1. TEDxUChicago 2011 – Communicating with the Future

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ6UHFIbFyc[/youtube] Futurist Thomas Frey at the TEDx University of Chicago event We are a very backward looking society. We’re very backward looking in that we’ve all personally experienced the past.  As we look around, we see evidence of the past all around us.   The past is very knowable, yet we will spend the rest of our lives in the future. My jo…Read More

  2. The Grand Experiment – Micro Agronomy

      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 ta…Read More

  3. Next Generation Home Ownership

        Most young people today are asking the very simple question, “Why should I buy a home?” In the past answers were always framed around phrases like “rapid appreciation,” “good tax write-off,” “long-term investment,” and “building equity.” Today, real estate sales agents are quick to use different phrases like “pride of ownership,” “stable home for your family,” and…Read More

  4. Eight Critical Skills for the Future

        On Monday evening I presented my thoughts on the “Future of Mobile Apps & Peripherals” at our monthly Night with a Futurist event. My talk was followed by a fascinating panel discussion with three of the industry’s brightest minds – Michael Sitarzewski, Lisa Calkins, and Gary Moskoff with Karl Dakin moderating the discussion. Several people left this event saying their heads were…Read More

  5. Rethinking the Future of Health Care

      It wasn’t what I had planned on a 70 degree day last week when “springtime in the Rockies” was in full bloom. But I was on my way to the hospital, and over the next 24 hours I would learn much about a healthcare industry that is woefully unprepared for the changes that lie ahead. Just moments early I had woken in a daze on our living room carpet with blood spattered everywhere, and only a…Read More

  6. The Laws of Transparency

      Can you feel the layers being lifted? Transparency is entering our lives in unusual ways and much like having individual veils lifted from a multi-veiled garment; we are now seeing the world around us with far greater clarity. At the same time, the people who are being watched and observed are feeling the light of exposure as never before. Our ability to see things causes us to take action. Wit…Read More

  7. Charting a New Frontier for Colleges and Universities

    The great reset has not yet finished its resetting process, and colleges are moving quickly into the crosshairs, with government funding, grants, and student loans all harder to get. With a mindset steeped in tradition, college leadership is pushing institutions to be, as the U.S. Marines like to say, “the best they can possibly be.” But being the “best” is meaningless when the rest of the…Read More

  8. 12 Laws of the Future

    For several decades now I have been contemplating our relationship with the future. Many of my colleagues think of me as that crazy guy who assigns human attributes to this thing we call the future. On occasion you can hear me uttering phrases like, “I know it’s going to be a great day because the future is clearly happy with me today.” Or, “no, that’s not a good idea because the future …Read More

  9. Global Elections

      Over the past month I have hosted a series of meetings to discuss the topic of global elections. The purpose of these discussions was to help expand our understanding of the topic. I also truly believe that someone will begin to produce global elections, in a meaningful way, sometime very soon. To begin with, I’m not a fan of any form of one-world government, nor do I think it’s even a remo…Read More

  10. Business Colonies: A study of structure, organization, and the evolution of work

      Business Colonies: Matching talent with pending work projects The average person that turns 30 years old in the U.S. today has worked 11 different jobs. In just 10 years, the average person who turns 30 will have worked 200-300 different projects. Business is becoming very fluid in how it operates, and the driving force behind this liquefaction is a digital network that connects buyers with sel…Read More