"We're all practical futurists now. The future happens so quickly that we need to make plans here and now for what will happen next." These are the words of technology pioneer Michael Rogers, an author and futurist who recently completed two years as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times. He is a columnist for MSNBC.com, and his consultancy, Practical Futurist, helps businesses and organizations worldwide think about the future. Read More >
The Practical Futurist
Managers are facing multiple new challenges: virtual work forces, flattened corporate structures, a new generation of ambitious and cyber-savvy workers, a heightened atmosphere of public scrutiny — not to mention the perennial pressure to do more with less. How are smart managers coping and what’s next to come? Michael Rogers explains what management will look like in the future.
For this popular speech, Rogers — who is also a best-selling science fiction writer — interviews the client to get a sense of their business, practice or discipline. He then creates a scenario of what their profession or business might be like at the beginning of the Twenties and the world they will inhabit. He’s done it for lawyers, health care professionals, transportation companies, financial services companies — and even for beauty salons and weight-loss clinics!
Over the next decade, more and more of our work, what we care about and how we interact with others is going to move into the virtual world, mediated by computers and the Internet. In addition, we’re seeing the rise of a new generation of “digital natives” who are remarkably comfortable with virtual relationships. Michael Rogers asks what will this mean for how our businesses and organizations must grow and evolve in the years to come?
In this presentation, Michael Rogers explains how the rise of the Internet and the digitization of all media are having a profound effect on the media industries. What will the next decade see in content and services delivery, customer expectations, the protection of intellectual property, and the role of traditional media? Will we still have newspapers? Will we still have traditional television? Who will create, distribute and profit from the news? And the rise of citizen journalism—via blogs and social media—means that for corporations, nothing is under the radar anymore. Who will be the winners and losers between cable, satellite, landlines and wireless?
Between globalization of services and the digitization of business, the legal profession is facing more change in the next decade than has occurred in the past century. Michael Rogers has worked extensively with the American Bar Association, state Bars and individual firms to talk about how the profession can adapt, what younger lawyers can expect and how older lawyers need to adapt.
Information technology and genetic science are combining to create a fundamental shift in the way we think about and treat disease. At the same time, however, prices continue to rise and there is as much pressure to use technology to cut costs as to advance health science. Michael Rogers asks how do we balance the enormous potential of advancing technology with the real world questions of delivering affordable health care?
After creating the award-winning Parents’ Guide to Children’s Software, Rogers has followed education and technology issues closely. He often speaks to audiences of both parents and educators about technology and learning — and specifically how the rise of computers and the Internet has actually increased the importance of the thinking skills that underlie the traditional three R’s. He has worked with both K-12 audiences and higher education on both issues of pedagogy as well as new business models in the virtual age.
Rogers has followed the world energy picture since he shared the National Headliners Award for coverage of the Chernobyl disaster and its implications for nuclear energy. He has written extensively on alternative energy and recently participated in the United Nations conference Bridging the Divide on bringing new energy technology to developing countries, as well as speaking and consulting for a variety of energy companies.
"Some futurists are good storytellers with plenty of charisma, but no wisdom or experience; and others have loads of experience but no charisma. You demonstrated both!"
"Michael presents as though he is talking with you, versus at you. He’s someone you would love to be seated next to at any event!"
"You hit a home run with this group. Longtime bar association executives who can be somewhat jaded were particularly enthusiastic about your presentation."
"Thank you for the excellent talk you gave to our audience yesterday. The range of topics you addressed was thought-provoking and exactly on target with the theme of Building Bridges to the Future."
"Many of the delegates mentioned that your session was the most informative of the program; they especially appreciated your warmth and wit. We were very pleased that your remarks were so carefully tailored for our audience, and that you delivered exactly the message we had planned."