Creating a Vision: What Could Happen?


Before you begin:

These are assignments that I have turned in for my TECH 4310 Future of Energy and Environment class, these are my own thoughts and you may not take them without citing them. I will not post them all, but a majority of them.

The book that this reflection is on is titled Thinking About the Future; Guidelines for Strategic Foresight edited by Andy Hines and Peter Bishop.

 

After constructing many alternative futures, such as the one I constructed last week (in which I successfully turned in an assignment late and got full credit due to its…boldness), it is critical to ask the question, “So what?” This question ties the future to the present, in a way that the organization can clearly understand how this whole strategic foresight activity is going to pay off for them. I found this chapter to not only be helpful for professional strategic foresight, but as I kept reading, I saw an interesting way that this could help with personal relationships as well.

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The Issue of Framing


Framing

Chapter 1 discusses how to best build and utilize a team structure for the purpose of strategic foresight. It is essential to have all members on the team, as well as the analyst, with differing points of view who are not so attached to their personal biases or assumptions that they can come together to take a look at potential discontinuities and achieve the organization’s goal for the future. The more eclectic the group, the less likely the group will fall back on “groupthink”, leading to a broader range of potential ideas to achieve the goal. The chapter offers various tactics to avoid the common pitfalls of working in a team setting, including making connections between the stated objective and how to get there.

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Sustainable Power Procurement Corporation


­Entrepreneurship and Energy 

 Part 1: Approach to Research

Our goal was to find companies or organizations that focused on renewable energy, discover social organizations that promoted change, and seek out ambitious energy projects. Due to the fact that human beings are largely dependent on energy for almost every modern activity of life, we wanted to find companies that had the liberty to develop new and innovative energy projects with limited obstacles. We wanted to gather a wide variety of companies to see the if there was a growing trend of interest that is encouraging all businesses in the United States and other parts of the world to come up with innovative energy projects. We found that people have put more emphasis on building energy companies that will distribute and invent new energy plans, ensuring that no single energy company can control the direction of the market. We decided to focus on the many energy projects and innovative solutions that came about due to this changing trend; projects that are cheaper for consumers and help conserve the environment.

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Future of Personal Transportation


As I write this, I’m waiting for the UH Energy Symposium on “Navigating the Future of Personal Transportation” today’s topic reminded me of the question: What might our world look like with a fully mature Bio energy shaped world in 2030.

 

So here we go:

Biofules

Describe your best Vision of the future, what our world might look like with a fully mature “Bio Energy” shaped world in 2030? Connect and build bridges to the concepts on bio for energy and industrial applications. Build connections across politics (rural / farming; global geopolitics) – technology – consumer adoption – etc.

Transition to The Future:

How do we get there? 

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Energy + Nanotechnology = Future


What is Nanotechnology?

For energy, nanotechnology means the future of harvesting and transmitting energy from renewable sources. Nanotechnology in energy will solve the future problems of water, food, health, environment, poverty, war and terrorism, and the oncoming population boom.

Nanotechnology has the capability to allow humanity to store energy and distribute it more efficiently which leads to a cleaner environment with less pollution. In particular, solar energy will be greatly enhanced with the development of nanotech materials.

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Myths and Misconceptions of Climate Change, Assumptions and Concepts, Energy Dynamics, and Energy Transitions


Instructions: 

I want to see evidence of applying critical thinking and clear communication of specific course content we’ve learned from the semester—blended with your individual insights.

Describe six personal assumptions (beliefs about how the world works, but cannot prove it) that have changed (or not) as a result of this course? (e.g. Related to the role of certain energy resources, impact of human activity on environmental change, business side of energy, the politics of energy, speed of change vs market share change, et al. Hint: Reference specific content and how it changed or confirmed your assumptions) 

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Natural Gas: Different Hats


Instructions:

This week we must put on different hats.  Our aim is to avoiding writing answers as if we are staking a position on shale!  Our goal is to demonstrate an ability to describe different perspectives on a controversial new capability in global energy markets.  Your work will be judged on your ability to frame the potential risks and rewards of unconventional natural gas production. 

Describe the Dynamics behind the “shale gas boom”

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What is wrong with the climate change debate?


Instructions:

We explored the dynamics associated with the spectrum of challenges in guiding a policy conversation on climate change.  In particular we looked at research by Yale University and the Climate Meme project.  Based on this material and your own observations— what do you believe are the top three challenges to be overcome in framing the climate change conversation in the United States and abroad.    Describe these top three challenges in a way that also presents potential ways around the challenges. Continue reading “What is wrong with the climate change debate?”

America’s Two Futures – 2040


Before you begin:

These are assignments that I have turned in for my TECH 4310 Future of Energy and Environment class, these are my own thoughts and you may not take them without citing them. I will not post them all, but a majority of them.

Instructions:

Time to get a little creative in our future fiction writing!! We have explored many drivers of change influencing the future of energy.  In this question we want to imagine two futures for the United States written from the perspective of the future set in 2040.

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