Upcoming Events

Forums – regular meetings and Book Circles – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road). Exception – See Special Time / Location information below.   Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!

Forum:  October 22, 2015 


Topic: Devouring the Earth: How British Food Changed the World

Thursday, October 22, 2015 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Whetstone Library Community Room
3909 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43214

To be presented by OSU Prof. Chris Otter

Rather than our regular meeting at Panera, the October monthly forum of the Columbus Futurists will be at the Whetstone Library (near the Park of Roses) at 7:30 on Thursday October 22.  This public lecture is sponsored by the History Department at Ohio State.  The premise: To understand our current food crises, we should understand its historical context.

Between 1750 and 1900, the British diet underwent significant change, becoming much richer in meat, wheat, and sugar. This talk explores a series of significant consequences of this dietary transition, including the transformation of agrarian ecologies across the globe, and the accelerated, human-driven evolution of cattle, pigs, wheat and sugar. At a national scale, this recognizably “British” diet, albeit one with regional peculiarities, provided the calorie flows necessary for the domestic labor force to power the industrial revolution. While calorie levels rose on the British mainland, there were also a growing list of dietary pathologies, from constipation, food allergy, diverticulitis and tooth decay to anorexia nervosa and obesity. Our contemporary food crises–including world hunger, the diabetes epidemic and the limits of human global carrying capacity–have a much deeper history.

We look forward to seeing you and pursuing a unique discussion at this SPECIAL meeting of the Columbus Futurists!


Sneak Preview Of American Ways, a new book by Steve Millett

Columbus Futurists founding member Steve Millett is in the process of completing a new book, American Ways: A Behavioral History of the United States with Expectations for the Future.  Extracts from the book are available in this Post – the most recent reading is Is the American Dream Dead?  Four Scenarios for Opportunities in the United States to 2035

As in the past, Steve is sharing some early thoughts and edits, and soliciting feedback from other member of the Futurists. On November 19, he will discuss the project, and members will have an opportunity to weigh in with their thoughts.

See this Post for more information.

September Presentation online – Where is my Flying Car and my Anti-Gravity Boots?

Many thanks to Maura Heaphy for her presentation on the role and importance of science fiction as a way access visions of the future and even drive current change.  She has generously provided a copy of her slide presentation – as a pdf – and that is available here: Where is my flying car? Columbus Futurists, 9-17-2015.

Make note:

Scheduled meetings for 2015  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room,875 Bethel Road):  (Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)

  • Oct 22, 2015 – SPECIAL MEETING LOCATION/TIME: Topic: Devouring the Earth: How British Food Changed the World, Prof. Chris Otter. 7:30pm, Whetstone Library Community Room – see details above
  • Nov 19, 2015 – Topic: American Ways: A Behavioral History of the United States with Expectations for the Future, a sneak preview of a new book by Columbus Futurists founding member Steve Millett
  • Dec – no meeting

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