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Grumpy, Happy Collaboration: The Drug of Futurists

On Wednesday, August 3, at 10:28am I got a "mention" ping from Tweetdeck. This is the message I received:

@askpang @futuryst @dunagan23 @thezhanly Gentlemen? "The Singularity is Boring" an Open Collaborative "Mock"-Up http://bit.ly/qaCm1u

Neurocentric Health: Moving into the Mainstream

In our recent research, the Health Horizons program has been tracking the continuing maturity of what we call neurocentric health--the idea that the brain is becoming the focal point of a wide range of medical research and a whole host of new diagnostic and treatment tools. Taking a 10-year view, these big shifts in medical paradigms help guide long-term thinking and planning, including, for example, a shift in how we think about the concept of normality. 

 

Our Plastic Century

I’ve been swimming in some murky waters lately (and that doesn’t include the Gulf of Mexico). While conducting research on plastic pollution over the past year, I’ve been inundated with images and information about the impact of plastic on our oceans, our environment, and our health. Many of these images have literally made me sick. Those emotional responses have been driving my artistic and intellectual engagement with the topic.

 

People still want to dream: Stephen Duncombe Interview, part 3

Our third and final installment of the Stepen Duncombe interview begins with the way those on the Left and Right (with all caveats about generalizations acknowledged) think about and use power and persuasion.

"The Lightest of Touches": Interview with Stephen Duncombe, part 2

Since our first installment of interview highlights with Stephen Duncombe, there's been a big announcement concerning our interviewee. It seems that Steve will be leaving NYU to take become co-director of the the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT (the chair formerly held by Henry Jenkins). Congrats to Steve on this very prestigious post, and congrats to MIT for having the courage and foresight to grab one of the freshest thinkers (and doers!) out there.

A Methodological Interlude: Alternative Futures and Deductive Forecasting

The "Manoa School of Futures Studies," led by Jim Dator at the University of Hawaii, has been training students (including me) in the theories and methods of futures studies for almost 40 years.

The Non-Sponsored Moment: An Interview with Stephen Duncombe

As part of our Future of Persuasion research, we are conducting interviews with scholars, activists, technologists, and other experts who have been thinking deeply about influencing human behavior. This week, I had the privilege of talking with NYU media, culture and politics professor Stephen Dreampolitik Duncombe.

The Flintstones and the Epistemological Rapture

A recent survey by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune showed that 30% of Texans believed that humans and dinosaurs lived together at the same time--and not over 60 million years apart as all our current science indicates.

Power should never be lonely

Pumping up the Brain: Reflections on the SharpBrains Virtual Summit

On January 18-20, 2010 Alvaro Fernandez and his team at SharpBrains put together a splendid line-up of speakers on a wide range of topics related to emerging brain fitness research, technologies, and markets, and clinical cognitive and mental health issues. IFTF was proud to be a sponsor of this event.

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