A Futurist Looks at the 2012 Election

A Futurist Looks at the 2012 Election

When the 2012 election returns came in, I was in Sydney, Australia. The view was high level and from afar. This reminded me of a forecast I made far back in 2007 about this election. The specifics of the outcome were, in fact, what I had suggested might occur. In early 2007, when the early positioning for and coverage of ...

A New Digital Model for the Future of Book Publishing

A New Digital Model for the Future of Book Publishing

As a futurist I speak and write for a living. The spoken word and the written word are the coins of my professional realm. Now think about that, the phrase "written word." Wow how we continue to use legacy phrases! We don't say "typed word" or "dictated word" or "keyboarded word." As a futurist I always reflect on this. ...

Burning Man 2012 – Part Two

Burning Man 2012 – Part Two

  In my last column, I wrote about attending Burning Man for the first time. I included lots of links that I highly recommend you click on if you have not yet done so, as they will provide a basic understanding of the beauty of Burning Man. At the end of that last column I wrote: “Next I will look at Burning ...

Burning Man 2012 – Part One

Burning Man 2012 – Part One

As noted last week, I made my first trip to Burning Man this year. It became clear to me about a year ago that I had to go this year. 2012 is a year much about the future, so this was finally the year for me to make the trip. Many other people felt that way as well as this year had record attendance of 62,000+, up from ...

What I Did Last Summer

What I Did Last Summer

This is a flat out apology to all my long time readers in this space here. It has been more than two months since my last blog post. I have never gone more than three weeks and usually post every other week. I apologize! The reasons for this absence are two-fold. First, I am just finishing up the epilogue and notes for ...

2010-2020: Europe’s Transformation Decade – Part Two

2010-2020: Europe’s Transformation Decade – Part Two

In the last column I wrote about the fact that humanity has entered the Transformation Decade and defined transformation. I also wrote about Legacy Thinking and how we all tend to live in the present and look ahead to the future through the conceptual filters of the past. Both concepts were relative to the reality that is ...

2010-2020: Europe’s Transformation Decade — Part One

2010-2020: Europe’s Transformation Decade — Part One

Europe is moving into a time of incredible transformation. The financial and leadership crises in Europe need to be looked at from a historically high level. The media coverage and commentary concerning the Euro crisis is completely “in the weeds.” The coverage and discussion of the issues in Europe are now about ...

A Futurist’s Personal Technology

A Futurist’s Personal Technology

 Read the full story at Davide Houle. I am frequently asked about what technology I carry and use.  This is due in large part because I am a futurist and to many people technology and the future are close to synonymous.  That of course is not wholly true, but certainly understandable as it is technology that seems ...

No Longer a Day but an Age

No Longer a Day but an Age

I knew Earth Day was coming by my email inbox. Every day for the past few weeks I've gotten pitches to write about some company’s new eco product. The words LEED certified, Eco, Green, Recycled, Renewable have become an endless blur in the subject line of in-bound emails. This is now a spring ritual. Last year around ...

The Easiest Way to Understand Health Care Reform

The Easiest Way to Understand Health Care Reform

In my last column I wrote the New Health Age, the new age of health care and medicine that we have entered.  The coming changes in the health care landscape the United States and the incredible medical miracles rapidly coming will define this new age. As written in the last column, the national conversation about health ...