Archive for August, 2011

Needs values and worldviews

August 30, 2011

ConsumerShift takes the point of view that values changes are the single best indicator for gaining insight into the emerging future landscape. And they are not alone.  A couple of my most exciting findings during my research was discovering their links to needs and worldviews. Needs are the motivators for action that values often address, and […]

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Houston Futures Scanning Hits- 8.30.2011

August 30, 2011

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 […]

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Futures In The News: Dr. Peter Bishop Gives Talk At Turkey’s Kadir Has University

August 28, 2011

The key to spreading the gospel of futures studies lies in getting out the message, so why not travel far and wide to so. Houston Futures’ department head spent last week in Instanbul, Turkey speaking to the Lifelong Education Center and the Futurists Association of Turkey at Kadir Has University discussing the needs of futures […]

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Can We Really Predict: NPR’s Freakonomics Gives Us Insight On Tale Of The Future

August 27, 2011

“Never make predictions, especially about the future.”   -Casey Stengel Long held beliefs and deeply engrained truths permeate in futures studies as a practice.  We’re not fortune tellers. We say we do not predict the future because the future is unpredictable.  Trends make waves, but there is no permanance in strictly trends.  Images can be lofty, […]

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Houston Futures Scanning Hits- 8.25.2011

August 25, 2011

The price of oil still stubbornly holds world economies at bay where oil spikes cripple supply chains and perhaps lead to critical thoughts on military intervention.  The Arab Spring created hope for democracy in the Middle East, but the troubled chaos also inflicted a choke on the oil production, especially in civil war-torn Libya.  As […]

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Entering Season 8 of Teaching about the Future

August 23, 2011

I’ve had the good fortune of entering my eighth year teaching in the UH Futures Studies program. It was a goal of mine almost the moment I entered the program as a student back in 1988 when the program was still at UH-Clear Lake. I’m glad it took as long as it did, as I think […]

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Houston Futures Scanning Hits- 8.23.2011

August 23, 2011

The more we uncover about ourselves and our evolution of life on this planet, the better idea we get on how there can be life on other planets that might not be as hospitable as Mother Earth has made it.  The bacteria that thrives in hard to live places like hydrothermal vents give us a […]

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Io9’s 10 Fiction Books That Shaped The Future

August 19, 2011

Every futurist knows you can’t get a good grip of the future without grappling with the past.  Naturally, we start with books, papers, presentations, hard data, or anything else we think gives us an idea on where we were in whatever field we look.  How about the imaginary?  Science fiction books have foretold many technologies […]

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