Category Archives: Blog

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? 

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Terra Nova: The Religious Quest for Tomorrow

Religious imagination first re-framed our quest toward tomorrow. Can it still move us in the twenty-first century to recreate our worlds?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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New Defense Futures Course

Regent University will offer a new course online, entitled ‘Defense Futures,’ appropriate for any mid-career professional interested in working in national security policy or defense planning as a consultant.

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