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October 25th, 2010 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Business & Economy, New at Futurist.com | Comments Off

The Futures Agency

We are proud to share Gerd Leonard‘s announcement of his new virtual organization, The Futures Agency (TFA). TFA is based in Basel, Switzerland and is currently comprised of 15 amazing associates including myself. The Futures Agency offers a wide variety of services to clients worldwide.

The Futures Agency

TFA’s main expertise is think-tank events, workshops and executive team seminars. These sessions are 100% customized for each client and are generally geared towards companies that are looking to identify, fine-tune or co-create new business opportunities, manage radical change, deal with disruption, speed up innovation or otherwise face large and urgent strategic decisions that may require immediate action. These events are usually done with at least 2 or more Associates, and can be located wherever the client requires.

Gerd Leonard will serve as CEO and plans to grow this organization into one of the most amazing agencies on the planet, employing these 5 key principles:

    1. Knowledge grows when shared (therefore we share everything)
    2. Proudly find elsewhere (PFE)
    3. Do what you do best and link to the rest (Jeff Jarvis)
    4. Spend less time being important and more time being relevant
    5. The leaders of the future are connectors – not just directors

I have worked with Gerd for several years, most notably when we produced the video series Future Talks. I am pleased to join in this venture.

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November 25th, 2008 | By Amy Frazier | Posted in Environment & Energy, Innovation | 3 Comments

Fuel – The Movie

Fuel” is out. The documentary by biofuel pioneer and Veggie Van evangelist Josh Tickell, 11 years in the making, premiered in Seattle this past weekend. I just saw it. The timing, as the Big Three plead their case before government, is serendipitous. An indictment of how Detroit has mismanaged innovation (while Sweden, Germany and other European countries ride the wave of the future — to say nothing of Israel, which has committed to an electric car network by 2011), plays one part in the argument Tickell sets forth, as he traces the government and industry influences that have driven us (no pun intended) to live as “crack fiends for oil.”

Much of the argument is familiar: we sell our security for the price of foreign oil; US energy policy is written by the oil industry; a national tragedy was hijacked to justify a ruinous war. What stands out against the dark background of this portrayal of oil-igarchy is the color green: the chartreuse fields of European fuel crops; Tickell’s variegated Green Grease Machine, with which he toured the country promoting biofuels (in one scene, he pulls into the drive-through of a fast food restaurant and orders “a medium drink and all your used cooking oil”); and the diaphanous, squiggling green bodies of the cellular organisms that, in their primordial appearance on the global scene, set the fossil stage for a century-long punch-drunken black-gold binge. And from which their algae descendants just might now help save us.

Tickell is hopeful but not naïve. It will take more than squiggly greenies to pull us out of this, and biofuels are not without their cost. In fact, Tickell’s quest to open the public imagination in favor of biofuels was rocked by the recent backlash against ethanol production and its unintended consequences: Amazonian deforestation and the perilous rise in food prices for the world’s poor. And, using an oil-barrel graphic near the end of the film, he echoes the sentiments we’ve heard from Al Gore and others that biofuels, algae, wind, solar, hybrids, conservation, biomass are each insufficient in and of themselves. But together they can create a viable, survivable future. And, like Gore, he maintains that public will and political vision are endlessly renewable resources.

Here’s a fascinating bit I didn’t know: the diesel engine itself was originally designed to run on biofuel. It was Rockefeller and Standard Oil that co-opted this intention, and the captains of the oil industry haven’t looked back.

As we look toward a future we desperately need to green up now, a quote from the movie stands out, as both portent and directive: “Man is not bad,” said Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that was to set the world on fire, “only badly governed.”

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August 7th, 2008 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Business & Economy, Environment & Energy, Science & Tech | Comments Off

Peak Metal Looms

I just received a “google alert” about an interview I did with The National, published in the UAE. The article focuses on “peak metal.” The question, and it is a good one, is whether there are enough metals to enable a global population to adopt a “western/Dubai” life style. The conclusion is not with current practices. It is important that a rapidly developing area like the UAE is asking such questions.

The article was written by Raymond Beauchemin, Deputy Foreign Editor, and is dated August 7, 2008.

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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August 4th, 2008 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Site News | 2 Comments

110 Nations visit Futurist.com in July 2008

Google Analytics shows that in July 2008 visitors came into Futurist.com from 110 countries. The top 10 were:

United States – 4765 Visitors
Canada – 288 Visitors
United Kingdom – 214 Visitors
Australia – 194 Visitors
India – 159 Visitors
Netherlands – 65 Visitors
China – 59 visitors
Germany – 57 Visitors
Malaysia – 54 Visitors
Turkey – 53 Visitors

The total number in July was down somewhat, but the fact that people from virtually every country with Internet access checks in each month we find pretty amazing.

The Google Analytics map is below.

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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