In addition to the 49 total tertiary courses majoring in futures and foresight, we also found 7 programs that are not expressly futures or foresight but are related in some manner. In the academic world, the focus is obviously on teaching foresight to long-term students. Post-graduate diplomas are less common than masters degrees, but even they outnumber the undergraduate courses.
The list is split up by the scope of each association. We have categorized five associations as global in scope and ten associations that are more targeted on a specific region or nation. Another four associations are even more focused on particular sectors.
Besides making the work of a futurist more efficient, these services are helping to make futures thinking more accessible to a broader public.
In 2014 Sweden made headlines as the first nation to appoint a Minister for the Future, Kristina Persson. Unfortunately, her role only lasted for a year and a half. Sweden’s experience with long-term planning at such a high level is common. Many governments spend a few months to a year thinking about the long-term future before taking a break.
The following is a member post written by Dennis Draeger and originally posted on the disaster preparedness website, Prepare with Foresight. It is a trend alert that playfully looks at how some emerging technologies might be used during disasters. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily of the APF or its… via … Continue reading Member Post for Association of Professional Futurists