Futurists

Future Studies Time Line

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Compiled by Janna Anderson of Elon University this time line traces and tracks significant events in the history and development of future studies. The time line begins with a brief discussion of early times and then tracks major ideas and developments from 1584 to 2006. Key players and works are identified.

Futures Studies Time Line

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Futurologists

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Futurists or futurologists are scientists and social scientists whose specialty is futurology or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society or life on Earth in general.

List of Futurologists

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Global Foresight Wiki: Global Foresight.org

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This wiki is a public directory of the world's best foresight resources, compiled for your benefit. It lists communities, degree programs, courses, people, employers, organizations, and educational materials that help advance our global foresight culture. It can be edited by any future-oriented person who wants to help. It is maintained by FERN, volunteer students, alums and advocates of improving foresight and supporting the graduate and certificate programs in foresight around the world. The founders also run a social network, Global Foresight @ LinkedIn. 

Global Foresight Wiki

Small Fusion  Group Start Up Guide (4 persons)

Large Fusion Group Start Up Guide (28 persons)

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Theory and Concepts
Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
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Community Collaborations Works in Progress

Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies

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The Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (Hawaii Futures) was established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1971. It is one of the world's most renowned institutions for futures research, consulting, and education. It has been instrumental in the education of four decades of futurists, in the development and spread of judicial and educational foresight, and in bringing foresight and futures thinking to organizations, agencies, and businesses around the world.Activities of Hawaii Futures are overseen by pioneer futurist Jim Dator, who for nearly a half century has shaped the discipline of futures studies.

Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies

Hawaii Research Center Publications

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Idea Couture

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Idea Couture has developed innovative processes and toolkits that can be applied across diverse industries from consumer products and electronics to financial businesses and healthcare. "Innovation is critical to fueling growth and creating meaningful market distinction in business. But not every company has figured out how to apply a process that aligns with its culture and category. Idea Couture currently has offices in six cities, including New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Mexico City, and São Paulo. Powered by Cognizant’s presence and leadership in technology, we are doubling down on our virtuosity in strategic foresight, applied anthropology, business design, and rapid prototyping and will expand our global footprint". 

One of the several resources IC has offered is a "collaboration between futurists, anthropologists, and healthcare professionals on a book", The Futures of Health: Spaces + Places of Care, "which explores the possibilities of an age where an app can be a doctor and a bedroom is the hospital. Presented through scans, analyses, and scenarios, important questions are raised about what the future will look like, allowing us to better prepare for it".

 

Idea Couture 

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Knowmad Society

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This book explores the future of learning, work, and how we relate with each other in this emerging paradigm. In a blog post at Education Futures, John Moravec defined a knowmad as:

[…] a nomadic knowledge worker –that is, a creative, imaginative, and innovative person who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas industrialization required people to settle in one place to perform a very specific role or function, the jobs associated with knowledge and information workers have become much less specific concerning task and place. Moreover, technologies allow for these new paradigm workers to work within broader options of space, including “real,” virtual, or blended. Knowmads can instantly reconfigure and recontextualize their work environments, and greater mobility is creating new opportunities. (Moravec, 2008)

Knowmad Society

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Future Organizations
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Learning to Use the Future: Developing Foresight Capabilities Through Scenario Processes

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Organizational learning is one type of value created by scenarios and strategic foresight within companies. However, relatively little attention has been devoted to what and how individuals – such as managers and strategists – learn from participation within strategic scenario processes. The paper focuses on the learning effects of scenario processes on participants, using the Futures Literacy Hybrid Strategic Scenario (FLHSS) method. It presents an evaluative framework for capturing the learning and cognitive effects of using the imaginary future, and the learning benefits derived by participants in intensive scenario processes. The paper outlines how scenario activities change the capabilities of the individuals and organizational systems to understand the nature and role of the future for what they perceive and what they do. Cognition is the domain of the individual rather than the organization and, as a result, the micro processes through which individuals learn and challenge mental models appear to be antecedent resources to collective mental model changes within organizations. This suggests that companies should invest in pedagogically rich scenario processes that develop the capability of managers to sense changes. The learning generated by scenario processes can strengthen the ‘sensing’ dynamic capabilities of organizations.

Learning to use the Future: Developing Foresight Capabilities Through Scenarios Processes

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Models and Methods
Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis
Scenarios and reports
Future Organizations
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No future for egoists -- that's what their brain says!

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Different people worry about different things.  Researchers analysed to see how these differences are reflected in our brains.  Through neuro-imaging, they found that 'egotistical' individuals do not utilize those areas of the brain associated with looking into and imaging the distant future, while 'altruistic' individuals show much activity in these areas.  'Egotistical' individuals do not think about the future as if it seems too far off to concern them.

 

No future for egoists -- that's what their brain says!

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Theory and Concepts
Futurists

Nursing Institute for Health Care Design (NIHD)

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The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design is a professional organization that promotes health care design standards.NIHD is dedicated to educating and inspiring nurse leaders about their role in healthcare design and construction. The organization gives clinicians voice and promotes advocacy in the health care design process by providing tools and research, peer education and mentoring, and a professional network of experienced practitioners and design experts. 

Nursing Institute for Health Care Design

Nurse Leaders in Health Care Design A Resource for Nurses and Interprofessional Partners

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Future Organizations
Futurists
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