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Leadership columns on the future of society, culture and religion and the role of foresight.

Future Shock or Adaptive Change?

Forty years ago, America was gripped by Future Shock, so claimed Alvin Toffler. Are we seeing the eclipse of Future Shock as a younger, more adaptable workforce comes into its own?  Continue reading

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Terra Nova: The Religious Quest for Tomorrow

It was on July 17th, 1997, an unusually hot summer night in San Francisco. I walked down the hill to the Embarcadero district. There I entered the Hyatt Regency to address a session of the World Future Society. Continue reading

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Leading from the Future

What has occupied your executive team’s attention the past three years? Chances are you have been restructuring departments or reengineering core programs for immediate gain, rather than regenerating your strategies or reinventing your organization for the future.
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Ten Big Questions for 2100

Dr. Michael Marien suggests society should weigh 10 big questions about the 22nd Century and use them to make changes to public policy today.  Continue reading

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Diversity, Complexity and Change

In April 2006, I attended an Association of Professional Futurists meeting in Santa Fe. One presentation on the Complexity Science of Social Diversity really fired me up. Here are my thoughts on how your organization can find its sweet spot and create its own peak future in adverse conditions. Continue reading

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Add Foresight to Your Vision

We hear a lot today about the power of vision. Leadership should not only point the way, but consider the unintended consequences of reaching even good visions.  Continue reading

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Marien Offers Foresight Book Reviews

Dr. Michael Marien, the long-time editor of Future Survey from 1979 to 2009, and winner of the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the World Future Society, has launched a new service, called Global Foresight Books Continue reading

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The Future of Global Leadership

I attended the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference Nov 12-15th and took part in scholarly panel on ‘Spiritual Leadership: Past, Present, and Future.’ ILA is a global network for all those who practice, study and teach leadership in both formal and informal contexts. Continue reading

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Interviewing High Hope Leaders

Why do some people approach the future with a positive emotional state, a sense of challenge, and expect success?

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Become an E-Learning Instructor

Online learning has revolutionized the way colleges now offer education. Yet research shows many instructors are still uncertain about this new medium. If you enjoy mentoring others and using technology to create community, you could become an e-learning instructor.  Continue reading

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