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APF Chair's Update: August 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jay Gary
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"APF Looks Toward Collaborate 2020"

Now more than ever our word needs foresight, as illustrated in our COVID-19 update page. Due to continued COVID-19 outbreaks, APF will not gather this year in a major city for an annual conference. Instead, we are hosting an "unconference" called "Collaborate 2020," Sept 2-5th, as an open collaborative space for members to connect, share experiences and ask the big questions needed to meet this moment. We will have best practice confabs sessions, plus breakouts by region and function. A special Compass issue will precede this member-only event. Look for further program details in the coming days, and register, in order to "work the future" together with other members. -- Jay Gary


If you haven't renewed your APF Membership, now is the time to act before it lapses. Most APF members' renewal date is July 1st, with a 60-days grace period until your account is suspended. If you have a "yellow renewal ribbon" under your Profile page, then submit your annual membership dues by August 30th to keep your membership. If you need help, contact our desk at:

APF continues to convene its members each month, on the First-Friday at 12:00 noon and 5 pm London time to look at pressing issues related to foresight practice. On August 7th, APF's Stephen Aquilar-Milan will present an "Unfrozen North case study that considered STEEP shifts out to 2040 due to Artic ice melt. As members we will ask, "Can gaming techniques generate informative emergent futures?" This is a members-only event on Zoom. Register now for free as a member benefit:

As of July 1st, all APF members are entitled to download for free their member-provided copy of the newly published, "Knowledge Base of Futures Studies" ($29.95)--as an e-book. APF members have already formed a reading group that meets bi-weekly (join via Groups tab: "Communities: KBFS 2020 Discussion). Since 1993, 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, have created a brand new volume for mid-career professionals, policymakers, managers and college students. Login into your member profile and download your copy at:

Did you know that APF offers a daily feed of member-generated foresight and futures links through the "Feed" section of its back-end member-only website? Everyday, the Feed posts add up to 10 items, containing member news, publications, webcasts and foresight career openings. Use our Mobile App to access the Feed via your smart phone, or bookmark this page to check daily:

Each year, as the APF Board has openings, our Nominating Committee, drawn from our membership, makes a general call to membership for candidates. A board nominee must be nominated by another member. Board members may not nominate candidates. This year we are looking for a slate of three new board members to help us connect better with Latin America, Europe and Asia. The general call to membership will be open from August 20th to September 10th. For more on APF's bylaws and Board of Director terms, see the end of page table at:

Let APF help you find your next career opportunity through our Career Center. If you're looking to make a move, you can find job postings in a range of foresight disciplines that might be exactly what you're seeking. Recent openings include: Innovation Strategist, Principle Foresight Researcher, and Policy Research Officer.

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

Jay Gary, PhD, APF, Board Chair