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February 9th, 2012

Do Lectures: Ideas + Energy = Change

End of April in Wales, UK, and end of September in the US, 2012 Do Lectures is going to open its tent again: “It will be, in the proper sense of the word, a remarkable weekend. The mix of speakers will be as eclectic as ever— from business to technology, from sport to design, from saving the planet to saving time, from the famous to the unknown, from the inspirational to the downright practical. At The Do Lectures you’ll gain practical tools, new ideas, and a different point of view. Speakers talk about their…read on.”
Some great links: Do Lectures flip book | Craig Mod’s wicked Do Lecture article | Speaker interviews | Event page | Flickr pool of attendees photos

September 22nd, 2011

Future Trends and Philanthropy: How good are your predictions, Glen?

One of the most frequently asked questions to me as a professional futurist is, “So what have you gotten right in the past when you’ve been predicting the future?” Now, I don’t sell myself as a predictor, really. In fact I tell people I am more a consumer of those who specialize in predictions, and from that information I try to see the big patterns so that I can help clients most effectively plan to create their own preferred future. Still, when doing a keynote speech, I always say, “here are some future trends, and what they might mean,” so of course, I am rightly subject to the question of whether I get things right, or wrong, in retrospect.

Not long ago I was editing some video, and came across a speech I did for the American Red Cross, on the occasion of their 125th Anniversary Celebration, in 2006. It was one of my all-time favorite speaking events, in Washington DC. I admire the long history and the good work of this volunteer organization. The assignment included not just a 30-minute keynote, but facilitating the whole audience of several hundred in a set of quizzes using electronic polling, as well as moderating a panel that immediately followed my keynote. But in this blog, and in the video, I want to zero in on a 15-minute segment in which I outlined what I considered, in 2006, to be the five major trends and their …read on.

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