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APF Quarterly News, Sept. 1, 2019

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"We Work the Future"

Jay GaryAs a friend and contact of APF, I am pleased to send you our new "We Work the Future" quarterly newsletter. This past Spring, the Association of Professional Futurists relaunched our website: 

Futures Festival 2019: This Quarter, on November 9th, APF will host its global Futures Festival 2019 under the theme "Radical Transformations." Register for free at our site for this 12-hour virtual conference featuring diverse speakers from around the world.  Submit a presentation proposal by Sept. 25, 2019.

Join APF: We welcome all emerging futurists as members who want to build their practice, both within organizations as analysts or managers, or as external consultants or futurist speakers. APF is proud to represent professional futurists as they help stakeholders anticipate and influence the future. Since 2002, APF has served as the leading global community of credentialed professional futurists, who advance professional foresight through their work with both public and private institutions. If interested, please read our Membership Benefits and Membership Levels and Apply Online to become an APF member. Members enjoy exclusive access to each other's Profiles, work samples, and interact through topic and regional Forums in our common mission to "work the future," for everyone, everywhere.
--Jay Gary, PhD, APF, Board Chair


Please find a sample of our Foresight Weekly News below, regularly available to both APF members and non-member subscribers for free.

Foresight Weekly News

How the CFO as a futurist will define the shape of finance to come

Forbes Insights team refers to APF’s reminder that “it is not the goal of a futurist to predict what will happen in the future” and considers futurist CFOs as executives who can attempt to influence events to create a desired future. Read more

Can artificial intelligence generate corporate strategy?

Daniel Shapiro tells us about automating corporate strategies using artificial intelligence, and looks at some recent progress in automatically generating strategies in the face of uncertainty. Read more

What’s next in learning?

Imagine a platform that enabled you to access local and national opportunities from your smartphone or computer, a place where you can pursue your interests with mentors and peers, building new skills and habits wherever you are, whenever you want. Read more

Google lens, augmented reality, and the future of learning

Technology is winning, and the institutions of learning and discovery are embracing screens. AR, with its ability to layer digital information on top of real-world objects, makes that learning more engaging. Read more

The future of insurance

Forrester recently published research on the future of insurance in which they offer perspectives on three central themes: insurance solutions vs. a products-based focus; ecosystem convergence; and virtual vs. vertical integration. Find out more

Seven tips for imagining your company’s future

What will your business look like in 10 years? Twenty years? One hundred years? Does it seem lofty and unnecessary to think that far in the future? It isn’t. Letting yourself imagine the possibilities of tomorrow can help you unlock insights that you can use today. Read more

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Humans use future thinking to exert social control

Researchers used computational modeling and found that people use future-oriented thinking and calculate the downstream effects of their current actions regardless of the controllability of the social environment. Download the full-text paper

E-BOOK

Navigating the geography of change: Thirteen skills to master on the path to exponential leadership

Singularity University offers some of the best wisdom from Pascal Finette, Chair of Entrepreneurship. Readers discover a suite of important skills that will enhance every leader’s ability to make better decisions, work smarter, and remain calm in the eye of any storm. Download the e-book

CONFERENCE REPORT

EU chemicals policy 2030: building on the past, moving to the future

EU Chemicals Policy 2030 Conference was held in Brussels on 27 and 28 June 2019. The conference pursued a future-oriented approach and published a report that is now available on the conference website. Download the report

RESEARCH REPORT

Artificial intelligence and emerging technologies in schools

This is a new report on AI in education commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education. The first half focuses on AI while the latter half focuses on virtual and augmented reality. The authors define AI and provide an overview of its applications in schools. Download the report