Education is in flux. There is pressure to keep up with the accelerating changes in the workforce and industry. Companies are worried about hiring the specialized skills needed and as a result, apprenticeships and internships are re-emerging as mechanisms to teach specific technical and soft skills. Employers are beginning to look deeper and more creatively at the human capital supply chain.
Sport entertainment environments, players, fans, and participation mechanisms are changing dramatically. Factors like the ability to generate more and better player analytics, Virtual and Augmented Reality devices that bring fans into the experience, and the meteoric rise of Esports are shifting the stadium experience. In this future-focused look at the industry, we explore drivers of change and how shifts in areas like technology will continue to reshape the sports entertainment economy.
“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
~ Alvin Toffler
The future is discussed by prescient leaders but made and molded by youth. Over the past few months, we’ve conducted research, kept aware of the news cycles, and watched young voices emerge as global leaders. What we see is possibility and responsibility, particularly with respect to how we are educating them to succeed and lead. For better or worse, the educational decisions we make today will most certainly impact our societies and economies in the coming decades. For our own good, the youngest members of society deserve our efforts to improve education.
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
What if we lived in a world where we are able to create and mold our current realities and physical matter to what we want? What if we could eliminate physical limitations and mental illness? These are not far-fetched questions. We’re already making tremendous strides with technology to rethink our capabilities with our body and mind.
Posted by Hans Davies
May 16, 2019 8:28:57 AM
A few years ago, I wrote a piece articulating what lessons consultants could take from bartending. Recently, I was reflecting on that article and considering how, at Toffler Associates, we encourage our clients to look outside their company and their industry for answers to complex questions. As I thought about the Tofflers and our legacy as a firm, that timeless search for meaning struck me as one of the most critical aspects of understanding change. That seemingly simple realization prompted me to reflect on the art and science of philosophy in our contemporary context of change, disruption, innovation, and changing leadership.
Posted by Deb Westphal
Apr 24, 2019 1:00:00 PM
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”
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.
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?
Posted by Deb Westphal
Sep 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM
“Be where the world is going.”
– Beth Comstock
I love this quote. Be where the world is going. The commitment to peer into the future to see what is coming and assume the risks of trying new ways to build resilience is easier said than done. Most organizations are still structured for risk mitigation and operational efficiencies. It is no wonder so many leaders feel a constant pull between today’s urgent issues and tomorrow’s more distant – and important – positioning. Few future-focused leaders are brave enough to strike the balance. Those who can will dominate our increasingly unsettled business environment.
Posted by John Chase
Aug 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM
If you’re like me, you marveled at Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch and safe return of the Falcon Heavy rockets. I imagine that when NASA’s Apollo program made it possible for mankind to take its first steps on the moon, it gave people even greater feelings of amazement and wonder.