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July 26th, 2008 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Art & Society | Comments Off

Invent a Sport of the Future

Hey folks, ESPN is offering you a chance to invent your sport of the future – the game, the rules, the whole thing. Nice contest, have fun. Copy us if you can, and let us know if you win!

Go here to enter your sport.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist speaker, consultant, blogger, internet TV show host and founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech contact Futurist.com.

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July 23rd, 2008 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in New at Futurist.com, Site News | Comments Off

Launch of Glen Hiemstra’s Quarterly Forecast

This week we launch a new series, in which Glen Hiemstra will present a “quarterly forecast.” This is intended to compliment and extend the annual Outlook. The first is for Q3 2008.

The quarterly forecasts will be published in the Articles collection on the site. We’ll send notices to those who have signed up for the free newsletter, and of course those who have chosen an RSS feed of the blog will receive their standard notice that a new quarterly forecast is available.

In these quarterly forecasts we will continue our traditional whole systems or big picture view. While we will continue our general emphasis on the opportunity to create preferred futures here at the website, and in my speaking, and consulting, in the quarterly I’ll go out on a limb and reveal some of my own expectations and predictions.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist speaker, consultant, blogger, internet TV show host and founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech contact Futurist.com.

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July 22nd, 2008 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Book News, New at Futurist.com | Comments Off

Reading the Wind – New Book Available

Reading the Wind, the third and latest novel from Futurist.com co-creator Brenda Cooper, is now available. I have been looking forward to this particular book, the sequel to her most recent, The Silver Ship and the Sea, a book that I loved and highly recommended.

Brenda sets her story on a distant world, where genetically enhanced and non-enhanced colonists struggle to co-exist and make a new life. As Brenda’s reviews attest, she is a master at character-driven story telling, while mixing in the best of anticipated technological developments.

Brenda was the original web-designer when we set up Futurist.com in the mid-1990’s. She was, at the time, an IT executive for a small city in the state of Washington. Now she is Director of IT for a larger suburban city, and has fully realized her dream of becoming a recognized and regularly published writer of speculative fiction.

Buy the book and enjoy!

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist speaker, consultant, blogger, internet TV show host and founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech contact Futurist.com.

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July 17th, 2008 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Environment & Energy, Innovation, Space | Comments Off

0 Carbon Future – Now is the time

Ok, now Al Gore has gone and done it.

This speech calling for a 10-year program to shift the entire U.S. electricity production to “0-carbon” via solar, wind, and geothermal is magnificent. It is the embodiment of what “bold vision,” “big hairy audacious goals,” and the “one thing” that changes everything are all about.

Can it be done? Easy, actually. Lucrative, certainly. Transformative, absolutely.

As you shift to 0-carbon electricity, you simultaneously shift to plug-in hybrid and electric cars, another winner for the U.S. economy and workers.

The money quote from Al Gore: “We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change.”

Awesome. A roadmap for a positive future. The fact that this speech was one day past the anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, which landed men on the moon in response to JFK’s 10-year challenge, was poetic.

No time to waste.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist speaker, consultant, blogger, internet TV show host and founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech contact Futurist.com.

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July 16th, 2008 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Art & Society, Business & Economy, Science & Tech, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

AquaCurrent Science

One the most unusual and enjoyable jobs I have had as a futurist came in late winter this year, for Proctor & Gamble Beauty, a job which I did via DeVries Public Relations of New York. DeVries was recently named the Consumer PR firm of the year.

The job involved a new product introduction by P&G Beauty, a line of products based on new science called Aquacurrent, which itself was based on the nobel-prize winning discovery of “aquaporins.” The latter are proteins that channel water through the millions of human cells. Working with this discovery, P&G scientists (did you know they have one of the largest R&D teams in the world?) reformulated several branded products, and created new ones, all designed to enhance the movement and retention of moisture.

What did they want from a futurist at the product launch in New York? I helped to research and then did a scene-setting presentation on the channeling of water, from ancient canals to current day closed-loop green buildings to micro and nano-channeling of water in medical and filtration devices. Water is life was the theme.

Check out the press release on Aquacurrent Sciencefrom Devries and P&G.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist speaker, consultant, blogger, internet TV show host and founder of Futurist.com. To arrange for a speech contact Futurist.com.

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