I was very pleased to review my futurist friend and colleague Richard Slaughter’s latest work “The Biggest Wake Up call in History” for the journal foresight. Richard has a track record of pushing the envelope in futures studies/foresight in terms of employing new perspectives, tool, and ideas. He does just that in this new book, in which he applies Integral Futures thinking to the challenge of what he terms the impending civilizational challenge. Thus the need for a wake up call. He provides a solidly supported argument for how present trends continued point toward potential disaster, in particular the over-use of resources and other environmental issues portend the spoiling of the planet’s ecosystem. Put simply, we’re fouling our nest, and not aware of how serious the issue is. If you haven’t been paying attention, this will make you! If you have, you’ll appreciate the elegant construction of the case. The book is not quite out yet, but I recommend you keep your eyes open. Andy Hines
Hitting the Snooze Button on the future’s “Biggest Wake Up Call”
Dr. Andy Hines is Program Coordinator at the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Foresight, bringing together the experience he earned as an organizational, consulting, and academic futurist. He is also speaking, workshopping, and consulting through his firm Hinesight.
Before that, he was Managing Director of Social Technologies/Innovaro, and served as an Adjunct Professor with the university since 2004. Hines enjoyed earlier careers as a consulting and organizational futurist. He was a partner with Coates & Jarratt, Inc., a think tank and consulting firm that specialized in the study of the future. He was also Futurist & Senior Ideation Leader at Dow Chemical with a mission of using futures tools and knowledge to turn ideas into new business opportunities. Before that, Hines established and ran the Global Trends Program for the Kellogg Company.
Hines is motivated by a professional hunger to make foresight practical and useful, and he believes that foresight can help deliver the insight that is so needed in today’s organizations and the world. His goal, he says, is to infect as many change agents as possible with this message. Thus, he has honed a skill set designed to make foresight more actionable in organizations.
In this pursuit, he has authored five books: Teaching about the Future: The Basics of Foresight Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); ConsumerShift: How Changing Values Are Reshaping the Consumer Landscape (No Limits Publishing, 2011); Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (Social Technologies, 2007); 2025: Science and Technology Reshapes US and Global Society (Oak Hill, 1997); and Managing Your Future as an Association (ASAE, 1994) and has another in the hands of publishers: Teaching about the Future: The Basics of Foresight Education. He has also authored dozens of articles, speeches, and workshops, including the 2003 Emerald Literati Awards’ Outstanding Paper accolade for best article published in Foresight for “An Audit for Organizational Futurists” and the 2008 award for “Scenarios: The State of the Art.” He has appeared on several radio and television programs, PBS Houston, KRIV-26 News, and the CBS “Early Show.” He also co-founded and is former Chair of the Association of Professional Futurists.