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Forum: July 21, 2016

Topic: The Future of Europe – After Brexit  –  Revised Program Schedule

We are making a quick change-up in our meeting topics this month, as a result of the extraordinary events in in the UK, notably the vote to leave the European Union, and the eruption that came as a result of the vote.

Change so often comes as increments, tweaks to an established institution or trend.  But every now and then, change lands like a comet on an iceberg – One must deal not only with the obvious main event, but then you find bits and pieces of consequence scattered in every conceivable direction.  A first response is generally to try to catalog the and organize the results into possible scenarios – for the sake of sane planning.

David Staley has done just that in his recent column, What is the Future of Europe?  In an early attempt to sort out the possible outfall of the vote, depending on how events break in the near future, he helps us get a handle on large messy questions, so they can be addressed and analyzed by reasonable people.

Naturally, the reasonable people of the Columbus Futurists will take up the challenge at our July meeting.  Our topic originally planned for this meeting – Geoengineering – will be addressed at a later time.

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!)

  • July 21, 2016 – CHANGE:  Topic: The Future of Europe – After Brexit
  • August 18, 2016 – Topic: The Circular Economy
  • September 22, 2016 – Topic: Special guest
  • October 20, 2016 – Topic: James Bach: Predicting the Presidential Election
  • November 17, 2016 – tba
  • December, 2016 – no meeting
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