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Peter Bishop Receives 2023 APF Leadership Award

Updated: May 17

In 2023, The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) recognized Peter Bishop with its Cynthia Frewen Leadership Award for his leadership in shepherding the Membership Committee for nearly two decades while the APF expanded globally, his foresight in founding the APF in 2002, and his ongoing mentorship of many of the key leaders in APF.

“The Association of Professional Futurists is a global community of futurists, dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of strategic foresight and Futures Studies for their clients and/ or employers. Futurists work in global corporations, small businesses, consultancies, education, non-profits, and government. Founded in 2002, the APF now includes more than 500 members from 50 countries.

APF sets the standard of excellence for foresight professionals. Members include futurists from businesses, governments, non-profits, consulting futurists, educators, and students in future studies.”—

Cynthia Frewen is a former APF Board Chair, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Foresight Graduate Program, and the Founder and CEO of Frewen Architects, Inc.

The Cynthia Frewen APF Award is a significant recognition for contributions to Leadership within the greater global futurists community. This award carries with it the importance of Ms. Frewen’s tremendous contributions to foresight literacy.

At this rare moment in time, we wish to share in Dr. Bishop’s recognition with some thoughts from Teach the Future’s Core Team members and associates.

“Heartfelt congratulations to you, Peter, on being honored with the 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗖𝘆𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗮 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝘄𝗲𝗻 𝗔𝗣𝗙 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱., recognizing your extraordinary 10 years of leadership and contribution to the Futures spaces. This prestigious award affirms your pivotal role in nurturing the growth of the Association of Professional Futures (APF), Teach the Future, and everyone who has had the honor to work with you in some capacity. Your professor hat and ongoing mentorship have shaped both the organization and the key leaders within it.

I remain deeply grateful for the serendipitous internship in 2019 that sparked my 3-year (and counting!) journey with Teach the Future. Who could have predicted that the initial email would catalyze such an impactful experience allowing me to grow under your guidance. Your wisdom has illuminated the purpose and mission of spreading futures thinking in schools.

Looking forward to celebrating with you in person soon in our home turf in Sacramento! But beyond any one locale, your legacy and spirit travels with us across borders and years. This award could not go to a more deserving recipient - here's to continuing to transform the field together!”—Lisa Giuliani, Global Youth Project Director

“I would love to join my colleagues in congratulating Peter on this more than well deserved recognition. Peter Bishop is a mentor and a role model. His foresight expertise is equally valued as his generosity and leadership. I’m eternally thankful and honored to have the opportunity to work and learn from him.”—Lourdes Rodríguez, Global Hub Coordinator

“There are people who deserve a chapter in the book of our lives. Peter Bishop, the best teacher I've ever had, deserves a chapter in my life's book: it is about everything I learned and continue to learn from him, about how important it was for him to invite me to the Masters Program at the University of Houston Clear Lake 24 years ago, and the admiration I have for him, for his integrity, his teaching talent, his humanism, and his connection with the future of new generations. Congrats Peter for this award that recognizes all you have done for me and for many other colleagues to become respected futurists around the world.”—Rosa Alegria, Brasil Hub Director

"It is an honor to know Peter Bishop and to be part of Teach The Future, a movement whose purpose is transformative. On behalf of the Peru Hub, we take this opportunity to thank Peter for all his teachings and for always being present in every step we take as a Hub, providing tools, experiences and above all, for his motivating and inspiring words for each of us. Many congratulations Peter!"—María Gabriela García López, Peru Hub Director

“Peter’s vision has been an inspiration to us all. Lots of souls have, along the way, picked up on his vision, and now 10 years later after the start of Teach the Future, the vision has evolved from little seeds to small, little plants eager to grow even more. Thank you Peter!”—Erica Bol, Ambassador

“Not only is Peter without a shadow of doubt a pioneer and thought leader in the field of futures studies, but also our mentor and source of inspiration to bring futures thinking into the classroom. For me his wisdom and authenticity drives me in our shared purpose to democratise foresight and facilitate future literacy.”—Thomas D’hooge, Belgium Hub Director
“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my congratulations and gratitude to Peter. Throughout the years that I have known Peter as a futurist and an outstanding social activist in the realm of futures education, I have consistently gleaned valuable insights from him. Peter's ideas in the field of future education are advancing swiftly, and I hope that one day it will serve as a model for implementation in schools across the globe.”—Mohsen Taheri, Futurist, Iran Hub Coordinator

“Peter is a truly inspirational leader—always busy, teaching, lecturing and guiding Teach the Future. It is an honor and pleasure to work with Peter and this exceptional team of foresight leaders sharing their important work.”—Pamela Biery, Global Social Media Manager
"Honored to have been impacted by the works of Dr. Peter Bishop at Teach the Future. From my initial introduction to futures thinking to launching the Young Voices Network, Dr. Peter has played an instrumental role as a mentor, teacher, guide, colleague, and inspiration. It is truly an honor to learn from one of the greatest futurists and I am elated to be part of Teach the Future as he continues to expand and introduced futures thinking to thousands more across the world."—Amna Habiba, Youth Innovation & Technology Director

Congratulations, Peter! We are all looking forward to a bright 2024.

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