Tag Archives: future

How Governments Change

Tech Open Air is an amazing event in Berlin that blends arts, technology, and culture into a beautiful, inspiring mix. I had an incredible time on my first visit to Berlin this July and was really blown away by the quality of the speakers, the vibe of the event, and the overall level of comfort […]

More detail on the Dubai Blockchain Strategy

I posted a short talk from March 2017 on the strategic background of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy. This is the first public presentation of the details of the Strategy, which commits the Government of Dubai to aggressively pursuing distributed systems on the blockchain as a fundamental component of its IT and governance infrastructure. Our partners […]

Background on the Dubai Blockchain Vision

One of the exciting initiatives we’ve been working on over the last few years has been the development of blockchain ecosystem in the UAE. This all started at a small conference in December, 2014, then lead through a series of meetings, councils and pilot projects to the launch of the Dubai Blockchain Strategy in October, […]

Silicon Howl

Note: This a spontaneous rewrite I did of Alan Ginsberg’s classic poem “Howl“, adapted to our 21st century Wired culture.  It started out as a rant against management consulting, inspired by this piece of “thought leadership“. The rest just flowed spontaneously and so I decided to rewrite the whole thing on the spot, tweet by tweet. People seemed to […]

The Crowd, the Service, the Game and the Future (at the Institute for the Future)

A friend and colleague Jake Dunagan (@dunagan23) started an important initiative at the Institute for the Future called the Governance Futures Lab. I gave a lightning talk at the launch event (The Reconstitution Convention) about how we use foresight in the UAE.  It covers a bit of the history of the UAE and Dubai, about futures […]

“Game Changing” at LOGIN2013

After my LIFT 13 talk, I gave another fun talk about the future,hope and fear, and “game changing events” at LOGIN 2013 (in Vilnius, Lithuania). Summary The organisers asked me to speak about “Game Changers in Politics”, as gaming changing was the theme of the event. I borrowed a trick from Jamais Cascio and opened the talk […]

Foresight & Surprise at LIFT 13

I had the pleasure of giving a talk at LIFT 13 in Geneva on the topic of networks, foresight and strategic surprise. It was an extraordinary event, one of the best I’ve been to in years. I highly recommend going if you haven’t already. Summary of my talk In the talk I went over two […]

Crowdsourced Futures

I’m honored to have two chapters included in the recent new book, “The Future of Futures“, published by the Association of Professional Futurists. The book explores emerging issues in scenario planning and foresight. My first chapter, reproduced below, is about the effect of crowdsourcing, big data and the web on scenario planning and foresight.   You […]

From Design Fiction to Experiential Futures

This is the second chapter I wrote for the book, “The Future of Futures“. It explores the role design fiction, experiential futures and visual media in foresight work.  It also includes several examples of good design fiction, which are formatted nicely in the original publication.  Download this chapter as a formatted PDF, here. I have […]

3D Printing in the Mall: A Sign of Things to Come

Here is an interesting early arrival in the coming boom of 3D printing. The Dubai-based company Precise Concepts is offering a service called This Is Me, which sells 3D scanned and 3D printed copies of yourself. A 6-inch, full color statue costs about $300 – $400 USD, which they scan and print off-site. The statues […]