So what is literacy?
The first time I listened to an audio book I thought I was cheating. As a child, reading for me seemed like a lot of work, and my teachers kept piling on more reading assignments, continually feeding into the notion that reading is hard work.
Later, I rationalized that the process of reading is the process of taking characters on a page and turning them into mental concepts and images. Listening to an audio book is a little different process where we convert sounds into mental concepts and images.
Today, when someone talks about literacy there is an instant assumption that they are talking about the ability to read and write – basic ink-on-paper communications 1.0. However, communications is evolving and our ability to craft words and preserve them on paper is being replaced with digital forms of communications, and the options people now have to communicate with each other have exploded into thousands and thousands of nuanced variations of what was formerly called language.
Tomorrow there will be even more. Read More
During the time of the ancient Greek civilization several mathematicians became famous for their work. People like Archimedes, Pythagoras, Euclid, Hipparchus, Posidonius and Ptolemy all brought new elements of thinking to society, furthering the field of math, building on the earlier work of Babylonian and Egyptian mathematicians.
A few generations later the Romans became the dominant society on earth, and the one aspect of Roman society that was remarkably absent was the lack of Roman mathematicians. Rest assured, the scholarly members of Roman society came from a good gene pool and they were every bit as gifted and talented as the Greeks. But Roman society was being held hostage by its own systems. One of the primary culprit for the lack of Roman mathematicians was their numbering system – Roman Numerals and its lack of numeric positioning. Read More
As people live longer, some aspects of life are beginning to slow down Read More
Tick, tick, tick. For virtually all working people, there is a clock ticking in the background. Tick, tick, tick.
Much like the rhythm of a beating heart, the sound of time creates a rhythm for our lives, a world unfolding in iambic pentameter, pulsing to the tempo of life.
Some have turned the clock into a sophisticated marketing tool, planning every moment in the finest of detail, placing the timing of their well-oiled business machine front and center for all to see.
When today’s data goldmines becomes tomorrow’s data carcasses Read More
In 1859 the tiny community of Tin Cup, Colorado got its first taste of gold fever. A tiny amount of gold was all it took for prospectors to start poking around with hopes of striking it rich. Twenty years later they landed their first major strike and rumors of the find spread across the country.
By 1900, the once insignificant mountain settlement had mushroomed into a bustling gold town with over 2,000 people. But in a short time the mines were exhausted, the people left, and the post office closed its doors in 1918. Today, the only remnants of this once thriving community are a few abandon buildings and a couple signs along the road.
THE COMING DEMISE OF THE RETAIL STOREFRONT
Last week my wife Deb and I were relaxing at a new shopping center in the Denver area. Along the sidewalks a series of speakers cast a rather pleasant musical backdrop to the shopping experience. Read More
At one point an interesting song began playing. I reached for my iPhone, and used a program called Shazam to “listen” to the music, revealing the name of the song and the artist. I was then able to purchase the song on my iPhone and download it directly to the phone for later use.
The nature of this transaction is quite revealing in that it gives us clues as to what our shopping experiences will be like in the future.
ONE-PERSON EMPIRES TAKING CONTROL OF THE EMERGING GLOBAL ECONOMY
“The fundamental unit of the new economy
is not the corporation, but the individual.”
- Thomas Malone & Robert Laubacher
Running a solo business in the past meant that you had a one-person practice, most often offering a professional service, well suited for lawyers, accountants, and doctors. However, a new breed of solo business has emerged that allows people to leverage the power of the Internet and control a vast empire from their home office or wherever they happen to be. Across the world thousands of people are giving birth to what is being called an “Empire of One”. Read More
Business Colonies: Matching talent with pending work projects
The average person that turns 30 years old in the U.S. today has worked 11 different jobs. In just 10 years, the average person who turns 30 will have worked 200-300 different projects. Read More
Business is becoming very fluid in how it operates, and the driving force behind this liquefaction is a digital network that connects buyers with sellers faster and more efficiently than ever in the past.
It was a frenzy of activity as workers scurried from office to office, making their final checks, gathering books, papers, and personal belongings. Many were still stunned over the announcement that Google was closing its doors. The final minutes before the deadline were reserved for tearful hugs and remorseful goodbyes, but for the people of the world these brief moments of stunned silence would soon be replaced with long term anger and outrage. Read More
An atypical test for spotting financial system failure
In nature, the Asian Giant Hornet is a predator that feeds off bees with the goal of obtaining the honey bee larvae. One of these hornets can kill as many as 40 honey bees per minute. It takes only a small amount of these hornets a scant few hours to exterminate the entire population of a 30,000-member hive, leaving a trail of severed insect heads and limbs, effectively destroying their food supply. Without the natural barriers of distance and geography, hornets would wipe out the entire bee species. Read More
Many areas of the business world demonstrate a similar “win at all costs” business model even if it goes so far as to destroy their customer base.
The core premise of the Hornet Nest Theory is that wherever this is allowed to happen, it is a clear sign of system failure.
When laws of supply and demand are replaced with scarcity and abundance
Science fiction has long dreamed of a post-scarcity society, and it’s become quite common to hear discussions about transitioning from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. But, for all the good intentions and creative thinking, our limitations, both human and material, will be an ever-present force in society and a very necessary one. The trick is understanding which aspects of society will flow towards abundance and which ones will not. Read More
Futurist keynote speaker, Thomas Frey researches and explores the future of cool, the future of status symbols and what can be considered the future alternative to the college degree. How can great accomplishments be measured in the future? Read More
Philanthropy has traditionally been the interface between wealth and need. It gives pride to the wealthy, give purpose to those without, and gives hope to the underprivileged.
Philanthropy is power; the power to make a difference, the power to leave a legacy, and everything in between. It is the worthiness of a cause and the worthiness of a struggle that gives nobility to the process, and bestows awe and respect on those in the middle. But for all its well-spun intentions, the process remains hugely inefficient.
Popular keynote futurist speaker and technology futurist, Thomas Frey writes about the flying car index, and the delivery drone that will inevitably proceed it. He gives a brief history of the flying car and a snapshot of the flying drones quick progression in technology. Read More
Renown keynote futurist speaker, Thomas Frey writes on what the future of transportation, automobiles, and shipping will look like in the future. Frey is one of the foremost experts and technology futurists of our time. Read More
Renown keynote futurist, Thomas Frey writes a thought provoking piece on the future of education, teaching and learning. This article challenges the education system as we know it in hopes to establish ideas toward creating better ways to train and teach our children and growing workforce in the future, as technology and the world progresses. Read More
Futurist keynote speaker, Thomas Frey and his board of visionaries have been working hard to develop a museum of future inventions. The Museum of the future would turn the traditional museum industry on its head by redefining the museum as a forward looking establishment instead of a backwards historical one. Read More
Futurist keynote speaker, Thomas Frey writes about the concept of virtual countries. With the rise of Second Life, avatars and 3-D and virtual gaming the idea of creating virtual micro nations seems to be the next logical step. Read More
Futurist keynote speaker, Thomas Frey is famous for his predictions on the rise of the Micro Nation. In this article he makes seven bold prognostications about the rise of mirco nations and Thomas Frey considers a hypothetical concept of "Google Island". Will companies become more powerful than some countries? Read More
Futurist keynote speaker, Thomas Frey writes about creating a great information experience in the library of the future. Thomas Frey speaks about the future of libraries around the world and is seen as the foremost expert on the topic. Read More
LEarn about Albert Einstein and his colleague Niels Bohr, as the DaVinci Institute features two of the great minds of our time. These two geniuses are sure to be first ballot futurist hall of fame inductees. Read More