Archive for June, 2017

Field Report: Summer of Futures by Bes Baldwin

June 29, 2017

Greetings from across the pond!  This summer I’m working as an intern in the Corporate Foresight team at Evonik Creavis in Marl, Germany, a location that provided me a wonderful opportunity to attend the Design, Develop, Transform (DDT) futures conference, co-sponsored by the Erasmus University College Brussels and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M […]

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Mimicking Mother Nature: Nudging Forests Toward Old Growth Conditions

June 28, 2017

University of Vermont (UVM) forest ecologist Bill Keeton is taking a “middle-aged” approach to managing forest ecosystems by nudging them towards “old growth conditions“. His 15-year study, some of which consists of research conducted on the 500-acre University of Vermont Jericho Research Forest, involves the regeneration of recovering secondary forests (those in recovery since the […]

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After Capitalism: Values-Driven STEEP Entities

June 22, 2017

Since adoption of Integral values will play a key part in After-Capitalism structures, it is useful to know what STEEP (Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, Political) entities are founded in each the four values types. There are clear expressions of Traditional, Modern, Postmodern and Integral values under each STEEP category. We already see some nascent Integral […]

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AI, the Forest, and Artisans

June 14, 2017

The quickening pace of technology offers the promise of greater productivity and better decision-making within modern society, but there’s a downside to that potential.  The use of robots and artificial intelligence within industry threatens to displace not only low-skilled human workers, but also many in white-collar positions as AI improves in its competence in offering […]

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Spring Gathering 2017 Highlights

June 6, 2017

The annual Foresight Spring Gathering was held over the weekend of April 21-22 and was a blast! It was a terrific way for students, faculty, alumni and friends to get together, network, socialize, and learn. On Friday night, a dinner was held at our old favorite, Goode’s Taqueria…great tacos and margaritas. Then, the party moved […]

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Before We Let Robots Reclaim the Sahara . . .

June 6, 2017

With the fast pace of modern technology, it’s no surprise that serious attention has been focused on how it might be applied to reclaiming some of the millions of square miles of non-polar desert which comprise approximately 13% of the Earth’s dry land surface.  It’s not a new idea, but previous attempts have been hampered […]

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Futurists as Your Organization’s Steady Cam?

June 6, 2017

Futurists plot strategy to stay the course while the world sways. We forecast the changes through which we navigate to align strategy and change to core purpose. Steady-cams minimize a camera’s movement despite turmoil so that unintended jostles are not filmed. They do not focus on the jostles themselves. Futurists can be a strategy version […]

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