The Global Consumer Shift and Future Studies w/ Andy Hines

Andy Hines is Lecturer and Executive-in-Residence at the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Futures Studies, bringing together the experience he earned as an organizational, consulting, and academic futurist. He co-founded and is currently on the Board of the Association of Professional Futurists, and has co-authored three books — Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight, 2025: Science and Technology Reshapes US and Global Society and Managing Your Future as an Association. He has also authored dozens of articles, speeches, and workshops, including the 2003 Emerald Literati Awards’ Outstanding Paper accolade for best article published in Foresight for “An Audit for Organizational Futurists” and the 2008 award for “Scenarios: The State of the Art.” In the last year, he has appeared on several radio and television programs, including KRIV-26 News talking about the future of libraries and the CBS “Early Show,” to talk about an MTV-commissioned study: “The Future of the Youth Happiness.”

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In this interview: Andy Hines discusses how people’s values are reshaping the consumer landscape. He observes that there appears to be a cultural backlash against consumerism where “people are rejecting this idea that consumption is going to make them happy.”


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