Dr. Bishop is the Founder and Executive Director of Teach the Future , an organization whose mission is to encourage and support educators who want to include futures thinking in their classes and schools at all levels. In 2013, Dr. Bishop retired as a Professor Emeritus of Strategic Foresight and Director of the graduate program in Foresight at the University of Houston. He has published two books on Strategic Foresight: Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (2007) and Teaching about the Future: The Basics of Foresight Education (2012), both with co-author Andy Hines. He delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not-for- profit organizations. He also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future. Dr. Bishop is a founding Board member and Chair of the Membership Committee for the Association of Professional Futurists. Dr. Bishop came to the University of Houston in 2005, having taught futures studies at the Clear Lake campus since 1982. Dr. Bishop started teaching at Georgia Southern College in 1973 where he specialized in social problems and political sociology. He received his doctoral degree in sociology from Michigan State University in 1974 and his bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Louis University where he also studied mathematics and physics. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for seven years. Dr. Bishop is married with two children and three grandchildren.
Everybody is talking about resiliency as we isolate ourselves to avoid the greatest plague of the last 100 years. We needed resiliency to bounce back from the Great Recession and from the attacks of 9-11, and we need it now to deal with the effects of globalization, automation and climate change. Resiliency grows when we adapt and survive different circumstances. Rigidity grows when we expect and prepare for only one circumstance, one expected or preferred future. Shouldn’t we build resiliency in our young people today by introducing them to the many plausible futures out there in order to build their confidence that they will be able to live and be successful in a wide range of futures?