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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 […]

The Coming Age of … Wood?!

Published on November 19, 2017 By Andy

On my bookshelf, surrounded by scores of futures books, is a 1949 volume published by Simon and Schuster and authored by Egon Glesinger. The book is titled The Coming Age of Wood. Glesinger was Chief of the Forest Products Branch of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and was decades ahead of […]

2018 Foresight Certificate Boot Camp Wants YOU!

Published on November 6, 2017 By Andy

Are you ready for January 2018 UH Foresight Certificate boot camp? Your five-day journey through Foresight techniques will take place January 15-19, 2018 at the Hilton hotel right on the University of Houston main campus. We’ve been teaching the future in Houston since 1975. Peter Bishop kicked off the certificate program in 2009 and we’ve […]

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 […]

“Scanning the Fringe” call for presenters

Published on October 30, 2017 By Andy

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 Spring Gathering themed “Scanning the Fringe.” We will do our usual dinner and social on Friday, have meeting on Saturday, and a party on Saturday night. Right now, we are working on the agenda, and we’d like to hear from you, if you have a […]

First Impressions of our “Futurists in Media” Scanner

Published on October 26, 2017 By Lloyd Chesley

When I began this project of searching for mentions of futurist in the media, I was interested to see that there were no articles over the weekend. (I was also a bit relieved, frankly, as that gave me two days to focus on my other courses.) But why was that? Was it due to the […]

Tech 1313 Explores Jobs and Robots

Published on October 21, 2017 By Andy

The Houston Foresight Program introduces futures thinking into a few undergrad glasses. One is led by Alexandra Whittington called TECH 1313 (The Impact of Modern Technology on Society). She recently took several of her students to attend a Lecture on the UH campus:  “Whose Job Will Be Taken Over by a Robot?” by Dr. Rodica […]

First impressions of futurists in the media

Published on October 7, 2017 By Lloyd Chesley

As the new Fall 2018 FIM researcher, I thought I would share some first impressions. Almost all the articles about futurists have been positive or neutral, with only a few truly negative. Even when used in a non-futurist context, however, the “borrowed” term has had a positive connotation. It seems to be OK – dare […]

Introducing Kimberly Daniels as the Fall 2017 Foresight GA

Published on September 20, 2017 By Andy

The baton has passed once again to a new GA this Fall – introducing Kimberly Daniels! Kimberly is a full-time student that recently relocated to Houston after several years of doing development work in West Africa. She began the program a year ago, has already completed seven courses, and is in line to graduate in  […]

Houston Foresight Spring 2017 Newsletter

Published on August 8, 2017 By Andy

Just realized that I neglected to post the Spring Newsletter put out by our Department. This issue includes: Foresight: A Description of the Field, by student Joe Murphy Foresight Student Bes Baldwin to Intern at Evonik Creavis Reflecting On Futurists In Media 2016 Congratulations to Our Fall 2016 Graduates: Gandhi Bhakthavachalam, Maria Romero, and Johann Schutte. […]