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“Do it for the ‘Gram:” Forest Recreation in the Age of Social Media

Published on December 22, 2017 By Andy

National Forests and public lands are experiencing increasing recreational visitation and this trend is expected to continue into the future. Forest Service managers strive to balance recreational use of public lands with other uses, as well as adequately supply and maintain recreational facilities like campgrounds and trails. At the same time, technology and social media […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Graphic of the Houston Foresight Scanning Process

Published on June 29, 2016 By Andy

Our design expert on the Houston Foresight team, student Maria Romero, is at it again. After doing a beautiful job with updating the Framework Foresight process and cone, she turned her attention to our scanning process. The history of “our scanning process” merits a few comments. For years we have been teaching scanning with a […]

Introducing Futurists in the Media

Published on October 8, 2015 By Andy

The Houston Foresight program is initiating a research project to track, collect and analyze mentions of futurists in the media. The goal is to gather evidence for how futurists are being talked about in the media. The initial idea for this project was suggested by APF member Natalie Ambrose in 2008.* In our Pro Seminar […]

Student Scanning: “Empowering Youth through E-books”

Published on May 24, 2015 By Maria Romero

[NOTE: We will occasionally be featuring some blog posts from student scanning hits in World futures class. This one is from Joe Murphy]. Partnerships are key in a future connected by ebooks. The White house unveiled a plan on April 30 to provide $250 million dollars worth of eBooks to the nation’s less affluent children […]

Student Scanning: “If it moves, it’s alive!”

Published on February 14, 2015 By Andy

[NOTE: We will occasionally be featuring some blog posts from student scanning hits in World futures class.]. Up until now there were two predominant ways to effectively search for extraterrestrial life. For very far away worlds, planet hunters execute a spectrographic analysis of a planet’s atmosphere. Different chemical compositions would emit different light in specific […]


Published on October 26, 2012 By Jim Breaux

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” – Abraham Maslow [1] NEW STEEP – Jim Breaux In Alternative Futures this semester we are finishing up our deep dive into integral theory. One of the tables we reviewed is the basic 4 quadrant (Wilber). A quick survey of […]

Environmental Scanning

Published on April 12, 2012 By Jim Breaux

Maree Conway ( http://thinkingfutures.net/about/maree-conway/ ) is offering a FREE Webinair on the topic of environmental scanning! The contact and sign up information are below: Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/820468360 Right now – today – the amount of change people in organisations need to work through and respond to is…well, ridiculous. You know you need to understand this […]

Searching 36 Million Faces at Once

Published on March 25, 2012 By Christopher Manfredi