For a Futurist, 50 Years isn't so long ago
Thursday 18 August 2011
A quick note for the history buffs among us - in this month of August fifty years ago, the first components of the Berlin Wall were constructed with rings of barbed wire severing Berlin into visually distinct west and east Berlin. Russia's main challenge at that time was the 10,000 or so East Germans each month who'd been departing their homes looking for a better standard of living and individual freedoms in 'West' Germany.
And I wonder, given the readjustment in current financial markets and Countries, what sorts of 'walls' are being considered to deal with the potential influx of people looking for a better standard of living? Certainly in the Africa's, large people movements have been common in the past decades for all sorts of reasons. But in Europe and the Americas, things have been arguably more stable. What might history tell us, about a future in times of economic strain and stressed living conditions? Time will tell
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Monday 27 February 2017
It's been a significantly busy couple of months looking at how Industries and Government Agencies are preparing for change. The Companies versus Climate Change conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November/December, and a meeting with the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii (Manoa) in January show that positive action is happening, despite some of the headlines
Saturday 31 December 2016
Many of you know that each year I make an observation about what I think the year will bring. The track record suggests I'm usually a couple of years ahead of the curve. With that said I'm calling 2017
Monday 12 December 2016
In Ft. Lauderdale USA I recently attending a delightful provocatively named 'Companies Versus Climate Change' conference. And the message is clear - companies, BIG well known companies are tackling the issues of climate change, sustainability and their carbon footprints and both making and saving VAST sums of dollars. The simple take away message from the presentations over the three days could not have been more explicit - tackling climate change pays off big time!