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The Future of Education

Education is in flux. There is pressure to keep up with the accelerating changes in the wo...

Every Day is Game Day: Wh...

For those of us who are Washington Nationals fans, 2019 was an extraordinary season. It ev...

Applying a 19th Century I...

“The public school system is designed to produce a workforce for an economy that will not ...

The Future of Sports Ente...

Sport entertainment environments, players, fans, and participation mechanisms are changing...

How Upgrading Education w...

“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those...

RAPPORT // Unleashing a N...

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot cha...

RAPPORT // These are the ...

“What I hope to achieve with this protest is attention in the media, so that the media wil...

RAPPORT // A Call to Lead...

“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to sh...

RAPPORT // Anticipatory D...

Anticipatory Democracy: The public’s active, conscious engagement in collectively shaping ...

Infographic: Work Life 20...

Based on current data, we know our lives will be different in 2040. To prepare for the opp...

From Toddler to Team Lead...

In May, Toffler Associates hosted an event called Pinot and Ponder, which brought together...

Welcome to the Face of Le...

Nobody knows the future with certainty. We can, however, identify ongoing patterns of chan...

RAPPORT // Visionary Lead...

“One thing, however, is certain: the world needs your leadership. As divisions continue to...

How Resilient Organizatio...

Future Shock is the individual’s and organization’s struggle to adapt to and manage the ma...

RAPPORT // The World Cup ...

“Out of this massive restructuring of power relationships, like the shifting and grinding ...

Celebrating Choice and Fr...

As we gear up for the July 4th holiday, celebrating 243 years of American independence and...

Human 2.0 Could be Life a...

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that ...

Is the Abortion Debate Ab...

Last month I had several heated conversations with my significant other over the abortion ...

RAPPORT // The Future Is ...

Next year marks the 50th year anniversary of Future Shock. The upcoming milestone presente...

How Audacious Goals and C...

Our modern entertainment and pop culture have taken a distinctly, alarmingly dystopian spi...

RAPPORT // The Truth Abou...

Last summer, social media channels brought us stunning firsthand views of the violence, de...

The Timeless Philosophies...

A few years ago, I wrote a piece articulating what lessons consultants could take from bar...

RAPPORT // Is a State of ...

Earlier this week, an article from Packaging Digest came across my news feed and immediate...

Is Your Business Resilien...

One of the Toffler Associates core values is to be a “curious life-long learner.” We live ...

RAPPORT //Notre Dame and ...

  “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, o...

Spotlight Session with Be...

In this conversation Deb Westphal, Chairman of the Board for Toffler Associates, talks wit...

RAPPORT // The Surprise o...

  “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the ...

U.S. National Security Hi...

The United States has long maintained a causal relationship between industrial capability ...

Business Resilience is Vi...

At the turn of the 21st century, businesses faced the frightening unknown of Y2K. The poss...

RAPPORT // Greta Thunberg...

One day before #schoolstrike, the biggest day of global action focused on climate change, ...

RAPPORT // Are you Making...

Its that time of year again. Across thousands of (success-minded, forward-thinking) busine...

This is the Smarter Milit...

In 2014, Frank Kendall, then Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, T...

RAPPORT // In Praise of H...

Nike’s Dream Crazier ad is sweeping its way across social media. Debuted during this week’...

Your Future Hinges at the...

  Risks to operations. Market share. Profitability. Business leaders are surrounded by ris...

RAPPORT // Greta Thunberg...

For more than four decades, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting has been a beacon for ...

Translating the KonMari M...

I recently watched the new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. It features Marie an...

RAPPORT // Why Antarctica...

People close to me know that travel is my passion. It has been a priority for most of my l...

Here Are the Disruptive T...

We hear a lot about “disruptive technology,” but what does that really mean? It is one thi...

Reflection on the Future:...

“Time feels like it is accelerating.”   In a December post in Rapport, Deb Westphal opted ...

Future Disruptive Technol...

Building off the momentum of our Disruption 2030 report where we explored the driving chan...

RAPPORT // Take a Future-...

Do you get more reflective at year’s end?   Even though time is fundamentally the continua...

Future Shock Forum: 2018 ...

On October 15-16, 2018 Toffler Associates hosted its 2018 Future Shock ForumSM in the beau...

Discussing Changes at the...

  “What's the problem we're trying to solve? What is the question that we're trying to ans...

America’s Economic Future...

The security and resilience of our critical infrastructure is a long-standing national and...

Designing a Cyber Risk St...

This week, we're introducing the first Toffler Associates video blog. Team members Masseh ...

Shocks and Solutions: Fut...

I am so energized and full of hope! I’ve just returned from the beautiful city of Chicago ...

How the Future of Manufac...

During the past few years, investors, business executives, and the public have become enam...

It’s Change or Lose for H...

In a crowded conference hall of human resource professionals, the first address of the Nor...

The World is Shifting: Co...

  “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the s...

The Future of Voting: A T...

The 2016 elections delivered a number of bombshells. The one top of mind for most American...

The Future of Work and Wo...

  Revitalizing workforce agility is urgent; it is a priority that must be satisfied if bus...

Special Interview: Imagin...

“Be where the world is going.” – Beth Comstock   I love this quote. Be where the world is ...

Information Transparency ...

  Before the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Industrial Revolution, the Constitutional ...

Security by Design: Creat...

  We are regularly asked about the biggest risks to critical infrastructure. Recent news h...

How Cities Should Prepare...

Smart city technologies include the internet of Things (IoT), hyper-connected citizens, an...

[Webinar] Future-Focused ...

In an environment where physical and cyber risks are increasing, it is critical that secur...

Will Business Lead the Ne...

If you’re like me, you marveled at Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch and safe return of the Falcon...

RAPPORT // Is the Pentago...

Once again, the Pentagon has reorganized.[1] Motivated by a concern about how emerging tec...

Facing Conflict and Oppor...

Throughout history, territorial and commercial tensions have been cause for battles. Looki...

Disruption 2030: The Driv...

The following recommendations were designed to provide DHS S&T with clear steps to increas...

The Secret to Successful ...

Change is hard. We all know this. Leading through change is even harder. Read Simon Sinek,...

RAPPORT // Mary Meeker’s ...

Being a bit of a technology geek, I always look forward to Mary Meeker’s annual update on ...

Societal Collision is the...

In his best-selling study of post-Cold War international relations, The Clash of Civilizat...

Intelligence Led Enterpri...

  To ensure a successful transformation to a Market Intelligence 3.0 capability, it is imp...

The Infrastructure We Nee...

    A complex and vulnerable infrastructure ecosystem can be constrained by regulatory, fi...

RAPPORT // Businesses are...

 On a wall in the Brighton Ski Lodge located outside of Salt Lake City, there is a tiny pl...

Is the Future of Work a S...

    Purpose as the reason for action or existence has remained consistent over centuries. ...

Shifting from Security to...

  I have been doing a lot of thinking about risk lately. As I engage with leaders at vario...

Aligned to Thrive - This ...

  The operating environment continues to grow more volatile, ambiguous, complex, and uncer...

RAPPORT // What the Bosto...

  This year’s Boston Marathon left a lasting imprint on my heart. Maybe it’s because I’m c...

The Measurable Lasting Va...

Strategy is overcomplicated. Government and commercial executives get so wrapped up in wor...

Data Trust and Privacy - ...

  As the world becomes more connected and data-driven, notions of trust and privacy are ev...

The March for Our Lives i...

  The late 1960’s was a pivotal era of social activism. In 1966, Time Magazine named the “...

RAPPORT // The Louvre is ...

  Earlier this month, my son and I met in Paris, France for a quick vacation. We had been ...

What is the Corporate Imp...

Hyperconnectivity has erased the limitations posed by geographic distance. The modern worl...

Trading Trust in NGOs for...

Over the past three years, the trust of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) has declined....

Creative Approaches to a ...

Current approaches to cybersecurity are not delivering strong results. Many organizations ...

RAPPORT // Is There a Bet...

Welcome to Rapport. As the name implies, this blog is a conversation. Once every month, we...

Why Corporate Training is...

Take this short quiz. When you finish, consider this – if you knew the answers, when was t...

Your Organization's Futur...

Toffler Associates recently conducted a study that surveyed global executives and found si...

The Social Impact of Dema...

As a whole, modern society is more multifaceted, divisive, connected, and vocal than ever ...

RAPPORT // Looking at Dav...

Welcome to Rapport a special blog series within Vanishing Point. As the name implies, this...

Create a FutureProof® Pla...

Our financial system is under tremendous pressure, putting global economies at the kind of...

Organizational Decision-M...

The organizational structure that characterizes most modern government agencies and many c...

How to Ensure the Success...

How often do we hear about an organization that is going through, coming out of, or planni...

7 Key Disruptions Organiz...

Toffler Associates keeps an ever-present eye toward the future. An important step in the p...

Cyber Risk To Your Organi...

Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mixed reality (augmented and virtual reality), b...

Investing in Shared Citiz...

Every day we wake up with headlines that describe the immense difficulties we face as a so...

Why Leaders are Failing t...

Over the past couple of years, the focus of my work has been helping organizations wrestle...

Optimism is the Most Pote...

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” - Dr. Maya Angelou   In gene...

Humanizing AI: From Data-...

Since the 2016 election, the news cycle offers up surprises on almost a daily basis. In si...

Not if. When. How do you ...

A slew of recent events has raised the question about the best ways for organizations to p...

The Importance of the Soc...

Go back with me for a moment to the 15th Century. It’s the Age of Enlightenment, a time ma...

A Look at Education, Cult...

The Future of Work is a buzz phrase. If you want proof, Google search it – you’ll get appr...

Clarity in the Chaos: The...

May you live in interesting times.   There’s a legendary saying of (questionable) decent. ...

The Case for Data-Driven ...

If we take the news at face value, Big Data is our great modern panacea. But as we’ve lear...

Leading Through Desynchro...

Desynchronization is caused by variances in the pace of change. It creates friction betwee...

Infographic: The Future o...

Technology will transform how we connect, learn, share and innovate in the future, having ...

This is the Only Reliable...

More people and vulnerable infrastructure exposed to more frequent and intense hazards equ...

How to Engage AI in Organ...

In his 1954 publication, The Functions of the Executive, retired telephone executive Chest...

Agile Security for the Ne...

“You’re only as secure as your weakest link.” Caitlin Durkovich, Infrastructure Security E...

Security is a Brand Diffe...

As the global risk environment becomes more unpredictable, the hospitality industry faces ...

Infographic: The End of T...

  Organizations can no longer rest on segmentation in an era of widely accessible individu...

The Experience Economy Co...

Conventional wisdom called Millennials a kind of Peter Pan generation that would be unchan...

Innovation and Process Im...

Ask most endurance athletes about their food fuel of choice, and you're sure to get a vari...

This is How to Future-Pro...

As industries become increasingly disintermediated, social media chatter shapes trends and...

Is Smart Technology Under...

Over the course of the past few months, we’ve given blog space to an increasingly pervasiv...

Infographic: Health Disru...

  Organizations must not only understand and decide how to best address their workforce he...

Welcome to the Fourth Wav...

In 1950, Alan Turing published an article in MIND entitled Computing Machinery and Intelli...

Infographic: What is the ...

Toffler Associates interviewed hundreds of subject matter experts to develop a perspective...

Preparing Cities for Smar...

With increasing volume and velocity, smart city technologies and autonomous vehicles are r...

The Aging Population – Ho...

Global demographics are shifting, and the global population is aging. Longer life spans wi...

What You Must Know to be ...

Innovation and business transformation have reached radical speed. Market forces, financia...

Follow the Yellow Brick R...

Future business success will rely on the ability to use personal data to customize the exp...

Is Your Organization Prep...

Every day, powerful new technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, automation,...

The Accelerating Shared E...

The nature of work is changing, and this is more than just virtualization. Who we are, how...

Technology has Exposed th...

“Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.”  ~ Alvin Toffler   Technology has crea...

The Rise of Service Robot...

There is a dramatic shift in the global robotics marketplace. The commonplace use of indus...

Measurement and Metrics f...

As Alvin Toffler predicted, the rate of change has continually increased in the Third Wave...

The Three Secrets to Grea...

I recently took advantage of an opportunity to participate in a two-week bartending class....

Perfect Innovation is a D...

A brief history of the iconic toy manufacturer LEGO offers a clear argument that the tradi...

Take Care of Your People ...

Let me paint a scenario of contradictions. Most of us know that the leading cause of death...

Do people still matter in...

Telephones came into existence in the late 19th Century. Along with the innovation came th...

Human-to-Human Engagement...

Like organizations and the innovations they produce, the workforce has undergone significa...

The Risk of Neglecting Hu...

  “If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.” - Simon Sinek _________...

Big Teaming is a Solution...

Big Teaming is “intense collaboration between professions and industries, which requires l...

How Public Perception of ...

America is at a security nexus. Critical infrastructure is deteriorating, private informat...

Why You Need to Conduct a...

There is no one “right” way to innovate. There are different reasons to do it, different w...

AI is Worthless in the Ab...

In almost every industry and sector, AI is opening up new possibilities and forcing us to ...

What Water Boundary Confl...

At the intersection between the state lines for Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, the Tri-Sta...

The Most Important Resour...

Leaders continue to experience conflict between preparing for future opportunities and mee...

Why Crowdsourcing May Be ...

Consider Wikipedia, Kickstarter, 99 Designs. All are crowdsourcing platforms. All create v...

Your New Year’s Resolutio...

January is a time for resolutions. For many people (and businesses) the first weeks of any...

How to Harness Talent and...

In 1995, Alvin Toffler wrote about creating a new civilization.[1] In his aptly titled boo...

The Path to Your Organiza...

In Plato’s Meno, the character Socrates raises the question of why knowledge is more valua...

This is the Future of Edu...

America moved from the Agrarian Age to the Industrial Age in the mid-19th Century. At that...

Reflecting on Future Shoc...

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

Why Kindergarteners Alway...

During Toffler Associates training courses, we (like many other organizations) use a simpl...

View Your Knowledge Asset...

GoPro has been called “a victim of its own brilliance.” [1] In 2002, the company entered t...

Empowering the Global Wor...

I work with an organization whose executives struggle daily to advance a mission, achieve ...

How Can Blockchain Help Y...

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

This is Why Your Organiza...

In March 2016, my wife and I welcomed our first child. Needless to say, it was a big chang...

How Can We Gain Clarity i...

The global field continues to grow more fluid and overloaded with information. Despite hav...

Algorithms Don’t Understa...

  The future is exciting. For any organization to grasp its potential and their role in ma...

Applying a Value Model to...

  Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. – Ludwig van Beethoven ____...

What is the Right Educati...

Standardized educational models in the United States have always reflected our current soc...

Are You Certain You’re Pr...

Terms like globalized, interconnected, and hyper-empowered are so trumpeted across the inf...

Bio-Digital Convergence: ...

Are humans the next critical infrastructure sector?   Currently, humanity is being augment...

On a Mission to Create Sh...

We are all doing business together in the Knowledge Age. We have the ability and the drive...

How Flash Mobs and Unions...

The 1973 story “Flash Crowd” describes an event in a future world in which an argument in ...

Is Water the World’s Grea...

Hyperconnectivity, the broadening and strengthening network that is rapidly encompassing e...

A Billion Dollar (Shave C...

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci While it may seem c...

Why it’s Change or Die in...

The Third Wave, which ushered in an era of realities like global hyper-connectivity, disin...

These People Can Lead You...

Most discussions of strong leaders read like a Who’s Who of our time – Franklin Delano Roo...

Finding Your Place in the...

The biosphere is the sum of all the ecosystems. It is alternatively fragile and incredibly...

Balancing Privacy and Sec...

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve n...

The Upside of Armageddon ...

Pretty much everywhere you read, look, or listen, stories of advancement are met with reas...

Innovation Can’t Exist wi...

The scale of innovation has thrust us into an era when ‘change or die’ is more than a plat...

The Lifelong Learner: How...

Alvin Toffler, the namesake and founder of Toffler Associates passed away on June 27, 2016...

Do You Know How to Struct...

In the first installment of this two-part series on the  evolution and benefits of horizon...

The Knowledge Age Organiz...

Markets and people are more interconnected, global competition is more intense, demographi...

New Thinking Never Gets O...

We’ve been in a state of rapid change for decades. Much of what had been innovative is now...

How to Combat Threat with...

The world is rapidly changing, and the threats to business and government are changing wit...

The Art and Science of Wa...

For centuries, military leaders have used wargaming as a way to anticipate adversary actio...

Organizational Learning i...

   “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but th...

The Deep Fundamentals of ...

 “Knowledge, in short, is now the central resource of destructivity, just as it is the cen...

Should AI Have a Seat in ...

A set of three ‘Deep Fundamentals’ is creating new and deepening convergences across the g...

How to Craft a Communicat...

Within their walls, most organizations house the talent, offerings, and resources capable ...

The Secret to a Successfu...

Today, the pace at which organizations can gather, process, protect, and disseminate data ...

An Insider Look at Thrivi...

On April 5, 2016, Steve Case introduced his book, The Third Wave. The title is a nod to ou...

The Human Side of IT Reso...

There is little doubt that we will continue to see a future that employs automated machine...

Stability and Jeopardy: T...

We live in an unprecedented time. Around the world, the Internet of Things (IoT) is growin...

Innovation is the Father ...

Innovation as a Path to Disruption   Proverb, five centuries old: “Necessity is the mother...

The Great Compromise: Bal...

The recent news that the 2013 compromise of the Bowman Avenue Dam is being blamed on the I...

Workforce Knowledge is Ke...

Conversations around infrastructure protection remain largely contained to the historicall...

How Technology Can Kill I...

Innovation is what the New York Times would call a Double Duty word – it’s a noun and a ve...

Innovation Never Happens ...

Collaboration fosters innovation. Innovation drives a Future Proof® organization that can ...

The 4 Drivers at the Hear...

Communities, governments, business leaders and educators across the globe have turned atte...

How A.I. is Ushering in a...

We live in a hyper-connected, data rich, knowledge ecosystem in which technology is as lik...

4 Key Assessments to Stre...

The ever-increasing interdependence between technology, people, and rapid globalization me...

Exploring a New Image of ...

On August 9, 1965, Singapore became an independent and sovereign democratic nation. Since ...

Your 2016 Organizational ...

The turn of the year has us all doing a performance analysis. As a leader, how and where d...

Change Fatigue is Inevita...

Vital businesses are in a state of continual reinvention and flux. In fact, remaining Futu...

A Framework for the Futur...

At the nexus between an old and a new year, it makes sense to take stock of which approach...

A Future Focus: What 2015...

It’s simply human nature to presume that the change in our midst is more significant and r...

This is Everything – How ...

More than ever before, 2015 was a year when online, mobile, and offline channels merged an...

The Organization of the F...

Embracing a knowledge economy has ignited a transformation of the organizational model. So...

This is the Organizationa...

The words a company uses to describe itself are critical elements of its culture. Terms li...

The Implications of China...

China has the world’s largest population (1.37 billion) and in 2014, the country surpassed...

What is Your Role in the ...

The Third Wave has been characterized by the shape, presence and role of technology. It is...

Flipping the Model: The M...

In 2014, global M&A deal volume experienced a massive rebound. The total number of reporte...

Can Innovation Restore th...

In 2014, US venture capitalists invested $48.3 billion in 4,356 deals – a 61% increase in ...

The Market for Quiet in a...

It seems we’ve conquered the barriers of time and space.   We have just about perfected th...

The Secret to Success: Em...

Every day in the U.S., approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers leave the workforce. While there’...

Successful Design Thinkin...

Design thinking is everywhere. Academia, industry, and the public sector are all heralding...

For Gen C, Technology is ...

A demographic and psychographic shift has occurred, and it’s bigger than categorization or...

Technology and Pace of In...

Desynchronization [n] The relation that exists when things occur at unrelated times.   As ...

H2H: Why the Best Leaders...

I recently spoke with the CEO of a large, multi-layered global organization. After six dec...

Rise of the Machine 2.0: ...

Over a remarkably short period of time, we have evolved from understanding how to manage t...

With Space Commercializat...

On March 22, 1946, the first American-built rocket was launched out of the Earth’s atmosph...

The Rise of the Machine: ...

We live with risk every day, and we work very hard to stay safe. We lock our doors, shred ...

Redefining Health Through...

Lately, we’ve been working to understand the implications of two seemingly disparate advan...

Unleash the Power of Rese...

Google is at it again.   Earlier this month, CEO Larry Page announced that Google is reorg...

Why H2H Must Be a Critica...

We are all consumers. We buy stuff, and lots of it. Think about the last time you made a l...

From Princes to Frogs: Ne...

If you’ve attended a seminar on leadership lately, it’s likely that you’ve run into quotes...

How to Create Space for I...

Innovate or die. Disrupt or be disrupted. It’s that simple.   Neither innovation nor disru...

The Future is Here. Are Y...

Let’s do a quick exercise – when did your industry last experience major disruption? How a...

Welcome to Vanishing Poin...

A vanishing point is defined as “the point where your eye should view an image for the cor...

Combatting Terrorism – Py...

After 17 people were killed over the course of three days earlier this month, Paris joins ...