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Using Questions to Create a Different and Better Future in 4 Minutes

Posted in Future, Futurist, Questions

Recently, Hal Gregersen, the author of Questions are the Answer, had an outstanding article in the Wall Street Journal, To Be a Better Leader, Ask Better Questions. As a futurist, I have always exhorted my clients to “give up on answers, stick with questions.” (I even provide them a quick cheat sheet of potential questions…

The Responsibility of a Futurist

Posted in Future, Futurist

A futurist has a responsibility to help his/her clients imagine a wider range of different and better futures.

Jack Uldrich’s Friday Future 15: May 24, 2019

Posted in Future, Future 15, Think

Think: Coming of Age in the Age of AI. Your future customers are going to have different expectations and they are going to think and act differently because of artificial intelligence. The time for you to begin thinking about how this will impact your business is now. Think Twice: CO2 Levels Hit Historic High. It was…

Nudging Toward a Less Meaty Future

Posted in Agriculture, Beautiful Future, Behavior, City, Environmentalism, Ethics, Future, Futurist

In their fascinating book, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Nobel Prize-winning economists Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein explain how simple policy “nudges” can have powerful ramifications. The example that has always stuck with me is the vast discrepancy between the number of organ donors in Germany and Austria. Culturally, socially, and economically,…

Apple Isn’t Hearing the Future

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist

AirPods have been incredibly profitable for Apple since the company launched the product in late 2016. Unfortunately, the device carries a massive future liability that Apple executives and shareholders need to consider today. The plastic product consists of a variety of other materials, including tungsten, tin, tantalum, lithium, and cobalt, and cannot be easily repaired…

Jack Uldrich’s Friday Future 15: May 17, 2019

Posted in Future, Future 15, Think

Think: In the healthcare industry? You need to think about gene-editing/CRISPR technology because it is about to change how we deal with a lot of diseases and illnesses. CRISPR Research Moves Out of the Lab And Into Clinics Around the World. Think Twice: Applying Sunlight to a Dirty Industry.  The convergence of satellite data and artificial…

A Future of More Beautiful Cities

Posted in Beautiful Future, City, Construction, Future

The future will become more beautiful one step at a time. On April 22, New York City–following on the heels of Denver, Portland, San Francisco, and Toronto–took a small step in this direction by passing legislation requiring new buildings to have “green roofs.” In addition to cooling down a city by mitigating the urban heat island…

Jack Uldrich’s “Friday Future 15”: May 10, 2019

Posted in Future, Future 15, Think

Think: A Bold and Beautiful Future is Moving from the Fringe into the Mainstream. Five fringe trends are converging at this unique time in history. The time to think about these trends is now. Think Twice: Business as Usual is No Longer an Option. Think Twice—you could be on Thin Ice! Think Historically: The Want/Need Problem:…

A  Bold and Beautiful Future is Moving From the Fringe to the Mainstream

Posted in Future, Futurist

“The future is here–it is just not evenly distributed.” The above quotation from famed science fiction writer William Gibson has always resonated with me because the future isn’t evenly distributed–it’s often on the fringe of society. Over time, however, fringe ideas move into the mainstream. (I was humorously reminded of this gradual shift during the…

Jack Uldrich’s Friday Future 15: May 3, 2019

Posted in Future, Future 15, Futurist, Think

Editor’s Note: This week’s Friday Future 15 is shorter than usual and is focused on bigger, broader themes because we all need to be shaken out of our traditional ways of thinking–myself included. Enjoy Think: This Time, It’s Personal. What might replace the consumer culture? This article explains how digital technology alienates people from their…


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