We are living in a time of great change, a time when we are surrounded by unexpected and generous opportunity, and also by danger. Â This is an important time to talk amongst ourselves so that we can share, see, and understand the promise and peril of our times. Â And even more importantly, so that we can create a future full of health, opportunity, and options.
Really, that’s the basic reason I’m a futurist.
Here’s what I do about it:
Obviously, first and foremost, I’m a science fiction writer. Â Yes, that is a futurist task – not for every story or even every book, but often. Â Many of our true visionaries have been science fiction writers. Â Ursula LeGuin. Â Jules Verne. George Orwell. Â Ray Bradbury. Â David Brin. Â Arthur C. Clark. Â I could expand this list easily. Â Yes, I want to be as good as they are! Â I write fiction almost every day, and I’m up to forty or fifty published stories and six novels. Â One of my favorite places to write for is Nature Magazine. Â They publish short shorts on the last page of the magazine. Â Here are links to my stories there:
I’ve been talking with, learning from, and writing for noted futurist Glen Hiemstra for over a decade. Â I admire Glen because he is both positive and realistic. Â Consider dropping by Futurist.com to learn more about Glen’s work.
I’m a member of the Futurist Board at the LifeBoat Foundation, which seeks to assure that we survive as a species. Â It is a wild and crazy place full of brilliant people. Â I won’t pretend to agree with them all for even a moment, but I’m often learning by association.
There are a number of ways I work to contribute to the public dialogue about the future. Â I Â keynote business events and talk to schools. Â I only do a few talks a year, solely because of time, although I can regularly be found at science fiction conventions talking about the future on panels. Â Some of my next appearances will be at the World Science Fiction Convention in Texas andÂ at Orycon in Orgeon.Â Â The next place you can catch me giving a solo talk about the future in a public forum will be at the World Future Society meeting in Chicago in the summer of 2013.
If you’d like to find out if I’m available for a specific event, please use the contact form.
Lastly, I am a technology professional. Â That is also a tangentially futurist profession. Â I work for the City of Kirkland as the CIO, which means that I spend some time looking forward at how technology can help citizens.