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APF Chair's Update: June 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020  
Posted by: APF Chair
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"APF Offers COVID-19 Member Renewal Giveback"

From the outset of the Coronavirus outbreak, APF's members have swung into gear to offer virtual foresight workshops, post-pandemic scenarios, and guidance to decision-makers. Now as we move into our mid-year renewal season, APF's board is offering a 30% membership renewal discount to any member who feels they have been adversely affected by the pandemic. We value your contribution to our community, and want you to stay active as a member as we "work the future" together. - Jay Gary

APF values your continued membership. We understand that COVID-19 may have impacted you financially. Traditionally, most APF members' renewal date is July 1st, which means you will receive a notification email two weeks before. This will also be indicated by a "yellow renewal ribbon" in the APF Member Platform. If you have previously enrolled in automatic renewal, your invoice is automatically created and will be charged on your due date. If you wish to apply the 30% COVID-19 discount to your 2020 membership dues, please complete the special renewal Contact Form now, before your membership is set to renew. In turn, your account will receive a manual membership renewal invoice at the 30% discount rate. The same procedure applies to those enrolled manually. The COVID-19 giveback, once requested and applied, will only appear on your 2020 transaction, and the 60-days grace period following the renewal date. Next year's automatic renewal invoice will be for the stated membership amount. Use the link below to request a giveback invoice--or to specify an over-and-above giveback gift to members in need (via the comments area).

On June 5th, APF will continue its First-Friday All-Members MeetUp to look at pressing issues related to foresight practice. On June 5th, at 12:00 noon and 5 pm London time, our MeetUp will focus on "Post-Pandemic Technologies," as we ask how COVID-19 might accelerate artificial intelligence in manufacturing and supply chains. APF Futurist and AI expert, Richard Yonck will draw from his latest book, Future Minds, to explore post-pandemic acceleration of chat bots, brain-computer interfaces and super-intelligences down the road. Roger Spitz of Techistential will offer a window into foresight work with AI firms. This is a members-only event on Zoom. Register now for free as a member benefit:  

During the month of July all APF members will receive a member benefit ($24.99)--the newly published 2020 "Knowledge Base of Futures Studies (KBFS)" as an e-book. Since 1994, the "KBFS" on CD-Rom has enabled thousands of practitioners to master the foundations, methods, practices, and synergies of our field. Now APF's Richard Slaughter and Andy Hines, two distinguished foresight educators from Oceania and America, have created a brand new volume for mid-career professionals, policymakers, managers and college students. It is a truism that experience is the best teacher. But in an age of change, however, we cannot experience everything we need to become future-ready. We must turn to trusted friends and networks to help us navigate the future. So APF members can realize the axiom, "I store my knowledge in my friends" as members collect knowledge through collecting people via the "Knowledge Base of Futures Studies" for the new decade.

On May 1st, at APF last First Friday All-Members MeetUp, we heard from one of our own professional members, Dr. Bryan Alexander, on "how COVID-19 might scramble trends that are already disrupting higher education for 2030 and beyond." Drawing from his two decades of writing and speaking on the future of higher education, Alexander, spoke from his latest book, Academia Next, to lay out 7 post-pandemic scenarios for universities. Fifty APF members held breakout discussions on how this global pandemic might amplify downward trends and generate new university scenarios for 2030 and beyond. Listen to this 39-minute archive:

Let APF help you find your next job opportunity through our Career Center.  Our center matches up professional futurists with marketplace opportunities, whether part-time as sub-contractors or full-time employment. New openings this week include: Head of Global Insights, UCB Pharmaceuticals, Brussels or Atlanta, GA, and Strategy Director. TBWA World Health, New York.  If you hear of job opportunities for futurists, short gigs, speaking opportunities, or full-time positions, please post them to our Career Center. You can also post a Resume/CV at the APF Career Center and subscribe to updates:

Last year 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 connection:

Our next APF CONNECT for new members is Wednesday, July 8th, 1 pm New York time. If you joined APF recently, you are welcome to attend this virtual meeting hosted by APF Board members. Register now:

Across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, APF is known for its professionalism and leadership. You are a member of the leading credentialing network for foresight professionals. Be proud that you are part of a global community that "Works the Future" – for everyone, everywhere, even for a world in crisis.

Jay Gary, PhD, APF, Board Chair