We lost a great one today, arguably the great futurist who put the profession on the map. Alvin Toffler will be missed.
On the third anniversary of 9/11 I experienced a career highlight when Mr. Toffler and I were the two guests on the Los Angeles NPR station for an hour, remembering the event and exploring what the future might hold.
I remember when Toffler’s book Future Shock swept college campuses in the 1970’s, changed our view of the future, and imbedded a new meme in global culture. It is not out the question to claim that much of today’s global turmoil is a form of future shock, a battle between the past and the future.
We owe Alvin Toffler a lot.