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RAPPORT // Anticipatory Democracy is Shaping the Future of the World

Posted by Deb Westphal

Aug 29, 2019 8:38:00 AM

Anticipatory Democracy: The public’s active, conscious engagement in collectively shaping the future of their community, state or nation.[1] 

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Welcome to the Face of Leadership in 2040

Posted by Maria Bothwell

Aug 1, 2019 10:24:08 AM

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

- Alvin Toffler

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RAPPORT // The World Cup Victory is Evidence of the Power of Human Energy

Posted by Deb Westphal

Jul 10, 2019 10:33:48 AM

“Out of this massive restructuring of power relationships, like the shifting and grinding of tectonic plates in advance of an earthquake, will come one of the rarest events in human history, a revolution in the very nature of power.”

~ Alvin Toffler, Powershift, 1990


Millions of people around the world watched the U.S. Women National Team (USWNT) dominate the Netherlands to win a fourth World Cup championship - the most ever won by a women’s team. It was the second consecutive World Cup win for USWNT, which shared the honor with only one other team - Germany. Jill Ellis, the team’s coach, became the first women’s coach in soccer history to ever win two back-to-back World Cup titles. Even more impressive, that’s a feat that has been achieved only one other time - Italy’s men’s coach, Vittorio Pozzo coached to consecutive wins in 1934 and 1938.

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Future Shock Forum: 2018 Insights

Posted by Nina Martire

Nov 29, 2018 2:00:00 PM

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.

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The World is Shifting: Converge and Understand How it Impacts You

Posted by Nina Martire

Sep 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM


“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”

― Alvin Toffler


In 1970, Alvin Toffler published Future Shock, and introduced a term that has come to define the transformation of industries, markets, businesses, governments, and societies, caused by rapid and often unexpected ‘shocks.’ These deep disruptions shape and reshape business, value generation, human capital, and more – and are happening fast and widespread, impacting societies, businesses, industries, and governments in varying degrees.


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Information Transparency and the Future of Democracy

Posted by John Chase

Aug 30, 2018 8:30:00 AM


Before the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Industrial Revolution, the Constitutional system functioned largely the same: white, male landowners riding to the Capitol, casting votes on behalf of their neighbors. American elected representatives would travel long distances to make deals, pass bills, and govern for their constituents. Local needs defined national policies. And days or weeks after votes were counted, the news would reach the citizen population via word of mouth or newspapers.

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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 Toffler Associates

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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