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The Greediest Generation
July 7th, 2014
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Society, General

The boomers want to have it all – no matter who it belongs to!

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Should Robots Have Rights?
June 9th, 2014
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, General, Technology

What constitutes a person? How do we decide who has the rights that go with being a person? Pretty soon we're going to have to decide.

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Towards an Immortal Brain
April 28th, 2014
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, General, Society, Technology

We may be able to repair the body and keep it going indefinitely (see previous article), but what about the mind?

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5 Things You Need to Know About Living Forever
March 17th, 2014
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, General, Technology

How long will you live? How long can you live? The answers to both these questions are changing rapidly. Here's why.

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The Boy Who Cried “Bear!”
September 26th, 2013
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Society, General

U.S. House Republicans seem determined to commit suicide – and take us all with them.

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4 Wild Cards for Utilities in 2013: Risks & Opportunities
December 11th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Technology, General

The year ahead holds significant risks and opportunities for the utility industries.

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A Futurist’s View of Risk & Risk Management
November 8th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Geopolitics, General

I was recently asked to write about how my views on risk and risk management differ from conventional management views. This is the result.

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Is American Still the Greatest Country in the World?
October 12th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

Is America still the greatest? And, if so, can it remain the greatest?

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The Wonder and the Horror of Education’s Future
September 9th, 2012
Topics: Demographics, Education, Society, General

Our education system is failing today's students and our society. Despite this, it has the potential to be remarkable. Here's why.

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Stalking the Specter
June 25, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Geopolitics, General

In my last blog, 'A Specter Is Haunting Europe', I described the running crisis that threatens Europe's financial markets and economy with potentially severe knock-on effects for the global markets and global economy. I got a very swift reaction from a number of readers: You say this global crisis is a matter of when not if; so what should we do to protect ourselves?

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The Future of Work: How the 1% and the 99% Will Become Aristocrats & Peons
May 15th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Society, General

Building on our previous blog, the future of work can lead us to a better world – or one where today's wealthy become aristocrats, and the poor and middle class become peasants.

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‘The Boomers Have Colonized Our Future, and Aren't Leaving…’
April 25th, 2012
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

I don’t often give my blog over to guests, but this essay gave me pause. I commissioned Chris Ritchie to research certain aspects of social developments, and what you’re about to read was part of his report.

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12 Trends for 2012
December 27th, 2011
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Geopolitics, General, Society, Technology

Although there are more than 12 things going on in the world, I believe these are the most significant trends for the year ahead.

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It Can’t Happen Here: What Happens After Occupy Wall Street
November 21st, 2011
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Education, Geopolitics, Society, Technology, General

The Occupy movement is most significant not for what the protestors say, but rather that the movement is happening at all. It demonstrates significant unrest, and the greatest dissatisfaction with the capitalist system that we've witnessed since the fall of the Soviet Union. But where is it headed? That's a much more worrisome question.

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Revolting Civil Servants
February 25, 2011
Topics: Economy, Geopolitics, Business, Education, Society, Demographics

What follows is an excerpt from a chapter of the book I'm currently writing. This section is quite topical right now because of what's happening in Wisconsin and elsewhere, so rather than wait for the book to appear, I'm publishing this excerpt. The book should be out in the late Spring or early Summer of 2011.

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Things to watch through 2011 and through the decade
Jan. 28, 2011
Topics: Biosciences, Economy, Business, Demographics, Environment, Technology, General

Like all years, there will be good news and bad in 2011. Because of the bad planning, bad judgment, and bad behavior of previous years and decades, some of the potential bad news is very scary indeed, as I'll get to in a moment. The odds are that 2011 will be a not bad year, but the risks are higher than normal for economies emerging from a recession. I'm going to deal with the scarier parts first, and then move on to happier things, so bear with me.

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The True Nature of Risk & the Value of Risk Management
Jan. 3, 2011
Topics: Business,Economy,General,Demographics,Society

An unusual report was just published by an insurance company: RSA, which essentially stands for 'Royal and Sun Alliance', based in London, England. RSA is celebrating their 300th anniversary, and decided to do a report on the past 300 years of dealing with risk (which is what an insurance company does), and look into the future of risk as well. There are some interesting insights on modern society and the world in this report, and it also inspired some further thoughts on the true nature of risk that seem worth pursuing. But first, let me draw some highlights from the report.

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Food Allergies & the Future of the Foodservice Industry
October 7th, 2010
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Society, General, Economy

Organizations in the foodservice industry should be planning for the day when all of their clients require special meals. Here's why.

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Why Education Must Change
September 1, 2010
Topics: Business, Education, Demographics, General, Society, Technology

The world has been transformed, and is remarkably different than it was 20, 50, or 100 years ago. But our education system is fundamentally unchanged in the last century – we still teach facts, which are now a cheap commodity. If education is to be useful to today's and tomorrow's students, it, too, must change radically. Here's why.

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10 Things You Need to Know About the Next 10 Years
August 4th, 2010
Topics: Biosciences, Business, Demographics, Economy, Environment, Society, Technology, General

This is a summary of a presentation I delivered to the World Education Congress of Meeting Planners International in Vancouver, Canada at the end of July, 2010. It was part of a series of “Flash” presentations, each limited to 15 minutes, which didn’t leave a lot of time to elaborate. I’ve fleshed some of the points out here, but the most important reason for approaching the future in this way is that it is never shaped by just one thing, but rather by a confluence of forces, many of which are conflicting.

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The Destruction of America
March 29th, 2010
Topics: Business, Demographics, Economy, Geopolitics, Society, General

Unless America and Americans force a drastic change in the country’s direction, the American dream is dead, and America’s place as the leader of the world is over.

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Health Care to the Year 2035
February 5th, 2010
Topics: Biosciences, Demographics, Society, Technology, General

What will health care look like in 25 years' time? Here's one possibility

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The End of Pizza? The Spreading Celiac Epidemic
16 February 2010
Topics: Business, Society, Demographics, Economy, Society

There's an epidemic of an unknown disease that can not only force you to change the way you eat for the rest of your life, but may have dramatic consequences for grain farmers and food retailers.

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The Future of Food: Not Just for Body Fuel and Fun Anymore
March 12, 2009
Topics: Business, Demographics, Environment, Economy, Society, General

What follows is a summary of a presentation I gave to a symposium on the future of food. In attendance were farm producers, food processors, food retailers, and research scientists.

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When Tomorrow Meets the American Health Care Professional
January 2006
Topics: Biosciences, General, Demographics, Economy, Technology

The American health care system is about to experience enormous changes, fraught with both possibilities and dangers. Here's a summary.

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Signs & Portents for 2006
January 2006
Topics: General, Geopolitics, Technology, Business, Demographics, Economy

What's ahead for 2006?

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Straws in the Wind, July 2004
July 2004
Topics: Business, Biosciences, Demographics, Technology

This occasional feature is a 'gossip column' of the future, highlighting developments and trends that I believe may become significant over time.

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The Elusive Echoes: Marketing to the Next Generation
January 2004
Topics: Business, Economy, Demographics, Society

The Echo Boomers, children of the Baby Boomers, are the Next Big Thing demographically for marketers. Unfortunately, they think and behave differently than earlier generations, so the old ways of marketing don't work. Here's what to do instead.

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Demographics and the Future of the Investment Industry
September 2003
Topics: Economy, Demographics

The demographic calm of the last 15 years or so is about to be shattered by significant transitions in the three principle cohorts in society. This has major implications for the investment industry.

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