Vanishing Point

The Path to Your Organization’s Success is Paved with Failure

Posted by Phil Cunningham

December 28, 2016 at 9:15 AM

In Plato’s Meno, the character Socrates raises the question of why knowledge is more valuable than a strongly held conviction or ‘true’ belief. He relates an anecdote of a traveler navigating the road to Larissa. When the traveler comes across a fork in the road, he can either know that Larissa lies to the road on the left or he can have a ‘true’ belief that he’ll reach the city by choosing to go left.

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This is the Future of Education

Posted by Dave Baber

December 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM

America moved from the Agrarian Age to the Industrial Age in the mid-19th Century. At that point in our history, farmers made up 64% of the population. Today, they comprise only 2% of the U.S. population. As we settle firmly in the Knowledge Age (The Third Wave), will Educators be the next great profession to lose employment to machines?

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Reflecting on Future Shock Forum 2016

Posted by Deb Westphal

December 15, 2016 at 1:22 PM

I’ve just returned from Future Shock Forum 2016. I’m exhausted but completely energized and so grateful.

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Why Kindergarteners Always Win the Marshmallow Challenge

Posted by Chris Gros

December 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

During Toffler Associates training courses, we (like many other organizations) use a simple team-building exercise called The Marshmallow Challenge. Here’s how it works: the large group is broken down into teams of about five people. Each team must build the tallest free-standing structure possible out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow must end up on top. Each team has 18 minutes to get it done. The tallest structure wins.

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View Your Knowledge Assets Through a Wider Lens

Posted by Nina Martire

November 30, 2016 at 10:34 AM

GoPro has been called “a victim of its own brilliance.” [1] In 2002, the company entered the marketplace as one of those true rarities – a product so innovative that it created a market. Fast-forward to 2016. The company is barely breathing, due in part to heavy competition from lower-cost market entries from companies like HTC and Xiaomi that hit the international marketplace and surpassed GoPro sales in less than 12 months. The damage is also coming from the fact that the company has neglected demands from buyers hungry for simplicity and instant gratification – like that of the more consumer-friendly options like the iPhone, laptops, and even the Blackberry.

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Empowering the Global Workforce One Individual at a Time

Posted by Gregory Weber

November 16, 2016 at 8:38 AM

I work with an organization whose executives struggle daily to advance a mission, achieve meaningful results that yield growth, and align its people around a shared vision. They are failing. Every day. They’re not unusual.

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How Can Blockchain Help You Create and Protect Value?

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

November 9, 2016 at 9:38 AM

“Blockchain Technology is a disruptive platform designed to facilitate the exchange of value.”

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This is Why Your Organizational Transformation Demands Humanity

Posted by Hans Davies

November 2, 2016 at 12:03 PM

In March 2016, my wife and I welcomed our first child. Needless to say, it was a big change for us. As I enjoyed time off with my new family, I had ample time to reflect on transformation and the significance of change for individuals, organizations, and societies.


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How Can We Gain Clarity in the Geopolitical Chaos?

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

October 26, 2016 at 9:10 AM

The global field continues to grow more fluid and overloaded with information. Despite having greater ability to access and harness information, our ability to consume and build relevance is diminishing. The global environment is so inundated with data, complexity, and instability; it’s impossible to understand every data point. To keep this state of overload from threatening vital decisions and progress, leaders absolutely must be clear about what they value, and how the organization can create value today and in the future.

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Algorithms Don’t Understand Love – Advertising Week 2016 Presentation Highlights

Posted by Deb Westphal

October 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM


The future is exciting. For any organization to grasp its potential and their role in making a positive impact on humanity at large, they must connect as many dots as possible in and across fast-paced, hyperconnected marketplaces. Across every industry, those correlations offer the best chance to create, pursue, and assess our future with openness and optimism. They help organizations and industries to see things they might otherwise miss, helping them to position their business to thrive in an uncertain future.





Liz Ross is the CEO of Periscope, an independent, full-spectrum impact agency. She invited me to join her on the Bing stage during 2016 New York Advertising Week to take a look at look at how (and why) professionals in the marketing field must learn, unlearn, relearn if the industry is to keep up with rapidly changing global realities.

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