Our guest: Dan Burrus is the author of Flash Foresight: Seven Radical Principles That Will Transform Your Life and is considered one the world’s leading forecasters, corporate strategists and visionaries. In the early 1990′s, he joined us for two programs based on his then best seller: Technotrends.
In his newest book, Flash Foresight, Dan Burrus takes a look at what we can do to transform our lives in this century and decade and pokes holes at traditional ways of looking at the world and how we run our businesses.
He asks, “wouldn’t it be amazing if you could predict the future and be right”?
Burrus states that we can indeed predict the future. And we can have a better future as a result. Dan bases his predictions on scientific principles. He tells us, “we all have a sense of foresight, but we don’t know how to trust or use it, yet it is a sense we can accurately make sense of.”
In Part One of Flash Foresight, Dan Burrus gives input on the key points in his book related to how to use your sense of foresight to shape a better future for yourself and your family. “Not flash hindsight because we can’t change the past,” which is what many of us do. He asks that we:
Start with Certainty:
Transformational change brings personal opportunity. We’re in the process of changing everything we do. And humans like change, contrary to popular belief. We need to blow away the thought of bad news and believe that under it all there is a tremendous need to discover opportunity.
He counsels us to:
Redefine and Reinvent your career. While it used to be job security, now it’s about adaptability. We can and must learn new things. This part one of Flash Foresight will truly help you determine the future you.
So thanks for joining us on a must watch conversation about things that matter…
1918 – 9/11/2011
In 1996 Don Tapscott, co-author of the Paradigm Shift, wrote, The Digital Economy, alerting us of the information highway that would shortly revolutionize how we communicate in every facet of our lives. He spoke of the fundamentally new digital economy, “where the paper trail ends and essential information is instead sent racing at the speed of light across networks.” Tapscott may have been using a crystal ball as we have certainly seen the evidence of this just recently with the Iran elections, and almost everywhere else we turn.
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In the Digital Economy, Tapscott answered the burning top of mind question every forward-looking manager and business person or business owner asks when the fabric of how business as usual changes to business as unusual… “What does the new technology (or other) mean to me and my business?”
We had the unique pleasure of meeting and interviewing Mr. Tapscott just prior to several TV tapings, several years ago. What he had to say then is still relevant today. In his interview Tapscott predicted the future of technology and how it would impact every area of business… from merchandise tracking systems, to how personal data is logged.
He spoke to the newness of technology,
“What’s so new about this economy is the actual heart of everything. The newness of it. There’s a convergence of communication technologies and content and broad public interest databases. These are crashing together and creating new digital media, changing forever how we do business and create wealth and social development. It’s creating a new economic sector that will be the basis for all other sectors. The new information superhighway is a powerhouse…”
Join Dennis McCuistion as he and Don talk about the future…
And as always thank you for joining us as we talk about things that matter with people who care…
Niki Nicastro McCuistion
During this installment of McCuistion Television’s episode on the Internet Privacy Condition, Dennis McCuistion is joined by two panelists:
- Dee Smith: CEO, Strategic Insight Group
- Jim Harper, J.D.: Director of Information Policy Studies, CATO
Internet privacy is a thing of the past. By Googling someone or something and by going into cached sites, you can pull back the covers on things that quite possibly the individual may have wanted to keep private. As Dee Smith says, “It’s an early warning sign. There’s an enormous array of credit card information and magazine subscriptions that all have a collected pattern. Privacy is threatened, yet there is a lot of information to help protect you against fraud.”
Jim Harper of CATO says of the Internet privacy condition, “What is privacy? Medical privacy and other is out there. The average person may not find this, but there is a lack of practical obscurity. Records exist. So from Government surveillance to marketing research and identity theft, a Google search can turn up lots of pieces and places. Not one place is definitive and complete. Still, ultimately, the result is a better economy.”
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Today there is a new human condition. The Web makes it very hard to escape your past. Data that is out there is difficult to impossible to retrieve. This information is going to be with you for a very long time. Knowledge is critical and needs to be managed. What one puts out on MySpace today can come back to haunt one and even result in the loss of a potential job. The knowledge intelligence pyramid, talked about by Dee Smith is a critical component of out future personal and marketing strategy.
From top to bottom the Knowledge Intelligence Pyramid, gives data that is critical to know and work with:
Specific and focused information
Specific but broad information
Knowledge today is indeed power. And the more you know about a prospect or other individual, the more effective you can be.
Thank you for watching this segment on the Internet privacy condition,
1518 – 07.19.09