October 10, 2013

What, Us Worry?

Patrick Marren
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The Financial Times has a story that causes our eyebrows to rise well above half-mast this morning.

 

With Greek banks' splendid history of rigorous management and Wall Street hedge funds' impeccable eye for risk and record of spreading nothing but goodness and light in countries in which they invest, what could possibly go wrong? 

(Greek government representatives Timeo Danaos & Dona Ferentes have assured...Read more

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August 28, 2013

Mideast Scenarios, or "Damn, We're Good"

Patrick Marren
Partner

Where will the Arab Spring and Syria take the Middle East? Well, we kind of called it in 2011.Read more

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August 14, 2013

Airline Scenarios: American-US Airways

Patrick Marren
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Normally we are into alternative scenarios. But airlines seem to be stuck in one scenario.Read more

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June 27, 2013

Two Very Bad Scenario Planning Data Points

Patrick Marren
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Illinois and Ireland and the downside of austerity.Read more

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June 10, 2013

Edward Snowden, Government Surveillance and the Future

Patrick Marren
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Scenarios of future surveillance.Read more

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May 30, 2013

400-Word Scenario #11: The Gray Revolution

Patrick Marren
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A bill of rights for the elderly?Read more

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May 08, 2013

The War on the Future

Patrick Marren
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Some say our era is dominated by the war between the left and the right. But the real war right now is the war of the present against the future. Read more

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April 22, 2013

The Boston Marathon Bombing, Al Gore, Byron Reese, and Scenario Planning

Patrick Marren
Partner

While the surreal drama of the Marathon Bombing and the subsequent manhunt was going on last week, I was reading two books about the future.

I was expecting to be annoyed by Al Gore's book The Future, and to be energized by Byron Reese's Infinite Progress. But it didn't quite turn out that way.

I have certainly enjoyed and been energized by Reese's book. Its subtitle, How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger and War, gives you an idea of its thesis. It is a good antidote to the kind of doomsaying futurism that we...Read more

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February 14, 2013

The Valley of the Shadow

Patrick Marren
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WIll the great institutions of society learn how to live with transparency before transparency destroys them?Read more

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January 31, 2013

Thirteen: Year of Magical Thinking

Patrick Marren
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Too many hands.Read more

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