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Forums – regular meetings and Book Circles – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road).

Forum:  July 24  – –  Topic:  The Future of Food

For discussion: Topic:  What is more important than the food we need to fuel our lives?  We know that billions of people do not have enough, we know that technology is enabling controversial changes in the cultivation and the very nature of food itself.  How do we plan for the future – how do we shape a future improved over the past and the present?

Bill Gates is influencing this field – just as he has many others – through the power of his wealth, and the power of comprehensive analysis and evaluation of a wide range of alternatives.  This blog post is interesting in its approach and detail – and very useful in instigating a discussion of the impending future for this vital topic.

We look forward to seeing you and pursuing a unique discussion at this meeting of the Columbus Futurists!

 

New Futuring Resource:

The field of “big data”  is fascinating because it not only involves some of the newest of new technologies, but also promises to be the root of  broad scale change in field it touches.  Participating in those changes – and their benefits – requires first that countries around the world have access – starting with access to the most basic tools like the Internet and broadband, high-speed communications.  The World Economic Forum has assembled a detailed look – country by country – of the quality of their Internet and communications technology.  The report is free and and very accessible.  If you are interested in this field – the report will provie a wide range of detail for your analysis.

The Global Information Technology Report 2014  (The report is free and downloadable in print and PDF.)

Thanks to Chuck Coutellier for this link!

Make note:

Scheduled meetings for 2014 – 2015  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room,875 Bethel Road):

  • August 21 – Topic: The Future of Food, an article from Bill Gates’ blog
  • Sept 25 – Topic: Columbus Futurists’ friend Bill Lafayette will discuss local trends, focusing on improving the amount of, and support for, entrepreneurial activity to enhance our economic community.
  • Oct 23 – Topic: The Future of Television
  • Nov 20 – Topic: The Future of the Home
  • Dec 18 – Topic: tbd
  • Jan 22, 2015 – Topic: tbd
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