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Alum Morgan Kauffman on North Korea

Published on July 19, 2017 By Andy

“North Korea is a failing state and could fall apart at any moment,” says alum Morgan Kauffman in an article he wrote for the EC Journal in May titled “North Korea and the Art of the Deal.” He goes on to suggest several ways it could happen: disintegration and anarchy, with widespread rioting and starvation […]

Certificate Alum Rebecca Ryan Hosts Futurist Camp

Published on July 5, 2017 By Andy

When do you do your best thinking about the future? In the shower? During your commute to work? Every summer, Rebecca Ryan hosts Futurist Camp at a lake in the woods of Wisconsin. There’s no internet, no slides. Just forward thinking people gathered to help each other apply foresight to their big, hairy challenges. Past […]

Alum Jason Siko: How Tech Is Revolutionizing Education

Published on April 29, 2017 By Dave Ramirez

Jason Siko, Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) College of Education and a University of Houston Foresight alum, recently gave his insights about the significance gamification, design thinking, and technology on education on the Rapid Growth website along with several other industry experts. He explained an innovative, human-centered approach to problem solving has […]

Student Scanning: Futurecraft Biofabric

Published on January 19, 2017 By Liah Johnson

Shoe company, Adidas is going above and beyond to become a sustainable company. In November, they launched a prototype of a new shoe called Futurecraft Biofabric. The shoes’ material is made of a material called Biosteel, which is a replication of spider silk and is fully biodegradable. Adidas collaborated with a German biotech company, AMSilk which produces the […]

Futurists in the Media: Early October 2017 Update

Published on October 17, 2016 By waylon edens

A quick roundup of hits from since the September update. About half are from organizational futurists and half from consulting futurists. There’s the typical “change is coming fast” and “deep change” keynotes, and the much-covered Millennials, in this case noting how they are hesitant to take vacations. Among the other topics were cybersecurity, supply chain, […]

Introducing Liah Johnson as the Fall 2016 Foresight GA

Published on September 29, 2016 By Andy

The baton has passed once again to a new GA this Fall – introducing Liah Johnson! Liah is a full-time student living in Houston. She began the program in Spring of 2015 and is getting close to graduation. She is doing an internship on our Forestry Horizon Scanning and Scenarios project, for which she’ll be […]

Jim Breaux’s Oil Systems Model in Perspectives

Published on August 24, 2016 By Andy

It was great to see the oil systems model developed by Houston Foresight alum and Adjunct Faculty Jim Breaux highlighted in the August issue from the Perspectives wiki. Our program has long used material from the site’s author and publisher, Gene Bellinger. The wikis is part of his “Perspectives Project,” which was “established by and […]

Futurists in Media Q2: Less Use of “Futurists”

Published on July 28, 2016 By Andy

It occurs to me that a new category we might monitor is how often futurist appears in “scare quotes.” When we say someone is a doctor or lawyer, we don’t put it in scare quotes. But many times “futurist” is, i.e.: so-and-so is a “futurist” who is going to…. A scare quote is a “phrase […]

Alum/Professor Cindy Frewen in the New York Times on Housing

Published on July 25, 2016 By Andy

Apparently, it’s New York Times week for Houston Foresight alums. After posting a story about Jerry Paffendorf’s appearance, I learned that our own Alum and Adjunct Faculty Dr. Cindy Frewen, She is quoted in the Times on July 20 in an article, “Future Houses: 3-D Printed and Ready to Fly.” Cindy has a background as […]

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 […]