Archive for April, 2013

Miss the UH Futurists Gathering?

April 23, 2013

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

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Futurist: specialist or generalist?

April 22, 2013

A prospective student raised a question about specialization in foresight in a recent APF listserve conversation. This question is also a frequent one of our Houston Futures grad students. We discussed the question recently in Pro Seminar and did a  “personal branding” exercise to help us think through how we want to present ourselves to the marketplace in doing our foresight […]

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Alum Phil Gyford Interview by CBC’s Spark

April 18, 2013

Dr. Bishop caught Phil Gyford (’00) on CBC’s Spark program on Sunday, Apr 14.  Phil was being interviewed about data longevity and ephemerality, that some data does not stay on the web as long as people might think.  One way that data disappears is when large corporations, like Google or Yahoo, purchase sites that are […]

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UH Futures Meeting: Designing Urban Futures

April 17, 2013

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. […]

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What do we call it?

April 12, 2013

It’s been great to hear growing interest in developing the field and profession of _______, um, what do you call it? I looked at this question in my dissertation and found it has received intermittent attention over the years (Cornish, 1977; Horton, 1999; Becker, 2002; Schwarz, 2005; Amsteus, 2008; Sardar, 2010; Masini, 2010; Marien, 2010; Tonn, 2010; […]

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Certificate Alum Passing it On!

April 10, 2013

Two of our certificate program alums, Joel Ticknor and Byron Anderson, have developed and are teaching foresight courses, at George Mason University and U of Wisconsin-Stout respectively. Joel’s course is “Exploring the Future” at George Mason’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  He noted that was concern about whether the course would generate enough interest. A resounding, […]

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Journal of Futures Studies – featuring our own Futurists

April 5, 2013

Congratulations are in order for Houston’s own Janet Faulkner and Christopher Manfredi, both published in the March 2013 edition of Journal of Futures Studies. The papers are abstracts for their presentations at the 2012 Manoa Futures Symposium: Emerging Futures and Futurists. Read Christopher’s contribution about the 4 potential paths of future capitalism       […]

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The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

April 3, 2013

Dr. Natasha Vita-More (Grad ’06) has co-edited a new book, The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. Containing over 40 essays written by noteworthy futurist thinkers, The Transhumanist Reader covers everything from the core themes of Transhumanism, to cognitive enhancements, to identity and the singularity. Due […]

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Houston Futures hosts the gathering: City-Making in the 21st Century–Designing Urban Futures

April 1, 2013

Houston Futures will host the gathering: City-Making in the 21st Century – Designing Urban Futures this April 12th and 13th. Students, faculty, alums (Master’s & Certificate), and their guests are invited to attend the event. We’ll have dinner and drinks on Friday evening, and all-day meeting on Saturday at the University of Houston, followed by […]

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