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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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Special Interview: Imagining the Future with Beth Comstock

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.

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Will Business Lead the Next Era of R&D Investment?

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.

 

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Facing Conflict and Opportunity in the Pursuit of Space

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Jul 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Throughout history, territorial and commercial tensions have been cause for battles. Looking further back in history, much of that conflict was armed – such as during the Punic Wars (264 B.C. to 146 B.C.), when the Roman Republic waged war with Carthage because of trade inferiority. Modern history sees a less violent, but no less dangerous, form of conflict.


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Societal Collision is the Future of Innovation

Posted by Eric Chase

Jun 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

In his best-selling study of post-Cold War international relations, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel Huntington studies geopolitical conflicts, looking particularly at their causes. His intentional spotlighting of the word ‘clash’ reveals the heart of the story – the points at which individuals and groups come up against belief systems antithetical to their own become forces working against one another for dominance, rather than compromise.

 

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The Infrastructure We Need to Secure Future Innovation

Posted by Hans Davies

Jun 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

 

A complex and vulnerable infrastructure ecosystem can be constrained by regulatory, financial, and human factors that impede innovation, economic growth, and social prosperity. Adversaries can exploit the vulnerabilities these constraints create, presenting an existential risk to the infrastructure itself, your organization, and even your country.

 

In September, following the response to Hurricane Harvey, we considered the questions of what and how to protect necessary infrastructure – whether people, pipes, or petabytes. In that context, we noted that “More people and vulnerable infrastructure exposed to more frequent and intense hazards equals even greater risk for us in the future.” We proposed that any infrastructure threat protection program must be Consistent, Insistent, and Persistent.

 

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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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The Importance of the Social Contract in a Time of Desynchronization

Posted by Dave Baber

Oct 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Go back with me for a moment to the 15th Century. It’s the Age of Enlightenment, a time marked by unprecedented progress and disruption. Information reached the masses through Gutenberg’s breakthrough printing press. Philosophers like Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau pondered the relationship between people and government. Leaders emerged from across society, asking questions of the religious, wealthy, and aristocratic ruling classes. Citizens questioned the idea of monarchies. Scientists debated the principles of the universe.

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Clarity in the Chaos: The Value of ALTERNATE FUTURES® Scenario Planning

Posted by Toffler Associates

Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

May you live in interesting times.

 

There’s a legendary saying of (questionable) decent. Some attribute it as an ancient Chinese saying, while others say it was British Foreign Secretary Austen Chamberlain (1924-1929) who had spent time in China and who may have picked up the sentiment – if not the saying – while there. As the story goes, he related that “May you live in an interesting age” is a curse heaped upon an enemy and then mused that in fact, "no age has been more fraught with insecurity than our own present time." 
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Innovation and Process Improvement – the PBJ of Business Endurance

Posted by Kanch Algama

Jul 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Ask most endurance athletes about their food fuel of choice, and you're sure to get a variety of unusual answers with a couple of exceptions - one being the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Even nutritionists and trainers extoll its virtues. It's a nutrient-rich powerhouse of protein, carbs, and fat. For most athletes, it's a tasty and cost effective resource that is simple to prepare, carry, and consume on the racecourse. And the athlete can choose from an almost limitless number of nut and fruit combinations - making it a flexible, creative way of satisfying a need.

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