1. Interview with Ukraine’s InvestGazeta

    What will cause the power to shift among nations between now and 2050? I often get interview requests from newspaper and magazines as they probe for a better understanding of the world ahead. However, the request I received two days ago was a bit unusual. On Monday, I received an email from Elena Snezhko, a journalist with the Ukrainian financial weekly magazine InvestGazeta, posing a series of qu…Read More

  2. The Fall of Book Publishing: The Rise of New E-Book Business Models

    Experimenting Our Way to Success - Reinventing Publishing Models Amazon revolutionized book reading in 2007 when it introduced its Kindle book reader. Within the past three years, the explosive sale of book readers has caused a massive surge in the sale of e-books, already outpacing the sale of hardcover books, with a prediction by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that they will outsell paperbacks within th…Read More

  3. Turmoil Ahead for Housing

      Consider the following scenario. Over the next few years, several major cities in the U.S. will begin to impose a ban on all new residential and commercial construction. With populations declining in numerous metro areas, they will worry openly about becoming the next Detroit with abandoned neighborhoods signaling a rapid decline in property values. In the past, many cities and counties inves…Read More

  4. Where is My Flying Car?

      First things first. Before we can have flying cars, we will need to go through the era of flying delivery drones Imagine yourself in 2030, 20 years in the future, sitting in your living room watching your favorite show on a 3D holographic display, and you witness a product placement scene where someone is eating one of the best pizzas you’ve ever seen. The depiction is so lifelike and intens…Read More

  5. The Future of Libraries: Interview with Thomas Frey

    Libraries in the future will come in many different forms NOTE: The following is a reprint of an interview that recently appeared in American Libraries Magazine Without consulting a crystal ball, Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute, writes and speaks about a promising future for those libraries strongly connected to their communities and quickly adaptable t…Read More

  6. The Coming of the Terabyters

      A new breed of worker, equipped with uber-geek data-capturing tools, are about to usher in a whole new information era Recently I was preparing for a talk on the future of money, a talk I have given many times in the past, and I became absorbed with one singular thought – the relationship between information and money. The value of a person, as an example, has traditionally been calculated b…Read More

  7. Next Generation Literacy

    "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can't read & write, but those who can't learn, unlearn & relearn." - Alvin Toffler So what is literacy? The first time I listened to an audio book I thought I was cheating. As a child, reading for me seemed like a lot of work, and my teachers kept piling on more reading assignments, continually feeding into the notion that reading i…Read More

  8. A Country of 90,000 Governments

      The total number of governmental bodies in the U.S. is approaching a staggering number - 90,000. During normal economic times there is plenty of money to go around, but now every city, state, county, parish, township, and special taxing district is competing for the same tax dollars that the federal government is. Governmental entities are living, breathing organisms, each fighting for survival…Read More

  9. Maximum Freud

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yndJsNTy3E[/youtube] A few thoughts on "Maximum Freud" In 1972, I was young engineering student at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. One of the first courses I was required to take was a short-course on slide rules. For those of you who don’t know what a slide rule is – first came the abacus, then came the slide rule, and then came the cal…Read More

  10. Systems Thinking and the Future of Education

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1jek4U7vbg&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] Short video clip on "Systems Thinking" recorded at the Plan Fort Collins event on March 3, 2010 A recent article in iLibrarian explained it this way. Online education seems set on its course to overtake traditional colleges within the next few decades, especially as our society becomes ever more dependent on …Read More