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Please, Graph Your Future

Posted in Future, Futurist

Please take the time to read this fascinating article, The History of Technology in a Single Graph, and then spend some time contemplating the extraordinary visual below: After you have done so, ask yourself this provocative question: What’s Next? Here are some of my thoughts: Robotics, solar cells, fuel cells, rapid health care diagnostic tools, affordable gene…


Vuja De: A Futurist Takes a Backwards Stroll into the World of Tomorrow

Posted in Future, Futurist

I’m please to announce the creation of a new keynote presentation. It is entitled: Vuja De: A Futurist Takes a Backwards Stroll into the World of Tomorrow. Below is a brief description: “The perfect keynote for any company, organization or association celebrating a major anniversary”! Winston Churchill once said, “The farther back one can look, the…


The Big AHA: The Power of a Better Question

Posted in Uncategorized

The Big “AHA” is an acronym I use to help clients think more constructively about the future. It stands for Awareness, Humility and Action. We must always be aware that there could exist a new, different or better way of doing things. The example I frequently cite is my own case of becoming aware at the age of 37…


A 112 Year-Old Race into the Future: Is It Just Heating Up?

Posted in Business, Future, General

On May 23, 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson set out from San Francisco on America’s first great road trip. A mere 63 days later, he safely arrived in New York City. Today, Jackson’s journey might not sound extraordinary but remember at the time of his trip there were no road signs, no gas stations and only…


What Will the Future Sound Like? Silence.

Posted in Future, Futurist, Unlearn Strategy

In the new book, Beyond: Our Future in Space author Chris Impey describes early German V2 rockets as “screaming out of the sky at four times the speed of sound.” Does anything strike you odd about the description? With a little reflection, it is obvious that a rocket traveling at four times the speed of sound…


Half of the Predictions About the Future Are Wrong

Posted in Ambiguity, Future Proof, Futurist, Humility, Uncategorized

Advertising pioneer John Wanamaker once quipped, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” As a futurist, I’d like to put my own spin on this quotation and modify it by saying, “Half of the predictions I hear about the future are wrong; the trouble is I don’t know…


What Does a Good Futurist Look Like?

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist

Contrary to popular belief, futurists can’t see into the future–and, should you happen to run into one that claims to have this unique skill, my best advice is to run away as fast as you can because they are flat-out lying. If a good futurist can’t “see into the future” you might ask, “What do they…


Create Thy Future, Mr. Futurist

Posted in Future

As a professional futurist, I frequently end my talks with the rather obvious reminder that no one can predict the future. I then twist this fact by flashing Peter Drucker’s famous quotation: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” I love this idea of creating the future because it is empowering,…


Top 5 Reasons Not to Read “Top 5” Articles

Posted in Unlearning, Unlearning Lesson

#5: They are cynically designed to drive traffic to the poster’s site. Therefore, they are designed for the benefit of the poster/writer—and not you. #4: They waste your time. It is estimated that it takes 25 minutes to refocus your attention on your work once you have been lured into reading an article such as…


Google Glass is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Posted in Future, Futurist, Wearable Technology

Google anounced yesterday it was discontinuing it’s Glass Explorer program. Many pundits have been quick to declare both the program and the product a failure. To be certain, the technology has fallen short of many people’s expectations–myself included. It is unwise, however, to dismiss the technology altogether. As an analogy consider the world’s first eBook–Cybook Gen…


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