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September 28, 2007

Futurist Timothy Mack to Speak on Social, Technological Change

“The future doesn't just happen. People create it today through their action -- or inaction.” Timothy Mack, President, World Future Society

We are seeing the most rapid social and technological change in history, according to Timothy Mack, president of the World Future Society. People's values, attitudes, and beliefs are changing. New inventions and innovations alter the way we live. The pace of change keeps accelerating, making it difficult to prepare for tomorrow. By studying the future, according to Mack, people can better anticipate what lies ahead. They can actively decide how they will live in the future by making choices today and realizing the consequences of their decisions.

In his presentation, “Foresight: Decisions that Work Well Over Time”, Mack will introduce us to the concept of foresight, and identify six super trends shaping our world: technology, economic growth, health, mobility, environmental decline, and deculturation. He will lead us in a discussion of how these trends may impact us and the organizations we work for.

About Timothy C. Mack

Mack is president of the World Future Society, a nonprofit, nonpartisan scientific and educational association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. Like the field of foresight, Mack’s background is broad and eclectic.

An attorney and a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars, Mack has served as general counsel, consultant, and lobbyist for corporations, associations, non-profit organizations, and governmental groups struggling with cultural, technological and market issues worldwide. He has held research positions at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the US National Academy of Sciences. As a change consultant, he has assisted the US General Services Agency and the US Department of Defense in developing strategic planning and change management strategies for innovation enhancement, privatization of public services, superfund clean up and transportation planning. Mack has also served on the Budget Policy Task Force at the US General Accounting Office and on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-profit group offering marketing, financial and technology services to new and innovative companies.

A prolific writer, Mack has published numerous books and articles on trend analysis. Since 1985, he has edited Futures Research Quarterly, the oldest and most respected professional journal in the foresight area. He is currently writing a book on the social and economic impacts of the Internet on modern society and the global economy.

About the World Future Society

The World Future Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan scientific and educational association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. The Society was founded in 1966 and is chartered as a nonprofit educational and scientific organization in Washington, D.C. The society strives to serve as a neutral clearinghouse for ideas about the future. Ideas about the future include forecasts, recommendations, and alternative scenarios. These ideas help people anticipate what may happen in the next 5, 10, or more years. When people can visualize a better future, they can begin to create it today.

Foresight: Decisions that Work Well Over Time

Thursday, Oct. 11
Business Advisory Council Meeting with Tim Mack – invitation only
6-8 pm
Davies Center Presidents Room

Friday, Oct. 12
7:00 - 8:30 am MBA students, Davies Center Dulany Inn Invitation only
9 - 9:50 am. Student presentation. Open to public. Davies Center Theatre
10 - 10:50 am Student presentation (repeat session). Open to the public. Davies Center
Theatre 11:30 am – 1 pm Faculty and Staff Luncheon, Davies Center Presidents Room Invitation only