Blogs

New Organizations Emerge to Provide Policy and Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation

March 3, 2015 - The 21st century is creating a whole new area of expertise and a business opportunity for organizations both private and public focused on mitigating and combating climate change.  Here is a brief overview of a few of these. If you know of others please let me know and I will endeavour to write about the work they are doing in this most important field.

Indonesia - The World's 6th Largest GHG Emitter Faces Coal Energy Challenge

March 1, 2015 - In 2012 Indonesia's contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) global emissions amounted to 4.5%. That placed them sixth, well behind the United States, China and Germany.

Mars One May Have 100 Volunteers But....

February 27, 2015 - A few days away in Jamaica this week and I am feeling the vibe of that island even while sitting down to write about a journey far longer than a hop across the Caribbean from Florida to Montego Bay.

Artificial Intelligence As Alien Intelligence

Science fiction is a genre of literature in which artifacts and techniques humans devise as exemplary expressions of our intelligence result in problems that perplex our intelligence or even bring it into existential crisis.

The Next Dietitian You Consult With May Be An Entomologist

February 21, 2015 - By 2050 with more than 9 billion human mouths to feed let alone countless cattle, pigs, chickens and other meat, it is not surprising that food scientists are turning to the most prolific animals on Earth as a good source for protein. We are not talking about two and four-legged creatures, but those with six - insects.

New Maps Show Progress of Ocean Acidification

February 20, 2015 - Since the Industrial Revolution began two centuries ago our oceans have absorbed a quarter of the excess carbon dioxide (CO2) humanity has been adding to the atmosphere.

The Futurist

In the November-December 2014 (Vol. 48, No. 6) Issue:

  • Trends at Work: An Overview of Tomorrow’s Employment Ecosystem
  • The Future of Futurists: Can a Machine Produce This Forecast?
  • Library Futures: From Knowledge Keepers to Creators
  • OUTLOOK 2015: Top Trends and Forecasts for the Decade Ahead
  • When Futurists Ask “What If”
  • Futurists and Their Ideas: Why Pop Futurism Fails

Futurist Update

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  • Scots on the Move? Anticipating Unexpected Impacts of Scottish Independence
  • Preparing to Discover Future "Life"
  • Future Workplace Skill: Letting Things Go
  • Are We Reaching "Peak Meat"?
  • WFS CEO Amy Zalman Interviewed by CNBC, on the Next 25 Years
  • Exploding Bacon Robotics: A WorldFuture 2014 Highlight
  • What's Hot in The Futurist magazine

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Interviews

Predictive—and Persuasive—Technology: an interview with Chris Surdak, author of Data Crush

Mobile and Web technologies are making more and more data about us consumers and our lifestyle habits available to businesses. And in growing degrees, businesses are finding ways to use the data to both predict and influence their customers’ buying decisions.

Ensuring More Food for All: An Interview with Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank

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As the world population grows, and as its resource bases shrink, producing enough food to feed the world becomes a steeper and steeper challenge. But the world’s small farms are up to the task, argues Danielle Nierenberg, president of the “food think tank” Food Tank.

The Future of Sharing

Living comfortably has always, to some extent, relied on owning many goods. But this is becoming less and less the case. A new worldwide “sharing economy," composed of startup ventures whose products consumers rent or share instead of own, is blossoming across the globe.

Reviews of New Books

Future-Ready Universities

Wired for Success: Real-World Solutions for Transforming Higher Education

Authors: Susan C. Aldridge and Kathleen Harvatt
Publisher: American Association for State Colleges and Universities (www.aascu.org). 2014. 191 pages. Paperback.
Price: $20.99 plus shipping

Higher education is in a tenuous position as enrollments and graduation rates drop, public funding shrinks, marketing and overhead costs soar, and rising numbers of graduates suffer unemployment, underemployment, and student-loan defaults.

Authors Susan Aldridge, former president of several universities, and Kathleen Harvatt, a communications professional who has worked for the University of Maryland University College and Sallie Mae, assess the challenges and draw this conclusion: Colleges and universities can survive, but only if they significantly adapt their operations and instruction.

Vocabulary Building for Foresight Professionals

FUTURES: World Foresight Encyclopedic Dictionary

Editors: Concepción Olavarrieta, Jerome C. Glenn, and Theodore J. Gordon.
Publisher: The Millennium Project. 2014. English and Spanish versions available.
PDF via download ($50) or CD-ROM ($50 plus shipping) from millennium-project.org/millennium/FUTURES.html.

A vital new tool has been added to the foresight profession’s toolkit in this “encyclopedic dictionary” comprising more than 1,000 terms, including not just definitions but also usage, derivation, source citations, and English/Spanish translations.

Guided Tour of the World’s Most Sustainable Places

Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community
Image of Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community
Author(s): Karen T. Litfin
Publisher: Polity (2013)
Binding: Paperback, 224 pages
List Price: $24.95

Our world needs creative solutions to rein in resource consumption, climate change, and ecological destruction, says Karen Litfin, an associate professor of political science who specializes in environmental policy. She finds many promising solutions in “ecovillages,” communities that have systematically transformed daily living to balance human wants and the biosphere’s limits.

Litfin profiles 14 ecovillages that she visited over the past several years.

Democratizing Capital

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Image of Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Author(s): Thomas Piketty
Publisher: Belknap Press (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 696 pages
List Price: $39.95

The future will become even more unevenly distributed.

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