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  • 19 Jul 2015 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stuart Candy's "Thing from the future" card deck was covered in Forbes.

    Forbes contributor Rawn Shah described it like this:

    "Such an experiential learning approach gives someone a glimpse into a futurist’s practice: the development of scenarios. It is a simple game that gives us a way to consider and generate many scenarios...

    "Per Prof Candy, there are two reasons why thinking about the future is difficult. First, our brains, even though very plastic and adaptable, that ability to adapt is not the same the ability to anticipate. Second, the future does not exist, but we tend to think of it in terms of our past."

    The article is here:

    "Thing from the future" can be ordered directly from Situation Lab:

  • 02 Jun 2013 9:22 AM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)
    On Monday June 3, 2013 (starting Sunday evening June 2 in much of US), the Millennium Project will host a one day forum in Baku entitled: Next Big Things for the Future of Azerbaijan: Implications for Action Today (Post-Oil Economy).

    State of the Future founder Jerry Glenn will lead the event. Key note speakers include Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute (post-oil) and Eric Drexler, Oxford University (nanotechnologies). Ufuk Tarhan will present a special demonstration on holograms. APF members Riel Miller will respond on the conference themes and Rosa Alegria will report on synthetic biology.

    The program is here, and livestreaming is here. Check Baku time here.  (9 hours ahead of NYC, 4 hours ahead of London, 5 hours behind Melbourne.) 
  • 29 May 2013 5:28 PM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)
    Vinay Gupta is running a series of events this summer in London, the first is June 1. 

    Swarm Cooperatives is the first of six Big Picture Days at Limewharf Annex Culture Lab. As befits a swarm-themed event, we’re pulling things together very fast (you won’t believe when we actually get access to the space!) but that’s all part of the fun.

    The June 1 event is on improving group process and collaborations at hackathons, unconferences, visioning workshops, steakeholder sessions, and similar. Speakers include Lloyd Davis, Zaid Hassan, Alberto Cottica, Nadia El-Iman and others. 

    There will also be several hours of collaborative thinking / working / networking on the issues. 

    The events are free but sign up for a ticket, it might get busy!
  • 17 May 2013 12:57 PM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)

    "The Experience of a Transaction" was the focus of Heather Schlegel's talk at Zwolle March 2013. The talk builds on her work on the future of money featured in several videos of futures scenarios. The Netherlands event featured technology for a better life.

    Find Heather's powerful presentation here:
  • 17 May 2013 12:49 PM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)

    It's Alive report cover

    The study, undertaken by Arup’s Foresight + Innovation team, foresees that structures will be fully integrated into the fabric of the city, responsive to changes in the external environment, and designed for continuous adaptability, according to real-time needs and demands of its users.

    On Arup's website, you can download a pdf of the report.

    This forward-thinking report is illustrated with a series of artist’s impressions, to demonstrate how the futuristic components - such as photovoltaic surfaces and algae producing bio-fuel pods - can theoretically enable buildings to produce food, energy and resources.

    “By 2050, the human population will have reached 9 billion people with 75 per cent of the world’s inhabitants living in cities. We do not want to predict what the built environment may look like in almost 40 years’ time, but offers insight and inspiration for what could happen. This report explores the idea of intelligent buildings that are able to make informed and calculated decisions based on their surrounding environment – living and breathing structures that are able to support the cities and people of tomorrow.”

    Josef Hargrave, Consultant at Foresight + Innovation, Arup

  • 17 May 2013 10:44 AM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)
    Joyce Gioia was recognized at an awards ceremony on April 25th as USA Today's "Road Warrior of the Year", a first annual award. See the article here. Congratulations! 
  • 02 Apr 2013 9:00 AM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)
    A summer course in design futures will be offered jointly by UH and OCAD. Furthermore the three day lead-off seminar June 6-8 on the University of Houston campus is open to futurists and designers as a stand-alone workshop. Taught by Cindy Frewen, UH, and Greg Van Alstyne, OCAD, presenters in the workshop include APF members Peter Bishop, Jim Cramer, and Todd Gentzel plus Rives Taylor, a leading architect in sustainable design with Gensler Associates. The workshop will include a design futures charrette, speed design tools, theory and concepts of design futures, Cynefin, and Three Horizons scenarios. Contact Peter Bishop for more information. 
  • 02 Apr 2013 8:50 AM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)
    April 12-13, 2013, students, faculty, alums, and practitioners are gathering for two evenings of fun, and a full day of urban futures. Led by Cindy Frewen, presentations will be: Oliver Markley on Alternative City Images and mental time travel, Lee Shupp with a Street View of the future cities, Todd Grentzel with Houston Futures Scenarios and Rives Taylor on Gulf Coast Resilient City Design. Cindy will conclude with Great Urban Divides. Contact Andy Hines for information on the UH Spring Gathering. 
  • 05 Jun 2012 9:55 AM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)
    September 26-28: 10 Conference, east of Seattle in the mountains: more ideas + discussion...….than you can shake a stick at.

    Also, deer, air like wine, mountains, and outstanding locavore food.

    And great conversations with innovators, change-makers, artists, thinkers in a stunning setting.

    Also, as "idea conferences" go, it's an outstanding bargain - especially if you register before 15 June, for a cost of only $650 (bear in mind that PopTech is like $2000, and TED probably $128,189,432.59 or something - and you are unlikely to get the opportunity to chat with the speakers at either of those conferences.

    I can't recommend it highly enough: last year's TEN Conference was outstanding, and charged me with ideas for the whole year.  Grad students, if you are interested in volunteering, talk to Kaipo Lum or Michele - minions are needed.

    For more info, see below.  Please note: this conference is NOT sponsored by PopTech, the APF, or any other organisation; it is a free-standing ideas conference organized and curated by our very own Michele Bowman (who co-designed so many awesome Gatherings).

    AND YES - I do understand this is 'competition' for your money and time with the APF's own Gathering.  But if you AREN'T going to attend the Gathering, consider attending TEN instead - it is just as invigorating, although on a slightly different vector.  And if you DO want to attend TEN, sign up NOW, because the early bird rate really is a bargain.  And I'll see you there, because it's where I'm headed after waving good-bye to everyone who does attend this year's Gathering in Oxford.

    Submitted by Wendy Schulz, APF, Infinite Futures. Organized by Michele Bowman, APF, Ten Conference.

    Note from the Chair: we are planning a regional APF gathering in conjunction with Ten Conference ~ Gatherings team will be organizing. cfw

  • 13 Mar 2012 9:22 AM | Cindy Frewen (Administrator)

    The Certificate in Strategic Foresight is being offered by Dr. Peter Bishop at the University of Houston Masters Program for Futures Studies. It's being presented in Houston 21-25 May 2012. It will also be offered in Brussels, Belgium, in partnership with The Destree Institute 28 May - 1 June 2012. For more information, check here. Early registration recommended as past events have sold out.

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