May, 2006 Newsletter edited by Stewart Brand

Shadow Cities
Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World
Robert Neuwirth

Revenge of Gaia
The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and The Fate of Humanity
James Lovelock


An Interview with AnnaLee Saxenian
Economic geographer AnnaLee Saxenian talks about the importance of thinking regionally, the future of Silicon Valley, and how and why Silicon Valley's immigrant engineers are transforming the world.
Science and Technology | Nations and Regions
EPRI Program on Technology Innovation
Working with the Electric Power Research Institute, GBN developed four scenarios on the future of the U.S. power industry over the next 20 years.
Science and Technology | Environment and Sustainability | Scenario Thinking
Annual Forum Meeting Report
The changing nature and dimensions of risk at the contextual, market, and organizational levels should be reperceived as opportunities in addition to threats. This requires new approaches to understanding and managing risk as both individuals and organizations.
The Business Agenda | Scenario Thinking
A Conversation with Chris Ertel and Maryln Walton
Herman Miller, the noted workplace design company, has used scenario planning to explore the future of work and to engage its customers in an ongoing conversation about the implications. In this interview published in SEE magazine, Chris Ertel, GBN, and Maryln Walton, Herman Miller, discuss their work together and the value of thinking scenarically.
The Business Agenda | Scenario Thinking
Stewart Brand and Joe Chamie in Conversation
International migration is at an all-time high, and urbanization is concentrating people as never before. Joe Chamie and Steward Brand discuss how the confluence of these deep demographic trends is poised to reshape people's relationships to place and to one another.
Societies and Civilizations | Scenario Thinking
Drawing upon two scenario projects on the future of public education, and his own personal experience as the father of school-age boys, GBN practitioner Gerald Harris explores the forces shaping education in the U.S., the possible sceanrios that might unfold, and the gut-wrenching choices that lie ahead for all of us, as parents, educators, and citizens with a stake in our children's future.
Nations and Regions | Societies and Civilizations | Scenario Thinking | Cultures and Value Systems
The Art of Scenario Thinking for Nonprofits
GBN's latest book encourages nonprofit leaders to challenge the status quo, or get better at doing so, by asking "What if?" Read more about the book here, then download it by chapter or in its entirety.
Scenario Thinking | Cultures and Value Systems
One of the world's leading demographers examines key trends and their implications.
Societies and Civilizations

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people could change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

"In this Knowledge Economy, it's time for new players to get real and the incumbent companies to get with it."
- Eamonn Kelly

"If you get your facts wrong, your map will be wrong. If you get the map wrong, you're likely to do the wrong thing."
- Peter Schwartz

"Scenarios transform information into perceptions... It is a creative experience that generates an 'Aha!' ... and leads to strategic insights beyond the mind's previous reach."
- Pierre Wack

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