The foresight gap: What too many organizations get wrong

September 17, 2014

Businesses aim close. Too often, a business’s view stays on its current realities and where the business is excelling or struggling. The mindset is near-term and management aligns its tools to support that near-term view. This creates a gulf between the challenges and opportunities of the future and the demands of the status quo. It […]

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Future of Education: Nine Skills That Will Help Make Our Children Future-Ready

August 21, 2014

Future of Education: Nine Skills That Will Help Make Our Children Future-Ready is the third piece I've done for the World Innovation Summit for Education's online news and idea site: WISE.Ed.Review. My focus for them is on clear future views of what's possible and desirable in education in our future. Previous pieces: Exploring the Future […]

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Exploring the Future for Education: Three Scenarios for 2025

July 8, 2014

Exploring the Future for Education: Three Scenarios for 2025 is the second piece I've done for the World Innovation Summit for Education's online news and idea site, WISE Ed.Review. My focus for them is on clear future views of what's possible and desirable in education in our future. More to come!

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MOOCs, Mobile and the Future of Higher Education

June 27, 2014

Here is a piece I wrote for the World Innovation Summit for Education: MOOCs, Mobile and the Future of Higher Education I expect to write a series of pieces at WISE's online publication WISE.ed.review in the coming months. Stayed tuned there for great insights on education from me and others!

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The clean slate scenario

May 22, 2014

What would you build today if you started from scratch? This is a question people in organizations, business sectors, government agencies, communities, non-profits, and philanthropies can ask to get new insights on their futures. We can't expect to throw over the old system and get just what we want, but we can free our thinking to understand […]

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Hey futurist, represent!

May 16, 2014

If foresight is a good thing, if knowing a little more about the future we face helps us all, then we ought to be willing to live and play the role of futurist. We ought to out ourselves, with everyone, and represent the future view. What does it mean to "represent" as a futurist? Use […]

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In the future, there’ll be cheesecake

May 7, 2014

If you are like me, when you crave a treat, it's often cheesecake. And though I have, a time or two, made my own cheesecake, I mostly just want marvelous, taste-pleasing cheesecake. I don't care how you make it.  Cheesecake is a whole which need not be understood in its parts. Don't bore me with the […]

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How to break free of difficult history

April 29, 2014

Difficult history is a historical legacy, often of conflict, that still shapes our behavior and interactions. In the United States, there are the lingering effects of the Civil War, even 150 years later, with its legacy in Federal/state and sometimes, North/South distrust, and the history and legacy of slavery. In post-apartheid South Africa, there is […]

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The unspoken scenario

April 24, 2014

Consider for a moment what would happen if you lost everything you own and all your money. That awful scenario is, of course, possible in any of our lives. And no one wants to dwell on such a thought. It would be hideous. But try out the scenario. What would you do that first morning? You and […]

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7 first steps for building an organization’s foresight

April 14, 2014

Are you in a place where you want to kick-start foresight, but you are not sure how to start? You can start simple and you can succeed. But you probably can’t just leap in with a big splash, even if you’re the chief. You need to lay some groundwork. Below are seven ways to get […]

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