1. The Future of Philanthropy

    Former Citigroup Chairman Walter Wriston once said, “Capital goes where it's welcome and stays where it's well treated.” Philanthropy has traditionally been the interface between wealth and need. It gives pride to the wealthy, give purpose to those without, and gives hope to the underprivileged. Philanthropy is power; the power to make a difference, the power to leave a legacy, and everything …Read More

  2. City of the Future – Part One

    Great communities are founded on great ideas. At the same time, our most admired communities become a magnet, attracting the brightest minds. The relational effect is clear: Bright minds make a community great, and great communities attract bright minds. In the future, communities will be designed around ways to stimulate new ideas using such things as creative environments, imagination sparkers, …Read More

  3. Power of 10 Interface

    Information at the speed of need The distance between information and our brain is getting shorter. Twenty years ago if you had access to a large information base, such as the Library of Congress, and someone asked you a series of questions, your task would have been to pour through the racks of books to come up with the answers. The time involved could have easily have been 10 hours per question.…Read More

  4. 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

  5. The Alternative Transportation District

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaJs-SbCQ1c[/youtube] Short video clip about the opportunities associated with creating an alternative transportation district. Recorded at the Plan Fort Collins event on March 3, 2010 Over the past few years I have been carefully watching what has turned into an explosion of alternative transportation vehicles being developed all over the world. These vehic…Read More

  6. The Urgency Paradox

    As people live longer, some aspects of life are beginning to slow down Tick, tick, tick. For virtually all working people, there is a clock ticking in the background. Tick, tick, tick. Much like the rhythm of a beating heart, the sound of time creates a rhythm for our lives, a world unfolding in iambic pentameter, pulsing to the tempo of life. Some have turned the clock into a sophisticated market…Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Competing for Status

    32 accomplishments that will give you the influence of a college degree “Does being smarter make you happier?” This was the question I posed to the audience at a recent DaVinci Institute event, hoping to gauge their reaction. I found it fascinating to watch this very conflicted group of amazingly bright people as they struggled to put their thoughts into words. In the end, the answers, which v…Read More

  10. 9.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – TV-Internet Convergence

      Virtually everywhere you look there are video screens. You see them in bars and restaurants, on elevators, in the back of taxis, and on airplanes. Even most cell phones have now have video screens. Some are connected to the Internet and others are connected to cable television, two distinctly different uses for what amounts to the same screen technology. In the future, people will look back at …Read More