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Your Organization's Future Operating Environment

Posted by Jasmine Niernberger

Feb 15, 2018 10:55:00 AM

Toffler Associates recently conducted a study that surveyed global executives and found six major forces that are influencing industry's future operating environment. They provide insight into what is causing change in your environment, for your organization, and what your organization needs to understand and plan for. The factoid examples represent developments that will impact and shape the future we will come to know.

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The Social Impact of Demassification and Desynchronization

Posted by Aaron Schulman

Feb 7, 2018 7:56:00 AM

As a whole, modern society is more multifaceted, divisive, connected, and vocal than ever before in history. Two major forces enable this current reality – a rapid rate of change and massive personalization of products and services. The confluence of these two factors is evidence of the Knowledge Era.  Change is happening constantly, yet governments, industries, companies, and people embrace (and adapt to) change at varying rates.

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RAPPORT // Looking at Davos and BlackRock - What Active Global Citizenship Means for Humanity

Posted by Deb Westphal

Jan 31, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Welcome to Rapport a special blog series within Vanishing Point. As the name implies, this blog is a conversation. Once every month, we will explore foundational shifts and open discussion about current issues and trends. I will introduce perspectives grown from years of work with the founder of our eponymous firm, executive experience, global adventures, and personal relationships with some of the greatest thinkers and leaders of our era. My hope is that you will find these posts interesting, empathetic, and worth discussing.

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Create a FutureProof® Plan for the Cryptocurrency-Driven Economy

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Jan 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Our financial system is under tremendous pressure, putting global economies at the kind of inflection point where watershed moments and risks arise. As we look at the future of money, we see a virtual system in which economic connections are frictionless, human-to-human, disintermediated and entirely cashless. 

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Organizational Decision-Making in the Age of AI

Posted by Eric Chase

Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The organizational structure that characterizes most modern government agencies and many commercial environments was built as an early 20th Century Industrial Era paradigm. Hierarchical, efficient and mechanized; this structure was designed less for creative problem solving and innovation, and more for rapid mass production. The historical context in which this model emerged demanded quantity, standardization and price minimization. Low cost, mass-produced goods propelled the consumer economy. Major global events like WWII required the rapid, consistent, and widespread mobilization of funds, people, natural resources, and military equipment.

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How to Ensure the Successful Implementation of Change

Posted by Nina Martire

Jan 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM

How often do we hear about an organization that is going through, coming out of, or planning for a change? Constantly. The cycle is almost continuous. One change is barely implemented before a new disruption or opportunity presents itself and demands a response. Organizations capable of engaging a continuous process of identifying, planning for, and adapting to change are those with teams aligned around priorities and structures in place to act on decisions with process and focus.

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7 Key Disruptions Organizations Should Consider for 2018

Posted by Dave Baber

Dec 21, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Toffler Associates keeps an ever-present eye toward the future. An important step in the process of identifying and contextualizing predictions is taking the time to consider the current environment, past trends and events, and the ways that expectations proved out in reality.


Summarizing 2017, we see seven disruptions and impacts that we believe will shape business, infrastructure, economy, and societies in 2018. Some are inherently optimistic; others are risks to mitigate. In every case, these are big ideas and important considerations as you take a breath over the holidays and plan for the year to come.

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Cyber Risk To Your Organization's Future Value

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Dec 14, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mixed reality (augmented and virtual reality), blockchain, and even cryptocurrencies are emerging as pillars of any enterprise transformation. This has resulted in hyper-automated processes, accelerated supply chain productivity, and growing customer loyalty. But, as organizations digitally transform to create and enhance their future value for their workforce, customers, and shareholders, they are exposing themselves to more cyber risk.


Organizations must anticipate future threats and take control of the risky environment. To start, organizations must understand the evolution of technology and cyber threats – past, present, and future – as they test new business models and adopt new technology.

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Investing in Shared Citizenship

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Dec 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Every day we wake up with headlines that describe the immense difficulties we face as a society. We hear about issues with infrastructure, health care, societal expectations, technological advancements, and more. It's not possible to address these challenges linearly. The ecosystem in which we live lacks sufficient controls to isolate the complexity of each issue. Gaining the perspective and understanding necessary to create real solutions requires a holistic, integrated approach that takes into account individual interests, social challenges, and active investment in a resilient future. 

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Why Leaders are Failing to Embrace Disruptive Technology (and How to Fix the Problem)

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

Nov 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Over the past couple of years, the focus of my work has been helping organizations wrestle with the promise and challenge of disruptive technologies. I’ve participated in, led, and observed countless presentations about viable emerging technologies and disruptive companies. As part of the discussions, we have examined potential threats and risks, and constructed scenarios and preparations. I’ve worked with clients to determine the investment and portfolio compositions necessary for robust, sustainable growth. I’ve helped to build and prepare teams to brief boards of directors, interviewed more than 300 leaders across industries, and done hundreds of hours of research. Through this work, I’ve come to a single, clear realization: we’re doing it wrong.

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