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Creating new paths for futures discovery

Our faculty is regularly involved in speaking, workshopping, and consulting in addition to teaching. Some of our publicly available work is below.


The Foresight program explored  the future of Student Needs 2025 and Beyond for Lumina Foundation, a leading higher education foundation with a goal of raising higher educational attainment levels from 40% today to 60% in 2025. We werere tasked with providing Lumina a view of how student needs are evolving over the next dozen or so years. Put simply, could changes in student needs alter the equation of what higher education will need to providing by 2025 and beyond?
To do this, we assembled a team of two dozen faculty, alums, and students organized around six teams exploring evolving student needs related to living, learning, working, playing, connecting, and participating. We used Houston’s Framework Foresight process to produce forecasts of student needs and identify the implications and issues they suggest for higher education.

Check out the final report and a series of blog posts reporting on project findings.


Bishop & Hines, Teaching about the Future, which was awarded first prize in the “methodology and practice” category in this year’s Association of Professional Futurists “Most Significant Futures Works” competition.

Hines & Bishop, Thinking about the Future, Guidelines for Strategic Foresight

Hines, ConsumerShift: How Changing Values Are Reshaping the Consumer Landscape

Hines, 2025: Scenarios of U.S. and Global Society Reshaped by Science and Technology


Bishop, Hines & Collins compiled an annotated bibliography of foresight works.

Bishop, "Thinking Like a Futurist"

Bishop, "Teaching Systems Thinking"

Bishop, Hines & Collins, "The Current State of Scenario Development"

Bishop, "A Case for the Future in the Gifted and Talented Classroom"

Grim, "Foresight Maturity Model(FMM): Achieving Best Practices in the Foresight Field"

Hines, "How Accurate Are Your Forecasts?"

Hines, "An Audit for Organizational Futurists"

Oliver Markley, "Research and Action toward the Upside of Down"

Videos & Web

A Futurist Journey, Dr. Hines's Ted Talk on his career as a futurist.

Interview With Dr Peter Bishop - A Futures Studies Workshop - A explanation on why we look to the future.

Mapping Our Future - Dr. Bishop speaks at a futures strategy conference in New Zealand.

Is Houston Ready for the Future? - Hines speaking with Houston PBS' Ernie Manouse on future of Houston, Texas.

Foresight Maturity Model - Terry Grim developed this tool for assessing an organization's foresight capabilities (with some help from Hines & Bishop).