jump into 2018, let’s look back at some of the key highlights from the Fall 2017_HDCS Outlook_Newsletter_FORESIGHT put out by our Department. This issue includes: Welcome to our New Foresight Students Foresight Produces Inaugural Forest Futures Newsletter Houston Foresight Produces On the Horizon Special Issue Houston Foresight Research Projects 2017 APF Annual Gathering: […]

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“Do it for the ‘Gram:” Forest Recreation in the Age of Social Media

December 22, 2017

National Forests and public lands are experiencing increasing recreational visitation and this trend is expected to continue into the future. Forest Service managers strive to balance recreational use of public lands with other uses, as well as adequately supply and maintain recreational facilities like campgrounds and trails. At the same time, technology and social media […]

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Winter is Coming, and so is UH Foresight Certificate boot camp registration deadline!

December 10, 2017

Everyone gets very busy this time of year, as the days start to get colder. We just want to let you know that there is still time to sign up for our January 15-19, 2018 Foresight Certificate seminar held at the Hilton hotel right on the University of Houston main campus. We have a few […]

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The Vertical Forest

November 28, 2017

First we had vertical farms, and now….vertical forests! The Forest Futures scanning team found the following scanning hit: Forest in the sky: Residential tower blocks covered in 800 trees and 15,000 plants help combat global warming in Milan. The Boeri Studio in Milan Italy designed the project to help combat global warming and pollution. The […]

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FIM October Highlights

November 22, 2017

Alida Draudt had a piece in Slate that piece observing that futurists industry are overwhelmingly white and male. It caused a stir on the APF listserv and some questioned the numbers — I was not able to come up with the same numbers – and noted that the heads of APF and WFSF were women…but […]

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The Coming Age of … Wood?!

November 19, 2017

On my bookshelf, surrounded by scores of futures books, is a 1949 volume published by Simon and Schuster and authored by Egon Glesinger. The book is titled The Coming Age of Wood. Glesinger was Chief of the Forest Products Branch of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and was decades ahead of […]

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2018 Foresight Certificate Boot Camp Wants YOU!

November 6, 2017

Are you ready for January 2018 UH Foresight Certificate boot camp? Your five-day journey through Foresight techniques will take place January 15-19, 2018 at the Hilton hotel right on the University of Houston main campus. We’ve been teaching the future in Houston since 1975. Peter Bishop kicked off the certificate program in 2009 and we’ve […]

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Specialty Futurists

November 3, 2017

Having been working on this project with Dr. Hines for several months now, I thought I would discuss the articles that have really piqued my interest so far, what I’m calling “Specialty Futurists.” In the retail space, Howard Saunders, a retail futurist, opines that people no longer want to see rows and rows of the […]

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“Scanning the Fringe” call for presenters

October 30, 2017

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 Spring Gathering themed “Scanning the Fringe.” We will do our usual dinner and social on Friday, have meeting on Saturday, and a party on Saturday night. Right now, we are working on the agenda, and we’d like to hear from you, if you have a […]

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