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How to stimulate your own powers of foresight. Consider the following thought provokers. Ask yourself, in these categories what are the brand new trends and forces? Which are the ones growing in importance? Which current forces are loosing their steam? Which have peaked or are reversing themselves? Which are the "wildcards" about to disrupt us in the future? POLITICAL AND TECHNICAL thought for food: Electronics, Materials, Energy, Fossil, Nuclear, Alternative, Other, Manufacturing (techniques), Agriculture, Machinery and Equipment, Distribution, Transportation (Urban, Mass, Personal, Surface, Sea, Subsurface, Space), Communication (Printed, Spoken, Interactive, Media), Computers (Information, Knowledge, Storage & Retrieval, Design, Network Resources), Post-Cold War, Third World, Conflict (Local, Regional, Global), Arms Limitation, Undeclared Wars, Terrorism, Nuclear Proliferation, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Governments (More/Less Power and Larger or Smaller Scale), Taxes, Isms: Nationalism, Regionalism, Protectionism, Populism, Cartels, Multinational Corporations, Balance of Trade, Third Party Payments, Regulations (OSHA, etc.) Environmental Impact, U.S. Prestige Abroad. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC Food for thought: Labor Movements, Unemployment / Employment Cycles, Recession, Employment Patterns, Work Hours / Schedules, Fringe Benefits, Management Approaches, Accounting Policies, Productivity, Energy Costs, Balance of Payments, Inflation, Taxes, Rates of Real Growth, Distribution of Wealth, Capital Availability and Costs, Reliability of Forecasts, Raw Materials, Availability and Costs, Global versus National Economy, Market versus Planned Economies, Generations: Y, X, Boomers, Elderly, Urban vs. Rural Lifestyles, Affluent vs. Poor, Neighborhoods and Communities, Planned or Organic Growth. Got Knowledge?

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The Journal of 2020 Foresight
Sunday, October 15, 2006  

“It’s Been a Long Road Behind Me, and It’s a Long Road Ahead”

By Steve Howard, CKO
The Knowledge Labs

The Journal of 2020 Foresight

Since beginning-less time people traveled to the ends of the earth seeking the foresight to know where life will take them.

Today with time running out, 78 million Baby Boomers ask themselves in the wee hours of the night:

  • Who have I become?
  • What will my life add up to?
  • Do I want to be remembered as the person I have been up to now?
  • Is it too late to put more meaning in my life?
  • Where will I be and what will I be doing in the next five years?
  • Will economic cycles support or defeat my plans?
  • Will I be forced to live a lifestyle I didn’t choose or work in a job I hate?
  • Will my energy, vitality and health slowly drain away?

What about you?

As you map out the rest of your journey, which direction will your life take? What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

And, will you finally follow your dreams?

“The painter stood
Before her work

She looked around everywhere

She saw the pictures and she painted them

She picked the colors from the air

Green to green

Red to red

Yellow to yellow

In the light

Black to black

When the evening comes

Blue to blue

In the night

It's a long road

Behind me

It's a long road


If you follow every dream

You might get lost

If you follow every dream

You might


She towed the line
She held her end up
She did the work of too many
But in the end

She fell down

Before she got up again

I keep my friends eternally
We leave our tracks in the sound

Some of them are with me now

Some of them can't be found

It's a long road behind me

And I miss you now

If you follow every dream

You might get lost

If you follow every dream
You might

Neil Young, "The Painter"

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