Futurists in Media

Futurists and Speakers Bureaus

Posted by on December 6, 2017 at 9:20 pm

In my first blog, I mentioned that several other career fields began around the same time as futurist, and I queried why they might be considered more erudite than futures studies. Why do we never see these professionals referred to (with scare quotes) as “engineer”, or “physicist” or “social scientist”? Initially, my thoughts were that […]

FIM October Highlights

Posted by on November 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm

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 […]

Specialty Futurists

Posted by on November 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

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 […]

First Impressions of our “Futurists in Media” Scanner

Posted by on October 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm

When I began this project of searching for mentions of futurist in the media, I was interested to see that there were no articles over the weekend. (I was also a bit relieved, frankly, as that gave me two days to focus on my other courses.) But why was that? Was it due to the […]

First impressions of futurists in the media

Posted by on October 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm

As the new Fall 2018 FIM researcher, I thought I would share some first impressions. Almost all the articles about futurists have been positive or neutral, with only a few truly negative. Even when used in a non-futurist context, however, the “borrowed” term has had a positive connotation. It seems to be OK – dare […]

Alum Jason Siko: How Tech Is Revolutionizing Education

Posted by on April 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Jason Siko, Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) College of Education and a University of Houston Foresight alum, recently gave his insights about the significance gamification, design thinking, and technology on education on the Rapid Growth website along with several other industry experts. He explained an innovative, human-centered approach to problem solving has […]

Reflecting on Futurists in Media 2016

Posted by on February 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm

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 […]

Futurists in the Media: What it Means to be a Futurist

Posted by on January 29, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Futurist may not predict the future, but we can anticipate one question we will all get: What does a futurist do or What is a Futurist? In fact, we practice Elevator Speeches in our curriculum to have a ready response. It’s interesting to learn about how professionals respond. Marketplace.org asked that very question and similar […]

Futurist in the Media Update: December 2016

Posted by on December 30, 2016 at 1:43 pm

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: November 2016 update

Posted by on November 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm

The last month has seen a mix of mentions about organizational futurists and keynoters. Mentions are increasing and we are seeing more quality hits on professional futurists compared to what we call “accidental” futurists (those who are assigned the title by others [media or marketers] or simply pick it up themselves].  And we have not […]