History of WFSF Tuesday, 11 March 2008 10:11 WFSF The World Futures Studies Federation emerged from the ideas and pioneering work of such persons as Igor Bestuzhev-Lada (Russia), Bertrand de Jouvenel (France, 1903-1987), Johan Galtung (Norway), Robert Jungk (Austria 1913-1994), John McHale (UK/USA, 1922-1978) and others who in the 1960s conceived of the concept of futures studies at the global level. This resulted in the organization of the first International Futures Research Conference in Oslo, Norway, in September 1967, for which Mankind 2000 was responsible in cooperation with the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, and the Institut für Zukunftsfragen. A Continuing Committee was created, with headquarters in Paris. The principal work of this Committee was the convening of the International Futures Research Conference in Kyoto, Japan, in April 1970, in cooperation with the Japanese Association for Future Studies, under the leadership of Hayashi Yujiro and Hidetoshi Kato.
Using FORESIGHT to grow your business. Balancing between the TELESCOPE and the MICROSCOPE ! What is “ foresight ” in business decision making? In simple words : trying to understand what the future will look like, and making a decision to be part of it! There is great power in seeing opportunities ahead and start building for them today. And that is difficult. Business is getting increasingly dominated by metrics, measurements, data-driven decision making. MACRO versus MICRO Foresight is obviously only one part of the equation. If you can balance the telescope and the microscope you will be in the league of winners… Those who only look at the current state of events and forget the use of the telescope might not see the world around them change -that’s dangerous! Those who are only looking into the future will never strike relevance with consumers today. Question is: are you investing in your telescope ? I think most businesses look at “today” -and in pressuring economic times, even more. 1. review your business setup 2. 3. 4- Go after the right data 5- Closing the loop
BBC’s Volatile History of Chemistry by Maria Popova How the elements came to be, or what alchemy and urine have to do with the God particle. Chemistry is the science of matter, of everything we touch and, existential philosophy aside, of everything we are. And even though we brush up against it with every molecule of our bodies in every instant of our lives, most of us haven’t dedicated formal thought to it since high school. Now, thanks to the fine folks at BBC Four — who previously pondered such captivating issues as the nature of reality, the age-old tension between science and religion, how music works, and what time really is — you can refresh and enrich your understanding of this complex world with Chemistry: A Volatile History, a fascinating three-part series by theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili, exploring everything from the history of the elements to the rivalries and controversies that bedeviled scientific progress to the latest bleeding-edge attempts to split matter. via MetaFilter Share on Tumblr
Jonah Lehrer on How to Be Creative Loyd Jowers The United States Department of Justice published the results of its investigation into Jowers' allegations and concluded that they were not substantiated nor credible and that they found significant evidence to refute them. According to the DOJ report, Jowers contradicted himself on virtually every key point about the alleged conspiracy: In these statements, Jowers has repeatedly changed key aspects of his new story, disavowed his confession, and even retreated to his long-standing account of the previous 25 years. For example, he not only identified two different people as the assassin, but also most recently claimed that he saw the assassin and did not recognize him. Jowers also abandoned his initial allegation that he received $100,000 with which he hired a hit man to kill Dr. King, claiming instead that he merely held the money for the conspirators. In 1998, the King family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jowers and "other unknown co-conspirators" for the murder of King.
Same As It Ever Was We have been in the same global mega-crisis for 50 years now. Two proposals were presented to the Club of Rome in 1969. The board selected the System Dynamics modeling project supported by Jay Forrester’s World Model, with the results published by Meadows, Meadows and Randers in 1972 as The Limits to Growth. The Club of Rome convened March 1 at Smithsonian’s sponsorship for a global symposium and revisited the Limits to Growth. When the Club of Rome selected the systemic modeling approach, it perhaps unknowingly placed a strong bet on a technological view of ecological and social systems. Peccei and the original Club of Rome had rejected their first proposal to save the world, in the form of a Prospectus: The Predicament of Mankind, prepared by Hasan Özbekhan, Erich Jantsch and Alexander Christakis. The classic influence map shown here is a representation of the diagnostic form of the global problematique.
Foresight and Futures Studies Graduate Programs - Global List The following graduate programs offer education in foresight (also known as strategic foresight, futures studies, prospective studies, prognostics, futurology, futuring, and futuristics) and related disciplines. As a foresight professional (or in lay terms, a futurist), any of these credentials may help develop your career. Note: This page and others on the global foresight community are now available at our wiki, GlobalForesight.org Are you a student, employer, or advocate of folks at these programs? Overview Professional foresight is a transdisciplinary educational program that seeks to improve one's ability to anticipate, create, and manage change in a variety of domains (scientific, technological, environmental, economic, political, and societal), on a variety of scales (personal, organizational, societal, global, and universal), and using a variety of specialties (theories and methods of foresight, see below). Not all of the programs below presently meet our proposed standards.
Thomas Kuhn: the man who changed the way the world looked at science | Science Fifty years ago this month, one of the most influential books of the 20th century was published by the University of Chicago Press. Many if not most lay people have probably never heard of its author, Thomas Kuhn, or of his book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, but their thinking has almost certainly been influenced by his ideas. The litmus test is whether you've ever heard or used the term "paradigm shift", which is probably the most used – and abused – term in contemporary discussions of organisational change and intellectual progress. A Google search for it returns more than 10 million hits, for example. The real measure of Kuhn's importance, however, lies not in the infectiousness of one of his concepts but in the fact that he singlehandedly changed the way we think about mankind's most organised attempt to understand the world. Kuhn's version of how science develops differed dramatically from the Whig version.
A Wandering Mind Is an Intelligent Mind What's the Latest Development? Resent research suggests that mind wandering is associated with good working memory, itself a measure of intelligence, reading comprehension and IQ score. The new study, published in Psychological Science, asked individuals to perform routine tasks and monitored how often their minds wandered. What's the Big Idea? Despite humans' proclivity for self-conscious and intentional behavior, scientists estimate that our minds wander about half the time, demonstrating the complex behavior and purpose of our brain. Photo credit: shutterstock.com Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The King family and others believe that the assassination was carried out by a conspiracy involving the US government, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993, and that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat. In a 1999 civil trial that did not name the US government as a defendant and sought $100 from Loyd Jowers[vague], with both the family and Jowers cooperating together and the only presenting parties, the jury ruled that Loyd Jowers and others, including unspecified governmental agencies, were all part of the conspiracy to kill King. Background King on death King received death threats constantly due to his prominence in the civil rights movement. Memphis King travelled to Memphis, Tennessee, in support of striking African American sanitation workers. On April 3, King returned to Memphis to address a gathering at the Mason Temple (World Headquarters of the Church of God in Christ). And then I got to Memphis. Assassination The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Responses Within the movement Robert F. Riots
How Not to Be a Clever Writer I think you're somewhat misunderstanding what I'm saying here. I'm not saying "No risk or experimentation." I'm saying those things are tools — use them to tell the story you want to tell, don't just use them because you want to use them. My interpretation of the article is that it's a sort of 'How not to be JJ Abrams'. As much as I love the majority of what I've seen of his stuff, he does seem to try too hard to be clever a LOT of the time. I love the complex plotting of Lost, but it gets convoluted and drops a lot of interesting ideas at times, and the bracelet thing at the end of Super 8 was cringeworthingly heavy-handed. Sometimes with this kind of cleverness, it's best to accept you don't know how to make it work in this scenario. And I think you're misunderstanding me a little. :) No, you're not saying it, but your piece does suggest particular directions over others.