According to this month's special speaker, professional futurist and entrepreneur Jeffrey Fry, there are some basic filters that you can use to discern opportunities and trends for society. These filters are:
1) What opportunities will take advantage of free, networked, communications?
2) What opportunities involve education of the customer to make better choices?
3) What opportunities involve disintermediation of an industry?
4) What opportunities involves moving “decisions” away from the corporate and into the swarm?
5) What opportunities move from a closed system to an open one?
6) What opportunities work better when the customer is in charge?
7) What opportunities take advantage of the “long tail?”
8) What opportunities foster a greater sense of trust first, then cash?
9) What opportunities ignore efficiencies of production and maximize opportunity creation (mass customization)?
10) What opportunities give freedom and power (love)?
Using these filters, Jeffrey Fry comes up with ten interesting and often unseen trends for our society in the coming years. They range across education, economics, health, and life styles. Come and join us this coming Tuesday, April 15th, to hear Jeffry explain is predictions in person.
Gathering will start at 6pm, with the presentation starting around 7pm. This is a dinner meeting, with a charge of $20 for members, and $25 for non-members to cover the cost of the dinner and group expenses.
Jeffrey Fry's biography:
Jeffrey Fry has over thirty (30) years of business experience within Fortune 250 technology companies as well as helping over two dozen startups develop and market their products. Mr. Fry is considered an expert in marketing, sales, total quality management and continuous quality improvement, and maintains two blogs: one on business, strategy, marketing and sales (macromental.blogspot.com) and one on quotations (wordecho.blogspot.com) as well as managing his daily Frycry mailer.
Mr. Fry has implemented many successful business development programs while at Texas Instruments, Fairchild, Harris, and Philips. These programs significantly in¬creased short and long-term revenue growth. During this period, it is estimated that he has generated over $4.5 billion in sales and saved over $1 billion in costs for his em¬ployers. As a futurist and entrepreneur, Mr. Fry also co-founded COAX Corporation (a broadband communications firm), founded Carmin Octon Corporation (custom designs / distributor) and Echotouch (electronic interactive billboard), founded Videodisgo (a predecessor of Redbox), co-founded MYTURF Wireless, founded Help Find Care, co-founded baqpak.com, co-founded ManeGain, and started the networking group SHINENight. In addition to managing Help Find Care as CEO, he manages SEDA RICO and Firefly Fund, two boutique investment companies.
Mr. Fry re¬ceived his BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, and attended St. Edwards University as part of his Master’s of Business Administration studies, and has been a resident of Austin since 1998.
Central Texas Chapter of the World Future Society