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. www.apf.org
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.