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Quarterly News, November 1, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
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As a friend and contact of APF, I am pleased to send you our second "We Work the Future" quarterly newsletter. This Fall the Association of Professional Futurists has benefited from its relaunched website: 
Futures Festival 2019: This month, 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.

Emerging Fellows 2020: Do you know of an emerging futurist beginning their career who 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.

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

Who will own the future of transportation?
Autonomous-vehicle ubiquity may be decades away, but automakers, startups and tech companies are already clambering to be king of the 'future of transportation' hill. Read more

The AI-enabled future
While we might be able to easily see how AI technology will be implemented in the short term, what does the future hold for widespread adoption of AI? Read more

AI could personalize training for displaced workers
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Xiaoli Zhang is the lead researcher on a $1 million National Science Foundation project to create an AI-enabled tool for retraining workers in the metals industries. Read more

Does the future of robots get you excited, or fill you with dread?
Robots are already playing important roles inside retail giants like Amazon and manufacturing companies like Foxconn by completing very specific, repetitive tasks. But many believe that machine learning will ultimately allow robots to master a much wider array of more complex functions. Read more

Four trends shaping the future of downtown San Jose
San Jose has long been known as the bedroom community for Silicon Valley. But four new trends in downtown development may be about to change that. Read more

With climate change on her mind, this engineer sees a future in nuclear
Katie Mummah is an #ActualLivingScientist and a clean energy advocate. As an engineer and graduate student, she supports largest source of carbon-free electricity. Read more


Future of speculative futures
APF member, Joe Tankersley holds an online brainstorm on how to grow and expand Orlando Speculative Futures in 2020 on Tuesday, 29 October 2019. Details.

Ohio State supports future of teaching and learning
Ohio State University is celebrating 150 years as an institution with a series of summits focusing on the future of higher education. The first one centered on a critical topic: teaching and learning. More.

Futures thinking via Coursera
Learn the skills and mindsets of the world's top futurists at IFTF, so you can forecast what's coming, imagine new possibilities, and recreate your own future. Learn more

Decision making under uncertainty
In this course you will be introduced to state-of-the-art expert judgment methods, particularly the Classical Model (CM) or Cooke's method, which is arguably the most rigorous method for performing Structured Expert Judgment. Learn more


The Future Persona
A new issue of Foresight journal (volume 21, issue 4) is out with a focus on scenario planning and futures thinking. APF member, Alessandro Fergnani, offers a paper on The Future Persona, devoted to how to future fictional personas in scenario planning exercises. Read more.


Why our future relies on the genetic diversity of food
Botanist and educator Esther Meduna explains why the world has experienced a 75 percent decrease in horticultural diversity in the past 150 years. Watch the talk.