Compass Newsletter Special Editions
Our quarterly newsletter, Compass, is for members only, but we publish 2 or 3 special editions each year that are publicly available. Please scroll down to see our publicly available issues. However, members may login to see links for all past issues.
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2016 Special Edition Compass on Utopia
This special edition of Compass draws together articles on Utopia that have appeared in the APF newsletter during 2016, some specially written pieces, and a new set of reading lists.
2016 Special Edition on Alvin Toffler
These four articles, by APF members, are taken from the October 2016 edition of the APF newsletter, Compass. The contributors reflect on the man and his work, and the impact of the Tofflers on the public idea of the future.
2016 WFS Special Edition
This edition of the APF newsletter, Compass, has been prepared especially for the WFS meeting in Washington DC in 2016. It includes a range of articles from recent editions in Compass, the quarterly e-publication for APF members, to give a sense of the range of the APF’s work and the interests of its members.x
2015 The Learning Remix
The APF held its 2015 annual gathering in Atlanta, Georgia and called it The Learning Remix because the gathering focused on the future of learning. The APF published this special edition ahead of the gathering to prepare attendees.
2015 WFS Special Edition
2015 This edition of the APF newsletter, Compass, has been prepared specially for the WFS meeting in Washington DC in 2015. It includes a range of articles from recent editions in Compass, the quarterly e-publication for APF members, to give a sense of the range of the APF’s work and the interests of its members.
2015 Methods Edition
Where practice and theory meet, innovation often follows. Practitioners resolve difficulties in practice by re-imagining what they do, and developing new approaches. But invention on its own is not enough. To stick, it needs to be reconnected to theory. The why is as important as the what.
The methods covered in the anthology are:
- Oliver Markley’s new taxonomy of wild card
- Richard Lum on VERGE
- Bill Sharp on Three Horizons
- Tony Hodgson on the World Game
- Terry Grim interviewed on the Foresight Maturity Model
- Stuart Candy on The Thing From The Future
- Wendy Schultz on the Manoa Scenarios method
- Dyman Hendricks interviewed on the Systems Methodology Toolkit
Future of Education Edition
The future of education is a recurring theme in the discussions on the APF’s listserv. In part, this represents the organization’s connections to futures studies programs, in part because the sector itself is clearly on the cusp of change. One US Report has projected that half of all American colleges and universities will close in the next 50 years. Similarly, an EY paper suggests that in Australia “the dominant university model … will prove unviable in all but a few cases over the next 10-15 years.” Such claims become the litany of educational futures over the past few years; at the very least they deserve examination.
In this special issue of Compass, you will find articles by Hardin Tibbs, Sara Robinson, Bryan Alexander, David Birch, Katie King, Andrew Curry, Cindy Frewen, Wendy Schultz, and Anne Boysen. Edited by Andrew Curry.
Compass has published a few obituaries for futurists who have passed away. We have also included a few other memorials for some of our APF members who have passed away.
Ken Harris was an active member of the APF and a frequent contributor to our Compass Magazine. He also received our Excellence in Leadership award for his many contributions to the APF. Please read his review of Dan Gardner’s book ‘Future Babble’.
Alvin Toffler was probably the most influential futurist of his generation. He died in his sleep at the end of June 2016. Please read the memorial we published in our Compass Magazine.
Joe Coates, who died in October at the age of 85, did much to improve the practice, profession and reputation of professional futures work. Please read our tribute for him from our Compass Magazine.
Although not definitively a futurist, Richard Neville held similar views and concerns as many futurists. Please read Richard Slaughter’s thoughtful tribute.