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APF Chair's Update: Sept 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
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"Latin America & Asia Step Forward"


Jay Gary, APF Chair

Latin America has just showcased its foresight capacity and Asia is next. I just returned from six incredible days in Mexico City with 20 APF members. We held a day-long ProDev on the "Praxis of Professional Futurists," and then spoke in 15 sessions at the 23rd World Congress of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). Twenty months ago the APF Board took the step to join WFSF as an institutional member. That symbolic act and this congress of 175 futurists from Latin America, formalized the fraternal bond between APF and WFSF, the professional and academic wings of the global futures community. Not only was APF's ProDev in Latin America a first for APF, but this event was the first Latin America Congress for WFSF in their 47 year history.  -- Jay Gary

Would you like to share how you "work the future"? APF is hosting its 4th worldwide online Futures Festival on Saturday, Nov., 9th, 0700 to 1900 UTC-5, featuring diverse speakers under the theme of "Radical Transformations." FF'19 is 12-hours of non-stop, live sessions by presenters who will share radically different futures from the present  world. The program will feature two workshop rooms. Share your best professional practices or regenerative systems that are restoring cities and communities. The deadline for presentation proposals is Wednesday Sept. 25th.

APF member Sohail Inayatullah is convening the 5th Asia Pacific Foresight Network (APFN) Conference this week to increase the profile of the work futurists are doing, especially in the Southeast Asia region. APF is a proud sponsor. To get a head start on great conversations during APFN, John Sweeney is hosting an informal gathering of APF members and guests at 7 pm, at Coffee and Cider Bar near the venue. Contact him @ Whatsapp +18082300799.

APF hosted its first Mexico City ProDev, Sept 9-10 for 25 participants. APF's Chair, Jay Gary, hosted this event to help futurists cultivate two competencies: to reflect on their professional development timeline, and to practice team foresight "pitches" to NGO clients. APF members Riel Miller and Goux-Baudiment shared their early to mid-career formation, identities and craft. The highlight came in the afternoon, when APF members received a "Fragile Cities 2035" briefing from Jean Luc Krieg, the founder of Urban Mosaic, a Mexican NGO, and then three APF groups offered work pitches, of how foresight processes could accelerate their work toward 2030. Catch the slides from this ProDev and Reception, along with photos. 

This past week, 15 APF members spoke at the World Futures Studies Federation 23rd World Congress, in Mexico City. The WFSF Congress, a first for Latin America, was attended by 175 academic and practicing futurists, from 23 countries. In addition to APF's ProDev, APF's Peter Bishop and Tom Lombardo held pre-conference workshops, which were well attended, The Congress was organized by APF members from Mexico, Guillermina Buena Paz and Alethia Montero. APF Members, Riel Miller and Stuart Candy brought plenary addresses, which were translated into Spanish. Ted Fuller, Linda Groff, Chris Jones, Fabienne Goux-Baudiment, Thomas Mengel, Annette Gardner, Claire Nelson, Luke van der Laan and Rosa Alegria conducted sessions. The majority of sessions were in Spanish, that offered European and USA attendees a unique window into the practice of "la prospectiva" or foresight in Latin American contexts. For APF photos, and WFSF Congress descriptions, see:

On September 9th, APF released it's 2019 Awards for the "Most Significant Futures Works." The first awards were made in 2008. Over the past decade, APF's MSFW awards have brought public's attention to outstanding futures books, papers, and artist works, such as "The Art of the Long View," "The Black Swan," or "Teaching about the Future." This year's panel of APF judges was Andy Hines, Jennifer Jarratt, Rowena Morrow and Sam Miller. Three publications were recognized this year, including the "Five Dimensions of Futures Consciousness," "Mapping the Future Present," and "Personalized Gastronomy 2050." Award winners receive a two-year membership in APF.

In a desire to see greater representation from the global south, the APF Board is expanding from 9 to 12 members in January 2020. Our Nominations Committee, led by Garry Golden, will contact members directly in October to nominate candidates who meet this year's parameters for the new board cohort. If you are a full APF member and live in Asia, Africa or Latin America, please consider entering the nomination process. Look for a notice in October.

Four months ago APF launched its' new online platform to build a full-featured back-end member-only community behind our front-end public website, to capture member profiles, and provide private Forums and special interest groups by topic or region. Members can now update their their own profile with professional "files & links" to share with other members. Download APF's "10 Steps to Set Up your APF Profile" for instructions on how to get started in posting to our daily Feed, in subscribing to our member-wide Forum, and messaging other members through connections. 

APF’s new mobile app makes it easy to connect and engage with professionals in your network, especially when you are on the go. Using your mobile device, you can quickly access relevant content and information right at your fingertips. Use “SocialLink” to
- Connect with members
- Receive instant updates with in-app alerts & push notifications
- Register for events
- Update your profile
To install APF's "Social Link" app, see

Do you know of an emerging futurist who is beginning their career and would like to sharpen their research and writing skills? Stephen Aguilar Milan is accepting applications for APF Emerging Fellows Program over the next three weeks. The theme for the 2020 program will be 'Our Geo-Political Future to 2050'. Fellows form a cohort and blog regularly on critical issues defining the future. 

Our next APF "Connect" for new members is Wed. October 9th, at 4:00 pm, New York time (20:00 UTC/GMT). If you joined APF recently, you are welcome to attend this virtual gathering hosted by APF Board members. APF board members will host a "Meetup" for introductions and discussion on working as a foresight professional and for networking as emerging futurists.

So from Mexico to Bangkok, from Helsinki to Capetown, APF is respected for its professionalism and leadership. 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