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Foresight Seminar (5 Days)

Houston, Texas, USA

Upcoming Seminar Dates

Register Here

  • In-person: Jan 8 – 12, 2024, Hotel Vesper, 5160 Hidalgo St, Houston, TX 77056
    Email alkoury [at] (alkoury[at]central[dot]uh[dot]edu) for discount room rates
  • Virtual: April 24 – May 22, 2024, Wednesdays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST
  • In-person: Aug 12 – 16, 2024, Hotel Vesper, 5160 Hidalgo St, Houston, TX 77056
  • Virtual: Oct 2 – 30, 2024, Wednesdays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST


  • Virtual: $2,000
  • In-Person: $3,000
    • Seminar includes continental breakfast/coffee, lunch and afternoon refreshments


Register online for upcoming seminars and pay $2,000/person (virtual seminar) or $3,000/person (in-person seminar) registration fee via credit card. If you need to pay via Check, Electronic Funds Transfer, or SF-182 contact foresight [at] (foresight[at]uh[dot]edu) for registration instructions.

Seating is limited and seats will not be reserved until payment is received. Payment must be received no later than three (3) days prior to the start of the seminar to be counted for the intended seminar. Unpaid registrants may be moved to the waiting list for the next seminar, if seating in the intended seminar is full prior to the deadline (see Upcoming Seminar Dates for registration deadline information).

For questions about registration, payments or any other seminar details, please contact foresight [at] (foresight[at]uh[dot]edu).

Program Outline & Agenda

Download the Program Outline. Please contact ahines [at] (Dr. Andy Hines) for questions about content.

In-Person Seminars Agenda

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Session 1
Introduction & Values Change Alternative Perspectives Scenario Overview Implications Analysis Foresight Maturity Model Monitoring
AM Session 2
Systems Thinking TIPPS Inputs Driver Outcomes in Transformation & Summary Strategic Options & Approach Framework Foresight Review Certificates
PM Session 1
Framing Drivers Free Time OR One-on-Ones Designing the Future (Visioning & Planning) Travel Time OR One-on-Ones
PM Session 2
Scanning Driver outcome in Baseline & Summary Free Time OR One-on-Ones Organizational Futures Travel Time OR One-on-Ones


Virtual Seminars Agenda
Note: We are limiting the virtual Zoom sessions to 3.5 hours at a time, but our expectation is that participants will do a minimum of 1-3 hours of homework in between the sessions. The homework is done in small groups.

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
9:00 am – 12:30 pm CST

Introduction & Change

Framing, Description, Map & Current


Scanning (1) Overview


Scanning (2) Diigo & Evaluation

Research Inputs


The Baseline

Alternative Perspectives

Scenarios Overview

Baseline & Transformation Futures

Implications Analysis (3rd order impacts)

Strategic Options & Approach




In-Person Location Information

The in-person seminars will be held in Houston.

Airline Information

Breakfast starts at 8 am on Monday, and the seminar begins at 9.

The seminar concludes Friday at 12. There will be signups for optional one-on-one time with Dr. Hines after 12 if you choose to stay later.

The earliest domestic flights out would be Friday at 2 pm for Hobby airport or 3 pm for George Bush. You would need to leave the hotel around 12:15-12:30 pm to make those flights. 

Ground Transportation

Downtown Houston Information

UH Go App

Download the UH Go app for campus info and events, map, parking and shuttle bus information.



What are the details around the certificate program?

The seminar is a 5-day intensive workshop in Framework Foresight, along with other related areas such as System Thinking, Alternative Perspectives (alternate techniques), and Visioning & Planning. The areas covered are an overview of what we teach in our first four classes for the Foresight Master’s degree. Participants receive a professional certificate, and can also get four (4) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Houston. Students can also obtain a separate Certificate of Achievement by completing a foresight project after the seminar, which counts as a qualifying credential for membership in the APF (Association of Professional Futurists).

How long has the program been in existence?

We have been running the certificate program since 2009 with more than 1,000 participants completing it.

What is the minimum number of participants required?

We need to have at least 10 participants per session.

When will you post new dates?

We usually post new dates as soon as we have confirmed the reservation of the location. If you would like to be notified please email foresight [at] (foresight[at]uh[dot]edu).

Do you offer any kind of financial assistance?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any kind of special discounts or financial assistance at the moment.

What is the dress code for the seminar?

We’re a fairly informal bunch so the dress code is casual – a pair of jeans and a nice top are fine. We want you to be comfortable while you learn.

What is your cancellation, refund, and transfer policy?

Cancellations: We reserve the right, when necessary, to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. If we must cancel your class, you may request a full refund or transfer to a later session within that calendar year. We will notify you at least 48 hours in advance if we must cancel a class.

Refunds: If you want to cancel your registration for a class seven days or more prior to the start of class, you will receive a 100 percent refund. If you want to cancel your registration six days or less prior to the start of class, you will receive an 80 percent refund. Once a class begins, no refunds or transfers will be given.

Full refunds may be granted after start of class on a case by case basis due to special circumstances such as sudden illness, inability to travel due to weather or transportation shutdowns, or other factors. Each special cancellation or refund request will be reviewed by both the seminar coordinator & the head of the Foresight program to make a determination.

Transferring your seminar date: Transfers may be granted under special circumstances. If you want to transfer your registration to a different seminar date, the request must come no later than seven days prior to the start of class. Each transfer request will be reviewed by both the seminar coordinator & the head of the Foresight program to make a determination.