November 6th, 2013
[This column first appeared in the Shift Age Newsletter ]
People often ask me about what books I read. I sense that they expect some kind of unique or weird answer from a futurist. In addition to this question I am often given books or names of books to read, usually books that have transformed the life of that person. So I often seem to be in book conversations.
So here is a list of recent reads that I have greatly enjoyed. In a future column I will list some older favorites that stand the test of time, even for …
October 21st, 2013
In the middle of the 19th century, the telegraph was the first technology in history to speed up communications between two people or two locations. Prior to the telegraph the speed of human communications was measured in horse days; how far a horse could travel in a day. It always amazes me to think that this was the reality only 160 years ago. My great grand parents were alive then!
There was the brief two year run of the Pony Express, which sped that up by having a fresh horse every 10 to 15 miles between St. Louis and California as …
October 9th, 2013
This column first appeared in the Shift Age Newsletter.
Regardless of what transpires in the geo-political landscape relative to the civil war in Syria, it may well be looked upon as a pivot point for citizens of the United States. This could be the beginning of a necessary and critical conversation about the future of the country in the Shift Age and, longer term, in the 21st century.
Twenty years ago the United States “won” the Cold War. Twelve years ago the country was attacked by Al Qaeda. This prompted the country to enter two wars in Islamic countries. It …
September 18th, 2013
Burning Man has become a meme. A fast moving, rapidly expanding, global meme.
That was my take away from being at Burning Man this year. It has moved beyond the San Francisco Bay area word of mouth organic growth of the 1990s and the 2000s and blown up into a phenomenon.
I first became aware of the Burning Man gathering about 10 years ago. I was struck by the unique and amazingly creative images I saw in the media. As a non-camper I was impressed that thousands of people would journey to a dusty Indian reservation in the northwest corner of Nevada …