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Upcoming events

    • 15 Oct 2015
    • 17 Oct 2015
    • Atlanta, GA
    APF Annual Gathering 2015
    October 15-17, 2015
    Atlanta, GA

    EVENT UPDATE- FINAL Program for APF Gathering 2015

    Venue: Artmore Hotel. Atlanta, 1302 West Peachtree, Atlanta GA 30309
    Tel: 404 876 6100,

    Thursday, 15th October 2015

    4p.m.  Registration

    5 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.             
    Introduction to The Learning Remix 
                               – Derek Woodgate and Joe Tankersley
                               - Program, logistics, etc.

    5.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.       
    Session One:  Is Education Dead?
    Speaker: Dr. Ronald G. Kander, Executive Dean,
    Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
    Philadelphia University

    6.30 p.m.  - 7.15 p.m.   Snacks and drinks

    7.15 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.  Debate: Two teams: For and against a major restructuring of education 
    Introduction: Joe Tankersley
    Facilitator, Melissa Wade, A faculty member of Emory University in the Division of Educational Studies, Melissa is a principle founder of the national Urban Debate League.

    Friday 16th October 2015

    8.30 a.m.        Breakfast

    9.00 a.m. – 10 a.m.      
    Session Two: Learning Guides beyond the Robot 
    Speaker: Dr. Stephen Harmon, Professor and Chair of the Learning Technologies Division, College of Education, Georgia State University
    10.00 a.m. – 11 a.m.                      
    Session Three: Change and the future of education in 2030
    Speaker: Dr.  Martin Muider, Professor and Chair of the Education and Competence Studies Group Wegeningen University School of Social Sciences  
    11.30 a.m. – 12 .30 p.m. 
    Session Four: Demonstrations of new learning approaches involving AI and gamification with Brian Magerko, Associate Professor of Digital Media, Director of the Adaptive Digital Media (ADAM) Lab at Georgia Tech
    Location:  Georgia Institute of Technology, ADAM Lab – Travel by bus

    1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.  Lunch

    Make our way to Georgia State University

    2.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. 
    Session Five: How adaptive are we? – The call for a new learning   ecosystem    
    Speaker: Julian Allen, Director of Instructional Support, GSU 
    Location: Curve – Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment, GSU

    3.15 p.m.   – 4.30 p.m.     
    Session Six: Panel: Aperture Learning – Life is learning, Learning is life – from dynamic mentoring to micro modular learning pathways and future learning environments – Moderator: Derek Woodgate, Panelists: Rex Miller, Jason Swanson, Bridgette Engeler Newbury, Wendy 
    Location: Curve

    7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.      APF Reception (at Artmore Hotel) 

    Saturday, 17th October 2015

    8.30 a.m. Breakfast

    9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. 
    Session Seven: Collaborative game – Jake Dunagan, Research Director at Institute for the Future, leading the Governance Futures Lab

    11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
    Session Eight:  Debate: Traditionalists vs. Futurists (Teaching vs. Learning)
    audience split into sides) Melissa to help

    12.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.  
    Little Bigs and Cindy APF Update plus student awards.

    12.30 - 1.30 p.m. buffet or packed lunch

    1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. 
    Session Nine: Did Education Die – 6 x 7 minute – Pecha Kucha style (participants: educator, student, governance, technologist, etc.)

    2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.   
    Session Ten: Build a future foresight curriculum with approach (Six teams)

    4.00 – 4.45 p.m.  Present team feedback

    4.45 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Closing Session (Derek Woodgate – Joe Tankersley)

    Atlanta GA, Chuck Koehler flickrcc

    The Learning Remix
    The theme of the APF 2015 Annual Gathering will be the future of learning. The event will feature outstanding speakers, workshops, installations and play. We’ll explore the major forces that are aligned to disrupt the world of formal and informal learning over the coming decade. 

    Come join us as we deconstruct and remix these myriad challenges and opportunities and do what we do best; generate not just future scenarios, but ground-breaking concepts that could change the world.

    WFSF Members, please contact Joe Tankersley for access to your special rate. 

    For those planning travel.  Check-in for the Gathering will begin around 5:00 PM on Thursday 10/15. The Gathering will conclude on Saturday night. 


    The official venue for the Gathering will be the Artmore Hotel in Midtown Atlanta.  This intimate boutique hotel is housed in an historic 1924 apartment building, recently renovated, in the middle of Atlanta’s popular Midtown area. The hotel and its location will provide us an interesting glimpse into the innovative trends in urban redevelopment taking place in the city. PLUS, it will provide the perfect location for networking and gathering.

    Attendees to the Gathering can reserve their rooms at a special rate of $145.00, plus tax, per night. Wi-fi and breakfast are included. The telephone number for reservations is 01 404 876 6100. You must mention APF Gathering to get the special rate.

    There are a limited number of rooms available so book early.

    Contact Joe Tankersley( with any questions.
    • 30 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • (UTC-00:00)
    • THECUBE London Studio 5, 155 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ London, United Kingdom

    The New Economic Tsunami

    This event in the late 2015 APF London Gatherings term is a collaboration with the community of co-workers, co-researchers at The Cube London 

    The Cube is located near Spitalfields Market very near Shoreditch, Liverpool Street Station and plenty of good pubs and restaurants.  They've hosted the Club of Amsterdam (which was a good session of speaking and enthusiastic Q&A from the Cube members) and they are keen to keep engaging with thinkers about the future. 


    The predatory culture of debt which created the crash of 2007 is continuing but with augmented consequences. Global debts in the world is now three times that of the GDP, which will create a new "Tsunami of Debt". We will be screening a documentary by Michelle Coomber of the same title, followed by a discussion examining what we need to do to create healthier economic systems that are not supported by debt.

    The programme is

    1845: doors open
    1900: Introductions of Speakers, Nick Price, THECUBE
    1920: screen of an excerpt of Tsunami of Debt by documentary maker  Michelle Coomber
    1930: Kick off roundtable discussion with three questions
    2030: end

    Post event - The Commercial Tavern across the road if people would like to discuss further. Address: 142-144 Commercial St, London E1 6NU

    This roundtable discussion is a collaboration between the Association of Professional Futurists and THECUBE London.  (I am looking for a couple of speaker volunteers from the APF)

    Event sign up is HERE are through Billetto managed by THECUBE London.  AFTER you have signed up ALSO please email me, Nick Price, and let me know if you are attending from the APF.

    For questions, contact Nick Price

    Like to hear about other APF London Gatherings?  Sign up for the newsletter here
    • 05 Nov 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • online
    Monthly board meeting.  

    • 20 Nov 2015
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC-00:00)
    • (UTC-00:00)
    • Room G-01 Telford House, 14 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NB
    • 17

    POST Horizon Scanning Trend Cards - Touch,  Play and  Shape

    Engaging Parliamentarians on the Dynamics of Change and their Implications

    Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
    Room G-01
    Telford House
    14 Tothill Street
    London SW1H 9NB
    Please arrive 15 minutes before the session starts

    The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is Parliament's in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. 

    In last year's session with us, POST shared their trends research. We looked into their content. worked with it and discussed the challenge of making them land and influence.

    This year we’ll see how POST have taken their trends research and shaped it into a set of trend cards.  POST use these cards to communicate aspects of the possible future to one of the most difficult audiences you can face, politicians!   An interesting session for anyone trying to communicate change.  

    (Note that attendance at the first session is NOT necessary for this one.)

    Who is this session particularly good for?

    Anyone interested in how foresight integrates into governance in the UK and EU, those interested in the communications of trends research, people interested in trends that have caught the eye of POST and to futures thinkers interested in how workshops can be run with trend ideas.

    Session Description

    Participants will use a set of draft trends cards to map interactions between trends, identify those acting as drivers of others and those that are consequences and consider what  trends will have the greatest potential impact for the UK. This will be done through a set of derived exercises being adapted to help inform the thinking of select committee staff scoping inquiries and this is an opportunity to feed into the peer review of the approaches and the contents of the trend card set developed by POST.


    There is increased interest in using trends for policy analysis both by the UK Government and the governments of other European Governments in recognition that has been a widespread failure to anticipate a range of recent events, such as the financial crises, and that significant changes are occurring in response to drivers, such as demographic change. However, growing interest will not translate into engagement with strategic thinking without easy to use tools for the uninitiated that go beyond technological trends and take account of social/cultural/political trends.

    Please arrive 15 minutes before the session starts

    For questions, contact Nick Price

    Like to hear about other APF London Gatherings?  Sign up for the newsletter here
    • 03 Dec 2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • online
    Monthly board meeting.  

Past events

08 Oct 2015 Board Meeting
02 Oct 2015 The Future of Energy – Using A New Futurist Tool
16 Sep 2015 Crafting the Art of Futures Thinking
03 Sep 2015 Board Meeting
06 Aug 2015 Board Meeting
25 Jul 2015 APF Members Reception & Awards
25 Jul 2015 APF Town Hall & Lunch
24 Jul 2015 Professional Development Seminar San Francisco
09 Jul 2015 Board Meeting
04 Jun 2015 Board Meeting
02 Jun 2015 APF Virtual Gathering - June 2015
24 Apr 2015 The APF, the Club of Amsterdam and ARUP Foresight present a meeting on the future of Metro Vitality
24 Apr 2015 APF London Friday Gatherings: Extreme Cities - seen through the Manoa Scenarios Method
20 Mar 2015 APF London Friday Gatherings: The Future of Work
06 Mar 2015 APF Virtual Gathering - March 2015
20 Feb 2015 APF London Friday Gatherings: The Thing From The Future plus.
04 Dec 2014 Board Meeting
12 Nov 2014 APF Virtual Gathering - November 2014
06 Nov 2014 Board Meeting
02 Oct 2014 Board Meeting
02 Oct 2014 Board Meeting
26 Sep 2014 Last Friday London Gatherings: POST Horizon Scanning Trends Register - Looking Ahead, Influencing Government
11 Sep 2014 Board Meeting
26 Aug 2014 APF Virtual Gathering - August 2014
07 Aug 2014 Board Meeting
22 Jul 2014 Little Bigs - July 2014
12 Jul 2014 APF Members Reception & Awards
11 Jul 2014 Professional Development Seminar
03 Jul 2014 Board Meeting
27 Jun 2014 Last Friday London Gatherings: Cities Alive - The Future of Green Infrastructure in Cities
24 Jun 2014 APF Virtual Gathering - June 2014
05 Jun 2014 Board Meeting
30 May 2014 Last Friday London Gatherings: Arctic Futures and the Postnormal Perspective
08 May 2014 Board Meeting
16 Apr 2014 Board Meeting
31 Mar 2014 Annual Gathering: Convergence
18 Mar 2014 Regional Event: Stellenbosch South Africa
06 Mar 2014 Board Meeting
28 Feb 2014 Future Day
25 Feb 2014 Little Bigs - February 2014
04 Feb 2014 Strategic Planning Retreat
28 Jan 2014 Little Bigs - January 2014
09 Jan 2014 Board Meeting
07 Jan 2014 APF Virtual Gathering - January 2014
05 Dec 2013 Board Meeting
21 Nov 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
20 Nov 2013 MbyM: Millennials by Millennials
14 Nov 2013 APF Virtual Gathering - November 2013
07 Nov 2013 Board Meeting
22 Oct 2013 Little Bigs - October 2013
17 Oct 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
10 Oct 2013 Board Meeting
04 Oct 2013 APF Regional Gathering - Oxford
24 Sep 2013 Little Bigs - September 2013
19 Sep 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
12 Sep 2013 APF Virtual Gathering - September 2013
27 Aug 2013 APF Little Bigs - August 2013
15 Aug 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
30 Jul 2013 Little Bigs - July 2013
20 Jul 2013 APF Members Reception
20 Jul 2013 APF Town Hall & Lunch
19 Jul 2013 Professional Development Seminar
11 Jul 2013 APF Virtual Gathering - July 2013
27 Jun 2013 WFSF 21st World Conference
28 May 2013 Little Bigs - May 2013
23 May 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
09 May 2013 APF Virtual Gathering - May 2013
02 May 2013 Annual Gathering: PLAY: Games, Simulations and The Future.
23 Apr 2013 APF Virtual Gathering #apfvg - April 2013
18 Apr 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
26 Mar 2013 Little Bigs - March 2013
21 Mar 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
14 Mar 2013 Virtual Gathering - March 2013: Oliver Markley -- To Be Rescheduled!
26 Feb 2013 Little Bigs - February 2013
21 Feb 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat - Future of Obesity
29 Jan 2013 Little Bigs - January 2013
24 Jan 2013 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
10 Jan 2013 Virtual Gathering - January 2013
20 Dec 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
30 Nov 2012 Manoa Futures Symposium: Emerging Futures & Futurists
29 Nov 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat Future of Conferences (w/ Manoa Emerging Futurists Symposium)
18 Oct 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
27 Sep 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat - Future of Tech for Kids cohost Jake Dunagan IFTF
10 Sep 2012 APF EU Annual Gathering: Emergence: The Future of New Government and Economic Models
16 Aug 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
28 Jul 2012 APF Members Reception + APF Ten Year Anniversary
28 Jul 2012 APF Town Hall Meeting
27 Jul 2012 Professional Development Seminar
19 Jul 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
21 Jun 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat - Future of Higher Education
17 May 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
19 Apr 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
22 Mar 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat "Identity & the Future of I"
16 Feb 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
19 Jan 2012 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
15 Dec 2011 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
17 Nov 2011 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
20 Oct 2011 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
15 Sep 2011 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat
18 Aug 2011 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat: The Future of Human Rights
21 Jul 2011 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat: The Future of Design
09 Jul 2011 APF Members Reception
08 Jul 2011 Professional Development Seminar: What is the Pro Futurist’s Value Proposition?
16 Jun 2011 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat: The Future of Limited Resources
19 May 2011 #Futrchat APF Twitter Chat: The Future of Power: Personal, Social, Political
10 May 2011 Profutures: Future Insights presented by the Association of Professional Futurists

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