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Houston Foresight 2017 Research Projects

Published on January 14, 2018 By Andy

The Houston Foresight Program continues to develop its research capability, drawing on our network of faculty, alums, and, of course, the students. We completed a project on “The Future of Work for NASA’s Langley Research Center.” The project used scenario planning to create long-term views of the future of work. The scenarios will be used […]

Houston Foresight Fall 2017 Newsletter

Published on January 14, 2018 By Andy

Before we jump into 2018, let’s look back at some of the key highlights from the Fall 2017_HDCS Outlook_Newsletter_FORESIGHT put out by our Department. This issue includes: Welcome to our New Foresight Students Foresight Produces Inaugural Forest Futures Newsletter Houston Foresight Produces On the Horizon Special Issue Houston Foresight Research Projects 2017 APF Annual Gathering: […]

Winter is Coming, and so is UH Foresight Certificate boot camp registration deadline!

Published on December 10, 2017 By Andy

Everyone gets very busy this time of year, as the days start to get colder. We just want to let you know that there is still time to sign up for our January 15-19, 2018 Foresight Certificate seminar held at the Hilton hotel right on the University of Houston main campus. We have a few […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Student Craig Perry’s Review of Superforecasting in APF Compass

Published on October 1, 2017 By Kimberly Daniels

In the July 2017 issue of the APF’s Compass, foresight student Craig Perry reviews Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, by Phillip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner. The book, which has received mixed reviews, though mostly positive, puts forward the possibility of making fairly accurate short-term predictions about the future through multiple-source evidence gathering, probabilistic […]