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Events & Surprises of 2016

by futurists Richard Worzel and Kit Worzel There are many things that we already know about 2016: The leading edge of the Boomers will turn 70 – and complain about it. The Millennials are taking over in government, business, and society. … Continue reading

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Baby, Who Will Drive My Car?

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. ➢ Within the next 5 years, self-driving cars will expand rapidly into those commercial sectors where the economic case is overwhelming, but will only replace privately-owned cars more gradually, say over 20 years. Some … Continue reading

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The 7 Megatrends that Will Affect the Future of Infrastructure, Part II

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. This is the second half of a complete report on the future of infrastructure in Ontario, commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario. The first half can be found here, and provided … Continue reading

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The 7 Megatrends that Will Affect Tomorrow’s Infrastructure

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. I was commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario to produce a report by September, 2015 on the future infrastructure needs of the Province of Ontario, Canada. The conclusions of my report … Continue reading

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What’s on Your Plate: Feeding the Future

by futurist Kit Worzel The United Nations report on world population estimates a total of 9.6 billion people on the planet by 2050. That’s an increase of more than 2 billion in the next thirty-five years. There have been discussions … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Medical & Drug Research?

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Suppose you were a high school teacher who had just taken a job at a new school, and that you agreed to take over as the coach of the basketball team. You look at … Continue reading

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Paying the Water Piper: The Future of Water, Part III

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. This is the third blog about water. The first two can be found here and here, plus a blog about California’s water situation can be found here. —————- Fresh water is vital, and we’re running out of it. Water … Continue reading

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Overdrawn at the River Bank: The Future of Water, Part II

This is the second of three posts about the future of water. The first can be found here. by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Water scarcity has several causes, all of which compound each other. First is that of the freshwater … Continue reading

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Water Is Not the New Oil: The Future of Water, Part I

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Water is not the new oil; it’s much more important than that. There are substitutes for oil, but there are no substitutes for water, and we are running dry. As that happens (and it … Continue reading

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What Happens When California Runs Out of Water?

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. California is exceptional. We all know that. Unfortunately, California has become exceptional in a particularly unpleasant way: it’s running out of water. According to NASA, California’s current four-year drought is the worst in 1,200 … Continue reading

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