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Foresight student Joe Murphy interviews futurist Glen Hiemstra

Published on December 5, 2016 By Andy

Popular Mechanics recently published an article, “How to See the Future,” that discusses the work that futurists do and notes that one can earn a degree in futures studies. I reached out the futurist who was interviewed for the article, Glen Hiemstra, and he shared deeper insights with me below. Hiemstra noted that he defines futurist work […]

APF Most Significant Futures Work Nomination: Aspirational Futures

Published on December 18, 2013 By Andy

I am very pleased to have nominated “Aspirational Futures” by Clem Bezold for an  APF Most Significant Futures Work Award for 2014 in the category of “Methods and Practice.” Clem is the long-time head of the Institute for Alternative Futures and a member of the Houston Foresight Program’s Advisory Board. Clem and IAF have long done pioneering work in […]

Alternative Perspectives students do some visioning

Published on October 5, 2013 By Andy

Professor Emeritus Oliver Markley joined our Alternative Perspectives class last week on visioning. Since the readings were mostly his, it was great to hear from him directly. He set the stage by describing how he developed an interest in visioning, emphasizing the development of “transcendental” intuition. He distinguishes transcendental from “memory-based” intuition, in that it […]

Miss the UH Futurists Gathering?

Published on April 23, 2013 By April Koury

Dr. Oliver Markley has been kind enough to post an edited audio version of his presentation for our April 13 Designing Urban Futures gathering here. Don’t forget the accompanying slideshow, and check out the rest of that day’s presentations at our Houston Futures community page! Tweet

Applying alternative foresight approaches

Published on October 23, 2012 By Andy

I’m having great fun with our Alternative Perspectives on the Future class! In a recent class, we explored methods or techniques for calling forth our intuition – and we’re grateful to Professor Emeritus Oliver Markley’s work in this area. These methods and others we’re exploring in class are unconventional, at least in relation to many organizations (many […]

A Framework for Thinking about the Future

Published on July 5, 2011 By Andy

One of the more useful frameworks we’ve adopted at the University of Houston’s Futures Studies program was the was the one we developed for our Thinking about the Future (TATF) book. The framework was first discussed at an Association of Professional Futurists‘ Professional Development meeting as a high-level scheme for categorized the main types of activities that comprise strategic […]