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Forum: September 22, 2016

Topic: Steve Millett, on American Ways: A Behavioral History of the United States with Expectations for the Future

Local Futurist and expert Steve Millett will discuss his book, published earlier this spring.  This description from a recent Clio Society presentation:

The American people have displayed consistent patterns of behavior for more than 400 years.  They have placed great value on individual merits, rights, and interests.  The driving force of most Americans has been the sustained optimism of the “American Dream,” the ideal that the future will be better than the past in material and emotional terms.  Americans have showed a remarkable ability to combine lofty ideals with self-interests.  In addition, they have also emphasized the importance of strong communities, especially when communities defend and support individuals.  They have always placed a particular emphasis on processes, and they have had to learn to accommodate each other and resolve their conflicts without resorting to violence.  The U.S. Constitution is the ultimate process, and it has failed only once:  the Civil War.  Looking toward the future, the success of American optimism and the management of fear rests upon the pursuit of opportunities as presented in five likely scenarios to 2050.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting of the Columbus Futurists!

> Steve Millett’s New Book Now Published

We are very pleased to announce that Steve Millet’s latest book, American Ways: A Behavioral History of the United States with Expectations for the Future, has just been published.  For the moment, it is available only as an ebook, but a paper edition should be available shortly.  Steve once again wishes to thank the members of Columbus Futurists for their feedback on this manuscript.

2016 Forecasts: group project for the Columbus Futurists

Forecasting some key events and parameters for 20126 is the new group project for Columbus Futurists.  A short list of specific issues has been posted, and you can participate by sending your forecasts for any/all of the issues, along with a percentage presenting your confidence level.  Over the course of the year, we will review progress (and check events off the list as they occur).  You can send your forecasts to the Futurists email, and they will be added to the record, attached to the update post.  The original instructions are here, and the update is here.

Join us – and let’s see how accurate our forecasting can be!

Make note:

Scheduled meetings for 2016  (all meetings meet 6:30-8:00pm at the Panera Bread Co. community room, 875 Bethel Road):  (Also be sure to check out – and like –  “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)

  • September 22, 2016 – Topic: Steve Millett discusses his newest book, American Ways: A Behavioral History of the United States with Expectations for the Future
  • October 20, 2016 – Topic: James Bach: Predicting the Presidential Election
  • November 17, 2016 – Geoengineering
  • December, 2016 – no meeting