WorldFuture 2008; Seeing the Future through New Eyes

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WorldFuture 2008; Seeing the Future through New Eyes


The future is almost here ...

Time is running out to register for WorldFuture 2008, the annual conference of the World Future Society. Take part in a rare event of international significance and meet the men and women at the forefront of today's biggest trends in science, finance, business, and government.

Be on hand for presentations from...

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Jerry Allan, president, Critieria Architects, Inc., professor of design, Minneapolis College of Arts & Design

"Learn a new way of understanding the world we have created versus the one we have evolved from, leading to a new way of seeing and thinking."

Dave Barnes, senior vice president and CIO, UPS

"Rising customer expectations make service and intimacy more important than ever. Learn more about this trend and ways to forge a tighter bond with customers."

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Molly J. Coye, founder and CEO, Health Technology Center and Kevin M. Fickenscher, chief medical officer and executive vice president, Healthcare Transformation for Perot Systems

"Understand the major environmental forces driving change in health care across the globe and the global impact of these emerging technologies on society. Identify emerging IT and other major technologies and their impact on health care."

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Bill Draytono, CEO, founder, and chairman, Ashoka: Innovations for the Public and former assistant administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"Apply your entreneurial passion to flip the systems that are limiting the citizen sector's ability to solve some of the world's intractable social problems."

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Maddy Dychtwald, executive vice president, co-founder, Age Wave

"Understand the answers to a series of critical questions... will the demographically driven age wave produce pandemics of chronic disease? How far will baby boomers go in their pursuit of the 'fountain of health'? Will boomers have the financial and emotional wherewithal to cope with aging parents and boomerang children, as well as trying to fulfill their own retirement dreams?"

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Enrique Pena Nieto, governor of the State of Mexico

"The future social, economic, and political stability of the world greatly depends on the harmonization of the levels of development between different countries and regions."

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Dennis M. Bushnell, chief scientist, NASA Langley Research Center

Discover the "Frontiers of the 'Responsibly Imaginable' regarding the near and farther term technical opportunities in energy generation, storage, transmission and conservation."

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Don't overlook your opportunity to take part in these and many other vital conversations. And don't miss your chance to get even more out of your conference experience through the preconference courses:

An Introduction to the Study of the Future with Peter Bishop, associate professor of human sciences and chair of the future studies graduate program, University of Houston.

So You Want to Teach the Future?: Topics, Tools, and Tasks with John Sagi of the Institute for the Future, Anne Arundel Community College, and Stephen F. Steele, director of the Institute for the Future, Anne Arundel Community College.

Enhancing Future Consciousness: The Development of Constructive, Optimistic, and Creative Attitudes and Behaviors about the Future with Thomas Lombardo, futures professor and faculty chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and Integrated Studies, Rio Salado College; author, The Evolution of Future Consciousness and Contemporary Futurist Thought.

How to Think Like a Futurist (two-day course) with Joseph F. Coates, president, Joseph F. Coates consulting Futurist, Inc. …

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