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Translating the KonMari Method to Spark Joy at Work

Posted by Amanda Ku

Jan 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM

I recently watched the new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. It features Marie and her KonMari Method™.[1] The premise of the method is to “tidy up” by category, beginning with clothing and moving group by group until you reach sentimental items. You begin by taking inventory of what you have, and then for each item, you consider whether the thing offers heartfelt value to your life and a place in your ideal future – in other words, whether it “sparks joy.” If it doesn’t, it is recognized for its historical role and then discarded.

 

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RAPPORT // Why Antarctica is Vital to the Future of Earth

Posted by Deb Westphal

Jan 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

People close to me know that travel is my passion. It has been a priority for most of my life. As the number of trips I’ve had the opportunity to take has risen, my destinations have gone farther off the beaten path. In December, a trip to Antarctica pushed the boundaries to their farthest reaches.

 

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Here Are the Disruptive Technologies That Will Reshape Your Business

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

Jan 16, 2019 1:03:00 PM

We hear a lot about “disruptive technology,” but what does that really mean? It is one thing to put together a trend piece or identify the next big thing. Understanding it and planning for the disruption is another challenge altogether.

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Reflection on the Future: Becoming CEO of Toffler Associates

Posted by Maria Bothwell

Jan 9, 2019 9:02:00 AM

“Time feels like it is accelerating.”

 

In a December post in Rapport, Deb Westphal opted to skip making a New Year’s resolution, in favor of looking forward. As I step into the Toffler Associates CEO role this January, I am focused on the future of the firm and its unwavering commitment to be a catalyst for change and future value for our clients. 

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Future Disruptive Technology: AI and Trust

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Dec 13, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Building off the momentum of our Disruption 2030 report where we explored the driving changes, shocks, and disruptive technology that will shape the future, and together with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (DHS S&T) directorate, Toffler Associates convened public and private sector executives, thought leaders, and technology builders for off-the-record discussions focused on exploring the implications of this future where disruptive technology – more specifically artificial intelligence – is harnessed by us and our adversaries.

 

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RAPPORT // Take a Future-Focused Mindset and be a Change Maker in 2019

Posted by Deb Westphal

Dec 6, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Do you get more reflective at year’s end?

 

Even though time is fundamentally the continual progress of existence, there is something about the end of the calendar year that inspires reflection. Every December brings a flood of publications documenting the year’s end. Reuters, New York Times, and CNN (to name a few) release special edition Year in Pictures, Who We Lost, and Major Events recaps to document the major milestones that affected people and shaped societies. Intentionally or unintentionally, we give mental space to tie up loose ends and consider the hopes, dreams, and failures of the past twelve months. There’s calm in reminiscing and fascination in remembering what we have forgotten in just a short period. As individuals, this process is part of how we translate our accomplishments, missed opportunities and regrets into a new or renewed commitment to “do better next year.”

 

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Future Shock Forum: 2018 Insights

Posted by Nina Martire

Nov 29, 2018 2:00:00 PM

On October 15-16, 2018 Toffler Associates hosted its 2018 Future Shock ForumSM in the beautiful city of Chicago, where we convened an eclectic and energized group of leaders from business, public service, and academia to explore and debate the shocks we are facing and their implications for organizations. These Future Shocks™ disrupt, disorient, and shape the future of business and society. From bio-digital convergence and geopolitical powershifts to infrastructure adaptation and societal collisions, these shifts are creating immense uncertainty and opportunity for today’s leaders.

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Discussing Changes at the Intersection of Technology and Humanity

Posted by Deb Westphal

Nov 7, 2018 8:59:00 AM

 

“What's the problem we're trying to solve?

What is the question that we're trying to answer?

The key is getting the question right.”

 

I recently had the opportunity to engage in a fascinating conversation with a fellow life-long learner and high-touch futurist. That discussion with Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, founder of Wild Innovation and Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist for the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska, was recorded for the Rural Futures Podcast. On a weekly basis, this platform explores rural-urban divide, technology development, and the future of work.

 

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America’s Economic Future Depends on Infrastructure Innovation

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Oct 31, 2018 1:52:36 PM

The security and resilience of our critical infrastructure is a long-standing national and economic security matter. I recently spoke at an Electric Transmission Conference about grid resilience as a national security challenge. A common question arose - namely, how we can help Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) understand the national security imperative? Moreover, how can they grow more favorable to rate recovery for utility owners making security and resilience investments?

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Designing a Cyber Risk Strategy for the Human Operating System (HumanOS)

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Oct 26, 2018 1:46:06 PM

This week, we're introducing the first Toffler Associates video blog. Team members Masseh Tahiry and Caitlin Durkovich discuss future threats that will impact cybersecurity. They discuss the rapid evolution of tech, the changing character of warfare, and increased tension at almost every strata of society – from the multinational, regional, and national levels to the local (including those on the seams, like criminal syndicates and insurgent groups) - and yet, none of these threats compare to the threat of humans. Watch the video to see why humans are the most pressing threat, and how we should approach cybersecurity with a human-centric focus.

 

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