Upcoming Events

Futures salons meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road). Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!

Salon: November 15, 2018

Topic: “The Thing From the Future”  

The Thing From the Future is an imagination game for envisioning alternative tomorrows.  http://situationlab.org/project/the-thing-from-the-future/  The object of the game is to come up with the most thought-provoking descriptions of hypothetical objects from different near-, medium-, and long-term futures. Each round, players collectively generate a creative prompt by playing a card game. This prompt outlines the kind of future that the thing-to-be-imagined comes from, specifies what part of society or culture it belongs to, describes the type of object that it is, and suggests an emotional reaction that it might spark in an observer from the present.   

Also in the Media:

David Staley was a guest on In Focus with Mike Kallmeyer discussing the future of Hyperloop: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/section/in-focus/in-focus-shows/2018/03/23/in-focus-hyperloops-impact-on-future

Also in Print: 

Columbus Futurists were profiled in a recent edition of the Columbus Dispatch’s special project CbusNEXT.  A reporter visited and reported on the November meeting (“Big History”) and interviewed convener David Staley.  Check out the story online: “Columbus Futurists gather to anticipate what might be ahead.”

Make note

Scheduled salons for 2017-18  (all salons meet 6:30-8:00pm at the Panera Bread Co. community room, 875 Bethel Road):  (Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)

  • May 24, 2018 – Topic: The Future of Global Pandemic
  • June 21, 2018 – Topic: Air Force Science & Technology 2030
  • July 26, 2018 – Topic: China’s Social Ranking System
  • August 23, 2018 – Topic: Data as Labor
  • September 20, 2018 – Topic: The Modern Workforce is Freelance
  • October 25, 2018 – Question: “What three skills are individuals going to need to succeed in the workforce of the future?”
  • November 15, 2018 – “The Thing from the Future”
  • December 2018 – No meeting


David J. Staley, President