Our Mission

What FERN wants to achieve

To network students, alumni, faculty, employers and advocates of global foresight graduate programs and certificate programs.

To improve the quality, visibility, and usefulness of foresight curricula and methods.

To help foresight graduates and professionals find great jobs and advance their careers.

Upcoming Events

March 01, 2014, Worldwide

Future Day 2014. Learn more...

July 11-13, 2014, Orlando, FL, USA

World Future 2014. Learn more...

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Future Day – March 01, 2014

Future Day was first publicly discussed at the Humanity+ Leadership: MINDS conference on September 15 2011 — in Second Life, an appropriately futuristic location!

The idea was floated by Humanity+ Vice Chair Ben Goertzel and enthusiastically received by Humanity+ Director Howard Bloom, Humanity+ Chair Natasha Vita-More, and a host of others in attendance.

Since then Adam Ford has been rallying for the cause; developing web presence, networking and encouraging others to take action and make a difference to the future.
The rest is (future) history…

Learn more about Future Day 2014 @ http://futureday.org/

 

International Doctoral Seminar on Strategic Foresight, 11-13 December 2013, Melbourne, Australia

From 11-13 December 2013, Organizational Future Orientation will organize its first doctoral seminar on Strategic Foresight, hosted by the Swinburne University of Technology and organized by the University of Aarhus. This seminar provides a unique environment for advancing PhD or doctoral research projects.

Everyone is welcome to participate with their early project plans or – if already well advanced – can choose to present their full paper. Participants will receive feedback from editors of the journals ‘Futures‘ and ‘Technological Forecasting and Social Change‘ and will have the chance to network internationally with other researchers.

Tutors will include:

For more information, please visit Organizational Future Orientation

 

Dr. Heiko von der Gracht to lead Futures Management at incore

In his function he will extend the international incore network of academia, industry, and associations and develop future-oriented qualification measures. The 34-year old is the founder and former director of the Institute for Futures Studies and Knowledge Management at EBS Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he initiated and successfully led more than 50 foresight studies across multiple industries.

After his studies in industrial engineering at universities in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, von der Gracht specialized in futures research and strategic planning in the mobility sector during his doctorate. Based upon the pioneering work of the futurist Ted J. Gordon, he developed the expert Dr. Heiko von der Gracht to lead Futures Management at incore In his function he will extend the international incore network of academia, industry, and associations and develop future-oriented qualification measures. The 34-year old is the founder and former director of the Institute for Futures Studies and Knowledge Management at EBS Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he initiated and successfully led more than 50 foresight studies across multiple industries. After his studies in industrial engineering at universities in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, von der Gracht specialized in futures research and strategic planning in the mobility sector during his doctorate. Based upon the pioneering work of the futurist Ted J. Gordon, he developed the expert survey software “Real-Time Delphi”. His works have received numerous awards and merits for their innovative approaches and high value for business practice.

incore-director Nicole Gaiziunas: “We are delighted to have Dr. Heiko von der Gracht contribute to our mission, as one of the most distinguished leaders in the field of Futures Research. Industry-specific futures competence can provide a measurable return on performance for organizations. Therefore, this topic will become increasingly important in management education. Furthermore, scientifically profound future scenarios have high relevance for strategy, innovation, and risk management across all industries.”

About the Institute of Corporate Education e.V. (incore) The Institute of Corporate Education e.V. (incore) stands for practice-oriented educational research and the development of innovative methods and concepts for the transfer of knowledge to organizations. With four specialized departments and an internal think tank, incore analyzes long-term trends, conducts research on didactic methods, and develops concepts for optimizing the return on education in further educational programs. In addition, the Institute drafts models for global corporate academies, focused coaching and training programs, solutions for multi-generation management, or customized qualification of managers. incore is supported and sponsored by the global KPMG network. For more information on incore, please refer to www.incore-education.org

 

Oxford Scenarios Programme and FERN Partner to Create Rafael Ramirez Video Interview Series

We’re incredibly excited to announce that the Oxford Scenarios Programme and FERN have partnered to create a series of videos interviewing Rafael Ramirez about scenario planning.

Watch an exclusive interview with Rafael Ramirez, Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and Fellow in Strategy at the Saїd Business School and Green Templeton College, Oxford University.

A world expert on scenario planning and a founder of theories on the aesthetics of business, work and organization, Rafael Ramirez has worked in over 25 countries, spanning many corporations, governmental and inter-governmental organizations, trade union federations, NGO’s and professional associations.

As Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme he leads one of the most highly respected programmes on the subject in the world.

In this series of short films, Rafael answers questions presented by members of the Foresight Education & Research Network in which he talks about his scenario planning work from the beginning of his career; shares insights into industries, regions for which scenarios practice is a given; discusses how companies should embrace scenario planning; reviews his book ‘Business Planning for Turbulent Times’ and shares his thinking on how to improve employment figures around the world; finally he gives us a taste of his next research project and suggests career choices for professionals interested in scenario planning.

FERN will be looking to partner with more academic programs to create these videos to feature them on You Tube and our FERN website. With a great start by Oxford University, we hope to create a digital video library of some of the best minds in foresight topics.

 

2013 Foresight Careers Conference Recap

“My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.” - Jane Austen 

I would have to agree with Jane Austen, and her description of good company is exactly what I found at the recent FERN Conference in Washington D.C. While I could go into lengthy detail about how great our conference talks were on Friday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as on Saturday with our FERN group, I would rather celebrate the friendships that were forged over the course of the weekend.  The quality of the people that descended on D.C. left me in awe of how fortunate I was to have been among such warm and welcoming individuals.  I had incredible conversations with many different big thinkers that were all exceptionally intelligent in their respective fields and through some of them my perspective on certain issues has been forever changed.  Now as I have come home and reflected on the time spent there, and have realized now that there are so many people that are looking towards the future, it gives me hope for a better tomorrow.  Having met and gotten to know the people that make up FERN makes me proud to say that I am a part of them and I can’t wait to see what our organization can accomplish in the coming years.

 

RefactorU Fall 2013 Bootcamp

Hi FERN members, I wasn’t able to attend last weekend’s gathering in D.C., but wanted to let you know that I’m extending a 10% tuition discount to all FERN members for RefactorU’s fall 2013 bootcamp. RefactorU is an immersive, 10-week bootcamp experience for web application development skills, and will be adding data science and other 21st century skills to the list of offerings in 2014. Graduates who accept a job through RefactorU’s placement services will receive a 50% tuition refund.

If you’re interested, learn more at http://refactoru.com/

I also intend to create foresight-related short courses and certificate programs focused on bleeding edge foresight methodologies, with similar incentives for getting jobs related to foresight. If you’re interested those opportunities, please sign-up on the mailing list:http://eepurl.com/wtFRD

 

The New Face of FERN

We are excited to launch the new face of the Foresight Education and Research Network.  Over the last few weeks we have invested quite a bit of time into redesigning this organization’s website and we are excited to see it work as a tool to help increase FERN’s viability into the future.

Our official launch is scheduled to coincide with the FERN Conference that is set for April 11-14th in Washington D.C., and one of our team will be there to introduce it to the world.

As things move on from here, we are looking forward to maintaining this website’s long and productive life, and are excited to be part of FERN’s staff since we are also huge futurism enthusiasts ourselves.  We cannot wait to integrate the rest of the FERN crew to this space and we are excited to aid in familiarizing them with the different functions this site has to offer, but most importantly we are excited to see this website become an integral tool to the growth of this organization.

 

 

Here’s to FERN’s future,

Austin Cleek & Mitchell Taylor

FERN Website Administration