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Past Meetings Jan - Jun 2011

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Minnesota Futurists 2011 Home Page

Current 2011 Meeting & Topic Schedule

Past Meetings Menu Page

 

 

January 1, 2011

    Happy New Year - no meeting

 

January 8, 2011 Category:  Future Studies

Title: "Historical Predictions & Future Forecasts"

Speaker: George Kubik, PhD (Anticipatory Futures Group, LLC)

     Abstract:  Predictions and Forecasts: Past, Present, and Future: Join us as we take a look at the

     nature of prediction and forecasting. In addition, we will explore notable historical predictions -- some that

     proved accurate, and many others that did not. Attendees will also participate in exercises to develop          

     forecasts of future breakthroughs projected for the short term (2012) and the longer term (2010+).

     Join us in preparing for the future!

 

    January 15, 2011

    Category: Technology

    Title: "Atomic Energy Futures, US and Other Countries"

    Speaker: Hank Lederer 

    Abstract: 1. When will new electric power facilities using nuclear reactors be online in the US?

                   2. Are Thorium and Fast Neutron Reactors the new 'cold fusion'?

 

View Nuclear Futures PowerPoint - View in PowerPoint mode to activate links

 

Third Generation Reactors http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_III_reactor

Fourth Generation Reactors http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_IV_reactor

Thorium Energy Alliance  http://www.thoriumenergyalliance.com/ThoriumSite/objectives.html

Thorium Energy Alliance on Face Book http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110551728517&ref=ts

Thorium Energy Alliance Videos  http://is.gd/kn5g8

Fast Neutron Reactor  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast-neutron_reactor

Travelling Wave Reactor concept from TerraPower - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIfMmqKYC6w (David K)

Thorium video - http://mnfuturist2011.pbworks.com/w/page/34234031/Thorium%20Remix%202009%20-%20LFTR%20in%2016%20Minutes (Roger R)

 

January 22, 2011  (Note Topic Change)

    Category: Management & Society

    Title: "Re-inventing Learning Processes for the 21st Century"

     Presenter: Bill Peter

     Abstract: How do humans learn? Does the learning process start at conception, or at birth, or at      

     Kindergarten? Are the learning processes different now than they were 1,000 years ago? What roles will

     schools have in the learning process in the next 90 years of the 21st Century? What might happen in the

     future? What probably will happen in the 21st Century?

     What do we want to make happen, thereby creating the future of the processes of learning? Bill will help us

     answer some of these questions in a new format of our Minnesota Futurists’ meeting: “Creative Group

     Thinking for the 21st Century."

     Outline: Reinventing Learning Processes.doc

     Additional resources: http://www.worldclassinnovation.com/pages/education.htm Links to several essays and online booklets

 

  

    January 29, 2011  

    Economics/Market SIG

    Title:"Eleven Investment Themes for 2011"

    Presenters: Rog Rydberg & Dick Saunders

    Abstract: 2010 was a surprisingly strong year for stocks in the face of lackluster economic growth. What trends

    will prevail in 2011? A survey of market strategists shows an unusually wide divergence of opinions, from

    continued moderate growth to a sharp downturn ahead. Some of our favorite sectors -- and yours.

    ReferencesEconSigJan292011.odp

http://seekingalpha.com/article/240873-11-themes-for-2011

Jan 2011 Market Perspective.pdf

       http://www.scribd.com/doc/44913082/Eleven-Themes-for-2011

    Money Supply http://www.shadowstats.com/article/hyperinflation-2010

http://www.etftrends.com/2010/12/top-performing-etfs-2010/

 

   

February 5, 2011

Category:  Future Studies

Title:  "Historical Predictions & Future Forecasts - Part II, The Workshop"

Speaker: George Kubik, PhD (Anticipatory Futures Group, LLC)

      Abstract:  Predictions and Forecasts: Past, Present, and Future: Join us as we take a look at the

     nature of prediction and forecasting. In addition, we will explore notable historical predictions -- some that

     proved accurate, and many others that did not. Attendees will participate in exercises to develop          

     forecasts of future breakthroughs projected for the short term (2012) and the longer term (2010+).

     Join us in preparing for the future!

 

      February 12, 2011

      Category:  Economy/Markets

       Title: "What Really Drives the Economy and the Stock Market?"  

       Speaker: Jim Zitek 

       Abstract:  Most people think consumer spending drives economic growth which then increases company revenues and profits. These increasing profits then drive up companies’ stock prices.

 This model or process is technically correct. But, it’s not the complete story so if you analyze the economy and markets using this conventional concept, your analysis of what the economy and markets are doing and why, will often be incorrect. We propose a different analytical process that could benefit the future of your business or investment portfolio.

 

 

 February 19, 2011

 Category:  Technology Futures

Title:  Regarding "The Gathering Storm" report on science and technology emphasis in  the  US

 Speaker: Hank Lederer

 Abstract: GSTORM.pdf

 

February 26, 2011

Category: Society, Management, Education Futures

Title: Crash Course - Part I

Speaker: Ron Monroe

Abstract:  Chris Martenson says the next twenty years are going to look very different from the last twenty. The Crash Course is a series of videos that clearly explains

how our economy, energy systems and environment face increasing challenges, and explores likely implications for the future.  His goal is to position you for a positive

tomorrow by taking appropriate action today.  http://www.chrismartenson.com/

Three Beliefs

1. Massive change is upon us.

2. Overwhelming change is possible.

3. We can shape the future.

 

Short Summary (45 min) available at:  http://www.chrismartenson.com/page/crash-course-one-year-anniversary

 

March 5, 2011

Category: Futures Research
Title:    Human Capital Futures - part I (World Class Competencies for the 21st Century)
Speaker: George Kubik (Anticipatory Futures Group, LLC)
Abstract: What will it mean to be a “world class” worker in the 21st century? How will workers and organizations remain relevant in the future? Rapid change and increasing complexity are changing the rules, and historical precedents are failing. This presentation addresses the evolving competencies, strategies, and recent research into the future(s) of work and workers.

 

 

March 12, 2011

 

 

March 19, 2011

Category:  Technology Futures

Title:  Potpourri of Technology

Speaker: several

Moderator: Hank Lederer

Abstract: short pieces from several sources

•David Grider - Possible High Temperature Superconductor Materials:
http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/03/evidence-of-superconductivity-near-20.html

•David Grider - Printing body parts (well, small ones at first) http://blog.ted.com/2011/03/07/printing-a-human-kidney-anthony-atala-on-ted-com/ 

•David Grider - Tricking non-stem cells into becoming stem cells (will you respect me in the AM?) http://archive.feedblitz.com/64651/~3989732/20100307/b6b49f7a5904d4c892a1eefcc1a13a7c#64651_2

•David Grider - Really low power consumption memory circuits (hint: nano scale) http://archive.feedblitz.com/64651/~3989732/20100307/b6b49f7a5904d4c892a1eefcc1a13a7c#64651_0

•David Keenan - Visible Light Communication

•Dick Saunders - Fraking - How Hydaulic Fracturing Works  http://www.voyageroil.com/ and The Price of Fraking - PBS video http://www.water-contamination-from-shale.com/

 

 

March 26, 2011

Category:  Society, Management, Education Futures

Title:  "The Future of the Minnesota Government and the Federal Government in 2020 and 2030"

Speaker:  Bill Peter

Abstract:  In the 2010 election, Minnesota changed from a Republican Governor with a Democrat Senate and Democrat House, to a Democrat Governor with a Republican Senate and Republican House. In the Federal Government, the House moved from heavily Democrat to heavily Republican, and the Senate moved from heavily Democrat to slightly Democrat controlled.

 

Bill Peter has consulted with many companies and elected government officials and will share some of his findings regarding possible, likely, and preferred futures for the Minnesota Government and the Federal Government. This is sure to lead to a very stimulating discussion by the Minnesota Futurists. We will strive for a clear definition of our conclusions, as a basis for our potential individual actions in the political arena in 2012. The Minnesota Futurists is not in the role of taking any political public positions.

April 2, 2011

Technology Futures SIG   

Topic: Crash Course  -Part III

Speakers: Ron Monroe

Abstract:  

Chris Martenson says the next twenty years are going to look very different from the last twenty. The Crash Course is a series of videos that clearly explains how our economy, energy systems and environment face increasing challenges, and explores likely implications for the future.  His goal is to position you for a positive tomorrow by taking appropriate action today.  http://www.chrismartenson.com/

Three Beliefs

1. Massive change is upon us.

2. Overwhelming change is possible.

3. We can shape the future.

Chapters 17 to end to be viewed and discussed.

 

 

April 9, 2011

Economic and Financial Futures SIG

Topic: The China Challenge: 2011

Speaker: Arnie Kwong

Abstract: 

Presenter Arnold W. Kwong will discuss the changes and challenges of China in the 21st Century through the lens of effects on American society and futures. As an update and extension of his previous presentation in 2008, the conclusions will be held up and examined in the light of more experience and history.

The conclusions evaluated will include:

·        The reality of Chinese consumerism, technology, and money will be distorting for societies based on commodities and demographics.

·        Echoes of 20th Century conflicts will continue to cause ripples not manageable by 21st Century politics.

·        Resource management for desired objectives will become the political touchstone.

Since October 2010 and into 2011 China is still reducing its holding of US Treasury Bonds. As of March 15, 2011 the holdings stood at US$1.154T (down from a peak of US$1.175T). What are the implications for the US if China ceases to be a net buyer of US Treasuries?

US political and financial officials have been arguing for China to change its monetary policy to change the value of their currency almost since China joined the WTO in 1992. What are the reasons for American politicians to be this much in concert across administrations and policies?

Chinese Video

 

April 16, 2011

Future Studies SIG

Topic:  Human Capital Futures - part II (World Class Competencies for the 21st Century) 
Speaker: George Kubik (Anticipatory Futures Group, LLC) 
Abstract: - 
continued from March 5 - What will it mean to be a “world class” worker in the 21st century? How will workers and organizations remain relevant in the future? Rapid change and increasing complexity are changing the rules, and historical precedents are failing. This presentation addresses the evolving competencies, strategies, and recent research into the future(s) of work and workers.

 

Job Futures.ppt

 

April 23, 2011

Future Studies SIG Part III

Topic:  Human Capital Futures - part III (Solutions to :World Class Competencies for the 21st Century) 
Speaker: George Kubik (Anticipatory Futures Group, LLC) 
Abstract: - 
continued from April 16th - Solutions to : What will it mean to be a “world class” worker in the 21st century? How will workers and organizations remain relevant in the future? Rapid change and increasing complexity are changing the rules, and historical precedents are failing. This presentation addresses the evolving competencies, strategies, and recent research into the future(s) of work and workers.

 

April 30, 2011

Peace/Justice SIG

Topic: "Middle East-North Africa Uprisings: Where Are They Headed?"

Speakers: Dick Saunders and Roger Rydberg

Abstract: Demonstrations have arisen to challenge regimes in seven Muslim countries since January. What are the causes and what are possible outcomes to the widespread turmoil? We'll use the SEPT process to search for answers.  Ref.PeaceSIG apr30 2011.odp  

Short Video of the People of Egypt

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThvBJMzmSZI

 

Is Democracy Breaking Out in the Middle East?

http://open.salon.com//blog/the_flylooper/2011/02/01/is_democracy_breaking_out_in_the_middle_east

 

Arab freedom is worth a short shock

:http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7b6f9f2c-4441-11e0-931d-00144feab49a.html#axzz1KhTjUS4n

 

Niall Ferguson Opinion

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/13/wanted-a-grand-strategy-for-america.html

 

The Facebook Freedom Fighter

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/13/the-facebook-freedom-fighter.html

 

Fareed Zakaria Offers Thoughts on New Middle East

http://www.cornellsun.com/section/news/content/2011/04/26/fareed-zakaria-offers-thoughts-new-middle-east

 

Fareed Zakaria on America's over-involvement in the Middle East

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/26/fareed-zakaria-on-americas-over-involvement-in-the-middle-east/

 

NYT:

Protests and Strikes Grow in Yemen as Deal on Ouster Advances

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/world/middleeast/28yemen.html?_r=1&hpw

 

Assessment of Al Qaeda

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/299219-1

 

Syria: Did Assad's latest crackdown backfire?

May 7, 2011

A Potpourri of Mini-SIGs:

Topic 1: "The Future of Education in Economically Constrained Times"

Speaker: David Grider

Abstract: What is the "Granny Cloud" and how does it work?

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html 

 

Topic 2: "Tornado Futures"

Speaker: Bob Friskney

Abstract: Recent severe tornadoes in Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and other southern states

prompt a look at Minnesota's readiness to deal with similar threats.

 

Topic 3: "The World After Bin Laden"

Speaker: Dick Saunders

Abstract: Numerous scenarios present themselves after the alleged assassination of the Al Qaeda leader by U. S. Navy Seals on May 8, 2011 in his compound in Abbotadad, Pakistan. Will Al Qaeda retaliate with more attacks on U.S. targets? Is the "war on terror" over? Will the U.S. pull out of Afghanistan sooner than planned? Will it seek to eliminate or capture Bid Laden's successor? What of future U.S. relations with Pakistan? With Middle East-North Africa nations in revolution?

Factoid: UCLA researchers came within 130 miles of predicting Bin Laden's Hideout City.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/05/04/ucla-researchers-predicted-bin-ladens-city-hideout-200-miles/

bin Laden successor: Zawahri or al-Alwaki?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014950932_osamasuccessor04.html

 

Topic 4: Intel Introduces 22-Nanometer Chip Architecture

Speaker: Dick Saunders (or another)

Abstract: Intel claims 3-D Tri-Gate device will increase processing speeds by 37%.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/science/05chip.html?_r=1

 

 

May 10, 2011

Board Meeting

6:30 PM (At the KC - RSVP Hank Lederer for pizza)

 

May 14, 2011

Future Studies SIG

Topic:  Human Capital Futures - part IV (Strategies :World Class Competencies for the 21st Century) 
Speaker: George Kubik (Anticipatory Futures Group, LLC) 
Abstract: - 
continued from April 23rd -  : What will it mean to be a “world class” worker in the 21st century? How will workers and organizations remain relevant in the future? Rapid change and increasing complexity are changing the rules, and historical precedents are failing. This presentation addresses the evolving competencies, strategies, and recent research into the future(s) of work and workers.

Video link for trailer to the movie "Limitless" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOLqNOfzus4 

Interesting assessment of the concept (David K) http://singularityhub.com/2011/04/18/limitless-movie-thrills-but-whats-the-future-of-smart-pills/

 

 

May 21, 2011

Society, Management and Education SIG

Topic: "Are Innovation and Education a Contradiction?: How can you teach novelty?"

Speakers: Ray Seth  

 

Ray Seth is a retired, "semi-professional" student living in the Twin Cities. He did his graduate work at the U. of Minnesota in statistics, psychology, engineering and medical diagnostics. During his working career, he was VP of Information Technology for three large corporations and owned and operated his own software development and operations research firms. He has been both a teacher and user of sophisticated statistical and mathematical methods and models to solve business and other problems. He recently completed two years of tutorial composition studies an the U. of M. School of Music. During his career, he has created and implemented a number of significant business and technical innovations.

 

Abstract: 

Teaching innovation seems like an oxymoron. How can you teach about creations that have not been thought of yet? Beyond that, how can you come up with and teach a method for producing that "Ah-Ha" experience wherein the unconscious delivers forth a creation? Deductive logic is of no use, in producing creative ideas, since the problems under consideration cannot serve as a postulates from which to derive the solutions. Indirect approaches seem to be required.

REf.

http://www.amazon.com/Where-Good-Ideas-Come-Innovation/dp/1594487715

 

Salman Khan of Khanacademy.org on Charkie Rose May 4, 2011

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11658

Salman Khan talk at TED 2011

http://youtu.be/gM95HHI4gLk

 

Education Per Google

http://us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=3fb5vilpk7fit

 

Also Past Meeting

Topic 1: "The Future of Education in Economically Constrained Times"

Speaker: David Grider

Abstract: What is the "Granny Cloud" and how does it work?

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html

 

 

 

 

May 28, 2011

No Meeting -- Memorial Day Weekend

 

June 4, 2011

Category:  Future Studies

Title: Ray Kurzweil's movie "Transcendent Man" 

Speaker: Eric Hand

Abstract:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntY01qoIdus

Ref.

http://minnesotafuturists.pbworks.com/w/page/21442204/The-Global-Brain-Awakens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=player_embedded#at=16

 

 

June 11, 2011

    Category:  Economy/Markets

    Title: "Cloudy, with a Chance of Rain" (i.e. Cloud Computing)

    Guest Speaker: Bruce Healton

    Abstract: 

Smartphones, tablets, and laptops have become the weapons of choice for the current generation of road warriors and knowledge workers. This increasingly mobile workforce also expands the challenges to the organization to provide these workers with access to the applications and proprietary information in a timely and secure manner. Many organizations have been looking to the Internet and cloud computing to provide support for these users. But in doing so, have they compromised the security and integrity of their operations to the increasingly malevolent cast of hackers, crackers, cranks, and NGO warfare?   

 

       Bruce Healton is a nationally recognized consultant with more than 30 years experience in solving business problems by creatively applying process and technology. His experience is concentrated in financial applications, global business operations, and technology-intense services. He has applied his practical problem-solving skills in the research and implementation of security, privacy and authentication in practice development, knowledge transfer, operational auditing, standards compliance and remediation.

REFCloudy, with a chance of rain v26.pdf

 

June 18, 2011

Category: Futures Research

Title: Human Capital as a Function of Data, Information, Knowledge, Innovation, Invention, and Ideas

Speaker: George Kubik (Anticipatory Futures Group, LLC)

Abstract: The understanding of human capital expressed as competency has expanded to include categorizations of knowledge, innovation, and ideas. Together, these concepts form a distinctly new form of capital that facilitates productive economic activities in new ways. Join us as we define, examine, contrast, and explore the rapidly evolving nature of data, information, knowledge, innovation, invention, and ideas as they increasingly define 21st century value creation.

( Fourth in a series of looks at the unique combination of skills to be required in the workplace of 2050 by the former president of the MN Chapter)

REF. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000224018283

http://minnesotafuturists.pbworks.com/w/page/21442204/The-Global-Brain-Awakens

 

June 25, 2011

Minnesota Futurists Annual Meeting and Biennial Election of Officers

President's Report to Members

(Nominations remain open until June 15 for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer plus two at-large positions. If you're interested or know a member who would make a good leader, please contact Dick Saunders,

Nominating Committee Chair, at dicksaun@gmail.com)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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