SeanChron - The invisible force of Future Shock
I finished reading Alvin Toffler's 1970 book "Future Shock" on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010. I penciled in a last note to myself on the last page, pondered the profundity of it all, and then had a good nights sleep. Later the next day, while catching up on all my favorite blogs and such I ran across this...Greg Lindsay's article on fastcompany.com, "Future Shock at 40: The Tofflers Stir Up "Cyberdust" With New Scenarios". Timely, no? Needless to say, the book, the recent article, and all the references to the Alvin and Heidi Toffler's visionary ideas are endlessly fascinating to me and their influence on how we perceive, predict, and plan for the future can be seen everywhere from the slow food movement to social networking. The Toffler's consulting firm, Toffler Associates may come across as a little stuffy/corporate, but its good to know that world leaders, IBM, and global nonprofits are are taking advice from experts who have chronicled the many ways the future may be coming at us a little too quickly.