On Sunday, April 17th I had the privilege of being the opening speaker at the TEDx event at the University of Chicago. The lineup of speakers was quite impressive and I felt honored to be presenting on the same stage with them.
The event attracted a young, high-energy crowd that combined college students, techies, business people and an assortment of other interested parties.
I opened with a talk on the topic of “Communicating with the Future” and discussed my theories on the personal relationship we all have with the future. I then went on to explain how we can leverage our understanding of the future to the point where we can exert influence, even control, over it.
Our ability to manage, influence, and control the future is something far closer than what most people think. In fact, we are at a point where a team of us at the DaVinci Institute are planning an experiment to test the limits of this theory.
The team working on this includes two of our Senior Fellows – Jeff Samson and Bert Vermeulen, along with Kevin Weller, Brian Baker, and myself.
After discussing several possible themes, we hit upon the topic of micro agriculture which conjures up a strong sense of fascination among nearly everyone we’ve talked to. For this reason I would like to take a couple minutes to explain the grand experiment that we are planning: