This book was more than twelve years in the thinking. During that period, I was president of Institute for the Future for eight intense years. I’ve been writing in a focused way on this book for more than two years now, since I asked our board to allow me to go back to research—working on IFTF projects with our clients and writing.

The early work on this book was supported by Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, which published some of these ideas internally as part of its Talent Market Series. Our sponsor Stan Smith from Deloitte was so much more than a sponsor. Stan provoked our thought and modeled how to live a creative life in the midst of incredible health challenges.

Sponsors for IFTF’s forecasting efforts are critical, because we ...

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