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Futurists and Speakers Bureaus

Published on December 6, 2017 By Lloyd Chesley

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

Published on November 22, 2017 By Andy

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

Published on November 3, 2017 By Andy

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 […]

The 2017 APF Seattle Gathering: Global Health Futures

Published on September 12, 2017 By Kimberly Daniels

Attendance by some at this year’s Association of Professional Futurists (APF) conference, held in Seattle, WA July 27-29, was delightfully nostalgic on one hand, and aspiringly forereaching on the other. Seattle was the original gathering location for the APF in 2002, the year it was founded, where this year’s agenda of exploring human health and […]

Field Report: Summer of Futures by Bes Baldwin

Published on June 29, 2017 By Andy

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 […]

Reflecting on Futurists in Media 2016

Published on February 15, 2017 By Andy

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 […]

APF Global Futures Festival Open to Public

Published on September 10, 2016 By Andy

The APF is opening up the Sept 16 APF Global Futures Festival / V-Gathering to the general public free of charge. This gathering offers interactive presentations from leading futurists around the globe. Four different blocs of regional presentations are timed so that you can “follow the sun for 12 hours of hands-on content and discussion.” […]

Futurists in Media Q3 Update: Toffler and the Demise

Published on September 7, 2016 By Andy

Perhaps the biggest story this quarter was the death of Alvin Toffler. As expected, it brought forth a “demise of futurists” story. This time from the New York Times: where are the futurists? and a follow-on from Slate on “the muddled legacy of Alvin Toffler.” Toffler’s prominence triggers a quick reflection on where foresight stands […]

Houston Foresight at WFS/APF 2016

Published on August 15, 2016 By Andy

The Houston Foresight program was once again well represented at the WFS/APF annual conference held this year in Washington DC from July 22-24. Congratulations to Julie Steele and the new team at WFS for simply pulling this conference off, given that they took over only a few months before the conference. As usual, I spent […]

Recent alum Omar Sahi joins The Futures Company

Published on June 14, 2016 By Andy

Congratulations to recent alum Omar Sahi (scroll down to see his photo and bio) on being hired as an analyst at The Futures Company.  He was brought on board after serving as an intern for three months. The Futures Company is growing its foresight practice, and this is a really prime gig! Omar graduated last […]