“Are you Fred or George? Wilma or Jane?” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
Your answer probably matters. Are you stuck in the past when the future is hurtling at us with staggering speed?
If you follow me, you’ll know I often tell the story of the time that the Jetsons met the Flintstones. That cartoon scene defines much of the world today. On stage, its’ a significant challenge!
Today I’m speaking at a dealer meeting for a comply in the transportation space. I know I’ve got a lot of folks in the room who won’t like the inevitable trends I will talk about – #selfdrivingcars, #autonomousvehicles, #electricvehicles and more.
They won’t like it because the future represents a threat to what they sell; it involves change; it takes them out of their comfort zone. That’s a natural human reaction to change.
Some of the folks in the room will have an open mind, and will be of a mindset that they need to start aligning themselves to future opportunities.
Yet others won’t – they’ll view my message with hostility, anger, negativity. The interesting thing is that the future is going to happen to them, regardless.
I spoke about this challenge when interviewed by the Las Vegas Business Press after speaking at an economic development conference:
“We’re going to get to the 22nd century,” Carroll said. “We’re not going back to the 1950s. There are those who say, let’s focus on coal and wave a magic wand and bring back these manufacturing jobs, which are dead gone and not going to happen. If we look at the world of manufacturing, it’s all about robotics and 3-D printing. It’s all about mass customization and about the ability to design products faster and get them to market faster and highly intelligent connected products.”
What is your choice?
Will you hang out with Fred Flintstone while he toils away in a future based upon coal, or are you George Jetson, firmly aligned to a future that involves wind, solar, renewables, microgrid, electric vehicles?
Your answer matters!