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APF Chair's Update – JAN 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
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On behalf of APF’s Board, Happy New Year 2019! It has been a year since I accepted your invitation to serve as APF’s Board Chair. That year has been filled with travels, interviews, board meetings, and dozens of conversations with long-time APF members and new emerging futurists. Through it all I have grown to appreciate our special role. There are many groups that think about the future. But APF is the only group worldwide that gathers these analysts, consultants, entrepreneurs and visionaries together in an association that proclaims: “We Work the Future!” as professionals and we are ready to help you anticipate, influence and create a better future for everyone, everywhere. – Jay Gary

APF had a great year in 2018. We hosted our signature Global Gathering in Pittsburgh in October with an attendance of 60, our largest ever. We indirectly co-sponsored three network events, led by our long-term members, including the August “Asia Re-imagined,” the 2nd Asian Pacific Foresight Network conference in Thailand. We published 3 Compass edition newsletters. We wrapped up a 2018 Emerging Fellows program and launched a new one for 2019. We grew overall APF Membership by 6% in 2018, ending up with 493 active members at year’s end, thanks to your word of mouth recommendations and mentoring. Our Student members grew by 18% in 2018. Our Organizational Members grew by 72%, reaching 67 professional futurists. Our Full Member count remained the same as last year at 221. Thankfully, we experienced a 10% increase in Full Member renewals, which bodes well for the future.

In case you missed it, Andrew Curry, our Compass editor, released the latest issue of our member-only newsletter three weeks ago: In this issue, catch a report on the Asia Pacific Foresight Network conference, as well as our Pittsburgh Gathering, with pieces on how GBN and Shell built up a scenario practices worldwide. Beyond this print issue, APF just released a podcast conversation hosted by Andrew Curry, with Wendy Schultz and Tanja Hichert, offering reflections on the 2nd Scenario Planning and Foresight conference, held at Warwick Business School in December, under the theme, ‘Advancing Theory and Improving Practice.’

APF Board Member, Prateeksha Singh of Toronto (@mpathyDesigns) and her team of design futurists have posted five video sessions on Vimeo from October. To recap the event, see the Future Festival ’18 website and view presentations on African Futures, Humanitarian Futures, Designing Ethical Futures, Sources of Depth Intuition/Wisdom, and Resurgent Cities from a Global South.

APF starts 2019 by welcoming three new board members. In ending 2018, the Board thanks Tanja Hichert of South Africa for her distinguished six-years of service on the Board. Tanja was and will remain a champion for a global APF. In 2013 she was instrumental to lead APF to accept differential membership pricing, based on OECD economic parity. Today 60% of APF members are now non-USA based. The Board also accepted Jason Swanson’s resignation with regret in November, and hope the day might come again, work permitting with KnowledgeWorks, he might serve on the Board for a second 3-year term. Garry Golden, who heads up APF’s Nominating Committee, deserves our thanks. His team solicited nominations for three openings for 2019 and produced a qualified slate of candidates. These nominees were unanimously approved by the Board. They are:

  • Patricia Lustig, United Kingdom
  • Bryan Alexander, United States
  • Marius Oosthuizen, South Africa

Photos of your 2019 APF Board:

Long-time APF member, Peter Hayward, and a pair of alumni from the former Master of Strategic Foresight program at Swinburne University, have just launched a curated set of podcasts for the Futures and Foresight community. Twelve interviews are now live on the FuturePod website, and if there is interest, they will continue this work and add more interviews over time. They have started with well-known local Australian community members, such as Richard Slaughter, Richard Hames, Rowena Morrow, Jose Ramos, Maree Conway and Michael McAllum. They recently added Peter Bishop from USA and in 2019 will add Stuart Candy and Jay Gary. The website is free, but they are hoping that people will become FuturePod supporters, as they aim to honor those who developed our field, to support those who work in this space and to encourage new voices to join.

Our next APF CONNECT for new members is Wed. Jan 9th, at 3:00 pm, New York time. If you joined APF recently, you are welcome to attend this virtual gathering hosted by APF Board members. Register today at:  

Did you know that the majority of APF Members live outside the U.S.? Also, did you know that Europe and Oceania are tied for second, in membership totals of APF regions? Canada comes in fourth. All members can review their status at our Members Only portal, and update their member profile:
If you need help, write to reach our Member Services Team.

Thanks to your involvement, APF is strong. We are the leading credentialing organization for foresight professionals. Be proud that you are part of a global community that works the future– for everyone, everywhere.

—Jay Gary, PhD, APF
Board Chair