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The Right Side of the Future

Posted in Business as Unusual, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

What does it mean to be on the right side of the future? It’s an excellent future-related question and I don’t claim to possess the complete answer but I do know that it begins with understanding exponential growth. The chart to the right explains. In the beginning, exponential growth can almost appear linear but as…


The Five Trends Shaping the Future of Cities

Posted in Education, Energy, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Government, Health Care, Higher Education, Internet, Politics

The science fiction writer William Gibson once wrote: “The future is here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.” It’s a powerful insight because it implies that savvy business people, farsighted political leaders and even average citizens can discern the future if only they heed today’s emerging trends. Five current trends, in particular, appear poised to transform…


Long Road to Self-Driven Cars May Be Short

Posted in Automobile/Aerospace, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Traffic, Transportation

The Financial Times recently released an informative and well-balanced 12-minute video discussing the long road to self-driving cars. (The full video is posted below). Early in the video, the host declares “it is no longer a question of if but when” self-driven cars will become a reality. I agree wholeheartedly with the assessment but I…


The Big AHA: Three Unconventional Ways to Future-Proof Your Business Today

Posted in Action, Business as Unusual, Future Proof, Futurist, Humility

  Every business leader feels it and knows it–the world is changing at an accelerating pace. Business models are shifting, consumer behaviors and preferences are evolving swiftly, and emerging technologies and platforms are transforming the competitive landscape. In such an environment, it is difficult to look ahead to the next quarter, let alone the next…


Futurist Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2016

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Predictions

(Editor’s note: These predictions are offered in the spirit of light-hearted fun and are not intended to be taken literally. Each merely reflects a broader trend that readers can expect to see, experience or read about in the coming year. For a more realistic perspective on each trend, click on the embedded links. Enjoy!) Christian…


A Futurist’s Top 5 Books of 2015

Posted in Books, Business, Business as Unusual, Change, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Innovation

Over the past year, my work as a professional futurist has continued to evolve. I now speak more often about the need for intellectual humility; spend extra time helping clients reframe old questions, as well as asking new ones; and devote additional time to the vital tasks of reading, thinking and reflecting. The reason I…


Here Comes the Future: 10 Game-Changers That Will Transform the World in 2016

Posted in Change, Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

  “The future is here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.” In 1983, the science-fiction author, William Gibson penned those prophetic words. They remain apropos for 2016 because ten existing technologies (listed below) are poised to change the game in virtually every business sector in the coming year. Blockchain: Double-entry bookkeeping and limited liability partnerships don’t…


Do You Need a Reverse Mentor?

Posted in Business as Unusual, Future Proof, Mentor, The Way We See the Problem

Below is a math question from an admissions test for an elementary school in Hong Kong. The question was part of an admissions test for first-graders. They had 20 seconds to answer. Can you solve it? If not, you might want to consider getting a reverse mentor.


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…


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