- Paperback: 126 pages
- Publisher: CGXPublishing (2011)
- ISBN-10: 098384710X
- ISBN-13: 978-0983847106
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Communicating with the Future: How Re-engineering Intentions Will Alter the Master Code of Our Future Paperback – 2011
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More About the Author
As the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, Tom works closely with the Institute's Senior Fellows and Board of Visionaries to develop original research studies, which enables him to speak on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities.
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As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, headlining events with some of today's most recognizable figures: Tom Peters, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus; former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulliani; Former President of Colombia, Andrés Pastrana; Prime Minister of Spain, Felipe González Márquez; Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz; Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal; and former World Bank President James Wolfensohn.
His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, GE, Hewlett-Packard, Pepsico, Frito Lay, Nokia, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, HSM ExpoManagement, and many more.
Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, the Boulder Daily Camera has referred to him as the "Father of Invention". The Denver Post and Seattle Post Intelligencer have referred to him as the "Dean of Futurists".
Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Thomas spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).
Thomas has been featured in hundreds of articles for both national and international publications including New York Times, Huffington Post, Times of India, USA Today, US News and World Report, The Futurist Magazine, Morning Calm (in-flight magazine for Korean Airlines), Skylife (in-flight magazine for Turkish Airlines), ColoradoBiz Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, and many more. He currently writes a weekly "Future Trend Report" newsletter and a weekly column on FuturistSpeaker.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Even though it is a relatively short book it's probably five times longer than it needs to be. It does start out on a high note, though, which is why I give it two stars.
The author begins by explaining that we communicate with and create the future by putting down ideas (a vision of how the future can be) today and that, with time, certain ideas will gain support, be built upon and eventually turn into reality. (Looking at the old Star Trek episodes we can see examples of this.) The visionary uses "attractors" to help clarify the vision and let people latch onto it. The vision-attractor duo gets the ball on the future rolling today and help it to build steam and become a future reality. This was interesting. And this takes us through chapter 3, which is where I would stop were I reading it again. (And I'd cut out over half of what's in these first three chapters.)
The book is begging to be structured better. (And it aches from grammar mistakes!)
The author should use the first chapter to lay out the framework (such that it is) that the rest of the book will then fill in. It was confusing because the author did not apply his own framework to his predictions in a systematic way. Instead, he bounces between explaining his framework and telling us his version of the future. This causes him to do a poor job of both explaining how he thinks about the future and what he thinks about it.Read more ›
Thomas is the Founder and Director of The DaVinci Institute in Colorado. The Institute owes much of its success to the energy, organizational skills and brains of Deb! They are wonderful people.
I have just received a copy of the book, and I am finding in it a great deal of food for thought. I believe that it would be an excellent choice for a campus or district study/reading/discussion group. Educators tend to get "stuck" in their world, and lately (for about 10 bad years) it has been a world of standardized testing. When the NCLB came in, creativity, joy, exploration and learning left.
Education is literally critical to our national and financial security. It should also be an experience which nurtures the whole child. This book provides tools we can use to deliberately shift paradigms, which will then enable us to create real change and an educational experience for our students preparing them for success and happiness in the 21st century.
As Mustafa Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey said, "Teachers are the one and only people who can save nations."
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So how do you align your thinking with that of te future? The way he looks at it, the future is a force of nature, and our ability to interact with it, coupled with our ability to communicate with it, gives it human-like attributes. In the end, it is our relationship with the future that will determine where we end up in life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I started this book I seriously had my doubts. However, after a few chapters I found it hard to put down. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Johnson
I am on my 2nd read of this incredible book! Thomas has a captivating way of presenting highly innovative concepts to employ that serve to manifest the future. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Janet Andrews
Communicating with the Future takes a light-hearted and humorous approach to what the future can be and our relationship to understanding and creating it. What I like about Mr. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Isaac Strackbein
I was pulled in by the glowing reviews of this book, and the pedigree in the Future Studies arena of the author, and was certaintly eager to read it, even jumped it ahead of... Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Charles Moyer
I enjoyed the insight given by the author on how business is going to be done in the future and it helped jar some good ideas for my business.Published on February 10, 2012 by Christopher E. Coxe
If you've ever met or heard Futurist Tom Frey speak, you know that there is a bit of an elf deep inside. He brings a bit of whimsy so a very serious topic--the future. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Judith Briles
Tom always makes us think. Here we are trying to think of the future with actions of today. Talk about thinking out of the box - thinking into the 4th dimension, which is time. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by George Tyler
The title of this review (It's less than we want, but more than we think) comes from the last line of the book and refers to our ability to control the future. Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by Brian Enke
What I found most intriguing about Thomas Frey's book was his interesting viewpoints of current systems he believes need to be fixed in today's American society. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Superhero Adman