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Inside the Mind of a Futurist – April 10-14, 2017

February 25th, 2017 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

A little over two years ago I mentioned a new anticipatory thinking tool I’ve developed called “situational futuring.” It helps me gain better insight into the world ahead. Until now I hadn’t given too many details about how it worked, but I recently decided to reveal the entire process and how to apply it. While I’ve been very […]



What will be the largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you.

January 27th, 2017 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it’s a big deal when students get their own laptops. According to Futurist Thomas Frey, in 14 years it’ll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet. It’s not just because the technology will be that sophisticated, […]



The Future of Recruiting with Top Futurist Thomas Frey

December 23rd, 2016 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Thomas Frey is the executive director at the DaVinci Institute and a renowned futurist speaker. We got on the phone to discuss what the future holds for recruiting: how employers will find talent, who they will be looking for, what skills and traits will matter most, and how employment and the workplace will evolve in the times ahead. NOTE: […]



Let’s print a mountain range in 3-D

October 28th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

  Futurist Thomas Frey is in town to talk to a Greater Des Moines Partnership breakfast Friday. I caught up with him by phone to discuss how our metro is likely to change as disruptive technologies pile up. By the time we were done, I had half-jokingly asked him if Iowa could 3-D print a mountain range, […]



Futurist Thomas Frey outlines a number of possibilities for libraries

November 17th, 2015 at 3:30 pm » Comments Off

At Cape Fear Community College’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center last week, futurist Thomas Frey told the audience of library supporters, “A library is a library … until it isn’t.”



The future of recruiting, with top futurist Thomas Frey

October 14th, 2015 at 8:58 pm » Comments Off

The DaVinci Institute’s senior futurist and executive director, Thomas Frey, shares a glimpse at how current workplace trends – from freelancing to coworking – are shaping the future of recruitment.



Five-Part Sharing-Economy Solution to the Refugee Crisis

October 9th, 2015 at 4:14 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on CCTV, the Chinese-American television channel for an interview about the topic of border walls. With the crisis in Syria deepening, affecting bordering countries and virtually all of the European Union, the show’s moderator asked me a series of tough questions about immigration […]



The Perfection Quandary

September 29th, 2015 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  I often wake up in the middle of the night with a big idea, something I’ve dubbed the grand epiphany. But as it turns out, very few actually fit into the “grand” category. Whenever they do, big ideas carries with them a heavy responsibility, the responsibility of either moving them forward or […]



The Future of the Darknet: 9 Critically Important Predictions

September 14th, 2015 at 4:32 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  Have you ever run across a situation so frustrating that you wished you could hire a “fixer?” Maybe it has to do with gangs moving into your neighborhood, or the local slumlord not willing to repair a dangerous situation, or a local politician taking bribes, or finding out that your husband is […]



The Day the Banking Industry Died

September 1st, 2015 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  It was rather anticlimactic when it finally happened, but the front door simply failed to open.



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