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TechCast/Cognis Executive Workshop

Planning for Transformative Change

The pandemic and other threats like climate change pose an existential challenge to organizations everywhere, and they have made it clear that the present global order is not sustainable. The World Economic Forum called for a “A Great Reset” in all spheres of society. Leaders in business, government and other  institutions need to plan for transformative change – NOW.

  • Goal   This workshop is designed to help executives develop a new a strategic posture to meet this difficult future.

  • When  Ninety-minute meetings will be held on Zoom each Friday at 10 AM Western US time, 1 PM Eastern US time and 7 PM EU time.  Seven consecutive weeks from February 5 to March 20, 2021.
  • Speakers  Prominent speakers present 20 minute strategic talks on the pivotal issues of our time.
  • Participation  Small groups of participants discuss applications and pool their best judgment to form new strategic postures.
  • Topics  Content includes cutting-edge research from TechCast and other sources. Thought provoking articles, studies and reports are assigned for prior reading.
  • Cost  $350 for individual sessions and $1450 for the entire program. Early registration: $250/$1250 before January 15, 2020. Please register here.



Workshop Host

Limor will open the workshop by welcoming participants, introduce speakers and their topics and direct questions through the chat function to speakers.  She is a skilled facilitator and will ensure that the proceedings are productive and transparent.

Limor Shafman

Limor Shafman
President of the Keystone Technology Group and a frequent speaker

Limor is a smart buildings specialist and  co-founder and leader of  TIA’s Smart Building Program into 2020.  She works with PropTech startups on market strategy and business development. She leads the NIST – Global City Teams Challenge Smart Buildings Super Cluster which is releasing its Smart Buildings Blueprint in Fall, 2020. As an international corporate attorney, Limor draws on her understanding of the digital environment from her work in the theme park, video game, mobile communications infrastructure and other technology sectors. She has led technology oriented organizations, serving as President of the World Future Society DC Chapter and Co-founder, Chair Emeritus of the IPv6 Forum Israel Chapter. Limor is also an international speaker, moderator and has been a show host for several online media outlets.

Feb 5    State-of-the-Art in Strategy and Foresight

Constant Change from the Bottom Up And the Outside In

Bill and Jess summarize results of their recent survey of strategic foresight practices to outline how strategy formation is changing to cope with the technology revolution. The study’s main conclusion is that organizations should developed constant change from the bottom up and the outside in.

William Halal
The TechCast Project

George Washington University

Bill is professor emeritus of management, technology and innovation. He is founder and director of the TechCast Project and a thought leader  in foresight, strategy, forecasting and related fields. For more, see


Jess Garretson
CEO, The Cognis Group

As leader of this life sciences consultancy firm, Jess provides leadership for the company portfolio that includes IP research, consulting and strategic partnering services, and–an online subscription services curating foresight reports on technology and innovation trends driving the next 10-20 years.  Many years of experience in both corporations and consulting provided a multi-faceted perspective for driving solutions most critical to brand and business development.

The Foresight-Enabled Organization
Traditional strategic planning has reached a crisis point in light of rapid technological change, new demands upon organizational culture, geopolitical disruptions, and, of course, covid-19. Key decision-makers recognize that new skills and competencies are needed to complement forecasting and risk management approaches with the tools and power of foresight. This presentation introduces the human dimension of strategic foresight and explains how it can be embedded throughout an organization in a way that enhances staff and corporate resilience. The core concepts introduced are: decision-making under extreme uncertainty, participatory foresight, and futures literacy with a view towards building organizations that are future-fit, flexible, and inclusive.

Amy Lynn Fletcher
Professor of Political Science
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Amy Lynn Fletcher, PhD, is a professional futurist and technology policy analyst. She focuses on how foresight can be used by corporations, communities and individuals to enhance resilience, forward planning, and adaptation in response to disruptive technological change. She has published two books, multiple peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters on topics ranging from biotechnological innovation to the future of space commercialization. Her speaking engagements include the SingularitySummitNZ, TEDx Christchurch, and the Canterbury Tech Foundation.

Small group breakout discussions and reporting.


  • Updating Strategy for a High-Tech World: Constant Change from the Bottom Up and the Outside In
  • What Is ‘Futures Literacy’ and Why Is It Important?


Feb 12  Managing the Technology Revolution

Macro Forecast of the Most Likely 2030 Scenario
Bill draws on his work at TechCast to provide forecast of 50 emerging technologies making up the entire technology revolution. He then integrates these forecasts with 30 social trends and 25 wild cards to provide a macro-forecast of the “Most Likely Scenario for 2030.” Results show the following super trends: Sustainability, Green Transportation, Mastery Over Life, Threats Across the Spectrum , Higher-Order Values, Infinite Knowledge and Intelligence  and a move Beyond Knowledge. 
William Halal
The TechCast Project
George Washington University

(See bio above)

Future Disruption: Where Will You Be Skating?

We are in the midst of a digital revolution. Technology is an integral part of our lives and will continue to be so for the future. We have seen the pace of technological change increase rapidly during the current pandemic. That process will only accelerate, meaning massive change to the business community. We have recently been compelled to institute new ways of working and socializing. Upcoming technologies such as 5G, the Internet of Things and gene editing will alter our lives in ways that are hard to imagine. The use of robots will change traditional employment and the way the jobs are structured, 3D printing will cause shifts in manufacturing capabilities, regenerative medicine will transform medical care, artificial intelligence will manage many of our businesses and electrically-powered vehicles will replace current gasoline and diesel fueled transportation. Only by understanding the upcoming changes will it be possible to adapt to and take advantage of them.


Steven Hausman
Futurist  and Speaker
 Former Administrator, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Steven J. Hausman is a nationally top-ranked speaker in the areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine, recognized futurist, widely-quoted technology authority and author. His speaking specialties include robotics and artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the security risks of emerging technologies, nanotechnology, 3D printing, bionics and human enhancement, biometrics, autonomous and electric vehicles, brain-machine interfaces, the Internet of Things, medically-related topics such as aging and nutrition and the history of technology. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the field of immunology and transplantation genetics and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia before joining the National Institutes of Health where he had a 31 year career as a researcher and Senior Executive.

Small group breakout discussions and reporting.


  • Forecasting the Technology Revolution
  • Skate to the Future
  • Transformative Technologies in Higher Education
  • The Time Has Come For More Virtual Learning

Feb 19  The Great Reset in Mental Models

The Emerging Global Consciousness

It is increasingly clear that a major shift  in values, beliefs and ideology is needed to make sense of today’s turmoil and to grasp the outlines of the emerging global order. This session presents a vision of global consciousness developed by TechCast’s study to resolve the Global MegaCrisis.

  • William E. Halal
    The TechCast Project
    Washington University

(See bio above)

Story Thinking

A strategic organizational posture that balances collaboration with competitiveness requires a deeper understanding of common ground, and that understanding is found in stories. Beyond storytelling, story thinking provides the visualization of story structure as the holistic business, learning, and communication model. The foundational shared mental model of “process” which was adopted in the Second Industrial Revolution must expand into a shared mental model of “story” to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, given it is based on intelligence, not electricity. Carl Jung said, “You are IN a story, whether you know it or not.” Operationalizing this quotation is the goal of story thinking, and is the key towards thriving within transformational change.

John Lewis
Coach, Speaker, Author, Story Thinking

Dr. John Lewis, Ed.D. is a consultant, coach, and is speaker on the topics of human capital and strategic change within the knowledge-driven enterprise. He is the author of Story Thinking, which is about the major organizational challenges related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ways for visionary leaders to begin addressing them now by rethinking traditional views of change, learning, and leadership. He is also the author of The Explanation Age, which Kirkus Reviews described as “An iconoclast’s blueprint for a new era of innovation.” He is the current president of EBLI (Evidence-Based Learning Institute) and holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, with a dissertation focus on mental models and decision making.

Small group breakout discussions and reporting.


  • Toward a Global Consciousness


Feb 26  The Historic Rise of Stakeholders

Building the Collaborative Enterprise

The Business Roundtable’s announcement ending the era of shareholder supremacy marks an historic shift to organizations that work with all stakeholders to better serve a common social purpose. Drawing on TechCast’s study on this crucial topic, we help participants understand the profound implications and learn how to manage multiple interests productively.

William E. Halal
The TechCast Project
George Washington University
(See bio above)
Keys to Open Innovation

Many of the world’s most successful business models, companies, and products were born from the synthesis of necessity and collaboration. “Open Innovation” is not a new concept, but rather one that demands increasing attention and robust implementation in the rapidly accelerating technology innovation lifecycle. Despite the success stories, many organizations have not yet fully embraced the concept of leveraging external innovation, as internal stakeholders often mistakenly perceive threats and underestimate opportunities that may arise from partnerships. This discussion will explore the careful balance that must be achieved and maintained between legacy internal processes and the augmented capabilities of external resources.

Anthony Cascio
Director of Research & Engineering
The Cognis Group

Anthony Cascio leads the Cognis team responsible for intellectual property analytics & landscaping, technology scouting, and partnering search engagements. For over twelve years, Anthony has consulted with clients ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups in a broad array of high technology industries related to both the life and physical sciences. He provides unique insight alongside validation to help guide each client’s strategic direction and identify new technology-related business opportunities. Anthony studied electrical engineering at the University of South Florida, while conducting research in electronic materials characterization and electrospray deposition of macromolecular structures.

Small group breakout discussions and reporting.


  • Redesigning Capitalism
  • Business Collaboration Can Jump Start the Economy
  • The Collaborative Enterprise
  • Open Innovation: Striving for Innovation Success in the 21st Century
  • Why now is the time for Open Innovation.
  • To recover faster from Covid-19, open up
  • How leading companies are enabling open innovation


March 5   Mastering CyberSecurity

Staying Safe in a Digital World

Each day the news is filled with stories about computer crime and hacking which affect our financial institutions, banks, small businesses, large corporations, hospitals, retail stores and threatens to steal even our own identity. Cybersecurity refers to the practice of defending computers, networks and data from malicious attacks. We will provide an overview of aspects of cybersecurity including viruses, phishing, social engineering, identity theft and personal privacy as well as threats to the Internet of Things and physical security and provide tips on how to protect yourself and your organization from these threats.

Steven Hausman
Futurist  and Speaker
 Former Administrator, National Institutes of Health

(See bio above)

Which data, what data, what futures: cybersecurity from the cloud to the brain cloud

We live our existence in a space we see, smell, hear, touch, and taste. However, since the last 10 years, this is not just all the space our existence is lived. We spend an ever-growing part of our time in cyberspace, global domain within the information environment where our digital life carries on — but for which the nature did not equip us for sense making. In this talk we will explore the strategic structure of cyberspace and its implications, to then broaden our aperture looking at trends for both near future and deep futures.

Gabriele Rizzo
Visionary Futurist and Enthusiastic Innovator
Former Advisor to the Minister of Defense for Futures

Dr. Gabriele Rizzo, Ph.D., APF, holds a PhD in String Theory and Astrophysics. He is the NATO’s Member at Large (“world-class expert drawn from academia, industry or government from the Nations”) in Strategic Foresight and Futures Studies, and the former advisor to the Italian Minister of Defense on Futures. He is member of the Strategy Board of the European Cyber Security Organization, a PPP worth $2B.  Dr. Rizzo’s works inform $1T (one trillion USD) worth of Defense planning, some were evaluated “important pillars of strategy and implementation of R&I” by the EU, and others shape industrial investments in Research, Development and Innovation for more than $20B in 2020.

Small group breakout discussions and reporting.


  • Significant Cyber Incidents Since 2006
  • Strategic Research Agenda 2018
  • Strategic Research Agenda 2020
  • The 5 most famous DDoS attacks in history


March 12   Coping with Pandemics

Three Futures of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States: Implications for all of us.

The Coronavirus is but the latest in a long series of pandemics and more are likely as global air travel and other conditions now favor such outbreaks. This is the time for leaders to learn from the current pandemic and prepare for future threats. Jerry Glenn, Ted Gordon and Paul Saffo describe three scenarios they created for the American Red Cross, focusing on implications and preventive strategies. 

Jerome Glenn
CEO, The Millennium Project

Jerry is the co-founder of the Millennium Project with 67 Nodes around the world. He is also lead-author of the State of the Future reports, co-editor of Futures Research Methodology 3.0, designed and manages the Global Futures Intelligence System. Glenn led The Millennium Project team that created the COVID-19 scenarios for the American Red Cross and lead-author for Scenario 1: America Endures, the baseline, surprise fee scenario.

Theodore Jay Gordon
Futurist and Management Consultant

Ted is a specialist in forecasting methodology, planning, and policy analysis. He is co-founder and Board member of The Millennium Project. Ted founded The Futures Group,  was one of the founders of The Institute for the Future  and consulted for the RAND Corporation. He was also Chief Engineer of the McDonnell Douglas Saturn S-IV and S-IVB space vehicles and was in charge of the launch of space vehicles from Cape Canaveral. He is a frequent lecturer, author of many technical papers and several books dealing with space, the future, life extension, scientific and technological developments and issues, and recently, co-author of a books on the prospects for terrorism and counterfactual methods. He is the author of the Macmillan encyclopedia article on the future of science and technology. He is on the editorial board of Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Mr. Gordon was a member of the Millennium Project team that created scenarios for the American Red Cross. Ted was responsible for the negative scenario that depicted a bleak but plausible future; this scenario contains many assumptions about the unknowns, but in the end seems endurable and plausible.

Paul Saffo

Paul is a Silicon Valley-based forecaster who studies technological change.  He teaches at Stanford wherehe is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering and is Chair of Future Studies at Singularity University.  Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.

Small group breakout discussions and reporting


  • Three Futures of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the US,  January 1, 2022.

March 19   Practicum on Strategy Formation

In this final session you will review the forecasts of the prior six weeks and assess the impact on your current strategic posture. In a small working group of your peers, you will each discuss needed adjustments in your strategic posture in order to account for the anticipated changes. Each group will report their key findings to the entire group. You will come away with a comprehensive set of insights and actions that you can take back to your organization and bring your overall strategy into greater alignment with the transformative changes which lie ahead.


Art Murray
President/CEO, Applied Knowledge Sciences, Inc.

Dr. Art Murray is co-founder of Applied Knowledge Sciences, Inc. where he has served as CEO for over 27 years. Since 2005, he’s been the Director of the Enterprise of the Future Program at the International Institute for Knowledge and Innovation. He’s the author of “Deep Learning Manual: the knowledge explorer’s guide to self-discovery in education, work, and life,” and “Building the Enterprise of the Future: Co-creating and delivering extraordinary value in an eight-billion-mind world,” and KMWorld magazine’s popular column: “The Future of the Future.” He holds the B.S.E.E. degree from Lehigh University, and the M.E.A. and D.Sc. degrees from the George Washington University.

  • Joined By Limor Shafman and Bill Halal

Small group breakout discussions and reporting.



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