As 2018 began, I was honored to be appointed to a two-year term as Chair of the Association of Professional Futurists. One recurrent theme in my life has been the pull of the future. The future to me was when humanity would turn their swords into plowshares and take the stars. Early on I was captured by the coming of the year 2000 as a milestone for global actions and celebrations. Having trained myself as a practicing futurist to serve alliances and cities, I was invited in 2002 to the founding meeting of the Association of Professional Futurists. Since that time I have learned so much from my peers. I am proud to be a credentialed member of this leading body of foresight professionals See news.
From 2014 to 2016, I was part of a global team of 23 foresight professionals who worked on a “Foresight Competency Model,” that mapped the underlying competencies of futurists. See link to 2017: Hines, A., Gary, J., Daheim, C., & van der Lann, L. (2017, September). Building Foresight Capacity: Toward a Foresight Competency Model. World Futures Review, 9(3), 123-141.
After 2 years, and 3 rounds of peer review, my landmark global Delphi for 2030 has been published. See the URL link to: Gary, J. E., & von der Gracht, H. A. (2015, August). The future of foresight professionals: Results from a global Delphi study. Futures, 71, 132-145.
Recently I was asked to develop a course that anyone could take on how to think like a futurist. What emerged was a 16-week elective, A&S 392: Contemporary Futurist Thought: From H.G. Wells to Ray Kurzweil. Continue reading
Forty years ago, America was gripped by Future Shock, so claimed Alvin Toffler. Are we seeing the eclipse of Future Shock as a younger, more adaptable workforce comes into its own? Continue reading
Abstract: In the fall of 2011 I conducted a Real-time Delphi survey with members of Empowered21, entitled: “Outlook 2020: The future of Spirit-empowered Christianity.”
This paper views Sardar’s postnormal times as embryonic, and extends it using ecosystems theory. To develop Sardar’s concept as a macrohistory, Holling’s adaptive cycle and panarchical systems are proposed as mechanisms of change that create postnormal times.
Psychologists have told us that humans are distinct in their ability to think forward. To what degree is foresight an innate human function of our brain power, or thinking preferences? Continue reading
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