The Concept of Place Has Changed Forever – My TEDx Talk

The Concept of Place Has Changed Forever – My TEDx Talk

It was an honor to be part of Sarasota TEDx 12-12-12. The theme of the event was “Creativity Matters.” Throughout the day, creativity was manifested by talks, performances and creative interactions. Held in the Ringling Museum and the historic Asolo Theater it was a wonderful event. The talk I gave at the end of the ...

Welcome to the Shift Age!

Welcome to the Shift Age!

We have left the Information Age and entered the Shift Age. This new age is an era of transformation unparalleled in terms of the amount of change that will occur in the next 20-30 years. I have been writing and speaking about the Shift Age since 2007, and my first book of that name was published five years ago this ...

Entering the Shift Age: A New Era, A New Publication Method

Entering the Shift Age: A New Era, A New Publication Method

This has been a year of extremely productive writing for me. Long-time readers of this column may question that statement, as I’ve had less columns here in 2012 than in prior years. Why is that? Over the last twelve months, I have been writing a book. “Entering the Shift Age” is a deep look into the new age we are ...

So… Now What?

So… Now What?

It is the end of November 2012. We now know who the President of the United States will be for the next four years. We know the results of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A month from now, we will know that the Mayan Prophecy did not mean that the world would end. Shortly thereafter, we will see how Congress and the ...

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 ...