Association of Professional Futurists

CHAIR’S UPDATE – SEPT 2018 – See you in Pittsburgh

Dr. Jay Gary, APF Chair

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to connect with 11 new APF members in our online New Member MeetUp. It was inspiring to hear their stories from New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, and Northern Virginia. Nearly to a person, they had been doing applied futures work, without realizing there was an Association …

Social entrepreneurs: Heroes on the edge

Polina Silakova‘s seventh post in our Emerging Fellows program continues to explore social entrepreneurs. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. Social entrepreneurship is winning more and more hearts and minds. It is showing a potential to disrupt traditional business models. For now, it is still …

Social entrepreneurship: Can a storm in a coffee cup change the world?

Polina Silakova‘s sixth post in our Emerging Fellows program continues to explore the potential for a post-capitalist economy by exploring social entrepreneurship. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. Previously, we proposed the idea that only a better system, distributive by design, will be able to …

Shaping Tomorrow and the APF

Shaping Tomorrow

For those who haven’t seen it, the APF’s current Chair, Jay Gary, recently did an interview with Dr. Mike Jackson of Shaping Tomorrow. Mike gave Jay a tour of their award-winning AI-driven scanning and forecasting platform. APF members may sign up for free access to Shaping Tomorrow at the APF’s own site: apf.shapingtomorrow.com/. See below: APF members …

What profit is there in great-power war?

Craig Perry has written his eighth installment in our Emerging Fellows program. His entire series explores the potential for another Great-power War. This piece asks whether there would be any profit in a great-power conflagration. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. In 1999, American journalist Thomas Friedman …

Can We Reimagine Rural Areas as Equal to Cities?

Daniel Riveong has written his fifth installment in our Emerging Fellows program. Here, he explores the continued fluctuations between rural and urban areas. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. While the megacities of the Global South continue to grow, the UN projects that over 3.1 billion …

Scenarios: Sketching the unthinkable

Monica Porteanu has written her sixth installment in our Emerging Fellows program. Here, she explores the evolving nature of scenarios. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members.  In private and public administration, preparing for the future by “thinking the unthinkable” was first introduced by the RAND Corporation …

Economics lessons from wild nature

Polina Silakova‘s sixth post in our Emerging Fellows program explores some economics lessons to be learned from nature. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. If we try to apply Darwin’s theory of evolution to economic systems, would we conclude that capitalism “better suits to the …

What sparks could ignite the next great-power conflagration?

Craig Perry has written his seventh installment in our Emerging Fellows program. His entire series explores the potential for another Great-power War. This piece asks about what might ignite the next great-power conflagration. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. America’s great-power rivals are increasingly pursuing strategic ends …

Ugh, Scenarios? That’s Not Very Innovative…

Adam Cowart is one of our Emerging Fellows, and this is his eighth article written for the program. In it, he explores scenarios. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the APF or its members. Previously we have challenged what is truly innovation (depending on how you parse the definition, maybe nothing!), and the challenges of …