Futurists are people who plan for the future by looking at trends and identifying what’s coming instead of only looking at the past. To explain more about this profession and the profound value it offers, today we are joined by Rebecca Ryan, a top 50 professional futurist, as well as an economist, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. She is also on the executive committee of the Global Association of Professional Futurists. As the founder of NEXT Generation Consulting, she partners with private and public sector leaders across the country. Through looking at the generation ahead, she outlines strategies in urban planning, economic development, and workforce development to ensure communities are well equipped for future trends and challenges. Tuning in today, you’ll learn more about futurism and how it differs from strategic planning. You’ll also hear about the four-phase process Rebecca uses to craft a vision with a client and how she uses this in her own life too. To find out why she insists on looking 10 years into the future instead of 5, how she helps clients get past their own egos when planning for the future, the benefits of considering the worst-case scenario even if you don’t want to, and so much more, tune in today!
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Rebecca Ryan is a noted top 50 professional futurist, economist, best-selling author and entrepreneur. She is the founder of NEXT Generation Consulting through which she partners with private and public sector leaders across the country. Looking a generation ahead, she outlines strategies in urban planning, economic development, and workforce development to ensure communities are well equipped for future trends and challenges. Rebecca is a graduate of Drake University with a certificate in Strategic Foresight from University of Houston; she is on the Executive Committee of the global Association of Professional Futurists. For more info: https://rebeccaryan.com