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 28, 2013

Scenario Planning, 100 Years Ago and Now

Patrick Marren
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Reading a book about 1913 Vienna illuminates a 2013 book about a future of inevitable progress.Read more

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April 22, 2013

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

Patrick Marren
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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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April 10, 2013

4-10: Not Just Kerry Strug's Height

Patrick Marren
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The past is prologue to scenario consultants. Things that happened on April 10 through history.Read more

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April 09, 2013

April 9 Through History

Patrick Marren
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If you had anticipated these things happening before they did, on April 9 throughout history, we might have hired you as a scenario consultant. If we had been around.Read more

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April 08, 2013

April 8 Scenario Plan-O-Genic Historic Events

Patrick Marren
Partner

Things that happened on April 8 through history that might cause one to say, "Hmmm."Read more

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April 07, 2013

April 7 Scenario Nuggets

Patrick Marren
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Things that happened on April 7 through history.Read more

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April 06, 2013

VI Aprilis: Scenarii

Patrick Marren
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Scenarios of the future! Only, we have to pretend they didn't already happen on April 6 in previous years. Read more

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April 05, 2013

Fifth of April: Scenarios from History

Patrick Marren
Partner

Russians on ice, Native Americans, Finland as bellwether for America, an anti-democracy riot, and one giant cool explosion.Read more

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April 04, 2013

Productivity in a Ditch? Some Scenario Planning Reactions

Peter Kennedy
Partner

With the Internet revolution already established, are the best days of productivity growth – and therefore income growth – behind us?  That worrisome question is popping out of the trends in growth in non-farm output.  But it’s possible the best is yet to come. Read more

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