June Forum: Crime and the Future

The June Forum (June 23) of the Columbus Futurists will feature a  discussion on the topic: “Crime and the Future: Can financial terrorism permanently impact the path to economic recovery?”  We have seen the impact of 9/11 and other terrorist events on commerce, travel, immigration and an array of other social functions.  Recently there have been questions about the root causes of the 2008 financial crisis and all its ramifications, and whether there are prosecutable crimes underlying the crisis that has stunned the world.  And there are even some indication that part of the impact was indeed yet another conscious act of economic terrorism.  Is crime a “black swan” of history?  Can crime now impact the directions of social and economic trends so much that the course of events changes?    Your thoughts and input are welcome!  As usual, the event will take place at Panera’s, 875 Bethel Rd., 6:30 – 8:30pm.

— Rich Bowers

June Book Circle: Future Shock Redux

The monthly Book Circle of the Columbus Futurists – June 16 – will be reading and discussing Alvin Toffler’s classic Future Shock, now just over 40 years since publication.  How did Toffler do?  Was the future as “shocking” as we expected?  Also note David Grant’s blog entry on the subject.   The group meets this time on June 16, at Panera Bread Co., 875 Bethel Rd., 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

— Rich Bowers

May Forum: Future of Nuclear Power after Fukushima Dai-chi

The May Forum (May 26) of the Columbus Futurists will feature a presentation and discussion lead by Gordon Aubrecht, of the Ohio State University on the topic: “The Future of Nuclear Power after Fukushima Dai-ichi.”  Dr. Aubrecht is a recognized expert on the subject, and we look forward to a definitive description of the situation on the ground in Japan, and a discussion of the implications for US future forays into nuclear power.  As usual, the event will take place at Panera’s, 875 Bethel Rd., 6:30 – 8:30pm.   

— Rich Bowers

May Book Circle: Managing the Future

The monthly Book Circle of the Columbus Futurists will be reading and discussing local futurist Stephen Millett’s soon-to-be-published book, Managing the Future.  The current draft of the book is available online.  The group meets this month  on May 19, at Panera Bread Co., 875 Bethel Rd., 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

— Rich Bowers