Strengthening the PhD in Futures Research

I have been collecting Ph.D. dissertations on Futures Studies since 2015. They number over 100 now and stretch back 50 years. I am pleased to say that because of a grant from the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies and the World Futures Studies Federation, I am launching a year-long research project with my associates on “Strengthening the PhD in Futures Research.” Listen to more about this research in this 8-minute video. Click to View.

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Join me in ORU’s Doctor of Strategic Leadership

Doctor of Strategic LeadershipAre you looking for a doctoral program that can empower you to lead the way? This fall I am launching a DSL, or Doctor of Strategic Leadership program at Oral Roberts University. If you are a mid-to-senior career professional interested in leadership coaching, change management, or strategic foresight, consider joining our August or January cohort. No matter what sector you serve, media, healthcare, education, technology, business, ministry, or military, this unique 33-month online accredited multi-disciplinary doctoral program will accelerate your career track at a time shaped by opportunity and challenge. I will serve as the program director and lead professor. Ask me for the link to the 17-min video. Check out the web page https://oru.edu/DSL

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Foresight Training: From Design to Evaluation

The futures field has witnessed a rise in foresight training for government and business leaders. How should the public judge the quality of foresight training they receive? This article presents practical steps that foresight firms can take to upgrade their training impact through continuous improvement, based on the Kirkpatrick Training Evaluation Model.

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FuturePod: Hindsight, Foresight and Insight

Recently, I was interviewed by Peter Hayward, host of FuturePod, a new source for practicing futurists, and shared how my work as a practicing futurist came about, and how I became an accidental academic, helping groups using visioning exercises to create the future. Click to Listen.

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What if we ‘Led From The Future’?

Recently I had the privilege of being on the Dr.Nilda Show to share how I was drawn to the future as I started my career and why foresight is essential to leading business and society. I also shared what futurists talk about when they get together and how we work as professionals. Enjoy this 35 minute interview!

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Professional Futurists Appoint New Chair

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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 to 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.

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Toward a Foresight Competency Model

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.

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Foresight Professionals 2030: A Delphi

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.

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Foresight Educator’s Bootcamp

For past couple of years I have taught a master course at the annual World Future Society  entitled “Foresight Educator’s Boot Camp.”

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How to Think Like a Futurist

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

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