Once upon a time, "the Future" was a distant land that we didn't think too much about. We knew we would be going there someday, of course, but that was a long way off. Meanwhile, we had lots of other stuff to worry about.
And then one day we woke up to a world we can barely recognize. Everything, it seems, is changing. All the time. And there's no sign of it slowing down—if anything, it's speeding up! New technologies. New opportunities. New risks. It's all happening at once. How do we prepare for a future that is only a matter of days away?
Phil Bowermaster, acceleration strategist, is a nationally recognized author and speaker. He has more than 25 years experience writing about emerging technologies and the future. As co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed, Phil has talked with leading scientists and technologists, best-selling authors, philosophers, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs and others who are shaping our understanding of the amazing era of transformation in which we live.
In speaking engagements, Phil outlines the convergence of information and society that is driving disruptive change. He helps leaders and their organizations develop strategies for managing accelerating change. He shows how imagination, optimism, empathy, and humor can make all the difference in both understanding and making the most of the powerful currents of change we face.
"Our future is being formed around a series of complex ever-changing trends, and Phil Bowermaster is not only a great student of applied futurism, but also a master analyst when it comes to uncovering the meaning and long term implications of these changes.
A great futurist is thought provoking, inspiring, and entertaining. Phil is all of these and much more."
Senior Futurist, the DaVinci Institute
(Google’s top-rated Futurist Speaker)
"Phil challenges every organization—from the one-woman startup to the big government agency or multinational corporation—to open their eyes to the incredible changes we’re facing each day.
We can discover the opportunities and avoid the risks these changes represent only if we see them coming and understand what they mean."
"Phil has a remarkable ability to present both the accelerating changes and challenges ahead of us, with a perceptive optimism that can reassure humanity that we've got this, if we focus on it. And this. And this...
I've been very lucky to podcast with him many times and each show is enlightening and delightful."
Best-selling author: Phoenix Horizon series
(Nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award)
Speaker and Futurist
The Post-Everything Future
Ever think about leaving it all behind? Well, you’re probably going to — and sooner than you expect. Humanity may well experience more disruptive change over the next 30 years than we have in the previous 500. (In fact, the level of change may be more on par with the past 5,000 years.) To get a handle on the scope of the transformation, we have to re-calibrate how we look at time. “The Future” is no longer years away; it's days away.
Recent developments show that change is occurring more rapidly than we tend to suspect, and at a more fundamental level. Welcome to the Post-Everything era, where we leave behind many of the expectations, assumptions, and basic categories that we have always relied on to make sense of the world around us. Are you ready for a post-work economy? A post-mortality life plan? A post-human society? Hold on tight; we are in for quite a ride!
Exploring the Reality Spectrum
Augmented reality. Virtual reality. Fake news. Alternative facts. Is reality becoming optional? (Has it always been optional?)
Technology is shortening the distance between what we can imagine and what we can make happen. Meanwhile, social media and other drivers are making it easier than ever to create our own personalized realities. It's kind of like The Secret — where what a person thinks about becomes reality. But this isn't some hokey New Age fluff. It's really happening!
What does the future look like when reality itself is up for grabs? This workshop combines presentation with group exercises and discussion to explore the dynamic relationship between imagination, capability, illusion, certainty, and reality.
The Case for Outrageous Optimism
Self-driving cars? A cure for aging? Digital reality? Designer babies? Robots stealing our jobs?
We live in an era of relentless disruption. It’s not just that change is coming faster or that we’re seeing more of it.Today we face a deeper level of transformation—challenging our fundamental assumptions about how the world works. The near future is loaded with amazing new opportunities and terrifying new risks. How do we know which is which? How do we respond to overwhelming uncertainty?
In this session, we redefine disruption as an explosion of possibilities. We explore the line between what we imagine and what’s real—and ask why that line keeps getting blurrier. We look at the surprising relationship between accelerating change and our own capabilities. And we discover why the most practical strategy may be to become disruptors ourselves. Is outrageous optimism a risky proposition? Or is it the new realism?
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