|Receiving an award at the World HRD Congress in 2011
This page contains links to a number of videos, interviews and other information
that I hope you will find interesting. Some of these are videos that were filmed at presentations that I have
made and have been edited to make them shorter.
The first link is to a presentation
I made in Mumbai, India in February of 2011 to the World HRD Congress titled "Leadership and the Long-Term Perspective."
|Futuristler Zirvesi in Istanbul 2008
An interview with Rohit Talwar at Fast Futures in the UK
FutureScape Issue 14 – October 21st 2010 – Budget
Cuts / Healthcare Scenarios / Personal Futures
It’s Your Future – Author Interview with Verne Wheelwright Ph. D.
Wheelwright is an expert on personal Futuring and one of the most respected members of the professional futurist community.
His book It’s Your Future... Make it a Good One has just been published and we caught up with
Verne to ask him about the key messages he wanted to get across.
FFR - What's the
premise of the book?
VW - Anyone can learn a lot about his or
her future. They can also influence or even change their own future. I suggest a three step approach:1. Look at your life and where you are now.2. Explore your futures
Create your future—the future you want to live. Each of those three big stages has a lot of little steps, but that‘s the idea of the book, to
break the futuring process into tiny, easily understood steps.
FFR - Why do you
think people are sometimes reluctant to look at their future in an exploratory manner and consider a range of possible futures?
VW - The process of developing scenarios about the future sounds complicated and a little mysterious
to many people. In fact, it is pretty easy. The important thing about futuring is that it requires some thought; thinking
about where you are in life, where you are going, and where you want to go over the next ten years.
FFR - How could we use these materials with children to help them develop the habit of exploring and re-evaluating their
future on a regular basis?
VW - I think the most important
concept is to develop a long term perspective, learning to think years ahead and understanding the consequences of today’s
actions in the future. I believe that many students drop out of school because they lack a long term perspective. Some are
simply bored with school, so they drop out; not realizing the impact this will have on the rest of their lives. There is one
organization, Futures Problem Solving International, which teaches these concepts in kindergarten through 12th grade.
FFR - What advice can you give on how to carve out the time in our lives to allocate to exploring
VW - That can be a challenge! We have so many devices and systems that
demand our attention every waking minute, it can be hard to just stop everything and think about something as important as
the rest of your life. Each individual has to make a decision to stop and think about his or her future. A class or workshop
about Personal Futures can help keep you focused, but many people can get their focus from reading a book and filling in a
workbook. I try to supply tools for each of those approaches.
FFR - One of the
challenges we all face is assessing developments happening to us and in the world around us and determining their potential
long term impact and implications - what advice would you give about how to do this effectively?
VW - The first step is to look at the world around you and recognize what is changing or will change. What
are the forces that are bringing change? The next step is to ask yourself how these changes may affect your life and the lives
of your family and close friends. Futurists call this “environmental scanning.” This is scanning your horizons
or your environment to be aware of whatever is happening around you. For individuals, this includes change that is happening
in your neighborhood and community as well as your country.
You can find out more about Verne’s work at www.personalfutures.net and details on the book can be found at www.vernewheelwright.com. Verne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
An interview with Luca Rosati at Flair Magazine
Click here to download the PDF copy of the interview