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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Futurist in the Media Update: December 2016

Published on December 30, 2016 By waylon edens

In late November/early December we saw a good variety of activity involving futurists. An article by James Wallman suggested the gender pay gap will close by 2045 — which is almost 100 years earlier than the World Economic Forum estimation of 2133. Pablos Holman’s article on “The Big Threat” suggested that it’s not the catastrophic […]

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, […]

Futurists in the Media: September 2016 Highlights

Published on September 24, 2016 By waylon edens

September began with the passing of Australian futurist Richard Neville. He was a prominent 1960s counter-culture figure in Australia, and his satirical magazine landed him in prison in Australia and in the UK. He later evolved into calling himself a “practicing futurist” and was known for being a provocateur. There was news of a new […]

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 […]

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 […]

Futurists in Media Q1 2016 Update

Published on April 2, 2016 By Andy

Just tallied up the Q1 stats for FIM. Our Google Alert search identified 184 articles focused on “futurists.” Our analysis suggested 77 of these were “fresh” mentions (22 were repeated on multiple days) of relevance to foresight and professional futurists, that is, not about the art movement or band. Our media savvy friend Jack Uldrich […]