|News from the Future curated by Institute for the FutureSept 3, 2020 – Issue #46|
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Can IoT counteract racist medical textbooks?
Surprising no one, it turns out medical textbooks are skewed to diagnose White people. But what if the IoT could diagnose patients and track their symptoms?
Cuddling in the time of COVID
Robotic pets are helping socially isolated seniors during the pandemic. Will an animated companion help Grandma tweak her reality?
Veggie gardens are…growing
For the first time since WWII, victory gardens are on the rise. Maybe it’s coronavirus. Maybe it’s the coming election. Maybe it’s hyper-urbanization.
Happy meals for the planet
Ah, Labor Day picnics. The typical hamburger’s carbon footprint is super-sized, though; better patronize a Swedish carbon-negative burger franchise.
NFL to host fan “pods” for 2020
With autumn is around the corner, in the U.S. that means NFL games. Which means clustered seating. Welcome to the future of entertainment!
Future Factors is IFTF’s proprietary, easy-to-use platform for sharing and synthesizing signals from today that are likely to affect the transformation of tomorrow.IFTF Ten-Year Forecast 2020 is
IFTF’s annual Ten-Year Forecast Summit happens this year from September 14 to 25, with special appearances and the latest future forecasts. Our first-ever 100% virtual event promises to be an immersive, transportive experience with a wide range of experts:IFTF’s Executive Director Marina Gorbis will be sharing scenarios from IFTF’s After the Pandemic: What Happens Next? to identify the leverage points for transformation in the coming decade and beyond.Bina Venkataraman, author of The Optimist’s Telescope and Editorial Page Editor for The Boston Globe.Yancey Strickler, Co-founder of Kickstarter and author of This Could Be Our Future.Daily experiences designed by IFTF Game Research & Development Director Jane McGonigal, author of SUPERBETTER and Reality is Broken.Executive sessions with IFTF Distinguished Fellow Bob Johansen on spring boarding from a crisis, executive development, and full-spectrum thinking for racial justice.If you’re not yet an IFTF Vantage partner but interested in attending TYF2020, please contact John Clamme.How Will Power Spread in the Coming Decade? Map of the Decade 2019
Power Shifts: A Decade of Extreme Consequences and Transformational Possibilities is available for you!In 2019, the IFTF Vantage research agenda focused on power and its ability to shape consequences. Traditionally, power flows from the top down. But in the tightly coupled and complex landscape of the current era, it flows in all directions—across industries and continents and affecting stakeholders of every scale. How is power affecting your work and space in the world?
Download the full Map, Guide, and Toolkit. >>
Purchase a full-sized hard copy of the set here. >> Design the World You Want to See—
with Foresight IFTF DESIGN FUTURESOct 13–15, 2020 | Live-Online >> 2020 is reminding us just how quickly and unpredictably the world can change. How prepared are you to anticipate the challenges ahead? Design Futures incorporates design principles, media, immersive experiences, and provocative insights to help your audience better understand what the future could be.Join with IFTF’s team of award-winning design futurists for an eye-opening online session. You’ll learn to imagine and prototype informed alternatives to the future and design new offerings and policies for the next decade._________________________________
IFTF FORESIGHT ESSENTIALSDec 1–15, 2020 | 2 weeks, in PST | Live-Online >>IFTF’s flagship training equips you with the basics. Learn to filter information to determine its usefulness; transform urgent foresight into actionable insights; disrupt short-termism; and develop and test your own experiments in future-making.Looking for something to anticipate in 2021? Check out our online training dates for this coming spring!Feb 9–23, 2021 | 2 weeks, in EST | Live-Online>>How to Future:
A Practical, Tactical Guide to ForesightIFTF FORESIGHT TALKS
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
9:00 a.m. PT / Noon ETInstitute for the Future will host renowned futurists and teachers Madeline Ashby and Scott Smith, who will discuss their new book How to Future: Leading and Sensemaking in an Age of Hyperchange and share valuable lessons from their extensive careers as futures practitioners. Scott and Madeline will offer a taste of what’s in the book, share reflections on how futuring feels different in a post-COVID world, and address your questions. Join them!
Register for this IFTF Foresight Talk now. >>What Dangers Lie Ahead for Democracy? IFTF’s Digital Intelligence Lab, Graphika, and International Republican Institute recently issued a joint report revealing the tactics and strategy behind an information operation directed at Taiwanese democratic processes.
The report, Detecting Digital Fingerprints: Tracing Chinese Disinformation in Taiwan, uncovered a series of campaigns by CCP-linked and domestic actors targeting Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election, as well as its response to COVID-19, with narratives crafted to advance Beijing’s strategic interests. How do these actions point to strategies we may see employed in the U.S. this November?
Read the full report here. >>How Will New Forms of Family Affect Your Organization?
The current moment of social, political, and economic upheaval has made certain future scenarios increasingly plausible. That’s why Families in Flux: Imagining the Next Generation of the American Family is more relevant than ever. The moment is ripe with possibility for transforming and reinventing a better future for families by anticipating which forms of family might be accepted, stigmatized, vulnerable to oppression, or privileged. This report helps anticipate the needs that new forms of family may have—and how best to distribute resources to meet them.
Read the full report here. >>Leadership for a Changing World
Full-Spectrum Thinking During Times of Crisis
Thursday, Sept 17, 2020
With a world in crisis, now is the time for a new type of leadership. Only people and organizations that are resilient will be able to adapt to the coming changes. Berrett-Koehler Publishers created this 8-day summit, as a free online event, to bring together 20+ of the world’s top leadership innovators—including IFTF Distinguished Fellow, Bob Johnasen—to share how to build better teams and organizations.
Register for “Leadership for a Changing World Summit” here. >>IFTF in the News
“Returning To Normal… Or Maybe Not: The Need For Full-Spectrum Thinking.” IFTF Distinguished Fellow Bob Johansen writes an op-ed. (8/25/2020)Training Industry Magazine.
“A.I. helps businesses recover from the lockdown – And can Nissan take on Tesla?” IFTF Food Futures Lab’s Max Elder is quoted by Philip Andrew Churm. (8/3/2020) Euro News.
“Please Use Full-Spectrum Words” Bob Johansen pens an op-ed. (8/5/2020)The New Rationalist.
“Author Bob Johansen: ‘I would love to fuel a movement toward full-spectrum thinking, to help people seek clarity by thinking beyond the boxes and categories'” Johansen is interviewed by Ben Ari. (8/7/2020) ThriveGlobal.
It’s Monday, August 24, and the Pebble Mine project could be delayed indefinitely.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue a letter today giving the developers of the Pebble Mine, a proposed gold, copper, and silver ore mine in Alaska, 90 days to submit a new plan to mitigate the project’s impacts on wetlands and streams. The new conditions could delay final approvals for the controversial mine until after November’s presidential election.
The planned site for the proposed mine is near streams that foster spawning salmon, which in turn support the world’s largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery, Alaska Natives who depend on subsistence fishing, and a large sport-fishing industry. The Obama administration vetoed the project after determining that it would impact salmon harvests. Under the Trump administration, the Army Corps reversed that finding but did determine that the proposed mine would impact wetlands and streams.
The chief executive of the company behind the mine said the firm plans to move forward with the mitigation plan. But with mounting opposition — which strangely has united Donald Trump Jr. and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the future for the Pebble Mine is growing dim.
— Emily Pontecorvo
Tropical Storm Laura killed at least 13 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic over the weekend and caused Puerto Rico to declare a state of emergency. Laura is expected to soon intensify into a hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. byThursday.
Two crew members died on Friday after a dredging vessel struck a submerged pipeline, causing an explosion and fire in Corpus Christi, Texas. Two other crew members are still missing, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported that the vessel hit a propane pipeline, while the Port of Corpus Christi claimed it had struck a natural gas pipeline.
A recent study found that babies born to mothers who had breathed in smoke from a 2104 coal mine fire in the Australian state of Victoria were more likely to have respiratory infections in early childhood. The researchers warned that as climate change increases the risk of wildfires, more pregnant people will be exposed to pollutants that will impactt their future children’s respiratory health.
— Angely Mercado
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