Vanishing Point

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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Shocks and Solutions: Future Shock Forum 2018 Event Recap

Posted by Deb Westphal

Oct 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM


I am so energized and full of hope! I’ve just returned from the beautiful city of Chicago where we hosted the 2018 Future Shock Forum. Everyone who joined us shared incredible connections, questions, and perspectives. To be sure, the event exceeded our expectations.

 

This event is part of the Toffler Associates legacy. For many years, our co-founders Alvin and Heidi Toffler would host intimate gatherings of curious, accomplished friends and colleagues. They would gather around the kitchen table of their California home to explore ideas and look at the future. Throughout the evening, everyone openly and respectfully challenged each other’s ideas and views on economic and societal patterns, and the alternate futures they prophesied.

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What is the Corporate Impact of a Globally Shared Humanity?

Posted by John Chase

Mar 21, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Hyperconnectivity has erased the limitations posed by geographic distance. The modern world is a tightly interwoven global web of relationships and orders of impact. For businesses, the consequences of the free-flow of information and tightening networks are two-fold. First, in any given marketplace, supply chains, environmental footprints, and cultural profiles, we see the presence (or at least the influence) of decisions and belief systems that may have originated somewhere on the other side of the planet. The second impact – and the one we will focus on here – is the rising importance of human-level connection and our globally shared humanity.

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The Accelerating Shared Economy

Posted by Nina Martire

May 10, 2017 9:15:00 AM

The nature of work is changing, and this is more than just virtualization. Who we are, how we interact, and the way we work are changing. How we connect and the technologies we use to do so are colliding in a way that is shaping our behavior and work - the rapidly expanding influence of the shared economy. Our infographic explores the features of a shared economy, how it has evolved and how it will impact business in the future. 

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H2H: Why the Best Leaders Embrace Vulnerability

Posted by Deb Westphal

Sep 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

I recently spoke with the CEO of a large, multi-layered global organization. After six decades of building operational strength through a command and control/top-down structure, employee communication has become an area of overwhelming concern. The pace of technological change and ubiquity of social media as a mode of human connection has completely changed the way organizations must disseminate information.

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Rise of the Machine 2.0: Security After the Internet of Things

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

Sep 23, 2015 8:53:34 AM

Over a remarkably short period of time, we have evolved from understanding how to manage technology in various parts of our lives, to adapting to a fully integrated existence. Highlighting this progress in a September speech at the Royal United Services Institute, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work drove home the potential of integration, “The third offset strategy will be based on increased human-machine collaboration and combat-teaming.”

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Why H2H Must Be a Critical Aspect of Your Organization’s Growth & Engagement Strategies

Posted by Deb Westphal

Aug 19, 2015 9:30:00 AM

We are all consumers. We buy stuff, and lots of it. Think about the last time you made a large purchase – or for that matter a not-so-large purchase. How did you make your buying decision? For everything from booking a hotel room, to choosing a restaurant, to buying an appliance, car, or pair of shoes, more and more consumers are checking out what others have to say before deciding to buy. Today, technology connects people from all over the world – including remote areas previously thought of as unreachable – in ways we would have never dreamed possible just 20 years ago. 


As consumers, our buying habits have changed – or you could say they’ve been disrupted – because of this phenomenon of human connectivity

 

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Got H2H?

Posted by Deb Westphal

Jul 22, 2014 10:50:00 AM

We are all consumers. We buy stuff, and lots of it. Think about the last time you made a large purchase – or for that matter a not-so-large purchase. How did you make your buying decision?  For everything from booking a hotel room, to choosing a restaurant, to buying an appliance, car, or pair of shoes, more and more consumers are checking out what others have to say before deciding to buy. Today, technology connects people from all over the world – including remote areas previously thought of as unreachable –in ways we would have never dreamed possible just 20 years ago. 

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