Check out this great one hour video where Bob spoke to an audience two months ago at Pacific School of Religion about “External Future Forces,” to help them prepare future leaders. Here are some highlights:
We live in a VUCA world that offers both threat and opportunity:
Bob highlighted findings from the second edition of his book Leaders Make The Future: Ten New Leadership Skills For an Uncertain World published in May, 2012.
Bob also spoke about his earlier book Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present – look for what you have in common, not what you are polarized about. The Book of Provocation, written for the Episcopal Church, is a product of IFTF and CEEP. Bob said “Faith will live in the space between judging too soon and deciding too late.” The Book of Provocation highlights 15 sources of provocation for the Episcopal Church from the custom ten year forecast map. For each provocation the author suggests dilemmas that are likely to be raised for Episcopal churches if this forecast comes to pass, as well as discerning questions for church members to consider. You are encouraged to generate your own discerning questions – based on your reactions to this forecast for the next decade.
Sources of provocation:
The concluding focus of Bob’s presentation to Pacific School of Religion this summer was on three elements of the above.
1. The next big economic driver will be the “global well-being economy” (meaning and faith will be core to well-being). This is more than sick care. We are not very good at wellness health and well-being. This coming decade will be led by biology, physical, social, community, and spiritual well-being. Neuro science and happiness will be understood better. The next decade the brain gets practical – i.e. Last spring when the new food pyramid was introduced, Dan Siegle developed The Healthy Mind Platter: Sleep Time; Physical Time; Focus Time; Time in; Down Time; Play Time and Connecting Time and The Logic of Giving and Reciprocity: The happiest people are those who give; the happiest of the happiest are those who forgive. The least happy are those who carry a grudge. Kelly Traver – Healthiest You.
2. Digital natives (16 years of age and less in 2012) will create new practices of engagement through gaming (theological education will need reverse-mentoring from the digital natives and create intense immersive learing ability).
3. Reciprocity-Based Innovation (amplified by the cloud) will change the nature of economic and social engagement. Reciprocity will be the currency of theological education and faith communities.