About Michael Rogers - Author and Speaker on Technology and Future Trends:
Michael Rogers is a different kind of futurist - one who combines real business experience with technology skills. Add to that the keen eye of an award-winning investigative journalist and the storytelling skill of a novelist, and you have The Practical Futurist.
Michael Rogers is a technology pioneer, author and journalist whose consultancy, Practical Futurist, helps businesses worldwide think about the future. In recent years he has worked with companies ranging from FedEx, Boeing and NBC Universal to Prudential, Dow Corning, American Express and Genentech.
He recently completed two years as a futurist-in-residence for The New York Times Company and also writes the Practical Futurist column for MSNBC. For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company's new media division, guiding both the newspaper and Newsweek into the new century. He is a regular guest on radio and television including Good Morning America, The Today Show, PBS, CNN and The History Channel.
Michael studied physics and creative writing at Stanford University, with training in finance and management at Stanford Business Schools's Executive Program. he began his career as a writer for Rolling Stone and went on to co-found Outside magazine. He then launched Newsweek's technology column, winning numerous journalism awards. In 1993 he produced the world's first CD-ROM newsmagazine for Newsweek, later becoming editor and general manager of Newsweek.com. In 1999 he received a patent for a multimedia storytelling technique, and in 2007 was named to both Who's Who in Science and Engineering and the Magazine Industry Digital Hall of Fame.
Michael is a dynamic speaker who delivers an entertaining and common-sense vision of change for business and individuals, blending technology, economics, demographics, culture and human nature.
What Michael Rogers Talks About:
Suggested Topics Include:
Management Meets the Future
Managers are facing multiple new challenges: Virtual work forces, flattened corporate structures, a new generation of ambitious and cyber-savvy workers, a heightened atmosphere of public scrutiny-not to mention the perennial pressure to do more with less. How are smart managers coping and what's next to come?
Use the Downturn to Rethink, Restructure, and Thrive
The recovery remains weak, but three key elements will still characterize successful businesses during the remainder of the decade: virtual organization, global vision, and the extended Internet of smart objects and cloud-based intelligence. These new tool may even create entirely new business models. Coming out of this long downturn presents the perfect opportunity to rethink and restructure, using low-cost software tools, to fit the emerging new paradigm.
Your Business in 2020
For this popular speech, Rogers-who is also a best-selling science fiction writer-interviews the client to get a sense of their business, practice or discipline. He then creates a scenario of what their profession or business might be like at the beginning of the Twenties and the world they will inhabit. He's done it for lawyers, health care professionals, transportation companies, financial services companies, and even for beauty salons and weight-loss clinics!
The Virtualization of America
Over the next decade, more and more of our work, what we care about and how we interact with others is going to move into the virtual world, mediated by computers and the Internet. In addition, we're seeing the rise of a new generation of
digital natives who are remarkably comfortable with virtual relationships. What will this mean for how our businesses and organizations must grow and evolve in the years to come?
The Digital Lifestyle
Computers, the Internet and the digitization of all media are changing many aspects of the American lifestyle - from how we work, where we shop, how we entertain ourselves and even how we meet our mates. It is also beginning to reshape the way our homes are built, furnished and lived-in. What does the digital lifestyle mean for what companies must do to reach their customers and how products must change to meet new needs? Elements ranging from pop culture, consumer electronics and even home decor are required to fully understand the scope of the transformation.
The Future of Media
The rise of the Internet and the digitization of all media are having a profound effect on the media industries. What will the next decade see in content and services delivery, customer expectations, the protection of intellectual property, and the role of traditional media? Will we still have newspapers? Will we still have traditional television? Who will create, distribute and profit from the news? And the rise of citizen journalism - via blogs and social media - means that for corporations, nothing is under the radar anymore. Who will be the winners and losers between cable, satellite, landlines and wireless?
The Challenges for Law
Between globalization of services and the digitization of business, the legal profession is facing more change in the next decade than has occurred in the past century. Michael has worked extensively with the American Bar Association, state bars and individual firms to talk about how the profession can adapt, what younger lawyers can expect and how older lawyers need to adapt.
Health Care and Wellness: What's Ahead
Information technology and genetic science are combining to create a fundamental shift in the way we think about and treat disease. At the same time, however, prices continue to rise and there is as much pressure to use technology to cut costs as to advance health science. How do we balance the enormous potential of advancing technology with the real world questions of delivering affordable health care?
Education: The Basics Go Digital
After creating the award-winning Parents' Guide to Children's Software, Rogers has followed education and technology issues closely. He often speaks to audiences of both parents and educators about technology and learning, and specifically, how the rise of computers and the Internet has actually increased the importance of the thinking skills that underlie the traditional three R's. He has worked with both K-12 audiences and higher education on both issues of pedagogy as well as new business models in the virtual age.
Energy Futures: Assessing the Choices
Rogers has followed the world energy picture since he shared the National Headliners Award for coverage of the Chernobyl disaster and its implications for nuclear energy. He has written extensively on alternative energy and recently participated in the United Nations conference Bridging the Divide on bringing new energy technology to developing countries, as well as speaking and consulting for a variety of energy companies.
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