Archive for March, 2017

IP and Business Citizenship

March 26, 2017

In the first month of the new US administration we have collectively seen several mile markers towards alternative future scenarios. The president has projected a bias towards US innovation, development, and economic growth – the associated potential for shift in IP policy and the operation of the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is […]

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Forest Futures: Catch ‘Em While They’re Small

March 19, 2017

A valuable tool for fighting large wildfires are manned aerial water tankers that can carry anywhere from hundreds to thousands of gallons of water or fire retardant.  The Forest Service has stated in the past that it is well-served by the flexibility provided by moderate-sized aircraft, as opposed to large jets such as 747s or […]

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Student Foresight Design Challenge

March 13, 2017

Teach the Future and KnowledgeWorks are co-hosting a student foresight design competition through March 27. The competition is open to any U.S.-based, 13-18-year-old student interested in creating a scenario about the future of education with an optional artifact from the future (an illustration of an object or scene from a future world). See Competition details. Katherine […]

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Spring Gathering 2017….More Details

March 8, 2017

The details are rolling in for the Spring 2017 Gathering (here’s a flyer). First, let’s talk about the Saturday conference. I am very excited to announce that Christian Crews & Laura Schlehuber of Kalypso Foresight are going to take us through their Systems Scenarios approach. I have wanted to see this for years….finally! In the […]

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Foresight Student Bes Baldwin to intern at Evonik Creavis

March 7, 2017

Foresight student Bes Baldwin will be doing an internship this summer and fall at Evonik Creavis in the Corporate Foresight group in Marl, Germany. Evonik is a globally active chemical company, with their Foresight team centralized in Germany. Creavis is the strategic innovation unit of Evonik, focusing on mid- to long-term innovation. There are five […]

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Student Craig Perry Describes the Field

March 3, 2017

When I tell people I’m pursuing a degree in “foresight” at the University of Houston, they often look at me funny. “Futures studies,” I add hopefully, knowing I’ve probably just confused them even further. Perhaps it’s the prospect of studying something that hasn’t happened yet, or the notion that there’s more than one possible future […]

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Forest Futures: Flash Towns in the Forest?

March 1, 2017

There are a great variety of things we have to look forward in the near future:  automated vehicles and aircraft for travel; the increasing ability for drones to provide service and goods on command; the capability of personal communication devices to leverage peer-to-peer connections; semi-luxurious, yet highly portable shelters and modular tents; the ease of […]

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