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For Future Reference - Institute for the Future


For Future Reference is Institute for the Future’s series on the expanding horizons of science, technology, and culture over the next decade. In each episode, IFTF researchers talk with fascinating scientists, engineers, changemakers, and big thinkers who are shaping the future in the present. Read more

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BROADER SPECTRUMS OF MEANING a New Game of Hope - for upload

Nov 5 • 27:35
This is an excerpt from noted IFTF futurist Bob Johansen's book, Full-Spectrum Thinking, which goes beyond skills and competencies to propose five new leadership literacies—combinations of disciplines, practices, and worldviews — that will be needed to thrive in a VUCA world of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

This book shows how to (1) forecas...

The Future of Computational Propaganda

Feb 6 • 34:29

Drew Sullivan of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Jan 4 • 18:58
In 2016 , the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released The Panama Papers — a massive cache of 11.5 million records leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca — revealing that several heads of state have been sheltering their personal wealth in offshore accounts to evade taxes. This wasn’t surprising, after all dictators are known for draining public co...

Bob Johansen on the New Leadership Literacies

Sep 6 • 28:40
Over the next decade, today's connected world will be explosively more connected. Anything that can be distributed will be distributed: workforces, organizations, supply webs, and more. The tired practices of centralized organizations will become brittle in a future where authority is radically decentralized. Rigid hierarchies will give way to liquid structures. Most leade...

Hacking the Future of Work

Aug 29 • 23:29
In less than ten years, more than a half billion people will be trying to earn a living in the on-demand economy. It’s up to all of us to make sure this new economic system works for everyone.

To help spark transdisciplinary research and development of Positive Platforms, IFTF’s Workable Futures Initiative, with the support of the Ford Foundation, hosted Positive Platforms ...

Cosmetic Computing

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Mar 31 • 23:00

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