Welcome to the New Futurist.com

Welcome to the New Futurist.com

September 14th, 2006 | Posted in Site News

We launched Futurist.com in 1997, long before Blogs appeared. Now in September 2006 we want to introduce our new look, and new blog as well. If you look around you’ll see a contemporary design, new and additional writers, and we believe a provocative, useful, inspiring, and entertaining look at the future.

Surveying the world, I have to ask, whatever happened to Space Ship Earth? This was an old idea, from that original thinker Buckminster Fuller. It was simple. We are all in this together, for the long haul. That idea is obviously missing in action here in the early 21st Century. It is obvious that many people want to dismiss the idea, and substitute a philosophy that we are all in this, alone. Good and evil, us and them, these are the mantra’s of the day.

This is wrong. This is not a survival strategy, but a strategy for domination. In our blog we plan to look for ways to create the future, together. The blog we expect will tackle current issues as well as the future, looking for answers from the future rather than right or left. But we won’t stay away from politics. How can we, given the current state of affairs?

We invite you to join in and comment on what you think of the future and how we are blowing it or creating it.

Glen Hiemstra

About Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra is the founder and owner of Futurist.com. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades.

6 Comments

  1. Joseph Garcia   |   Oct 24, 2006

    Glen – just started on Sakaiya’s book. I thought it was interesting that an emphasis was put on the importance of one being a generalist or “well rounded man”. This is something we are not so accustom to in western thought. However, it seems that it gives our author a unique prospective from which to share with us his vision of the future.

  2. Joseph Garcia   |   Oct 8, 2006

    Glen – Thank you for the suggestion on the book by Taichi Sakaiya. I ordered a copy and look forward to reading about his views on creativity & ideas are to be valued in their own right. I appreciate your feedback.

  3. Glen Hiemstra   |   Oct 7, 2006

    TJ – thanks for the contribution. Kind of hard to follow you here, except to say that your point that a Fullerized, technologized world that ends up being run by “a cheerleader who majored in political science” may not turn out so well, is priceless.

  4. Glen Hiemstra   |   Oct 7, 2006

    Josepph – you might be interested in finding a copy of a 1990’s book by Taichi Sakaiya, called The Knowledge Value Revolution. His thinking is right in line with yours that creativity & ideas are to be valued in their own right; in fact this Japanese author argues that the most intrinsic value of all things will become the knowledge imbedded in them. The same applies to serves and to ourselves as people. Knowledge changes quickly, so the pace of change will quicken.

  5. TJ Wilson   |   Oct 5, 2006

    It is really strange that futurists normally have a surplus to share and methods for others to gain security and a surplus and somehow that can be very unpopular in some crowds.

    There is mechanical stuff, like Fuller liked, but then there has to be the social agreement of how the mechanical stuff is applied, or there could be a mess that is expensive to clean up.

    I think people have phases where they will be depressed or mostly not in an atmosphere to allow their less agressive talents and skills to support them…, so they refuse to be hostile, and in doing that, they get depressed.

    They want to fight, they won’t, so they just quit for a while.

    It is almost like they should…., fight? or, stand up for themselves, but I think it is hard to get support.

    They are a lot more fun when they are on the upswing and confident and rollin.

    I think if I am genuine about it, I will need to build a sawhorse again and possibly a couple models of a tetrahedron and remember what it is all about.

    I really push for octagons, not hexagons, I do not like the idea of bulding a hive, octagons are not as easy or useful to work with, but they work better with lines that more people can work with.

    Head – thorax – and abdomen is also not a great design for robotics, it would sell fast , but then somebody would need to design DEET to shut down the bugs.

    So if you build a hive and the Queen gets really stoned some weekend , the entire hive will suffer from her hangover.

    The question that we can not fail to ask, is perhaps the world Fuller imagined was built and fully functional , and then left in the hands of some high school cheerleader who grew up and majored in political science and statistics, and made a mess.

    So is this a test?

    Can the futurists clean up the mess they made so far? Will they?

    Are we prepared to clean up our mess if we make one…, and are we prepared to dismantle anything we build if it proves dangerous or non – productive?

    Without that… it is all hype, plastic cars, and artistic appliances.

    I think the ideas will work, in small custom cities, not as an over all society changing device.

    TJ Wilson

  6. Joseph Garcia   |   Oct 5, 2006

    I just ran across your website and found it very interesting. I do wish to share some thoughts I had on the future and would welcome any feedback.

    As we move ahead in a new era, in search of a unifying principle that will define our era, we must recognize that major change is in process, we are being separated from what has been called the modern era. The time when a thought or ideas to be valued as a commodity at inception draws near. When thoughts or ideas will be traded on the world market as are issues on the stock exchange. The increased possibility that creativity will be rewarded on its own merits, before contamination of other forces. Beyond the hope and speculation is the underlying bottom line of what meaningful progress we are going to make. It evident that we accept very little as truth. We have become disinterested with the displays that have been concocted in society’s window displays to appease us.