Greeting cards often convey Father’s Day as idyllic, but no parenting experience is perfect. Fathers raising children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum live on a roller coaster ride that can evoke a fearful sense of running out of track or flying with no end in sight. Yet, there are plenty of moments that deliver intense exhilaration and joy that a greeting card can’t capture.
My experience of elated peaks and panicked nosedives, coupled with twists and turns, has yielded a soulful graduate degree of heart and mind and has made me a better father. For me, Father’s Day…
It’s 4:48 p.m. on a blustery, hat-tossing Thursday in April 2026. You’re outside Washington Square Mall, running late for an appointment downtown. Gotta book.
You could use Amazon Prime to call for a ZOOX robotaxi to share with strangers, jump on a hoverboard to scoot down the covered micro-mobility Max Lane, or call an electric air taxi to get you downtown in 15 minutes for $190. Which will you choose?
Get ready; the future of mobility is coming faster than you think. Curious? We are seeing four opportunities that you should jump on right now, getting ahead of the curve.
Curiosity is a core value and powerful transformation tool. Curiosity is certainly one of the things I CRAVE, and it has been accentuated during my experience of exploring what is coming next in our lives, inspired by workshops provided by the Modern Elder Academy. https://www.modernelderacademy.com/
Our workshops on forming developmental questions through Appreciative Inquiry, and MEA’s process of “Spying on the Divine” to cultivate awe both captivate my craving to explore what is new.
It is true, curiosity provides the fuel to transcend the liminal state of crafting our future, living in that gooey, chrysalis stage before the path forward…
By Michael Perman
Author of CRAVING THE FUTURE, Transforming Our Deepest Desires Into New Realities https://www.cestwhat.org/
Around 6:57 PM every evening since early April, hundreds of people begin to emerge from their perches hanging on the steel and glass towers where I live, on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, to express their gratitude and empathy in novel ways.
It’s that time, we’re at the cusp of an inflection point of a transformative event! And, you are likely swimming in a PLETHORA OF PROGNOSTICATIONS about the trends, opportunities and risks ahead. So many shiny objects to chase, so many urgent issues and escalating cultural memes to navigate.
While I am a professional futurist, and have my own ideas about emerging innovation waves, my wish today is to share a few ideas on HOW to think about the year and decade ahead, with the ability to perceive new realities and the courage to move toward your future visions. …
How and why I became a futurist.
I am delighted to share ideas with fellow futurists, and I am always curious about the origins of their thinking. The profession of futurism is often imbued with mystical qualities and the sense that people are somehow anointed to profess their proclamations. Futurism has a halo of iconic gurus, beginning with the Oracle at Delphi and Nostradamus; more recently with authors and pundits on speaking tours.
However, I sense that futurism has more authentic roots for many, and I would love to hear your story. …
Craving Culture: Alicia Korten
Alicia Korten is the mystic gardener of culture. She cultivates the ecology of organizations and removes rocks on the path toward organizational wholeness. She is a prolific writer and leader of two consulting firms: The Culture Company and Orange Grove Nine, which combines Mindful Innovation with Conscious Culture to help organizations navigate turbulence.
Alicia’s professional calling is clear: to awaken the workforce. She advocates conditions that enable people to be inspired in their work and guides teams to a “collective we” that fosters values-driven organizations, impact and prosperity.
Alicia craves a sense of home. “Having grown…
What do you CRAVE?
I like to write the word “CRAVING” in all capital letters, because it seems to evoke passion and desire, as well as clarity and power. Those hard sounding consonants and vowels seem to jump off the paper with seductive temptation, evoking a plethora of emotion and sensational delights. Can I eat the manifestations of that word? Should I roll that word in paper and smoke it? Can we make it stream continuously into our digital feed with stories, images, and songs that satisfy our desires? I crave to crave. …
Have you ever CRAVED anything in your life? Possibly a delicious consumable, a thrilling experience or simply peace of mind in a turbulent world? Well, turns out you are not alone. Just about everyone craves type of tangible thing, experience, emotion condition and quest in life. Could be smoked salmon at sunset on a fishing pier off the Pacific coast, the sensation of exhilaration from speed or the extraordinary desire to care for another human being or even an animal. Satisfying our cravings bring joy. So, it would be cool to better understand what and why people crave.
If you could sense what people may crave in our future cultural horizon, how might you respond? Here’s a few curious clues about what may become — there are many more clues to come. Based on these clues, how might you mindfully craft your innovation future?
Craving Experiences Over Things
The economic and cultural shift of devoting discretionary income on experiences instead of things has been happening for several years now.
The shift is partially driven by the sustainability wave (so nice that ITunes, Pandora and Spotify replaced plastic CD cases, albeit the negative effect on the income of musicians)…