Disruption is a reality – fantasy brings complacency!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Archives for October 2017
“Seek knowledge from the unknown, inspiration from that which is hidden, and action in the path not normally taken!” -Futurist Jim Carroll
I’m somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on the way back home after a fascinating trip to Tokyo for a keynote and some touring. This quote came to my mind as we wandered around what is known as Electric City one night – once the home of the global hi-tech industry, its role is changing into the centre of the world of anime, cosplay and manga, with stores, people, spaces and places related to these things.
It’s a world I know nothing of, but which was fascinating nonetheless. And from that visit, I realized that I don’t know what I don’t know – and hence, a bit of the basis of today’s quote!
“Enlighten yourself with the knowledge that change is inevitable; free yourself from uncertainty by being mindful of your proper path forward!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
‘’ Ok, so I spent the day in Kyoto visiting a number of Buddhist temples and shrines. It’s a weak attempt at interpretation…. But I head home tomorrow, and will return to my regularly scheduled daily innovation or future trends quote!’’
“Good fortune will come your way through innovation – but deeper riches will emerge from your ability to turn it into shared lessons of inspiration!” – FuturistJim Carroll
In Tokyo today, I did a Omikuji Paper Fortune …. and managed to get a ‘best fortune’ which is actually pretty good. It told me “If you try to become famous it will come out as you hope”, and that “gods will come and where points to, flowers and fruits grow timely.” Ok, then!
But it got me thinking that my quote today had to somehow have something to do with “good fortune” and that I am blessed to have this wonderful job where I can travel the world, and inspire people with my insight on the future! And so, good fortune to you!’’
This was certainly a treat – they invited me in to headline a dinner with my observations on the future!
I opened with a story on when NASA invited me in (twice!) for a talk on the disruption of the space industry, transformative leadership and fast paced trends. My audience consisted of people from 37 countries, with simultaneous translation into Japanese and Chinese.
You don’t get to be a company with a 100 year history without constant, relentless innovation and reinvention, and so it was an honour to be invited in to headline this prestigious event.
“You can fail yet still be successful. But the truth is, you can’t be successful if you haven’t had some failure!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
‘’Everyone knows the Japanese (and Asian) cultural context of ‘saving face’ — it’s extremely important. I was thinking of this today while touring around Tokyo … and thinking about my message of innovation. I’m trying to figure out how to reconcile the two. I haven’t yet, but seized upon this golden rule of innovation!
How do you reconcile the need for failure to the issue of saving face? I’m not quite sure, but it’s very much on my mind as I head off for my evening keynote. Good morning to my followers in North America!’’