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Morality First, Knowledge Second?

Polina Silakova‘s fifth post in our Emerging Fellows program explores the role of morality and manners amid disruptive technologies. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. If you have ever travelled around Vietnam, you might have noticed at the main entrance of some schools the motto, …

The End of a (Virtual) Way of Life

Adam Cowart is one of our Emerging Fellows, and this is his fifth article written for the program. In it, he explores the virtual spaces where we currently base our economy. 10,000 years ago, our economies were largely mobile and borderless. We roamed, we hunted, we foraged. One of the earliest clashes of economic models was when …

Nationalism: The Byproduct of the Nation-State

David Roselle‘s third post in our Emerging Fellows program concerns the changing face of the nation-state. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members.  How do nations produce a society that will develop a shared sense of identity around a fictive narrative of citizenship? This is, and …

Thank You for Eating

Monica Porteanu has written her fourth installment in our Emerging Fellows program. Here, she explores food security amid massive population growth. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members.  Unless a major pandemic, war, or other disaster happens, the world population is projected to grow from about 7.5 …

The crypto-cowboys and the Wild West

Nichola Cooper‘s fifth post in our Emerging Fellows program explores crypto-currencies. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. In 2013, conference attendees were watching a panel as a young, unassuming, chap describes his idea for an alternative method of capital finance: “…a protocol on top of …

Universal Basic Income: A Tool to Reimagine Human Dignity?

Daniel Riveong has written his third installment in our Emerging Fellows program. Here, he explores the possibilities of governments implementing a universal basic income. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. Since the late 1990s, there has been an explosion in excitement around the idea of …

Should we learn to stop worrying and love the bomb?

Craig Perry has written his fifth installment in our Emerging Fellows program. His entire series explores the potential for another Great-power War. This piece looks at the Cold War and issues surrounding the atomic bomb. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. “There’s no such thing as …

Chair’s Update May 2018: APF Looks to Pittsburgh

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I count it an honor to represent you as APF’s new Board Chair. There is no other group committed to Advancing Professional Foresight worldwide. In this role, I will continue the tradition that Cindy Frewen started and send you bimonthly news. Here is your May update. – Jay Jay Gary, Ph.D., APF jay@apf.org, Board Chair …

Surveillance capitalism and the liberal democracy

Nichola Cooper‘s fourth post in our Emerging Fellows program explores privacy, trust, and social media. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. When Mark Zuckerberg was designing The Facebook in 2004, he was staggered that people were willing to share their personal data, “they just submitted …

Growth or sustainability: Which response to the wicked problem will we choose?

Polina Silakova‘s fourth post in our Emerging Fellows program explores sustainability and the wicked problem of the limits to growth. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the APF or its other members. Grow not stop. Where shall we put the comma in this sentence? For a long time, growth has been …