Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Future of Food

I was in Milan yesterday speaking (and eating) at the 4th international forum on food and nutrition. If you are interested in what I had to say about eating in 2030 there is a short video here (20 minutes). Click … Continue reading

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European Politics and Premature Senility

What a day. I’ve left my keys and phone in Copenhagen and my main computer has fatally crashed for the second time in ten days – so no email or access to any files until I get things up and … Continue reading

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OK, I’m biased, but I think my new home office – the shedquarters – is coming along rather nicely. The log burner is working and the greenhouse through which you enter the office is now built. If I could just … Continue reading

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Timeline of Future Events (From Speculative Fiction)

  This is truly lovely. Gordon Gray has just sent me a link to a blog called Brain Pickings, which is, in their words: “a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from … Continue reading

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Who (and Where) is Happy?

  Going through a load of newspapers, magazines and websites today filtering material for the next issue of What’s Next and found this rather lovely graphic in New Scientist (16 June issue!). It shows measurement of economic success using GDP … Continue reading

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1970-2040 Timeline

        Here, as promised, is the link for the new timeline taken from my new book Future Vision that shows four alternative paths for the future. BTW, there’s a mistake. I’ve mixed up George Bush with George … Continue reading

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Thought for the week

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom one must observe.” Marilyn vos Savant in the Toronto Globe and Mail.

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Scenario Planning: How To Do It (Part 1)

Having just co-authored a book on how to do scenario planning (FutureVision by Richard Watson and Oliver Freeman) I thought it might be worth passing on a few tricks. Here is part one of my top 20 tips for creating … Continue reading

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1970-2040 Timeline

Yes, that’s right, a timeline for a period of history that hasn’t happened yet. This visualization is now done and I should have a URL for a high-resolution file version in a day or two (I’ll blog with the link … Continue reading

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Future Vision – Interviews & Reviews

There’s been a flurry of activity on the review front over the past week in Australia. So far we’ve had reviews in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and the Australian Financial Review. Looks like I’m doing a radio … Continue reading

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