Association of Professional Futurists

Emerging Fellows:
ProFutures Blog Contributors

Emerging Fellowships are awarded to some of the most promising new futurists in order to give them a platform for cultivating their voice and to illustrate current futures issues.

They will be writing about the ideas shared in APF exchanges, at events, and from their work. Their essays will be posted on the APF blog.

The Emerging Fellows Program is designed to recognize promising new futurists and mentor them through a one-year project that involves writing on strategic foresight issues. Each of the eleven new Fellows has developed a particular area of interest, listed below.

Emerging Fellows Program 2019

We are pleased to announce the Emerging Fellows, and their program, for 2019. The theme this year is to be the ‘Transformation of Capital’ – more a case of evolution than revolution. The basic premise of the project is that instead of Capitalism ending (the Post-Capitalist argument), it could be radically transformed. If so, what could it be transformed into, and how much of that transformation is evident today? This subject lends itself nicely to a 3 Horizons approach. Our time horizon is the second half of this century.

In considering  the transformation of capital, we shall examine eight large questions. The eight participants in the program, along with their topics, are:

The Economy Transformed
1. Charlotte Aguilar-Millan: To what extent is the company of the future represented in the company of today? (Edinburgh, Scotland)
2. Paul Tero: To what degree can the economy be digitised? (Melbourne, Australia)
3. Alex Floate: What is the role of finance in the emergent future? (Kernersville, North Carolina, USA)

Society Transformed
4. Felistus Mbole: Will the present trend towards greater inequality be reversed? (Nairobi, Kenya)
5. Esmee Wilcox: Are social entrepreneurs the capitalists of the future? (Diss, England)

Politics Transformed
6. Robin Jourdan: Has democracy had it’s day? (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
7. Ruth Lewis: Will personal liberty be re-defined in the future? (Melbourne, Australia)

Technology Transformed
8. Tim Morgan: What ownership structures will emerge in an automated future? (Lewisville, Texas, USA)

Emerging Fellows Program 2018

The Emerging Fellows for 2018 were:

Nichola Cooper (Australia): Do different paradigms require different levels of trust?

David Roselle (USA): Can we live in a world of city-states?

Polina Silakova (Australia): Would a postcapitalist economy be one which catered for values more than possessions?

Daniel Bonin (Germany): Will we have to rebuild our world to make it sustainable in 2050?

Daniel Riveong (Indonesia): What are the plausible new models of prosperity in the Global South?

Laura Dinneen (Australia): Will an aged society be able to thrive, or even survive?

Monica Porteanu (USA): Do you wonder how to think about the future?

Adam Cowart (Canada): To what extent will the real economy be real in the future?

Maggie Greyson (Canada): How might we build technology so that people can use it?

Ariana Lutterman (USA): Will the challenge of climate change alter the nature of capitalism?

Craig Perry (UK): Is another great power war inevitable?

There is a good spread of Emerging Fellows from around the world, broadly reflecting the spread of membership. They are all addressing questions that are likely to have an impact on their careers as they develop, reflecting both their interests and issues that we expect to become more pressing as we head towards the middle of the century.   Each of the Emerging Fellows has been publishing a short monthly piece on their theme on the APF blog since the start of the year. These will later be curated into a larger publication.

Past Emerging Fellows

2014-2015 Class of APF Emerging Fellows

In 2014-2015, the Emerging Fellows program was administered by a core team of Terry Collins (Chair), Wendy Schultz, Garry Golden, Peter Hayward, and Jeremy Mancuso.

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