Archive: 2011

October 10th, 2011 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Site News | 9 Comments

Fraud Alert for my fellow Speakers

If you are a professional speaker, be aware there is a quite slick Internet fraud out there. You get an email inviting you to speak at at a conference in Scotland (in my case) four weeks from now; the email comes from a Baptist Pastor. An internet search finds that this Pastor has indeed been assigned to the church in question, (Whytescauseway Baptist Church across the bay from Edinburgh) on Sep. 4, 2011. The offer is for a full speaking fee and travel, making mention of your profile in eSpeakers (where such fees are listed). While it is unclear how a church is getting that kind of money, if you indicate interest, you receive a formal invite letter and contract on [fake] Church letterhead from the event manager, who is a new name. The contract is quite detailed and typical of a European speaking contract, right up to the 50% deposit, the time and place of the event (the place is real when you look it up on the Net), and the fact that dress will be “business and business casual.” After returning the contract you get an email saying you will need a UK and Scottish work permit, for which an application fee is required. When you check at the UK Border Office web site, there are indeed work permits, applications and fees. The email from the scammer says by good fortune a church member works in the Border Office and can expedite your permit by carrying the application and fee in by hand, if you wire the application fee to her. Enough said.

I know of at least two other U.S. speakers caught in the scam so far. When, with better due diligence, I tracked down the real Pastor, he confirmed that they are aware of the scam and that the UK Police have been investigating for two weeks. I also contacted eSpeakers, who say they too have been aware of the scam, and that their marketing department is considering what to do.

So, if you are a pro speaker, and you get a letter saying hey, Person X and Glen Hiemstra and Person Y are all speaking at our event and you should too, you will know what is up. Bummer.

Note: this appears to have nothing to do with the actual Whytescauseway Baptist Church, which is also a victim of the scam.

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October 5th, 2011 | By Mallory Smith | Posted in Innovation, Science & Tech | Comments Off

Sir Arthur C. Clarke: Prognosticating at 90

Sir Arthur C. Clarke (December 1917-March 2008) was a forward-thinking writer and scientist involved in film, television, government, and especially, amazingly accurate speculation about the future. Clarke collected countless awards, including receiving a Knighthood in 1998 and having a geostationary orbit named after him by the International Astronomical Union.

I was touched this week when I discovered his heartfelt and optimistic speculations, and his “3 wishes” that he recorded in this video on the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2007. He speaks very much to today.



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October 3rd, 2011 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Art & Society, Innovation | Comments Off

iCAREweCARE – Young People Creating Preferred Futures

iCAREweCARE.org is a global network of high school and college students coordinating their volunteer efforts to focus on issues they really care about, in order to make a bigger difference in the world. The Founder is a dynamic high school student from the Seattle, Washington area, Priyanka Jain. We had the opportunity to interview her last week.



Our video interview of Priyanka is conducted by Mallory Smith, my Office Manager, a recent graduate of the University of Washington and herself a member of the millennial generation. It is exciting to hear the story of iCAREweCARE. As Priyanka says, why should she wait to make a difference when she can start doing that now.

I believe that what Priyanka is doing here is an example of the activist nature of the millennial generation, as forecast by William Strauss and Neil Howe in their various works on generational theory, especially the original The Fourth Turning, and then more specifically in Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation. Look around the world and I think you will see this new generation, now about age 10 to 30, making their voices heard, often in dramatic ways.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist speaker, author, consultant, blogger, internet video producer and Founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech contact Futurist.com.

[Update: Priyanka was of the first "100x100" women entrepreneurs featured by the start-up company The Smart Girls Way.]

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September 26th, 2011 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Business & Economy, Science & Tech, Space | Comments Off

3D Manufacture in Space

It has been possible for years now to do 3D design, 3D prototyping, and more recently 3D manufacture or 3D printing of more and more complex objects. Increasingly this kind of work can be done using small machines, even desktop machines.

This past summer I heard about a project to extend the concept of 3D manufacture to space. It seems like a great idea, if we are eventually going to become space faring. The concept is simple. Rather than manufacturing everything needed on earth and launching it at great expense into space, instead put 3D manufacturing machines into space, and provide a stock of raw materials, either from earth or acquired in space from asteroids, Mars, wherever. Then, when a need for a new or replacement device arises, manufacture it on the spot.

MADE IN SPACE team members Adam Ellsworth, Brinson White and Jason Dunn wave to the camera while testing multiple 3D printers in zero-gravity.

One company with this dream is Made in Space. They are pioneering “additive manufacturing,” which means simply the process of building a product layer by layer. Materials can include plastics, titanium, aluminum. When Made in Space conducted their tests over the summer, they manufactured items like a scaled-down wrench, that became the first ever tool manufactured in limited gravity (they were flying on the NASA parabolic flights that simulate zero-gravity.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist speaker, author, consultant, blogger, internet video producer and Founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech contact Futurist.com.

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