John L. Petersen, one of the world’s foremost futurists, is founder and president of the Arlington Institute. He is author of Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises, Strategies for 2012, and The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future. He has worked for National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He also serves as chairman of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation.
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The Art of Forecasting, Part Two: The World of Consciousness,withJohn L. Petersen
November 23, 2015
Here he begins by discussing the use of dreams by futurists. He suggests that it might be useful to establish a large database of people’s dreams in order to scan it for emerging trends. To do this, one needs a methodology to interpret dream symbolism. He mentions that certain individuals seem to have dreams that [...]
The Art of Forecasting, Part One: The Era of Exponential Growth,withJohn L. Petersen
November 22, 2015
Here he points out that everything is connected to everything else. He notes that we are living in an extraordinary, unprecedented time where the rate of change of many phenomena is growing exponentially, and furthermore these developments converge with each other in unexpected ways. The basic framework for keeping track of such accelerating, complex trends [...]