Reap What You New, St. Paul Public Library


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  • Reap What You New, St. Paul Public Library

    1. 1. REAP WHAT YOU NEW A Futurist’s Guide to Anticipating & Leading Change <ul><li>The Falling is Sky </li></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><ul><li>CHANGE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CHOICE </li></ul></ul>© Cecily Sommers, 2010
    3. 3. KNOW DO © Cecily Sommers, 2010 NEW
    4. 4. Q: Why is it that, even when we Know better, we don’t Do better <ul><ul><li>A: We have to learn how to New better! </li></ul></ul>© Cecily Sommers, 2010
    5. 5. A Futurist’s Guide <ul><li>Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>KNOW: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT don’t you KNOW? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Determine your Best Question </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HOW do you know? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>NEW: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT can you NEW? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HOW do you NEW? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exploration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>DO: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT must you DO? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HOW do you DO? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5% Factor </li></ul></ul></ul>© Cecily Sommers, 2010
    6. 6. © Cecily Sommers, 2010 Learning, Memory Senses Left Hemisphere Language Right Hemisphere Imagery Motivation & Emotion Autonomic System: Pain, Arousal
    7. 7. <ul><li>Forward March! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>L: Know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R: New </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>L: Do </li></ul></ul>The Antidote © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    8. 8. Know
    9. 10. © Cecily Sommers, 2010 technology resources population law markets governance
    10. 11. <ul><ul><li>Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ocean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Habitat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minerals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forest </li></ul></ul>Resources Four Forces © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    11. 15. law resources markets ISSUES TRENDS INTEGRATION © Cecily Sommers, 2010 food energy water
    12. 16. <ul><ul><li>Genetics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robotics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nanotechnology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul></ul>Technology Four Forces © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    13. 19. law markets health communications © Cecily Sommers, 2010 energy technology robotics infrastructure
    14. 20. <ul><ul><li>6.1 B in 2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9B in 2050 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing ++ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial --- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-cultural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-lingual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nationalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capital formation </li></ul></ul>Demographics Four Forces © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    15. 23. © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    16. 25. law markets migration labor youth mortality multi-ethnic © Cecily Sommers, 2010 population
    17. 26. <ul><ul><li>Tribalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market drivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beliefs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polarization </li></ul></ul>Governance Four Forces © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    18. 30. CONTENT CONVERSATION © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    19. 31. The fast and easy answer? - All media will be social, layered (virtual + physical), and just-in-time (real-time, place-, person-, and situation-specific). © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    20. 32. <ul><li>Jason M. Schultz, director of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California at Berkeley Law School, said libraries always have served two roles in society: </li></ul><ul><li>They're places where people can get free information; </li></ul><ul><li>and they're community centers for civic debate. </li></ul><ul><li>As books become more available online, that community-center role will become increasingly important for libraries , he said. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It depends on whether we prioritize it as a funding matter, but I think there always will be a space for that even if all the resources are digital,&quot; he said. </li></ul><ul><li>Some libraries are trying to gain an edge by focusing on the &quot;deeply local&quot; material -- the stuff that only they have, said Blowers, the librarian in Ohio. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;How do we help add that value to a format like the Internet, which is expansively global ?&quot; she said. &quot;So we look at what do we have here that we could help people gain access to by digitizing it.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>That material can be used to start community discussions, she said. </li></ul>
    21. 33. New
    22. 34. <ul><ul><li>Business need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Futures research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brand experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scenario development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiential exploration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Like That” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Fill the Box” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Having it all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Duh!,” “Love it!”, High Risk/Reward </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chunking it down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Movable Piece </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliverables, resource requests, Q-2-Q </li></ul></ul>ZONE OF DISCOVERY © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    23. 35. <ul><li>“ Like That!” </li></ul><ul><li>Play </li></ul><ul><li>Time out </li></ul>Pour & Stir © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    24. 36. <ul><li>Marching Forward </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity (BQ) </li></ul><ul><li>Pour & Stir </li></ul><ul><li>Form (BP) </li></ul>Know Better, New Better, Do Better © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    25. 37. Do
    26. 38. <ul><li>“ The to plant a tree was ago. ” </li></ul>best time 20 years <ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese Proverb </li></ul></ul></ul>
    28. 40. THE NEW I.P. <ul><li>  </li></ul>© Cecily Sommers, 2010
    29. 41. INNOVATION PORTFOLIO <ul><li>  </li></ul>© Cecily Sommers, 2010
    30. 42. CLIENTS
    31. 43. <ul><li>Assumptions, Outcomes, Resources </li></ul><ul><li>10 Years </li></ul><ul><li>5 years </li></ul><ul><li>2 years </li></ul><ul><li>1 year </li></ul><ul><li>6 months </li></ul><ul><li>3 months… </li></ul>Plan in Reverse © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    32. 44. s T A M PO U T S H O R T S I G H T E D N E S S © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    33. 45. The Wisdom Principle <ul><li>God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;  courage to change the things I can; </li></ul><ul><li>and wisdom to know the difference. </li></ul>The Serenity Prayer
    34. 47. What’s yours? dream © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    35. 48. © Cecily Sommers, 2010
    36. 49. THANK YOU CECILY SOMMERS website email [email_address] phone 612.374.3191 twitter cecilysommers