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Preparing for Trumpian Uncertainty

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. The victory of Donald Trump as president of the United States is without precedent, and creates enormous uncertainty. Will his qualifications as a businessman transfer to management of the world’s largest economy? Will his … 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 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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The Greediest Generation

by senior futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. In 1998, former news anchor Tom Brokaw wrote a book called The Greatest Generation. In that book he said, “‘it is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.’ He argued that … Continue reading

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What’s Truly Important in Today’s News

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. As a futurist, I read the news differently than most people. By the time something is on the front page of the mainstream media (MSM), it’s usually of very little interest to me. As well, … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Cried “Bear!”

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. And so the Wing-Nut wing of the Republican Party is once again threatening the financial, economic, and fiscal stability of the American republic, first by threatening to block passage of a Continuing Resolution on funding … Continue reading

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13 Trends for 2013

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. A new year is a time when everyone thinks and wonders about the future, and I’m no different, except for me it’s also my job. With that in mind, let me identify some of the … Continue reading

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4 Wild Cards for Utilities in 2013: Risks & Opportunities

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. The utility industries thrive on stability, yet they may well face a number of surprises in 2013 and beyond, both pleasant and unpleasant. And although some of these will be “unknown unknowns”, others may be … Continue reading

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A Futurist’s View of Risk & Risk Management

by futurist Richard Worzel, C.F.A. Why is risk something we want to avoid? I suspect that any attempt to answer this question will deal with the downside or cost of risk, and that’s where any assessment of risk should start. … Continue reading

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