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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 […]

Introducing Johann Schutte as the New Foresight GA

Published on February 23, 2016 By Andy

The baton has passed to a new GA this Spring – introducing Johann Schutte! Johann is a full-time student living on campus. He started the program part-time from his home country of South Africa, but decided he wanted to dive and immerse himself in the future. So he packed his bags and came to join […]

Values and Design Thinking

Published on December 1, 2015 By Andy

Program Coordinator Dr Andy Hines contributed a chapter “Future-friendly Design: Designing for and with Future Consumers” to the latest PDMA Handbook. He shares a few thoughts on this contribution below. The increasing partnership between foresight and design over the last several years has nudged more and more futurists towards the design space. For some this […]

Reflecting on past APF Gatherings

Published on October 28, 2015 By Andy

This year’s Gathering, the Learning Remix, curated by Derek Woodgate with the assistance of the fabulous Maggie, and Gatherings Guru Joe Tankersly, added to the rich tradition of outstanding Gatherings. It also marked the close of “Gatherings Survivor” with Peter Bishop emerging as the winner – he is now the only member to have attended […]

Guest Lecture: Nick Price on Presencing

Published on October 26, 2015 By Andy

It was great to have APF colleague Nick Price recently visit our class and lead us through Presencing exercise. Nick is a graduate of the Australian Foresight program and is doing his own thing these days with “Of Things Immaterial.” Our paths crossed in his former experiences as an organizational futurist with Philips Design and […]