The Turning: Macro Trends at Play

John Petersen

John Petersen

The show’s first guest is John Petersen, President and Founder of the Arlington Institute, one of the world’s leading futurists, and author of the 2008 book A Vision for 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Changes. This segment explores the large societal turning and macro-level trends in motion across the world and the current as well as potential breakdowns, breakthroughs, surprises, and shocks. The conversation includes three future scenarios: Hard Times (built on borrowed time—continuing the same paradigms); Collapse (a fragmented world of isolationism and immense difficulty, failure to meaningfully create change needed; and Epochal Shifts (a world of constant renewal, where fundamental up-shifts are successfully orchestrated). These scenarios are similar to those reflected in the 2008 National Intelligence Council Report. The show serves as the starting view toward “what is really going on,” and what leaders at all levels need to be considering.

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The Turning: Macro Trends at Play

May 4, 2009
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
Guess: John Petersen


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