As futurists or as individuals, we all read about how current research and development will change our world and our lives. Yet much that is written focuses on things and research, and not much on how our lives may or will be changed. But how does future change affect YOU? Let’s start with an easy one, self-driving cars. Sounds easy, but reality may be more complex, so here are some possibilities.
Until Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson made the movie, most people hadn’t even heard the expression “Bucket List,” let alone knowing what it meant (things to do before I kick the bucket!).
A bucket list is one way to think about your future.
This week I received two detailed reports from 23andMe (23andMe.com), the genomic organization I wrote about in an earlier blog. They sent a LOT of information, and I am still working through. The first report was about strengths and weaknesses in my health plus information about how my body might respond to various medications. The second report related more to ancestry and genealogy.
In May of 2003, Dr. Francis Collins testified before a House Subcommittee on Health and included his vision for the future of genomic medicine, as follows.
Cecily Sommers and Jim Lee are respected professional futurists, focused in different areas. Somers consults with small and large businesses to help them plan for long term futures. Lee is a financial consultant who speaks and writes about forces of change and how those forces will affect individual lives. Both will probably be in Chicago for the World Future Society conference this week.
Type the word “leadership” into a Google search and you will get over 400 million returns. Overwhelming! This article is about just one component of leadership— long-term perspective.
Most people will agree that the primary responsibility of a leader is to lead, and in order to lead, you must know where you and your organization are going. Not just to the next quarter, but over the next ten years or more.
No matter how well you plan for your (or your organization’s) future, change will happen. Possibilities will emerge that didn’t exist or weren’t plausible at the time you made your plan. So what do you do?
Embrace the new possibilities!
Change your plan!
What if everyone understood the concepts of futuring? Can you imagine if everyone thought about and understood the consequences of their actions before they acted? That one, tiny piece of future thinking would probably have a sizeable impact on the world, because people do a lot of dumb things simply because they have not thought about the consequences.
Let’s take it another step. What if most people seriously thought about their own futures, understood the potential, and acted to achieve the future they wanted. That might change the world!
A strategy is simply how to do something. Some strategies are better than others, so it’s worthwhile to take the time to understand which life strategies will be best for you. While you are thinking of strategies, consider goals and tasks. These are terms that are tossed around in business, but not always clearly understood.
Futurists and strategic planners talk a lot about “Visions.” What is a vision and how can you create a vision of YOUR future?
The first thing to understand is that a vision is a destination in your future. A vision is what you see as your life in the future. If you haven’t thought about your life in the future, now is a good time!
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October 12, 2015 - It is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and Columbus Day in the United States. We plan to sit down with family and friends this evening for a traditional turkey dinner.
October 10, 2015 - Readers ask me why I write so much about climate change and carbon. The answer I give them is this. There is no future in which we would want to live if we don't address the growing carbon imbalance in our atmosphere and oceans.
October 9, 2015 - The third-largest greenhouse gas emitting nation has set a series of target reductions that will mean 3.59 billion tons of carbo
October 8, 2015 - In the past five years 33% of all new medicines approved by the American Food and Drug Administration have focused on rare disorders often called "orphan diseases." A category that numbers approximately 7,000, "orphan diseases" impact 350 million people around the planet. The best known is cystic fibrosis.
October 7, 2015 - Small island nations are most vulnerable to fluctuating energy costs. They also are most vulnerable to climate change. It makes sense, therefore, that their governments take the lead in finding a path to a sustainable future that doesn't rely on fossil fuels.
October 5, 2015 - All the boxes have been unpacked. All the cupboards are stuffed to the gills. Finally I can begin to get back to what I like doing, writing about science, technology and the future.
October 2, 2015 - This last week has proven to be tougher than both my wife and I thought. Moving at our age leads to lots of aches and pains. There is only so much that these old bones and muscles can endure before they protest seeking acetaminophen or something stronger to stop the ache.