Professional Futurists Look Ahead

Professional Futurists Look Ahead

August 4th, 2017 | Posted in Art & Society, Health, Planning Futuring Strategy, Space

This past week I had the privilege of helping to host the Association of Professional Futurists in an annual gathering, as part of the planning committee. The Association was celebrating its 15th Anniversary, and it was an opportunity for these professional futurists to look ahead. The Association of Professional Futurists is a global community of futurists, dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of strategic foresight and futures studies for their clients and/or employers. Founded in Seattle in 2002, the APF has nearly 500 members from 41 countries. APF members can be found working in Fortune 100 companies, in government, at nonprofits and NGOs, in universities and as independent consultants.

Over the two days, in addition to receptions, visits to VR labs, and a hike on Mt. Rainier, the participants explored the future of global and human health in four sessions – the future of global human health, the future of planetary health, our future in space in how it relates to planetary health and the future of humans, and finally a session on integrating science fiction, story and new media into futures work. I’ll be posting some lessons from these sessions in the next several days.

Here, I will simply highlight a story about the APF that appeared in GeeKWire.

And, Alan Boyle wrote about the prospects for mining asteroids and really creating a space manufacturing civilization after the second day of the APF gathering, on space and on science fiction and new media, in GeekWire, here.

Glen Hiemstra

About Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra is the founder of An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for three decades.


  1. Pallav Gogoi   |   Aug 9, 2017

    In Future, we would be needing more Futurists in every organization. A dedicated profile will be created for social scientist and visionaries. Futurism is becoming one of the greatest phenomena especially because of the rise of Internet and global threat of extinction due to over population and climate change. Things are moving really faster than before hence we need futurist to predict the pros and cons of every move that humanity takes.

  2. Alan Haber   |   Aug 6, 2017

    Just listened to you on How Your World Works. You are “spot on” even when you are not.
    Do you have a newsletter that goes out.
    Best wishes,
    Alan Haber
    St Louis, MO

    • Glen Hiemstra   |   Aug 7, 2017

      Thanks for the comment. I do have an (occasional) newsletter. Email me at and I will add you to the mailing list. (This is different than the email sign-up on the home page of, which is for an RSS feed of the blog (an email alerting you to new blog posts.)
      Glen Hiemstra