Joel Barker, Scholar & Futurist : one of the keynote speakers at Challenge Future Summit

Friday April 02, 2010,

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Challenge:Future is an open youth competition that demonstrates the youth creativity, their high potential and ability to foresee the future. It is the cross bridge of youth, schools, corporate companies and global challenges.YourStory is the exclusive online media partner for this event.The first Challenge:Future Summit will take place from May 14 - 18, 2010 in Bled (Slovenia), the 5th most idyllic place in Europe according to Forbes. There is a great line up of speakers for the summit including Joel Barker, a world renowned Futurist.

Joel Barker is one of the best-known futurists in the world. He has spoken to more than 1 million people around the world and his videos on the future have been translated into 20 languages and have been seen by more than 250 million people. Joel’s book on paradigms is a standard text in more than 100 universities and has been translated into 20 languages.

Joel popularized the concept of paradigm shifts and started the corporate discussion of the importance of vision in 1989 with his video, “The Power of Vision.” Industry Week Magazine refers to Joel Barker’s videos as one of the most influential series of programs in the business world.

His last book, Five Regions of the Future, co-authored with Dr. Scott Erickson, came out in 2005. Formerly Director of the Futures Studies Department of the Science Museum of Minnesota from 1975 to 1978, has received numerous awards including two honorary doctorates.

In 2006, he was named one of the 100 most distinguished educators in the past 100 years by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education. In 2008, he was identified as one of the top 100 thought leaders in personal leadership and organizational leadership by Executive Excellence Publications. In 2009, he joined the Board of Leader to Leader Institute.

Joel Barker's Keynote at the C:F Summit

A Short Look at the Long View: The World As It Could Be from 2010 to 2020

What are some of the key trends that will drive the next 10 years? What are some of the key technologies? Futurist Joel Barker will take the audience on an exploration of a range of emerging technologies -- energy, materials, habitation, food, communications, education -- to illustrate the range of ideas to deal with the ongoing challenges around the world, and then focus in on a special kind of innovation which is going to become the source for many of the solutions needed in the coming decade.

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