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July 7th, 2015

The Macro Forces Behind Slow GDP Growth and Inflation in the United States

 [This column first appeared in the Shift Age Newsletter #36 ] Ever since the end of the Great Recession a few years ago, there has been much written about the lack of both economic growth and inflation. Much of this coverage mentions that the post-recession recovery is much slower than the recovery of past recessions […]

June 23rd, 2015

Elon Musk: The Edison/Tesla/Westinghouse/Ford/Rockefeller/Bell/Goddard of the Digital Age- Part Two

In the last column here, I looked at the transformations Elon Musk is bringing to the automotive, battery and energy businesses. In this column we look at the breakthroughs he is working on in solar energy, space exploration and Internet connectivity. One of the issues with or counter arguments about electric cars was that even […]

June 16th, 2015

Elon Musk: The Edison/Tesla/Westinghouse/Ford/Rockefeller/Bell/Goddard of the Digital Age

I have been an admirer, yes, even a fan of Elon Musk ever since I first learned about Tesla Motors ten years ago. I state that because now it seems that Elon Musk is everywhere in the media – on-line, magazines, a best selling biography [which I have purchased but yet to start]- simply because […]

May 24th, 2015

The Cable Television Era Comes to an End

The failed merger of Comcast and Time Warner and the probable merger of Charter and Time Warner will be looked back upon as  significant events. They mark the end of the cable era of television. In the United States, cable began in the post-WWII years as a way to bring broadcast television to hard to […]

May 5th, 2015

2015: So Here We Go!

Note:  This first appeared in the #35 issue of the Shift Age Newsletter Chronologically we are half way through the decade. We humans think of time as linear so 2015 is five years, or half way through this decade. However, the speed of change is ever accelerating. This means that we have experienced about one […]

April 13th, 2015

The Transformation Decade

NOTE: The column below was published on January 1, 2010, or 01-01-10, a very interesting digital date. I am republishing it for several reasons. First, it has become a very powerful metaphor when giving speeches or leading corporate and government retreats. The concept of transformational change as described below makes change, large and small, more […]

March 24th, 2015

The Ascendancy of Women

The signs are everywhere. In 2014 we saw the first woman CEO of GM, the first woman Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank.   In Europe the leaders of the IMF and Germany are powerful women. In the last few years the majority of graduates of higher education in the U.S. and developed nations are women: […]

February 24th, 2015

The First Ever Face the Future Conference

The first ever Face the Future Conference to be held May 4-6, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. The vision for the Face the Future Conference is to become the premiere conference about the future; the future of everything. All around the world I have had the honor of opening conferences to provide audiences with a high […]

November 12th, 2014

Brand Shift: The Future of Brands and Marketing

We have entered one of the most transformative, disruptive times in the history of brands and marketing. The ever-accelerating rate of change in almost every aspect of communications, technology, media, social change and connectivity has left brand marketers struggling just to stay current. It is this reality that led me to collaborate with brand and […]

October 1st, 2014

A New Stage of the Global Economy is Beginning – Part Three

We are entering a new stage of the rapidly evolving global economy. The first stage has lasted some 25 years, beginning in the very late 1980s. As we move from 2014 into 2015 and 2016 there will be fundamental shifts in both the global economy and almost equally importantly, how we perceive it. By 2017, […]

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