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Back to the Future - 29th July 2007

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Well I always been into Science fictions so when Graham Dale, a friend and colleague mentioned he'd been to a talk by Rohit Talwar a professional futurist and leading expert (appearing on the BBC and CNBC etc) my interest was gained. Futurist are people who try and predict the future so that governments, companies and even you and me can make better informed decisions.

Here are a few of his insights (with a little bit of research from me) which grabbed my imagination

Scientist are well on the way to creating brain machine interfaces (BMI) which will not only help to cure paralysis but soon will allow people to link to the internet by thought alone. In addition virtual worlds are springing up with second life an online world having 3.2 million users with the first millionaire (in real money) being a designing (not a programmer) of people's virtual houses. People are already living, working and learning in virtual worlds.

 Recommended Audio CD's
 Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
 Good to Great - Jim Collins
 Psychology of Achievement - Brian Tracy
 Discover Your Strengths - M Buckingham
 7 Habits of Highly Effective- Stephen Covey
 Rich Dads Secrets - Robert Kiyosaki
 Maverick Mindset - John Elliot
 Vocal Power - Roger Love
 Quantum Memory - Dominic O'Brien
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson


 Recommended Books

 Good to Great - Jim Collins 
  7 Habits - Stephen Covey
  Discover you Strengths - M Buckingham 
  Richard Branson's Auto biography
  Brilliant Memory - Dominic O'Brien
  Think & Grow Rich -  Napoleon Hill 
  Freakonomics - Stephen Levitt
 Getting Things Done - David Allen
 The Machine That Changed the World
 Watching the English - Kate Fox
A Short History of Nearly Everything- B Bryson




The Mexican Boatman & "Harvard MBA".

The World in Perspective

Acres of Diamonds

First impressions in 30s

The Two Minute Rule

 Noughts and Crosses

 Think and Grow Rich

 3 Blind Men & An Elephant
 Someone Everyone Anyone No-one
 12 Questions to High Performance
 The Bee Can't Fly but No-one told the bee
 The Maverick Mindset of Baseball
 Three Men and a Boat
 Two Cannibals & a Beautiful Girl
 The Meaning of Life  
 What was your name again?
 Two Frogs
 Is Common Sense Possible
 An Architects Vision
 Does Edison Turn Your Light On


Other books and CDs I've mentioned can be found here

There are loads of great audio programs at Nightingale Conant's ,web site here,

In India and China there are already two billion people and every year due to their population growth these two countries need to find jobs for 50 million extra adults. To do this they are already breaking the historic rules with India developing high tech jobs and Dongtan in China becoming the world’s first sustainable, eco-friendly city built from scratch. In addition because of their scale they are breaking the rules with who and how they trade. But other regions are changing  to. The Middle East is expecting to have $3.2 trillion dollars invested in it economy by 2020. With so many changes (these just a few) the current balance of power and wealth is likely to change beyond recognition from what we know today.

As for population in the UK the over 80’s and over 100’s are the fastest growing demographic group with and scientists predicting that many of us will live till are 150 or even 200 years old. In fact due to the pace of further understanding of the ageing gene some scientists believe that the first person to live to 1000 years old is already alive today.

With the world changing so dramatically I wonder if I notice these changes and do I change my behaviours and decisions at the same pace?

No, because its hard to change your behaviours and decisions at the same pace of change 

But if we could what untapped opportunities are out there.

Till next week, keep up with the pace of change

David Gardner