It’s Time To Drop The F-Bomb On Culture

We know what you’re probably thinking: “Wow! Quite the title for a post. They went for it,” or “These guys have finally lost it… they’re nuts!” Well, we might be nuts. But that’s not the point. The point is that it’s time to f_____ culture. Of course, we’re not referring to any group’s national or societal culture. Rather, we’re talking about the system of shared values, beliefs and assumptions that governs how people behave within a company. You know, the…

Creative Complexity

The Futures School Co-Founder Frank Spencer explains the concept of Creative Complexity, and why it’s critical to good foresight, innovation, strategy and organizational development.

Place Matters

In May 2019, The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) released a study, “The Importance of Place: Neighborhood Amenities as a Source of Social Connection and Trust.” A key finding included that the closer Americans are to neighborhood amenities, including parks and libraries, the more trusting and content they felt about their community, regardless of the neighborhood type (i.e. suburb, small town, large city). Those individuals who do not have easy access to these amenities are more likely to feel lonely or…

Transforming Libraries

Public libraries have long been considered to be on the brink of irrelevancy and extinction, fending off assertions that Google would replace librarians – the original “search engines” – or that eBooks would replace print books. Thus, it’s easy for the technophiles to imagine that libraries as “repositories” would no longer be necessary. Nevertheless, libraries were fundamentally designed to evolve and transform into places and platforms of innovation and collaboration. What sets libraries apart from most organizations and institutions is…

IEDC 2019: An Introduction to Futures Thinking for Economic Development

Marty Vanags, President of the Saratoga Partnership, and Tim Giuliani, President and CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership share both a common purpose in pioneering the transformation of the economic development field, and a passion for creating the future. As TFS Alumni (Marty – Denver 2017 and Tim – Orlando 2018), they began building a collaborative partnership founded on their common purpose and passion shortly after meeting one another through the TFS Alumni Network Group. Vanags, Giuliani and one of…