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Speaker looks to the future

What innovation will dominate the 21st century?


by Rob Tucker

 
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SUMMARY: The Rocco Forum is made possible by the generosity of the Strickler families. It is free and open to the community.


Joel Barker will be the featured speaker for the Rocco Forum on the Future at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 in JMU’s Memorial Hall.  Barker will speak on “Wealth, Innovation and Diversity: Creating the Spiral of Hope for the 21st Century.”

Barker is a futurist, filmmaker and author who will discuss one kind of innovation that he believes will dominate the 21st century.  His talk will also encompass a deeper way to think about wealth and a review of ecological research that demonstrates how powerful biodiversity is.

Barker became a futurist in 1974  and was the first corporate consultant to emphasize how important paradigms and paradigm shifts are. He created a video on paradigms in 1984 that is the all time best seller in its field and has been translated into 20 languages, most recently Arabic.

Currently he is finishing a Utopian novel set in the year 2084 which will explore how humanity can live gently on a healthy planet for the next 100 generations.

The Rocco Forum is made possible by the generosity of the Strickler families. It is free and open to the community.

Published: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Last Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017

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