Looking to the future and how it affects your bottom line

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IAR Fall Conference speaker futurist David Zach highlighted some of the technology trends to watch, but cautioned against getting sidetracked by fads.

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Looking to the future and how it affects your bottom line

  1. 1. Design at the center. davidzach.com linked in @DavidZach Court jester not fortune teller. A thought- provoking entertainer. Sit around & read. Write too. New & old. 1. Thinking like a futurist. a. Be wary of “futurists.” b. Change ≠ Progress. c. Old ≠ outdated. d. Think implications x 3. e. Conversations. f. Philosophy > plans. Profit/prophet motive? Choices: change vs. tradition. Futuristic: future value. Seduced by the next implication. Redefine the terms of the debate. Becoming like gods ... 2. Protecting your attention. Play with fads, Work with trends, Live by principles. Your value follows your attention.
  2. 2. 1. Everything gets to talk. 2. The Internet of things. a. Insurance? b. Inspections? c. Tools? d. Buildings? 3. The future will be printed.
  3. 3. 3. The future will be printed. 3. Will the future be printed? 4. The timeline of innovation. 4. The timeline of innovation.
  4. 4. 5. Redesigning reality x 3. Work on a computer? txt > f2f: s/s 7. The assault on attention. Majority of 18-25 y.o. admit: txt while driving. 13-17: 1742 txt mssg/mth. Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: Intensive multitaskers are “suckers for irrelevancy,” says Clifford Nass, one professor who did the research. “Everything distracts them.” Mersenich offers an even bleaker assessment: As we multitask online, we are “training our brains to pay attention to the crap.” Multiatsking.. Silence? First we shape our tools, and then ... Marshall McLuhan
  5. 5. 1. What if the Future’s a jerk? a. Sold: distracting, prepackaged future. b.What are we being distracted from? c. How different will it be: alt/future? 3 2. Think outside the box. 3 2. Think into other boxes. 3 Aging Social media MoneyAugmentation
  6. 6. 3 Energy Youth culture Nanotech Automation 3 Realtor Virtual Designer 3D PrinterArtist 3 Citizenship Appropriate housing Entrepreneur Maker culture Bottom line [practical] Best practices: Think Open source: T h i n k Hierarchy [f2f] Collaborative networks [s/s] Horizon [potential] Open-minded [us] Tradition [build upon past] Future [leave past behind] Pursuit of ... [work & life] Credentials [singular path] Close-minded [them] Promise of ... [worklife] Smarts [many paths & bypass] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 3. The clash of innovations. Logistics Design Counting CreatingWhich side works for you?
  7. 7. Elegance & eloquence. Marshall McLuhan Technology ... art. 5. Can realtors be automated? a. What can you do that cannot be automated? b. Is anyone going to pay you to do that? c. Is it legal for them to pay you to do that? d. What can you finally do that you want to do? e. What should you finally stop doing? 80/20 Elegance & eloquence. Marshall McLuhan Technology ... art. 5. Can realtors be automated? a. What can you do that cannot be automated? b. Is anyone going to pay you to do that? c. Is it legal for them to pay you to do that? d. What can you finally do that you want to do? e. What should you finally stop doing? 80/20 6. Creative futures. c. Comfortable attention. d. Customers = Coworkers. boundaries. a. Unlimited choices. b. Loss of boundaries.boundaries.boundaries.boundaries.boundaries.boundaries.
  8. 8. 1. Start smoking. a. Tolstoy. b. Strangers. 2. Start drinking. a. KFC research. b. Break bread; break barriers. a. Everyone is freaking out. b. Let us not look ... c. Spoils to the distractors. d. Foundations & intentions. A place from which one’s strength of character is drawn. A place in which we know exactly who we are. The place from which we speak our deepest beliefs. 3. Retreat Querencia. 4. Small & many > Big & few. Kickstarter.com Small ideas are as important as big ideas. ID Lt. Gov. Brad Little
  9. 9. 5. The freedom to fail. Lambent Shopping Trolley 6. Your most valuable resource. a. A.D.O.S. b. Hyperliving. c. Calm, silence, repose. d. Closing your mind. For information on booking David Zach, futurist, please contact Linda Warmoth-Shelton at Capital City Speakers - 800-397-3183

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