Feb. 2017

Leaving our poor children behind

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By Michael Dokupil The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of 15-year-old school pupils’ scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading. The study is conducted in both member and non-member nations and was first performed in 2000, repeating every three years. Its […]

Jan. 2017

Why Houston really is the City of the Future

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By Peter Bishop How many cities claim to be the “City of the Future”? Countless, I’m sure. In Houston’s case, however, it’s more than just a slogan. There’s a lot of truth behind the tagline. My experience in this matter began over 40 years ago. I first heard about the study of the future over […]

Dec. 2016

Why it’s important to teach the future

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By Peter Bishop and Katie King Let us introduce you to Teach the Future, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing foresight and futures thinking to schools and students around the world. We believe that young people of any age can learn to think critically and creatively about the future and develop the agency to influence […]

Dec. 2016

What can Houston and Texas learn from The Netherlands about smart water management?

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Texans love to think they’re unique but Houston’s land development history—drain the land, channel the bayous, build huge storm-water infrastructure, get flooded, and repeat – parallels Dutch development and flood history. “While God created the earth, the Dutch created the Netherlands” reflects pride in Dutch engineering, water management and land-reclamation prowess. To which Texans might […]

Dec. 2016

Welcome to Future Matters!

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To expand and advance the powerful conversations that arise in our work, we present Future Matters. Center for Houston’s Future‘s core mission is to think and act strategically for the future of the greater Houston region. We will be inviting stakeholders – leaders from business, government, the community, philanthropy and academia – to share their […]