One of the more useful frameworks we’ve adopted at the University of Houston’s Futures Studies program was the was the one we developed for our Thinking about the Future (TATF) book. The framework was first discussed at an Association of Professional Futurists‘ Professional Development meeting as a high-level scheme for categorized the main types of activities that comprise strategic foresight. When we were putting together the TATF book, we collected literally hundreds of guidelines for doing strategic foresight from three-dozen professional futurists globally, and we needed a framework to organize them. Thus, the marriage was made, as the guidelines sorted into the framework quite well.
Since then, we’ve been organizing our curriculum around this framework, and use it as one of our introductory principles for how to better think about the future. Enjoy! Andy Hines.