For generations, humanity stared at the vastness of the oceans and wondered, "What if?" Today, having explored the curves of the Earth, we now stare at endless stars and wonder, "What if?" Our technology has brought us to the make-or-break moment in human history. We can either grow complacent, and go extinct like the dinosaurs, or spread throughout the cosmos, as Carl Sagan dreamed of. What if your toothbrush becomes smarter than you? What happens to your business, your country, your planet and yourself? What if your car doesn't need a driver anymore? What if we don't need to age and die? What if machines are smarter than us? What if, instead of fear of the future - you see opportunity, instead of an end - you see a beginning, instead of loss - you see profit, and instead of death - you see life? What if you and your organization get future-primed? For many years Nikola Danaylov has been interviewing the future and motivating people all over the world to embrace rather than fear it. "Conversations with the Future" was born from those interviews and Nik's unceasing need to explore "What If" with some of the most forward thinking visionaries in the world today.
Featuring 30 intimate, in-depth conversations - with 20 exciting new voices at the leading edge of evolving herbalism, plus an additional 10 extended, often updated interviews with the most influential of herbal icons: Kenneth Proefrock - Dara Saville - Guido Masé - Larken Bunce - Sean Donahue - Marija Helt Jesse Wolf Hardin - Kiva Rose Hardin - Shawn Donnille - Kat MacKinnon - Amber Magnolia Hill - Mélanie Pulla - Rae Swersey - Janet Kent & Jen Stovall - Juanita Nelson - Tiffany Freeman - Missy Rohs - Phyllis Hogan - Angie True - Ginger Webb - Laura Ash - Rosemary Gladstar - David Hoffman - Susun Weed - Matthew Wood - Phyllis Light - Phyllis Hogan - Paul Bergner - Juliet Blankespoor - Jim McDonald - Julie Caldwell Read the stories of plant healers, herbal clinicians, plant geeks, boundary shifting activists, gardeners, botanists, medicine makers, folklorists, mystics, kitchen witches, and activists... and be inspired on your own personal path of healing and practice. Even if you have been a clinician for decades, you can draw from these pages new insights, ideas and information that may benefit your work. And even if you have limited herbal experience - or have no interest in growing, gathering, studying or administering medicinal plants yourself - you may still find that this book helps to awaken, deepen or propel your own personal life's purpose. "What a gift not only to me but the world. Really, Jesse Wolf, you've done it once again created something so masterful and powerful for the rest of us to savor and enjoy and treasure. This book is a true jewel to be treasured for, who knows, perhaps generations? Though I have read many interviews with various people over time, these were so thoughtfully and thoroughly done. I was amazed at the questions you posed to each of us, allowing us to ramble, but not ramble too much, inviting us to self reflect and to dig deep. I also appreciate the eclectic nature of the interviews, reading those of old favorites and also being introduced to people I don't know. I am absolutely impressed by each person's depth of insight, connection to the plants, and their deep commitment to being of service not only to the green nations but to humanity. It is just awesome, inspiring, and uplifting!" -Rosemary Gladstar Some of the topic covered herein: -Herbalist's personal lives & livelihoods, secrets, tools & tips -Previously unshared stories about these herbalists' childhoods, education, experiences, perspectives, loves, peeves, and hopes... candid, vulnerable & unscripted! -Underutilized herbs, and little known uses for commonly known plants -Constitutional models, energetics, diagnostic methods, case study examples, treatment protocols -Herbal healing traditions -What herbal students need to know, and how to effectively teach -Talking with plants, shamanic herbs, entheogens, & the wounded healer -How to start and run a successful herbal business or practice -Critical thinking, assessments, and clinician/client skills -The cultivation of herbs, foraging & wildcrafting, plant conservation, invasives, & sense of place -Approaches to registration, certification, regulation and licensing -Herbal justice and activism, neurodiversity and transgender herbalism -Inspiring and encouraging personal advice to herbalists and others -Diverse visions of herbalism and its future, and how to best get there
Author: William A. Callahan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2015-04-01
Genre: Political Science
After celebrating their country's three decades of fantastic economic success, many Chinese are now asking, "What comes next?" How can China convert its growing economic power into political and cultural influence around the globe? William A. Callahan's China Dreams gives voice to China's many different futures by exploring the grand aspirations and deep anxieties of a broad group of public intellectuals. Stepping outside the narrow politics of officials vs. dissidents, Callahan examines what a third group--"citizen intellectuals"--think about China's future. China Dreams eavesdrops on fascinating conversations between officials, scholars, soldiers, bloggers, novelists, film-makers and artists to see how they describe China's different political, strategic, economic, social and cultural futures. Callahan also examines how the PRC's new generation of twenty- and thirty-somethings is creatively questioning "The China Model" of economic development. The personal stories of these citizen intellectuals illustrate China's zeitgeist and a complicated mix of hopes and fears about "The Chinese Century," providing a clearer sense of how the PRC's dramatic economic and cultural transitions will affect the rest of the world. China Dreams explores the transnational connections between American and Chinese people, providing a new approach to Sino-American relations. While many assume that 21st century global politics will be a battle of Confucian China vs. the democratic west, Callahan weaves Chinese and American ideals together to describe a new "Chimerican dream."
The first book in the Fast Future series, Beyond Genuine Stupidity: Ensuring AI Serves Humanity, explores critical emerging issues arising from the rapid pace of development in artificial intelligence (AI). The authors argue for a forward looking and conscious approach to the development and deployment of AI to ensure that it genuinely serves humanity's best interest. Through a series of articles they present a compelling case to get beyond the genuine stupidity of narrow, short-term and alarmist thinking and look at AI from a long-term holistic perspective. The reality is that AI will impact current sectors and jobs-and hopefully enable new ones. A smart approach requires us to think about and experiment with strategies for adopting and absorbing the impacts of AI-encompassing education systems, reskilling the workforce, unemployment and guaranteed basic incomes, robot taxes, job creation, encouraging new ventures, research and development to enable tomorrow's industries, and dealing with the mental health impacts. The book explores the potential impacts on sectors ranging from healthcare and automotive to legal and education. The implications for business itself are also examined from leadership and HR to sales and business ethics.
Are we prepared for the 21st century? There is room for doubt. The future seems increasingly uncertain, hard to decipher, ambiguous in its very indeterminism, sometime frankly illegible. If it is impossible to predict the future, one can at least help to shape it. To respond in a timely manner to the challenges of the 21st century, one must start by posing the right questions so as to identify possible solutions, if any, before it is too late. This is precisely the role of future-oriented studies and forward thinking as represented in this volume. Originating as it does in a UNESCO series of encounters and exchanges between scientists, intellectuals, artists, decision-makers, and leading personalities from public life, it offers a forum for an open debate, in the spirit of a newethic of discussion, on a wide range of problems, challenges and solutions from a variety of perspectives. In short what this volume strives to achieve is to contribute to anethic of the future.
Author: Kurt Sutter
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2014-09-05
Genre: Performing Arts
Distribution Revolution is a collection of interviews with leading film and TV professionals concerning the many ways that digital delivery systems are transforming the entertainment business. These interviews provide lively insider accounts from studio executives, distribution professionals, and creative talent of the tumultuous transformation of film and TV in the digital era. The first section features interviews with top executives at major Hollywood studios, providing a window into the big-picture concerns of media conglomerates with respect to changing business models, revenue streams, and audience behaviors. The second focuses on innovative enterprises that are providing path-breaking models for new modes of content creation, curation, and distribution—creatively meshing the strategies and practices of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. And the final section offers insights from creative talent whose professional practices, compensation, and everyday working conditions have been transformed over the past ten years. Taken together, these interviews demonstrate that virtually every aspect of the film and television businesses is being affected by the digital distribution revolution, a revolution that has likely just begun. Interviewees include: • Gary Newman, Chairman, 20th Century Fox Television • Kelly Summers, Former Vice President, Global Business Development and New Media Strategy, Walt Disney Studios • Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Warner Bros. Entertainment • Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix • Felicia D. Henderson, Writer-Producer, Soul Food, Gossip Girl • Dick Wolf, Executive Producer and Creator, Law & Order
Author: Elaine Sanchez
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Authored by cataloging librarians, educators, and information system experts, this book of essays addresses ideas and methods for tackling the modern challenges of cataloging and metadata practices. * Contains essays authored by experienced, passionate, and articulate catalogers, metadata librarians, and other experts * Includes original research survey results on librarians' views regarding current topics such as RDA, AACR2, FRBR, the use of upstream data, and cataloging on the Semantic Web * Contains an introductory timeline and history of cataloging and metadata from ancient to present times * Provides a chronological bibliography of selected works related to cataloging and libraries through 1800 and a more complete bibliography of related works * Includes a foreword and afterword by three internationally known and respected cataloging figures, Michael Gorman, Dr. Sheila S. Intner, and Dr. Susan S. Lazinger
This book prompts readers to make their own meaning by considering a series of questions. Abundant examples and case studies from the frontlines of school change provide inspiration and ideas you can adopt or adapt for your context. Discussion prompts are included to promote and provoke conversations--both inside and outside school--with everyone who has a stake in student success (including students themselves). Working together, through collaborative inquiry and hard conversations, you will arrive at your best answers for how schools should adapt for your context and your children. This four-part framework, based on insights from those at the leading edge of change, will help readers navigate the journey ahead: (1) The Why: To help a community reimagine school, effective leaders must first build common understanding about why change is necessary. (2) The How: Moving from vision to reality requires practical considerations. For example, stakeholders with diverse backgrounds bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives to shape the future of education. To collaborate effectively, however, they need to speak the same language. (3) The What-ifs: Only on paper do plans unfold without any push-back or detours. Leaders who maintain momentum and overcome resistance to "what ifs" and "yeah buts" share their troubleshooting strategies in this section, preparing readers to anticipate challenges and be more effective change managers. (4) The Future Story: School leaders who are taking courageous steps to reinvent education understand the power of story. A superintendent who regularly tweets out examples of powerful student learning or a principal who blogs about school-business partnerships helps to build public understanding of 21st century learning. Keeping change efforts from backsliding requires ongoing communication, effective storytelling, and optimism about the future. This book will walk readers through these four critical stages, helping communities mobilize around the shifts that students deserve. Compelling examples from schools on the leading edge of change will inspire readers to embark on the challenging work ahead. The book is intended to be a practical action guide, taking readers from talking about the future of learning to realizing their community's vision.
Author: Mark William Roche
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
Release Date: 2017-02-28
In Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture, Mark William Roche changes the terms of the debate about American higher education. A former dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, Roche argues for the importance of an institutional vision, not simply a brand, and while he extols the value of entrepreneurship, he defines it in contrast to the corporate drive toward commercialization and demands for business management models. Using the history of the German university to assess the need for, and implementation of, distinctive visions at American colleges and universities, Roche's own vision benefits from his deep connection to both systems as well as his experience in the trenches working to realize the special mission of an American Catholic university. Roche makes a significant contribution by delineating means for moving such an institution from vision to implementation. Roche provides a road map to creating a superb arts and sciences college within a major research university and offers a rich analysis of five principles that have shaped the modern American university: flexibility, competition, incentives, accountability, and community. He notes the challenges and problems that surface with these categories and includes ample illustration of both best practices and personal missteps. The book makes clear that even a compelling intellectual vision must always be linked to its embodiment in rhetoric, support structures, and community. Throughout this unique and appealing contribution to the literature on higher education, Roche avoids polemic and remains optimistic about the ways in which a faculty member serving in administration can make a positive difference. Realizing the Distinctive University is a must read for academic administrators, faculty members interested in the inner workings of the university, and graduate students and scholars of higher education.
This volume collects the research of today's scientists to explore the possibilities of the science of tomorrow. Among the issues covered are how decoding DNA will allow us to alter and reshape our genetic heritage, and how quantum physicists will harness the energy of the Universe.
Author: Bonnie Hagemann
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey
Release Date: 2017-05-16
Genre: Business & Economics
What does it mean to lead with vision? In the first book devoted entirely to vision as a key leadership principle, the authors delve deeply into the notion that a compelling vision that motivates and inspires is a true differentiator for organizations that want to hire and retain talent, be more competitive, and thrive in uncertain times. But a compelling vision on its own is not enough, which is why the authors, sought-after leadership development experts globally, provide readers with detailed analysis of the essential things leaders must do to effectively engage the workforce around that vision: embody courage, forge clarity, build connectedness, and shape culture. Leading with Vision draws on quantitative data from the authors' research of over 400 companies supplemented with real-world examples from thoughtful leaders who exemplify the core principles of leading with vision in established companies, including: Olukai, Bumble Bee, Coresystems, Jimbo's, Bunge, and more. The book also includes an actionable blueprint developed by the authors that leaders and their organizations can implement on day one of their journey.
Education reform continues to be a dominating feature of education in the UK and many other countries throughout the world. As a result of this, it is now more important than ever that headteachers and school managers develop the skills which enable them to manage their new responsibilities effectively. In School Leadership in the 21st Century all the major aspects of school leadership are discussed, including: the strategic and ethical dimensions of leadership leading and managing change leading and managing staff in high performance schools information for student learning and organisational learning transformation of schools in the tewnty-first century. The authors of this completely updated and revised edition have addressed the new standards and competency frameworks, making this an essential read for all headteachers and aspiring headteachers on NPQH or LPSH courses and anyone else with an interest in school leadership.