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Berkeley Springs Transition Talk: John L. Petersen, Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2 to 4 pm
Berkeley Springs Transition Talk: John L. Petersen, Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2 to 4 pm

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John L. Petersen

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2 to 4 pm

Country Inn
South Washington St.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

(Suggested donation: $35)

WHAT’S COMING OUR WAY? The next decade will be stranger than you think!

We’re sitting on the cusp of the most profound change in human history that is converging from many directions. Breakthroughs in healthcare, energy, transportation, education, and almost every other sector, are coming together with unanticipated shifts in attitudes and values, unseen planetary and cosmic activity and the emergence of a new generation of children with seemingly magical capabilities. The result will a future that is very, very different from what we find familiar.

Our own John Petersen, one of the most creative thinkers about the future, returns for an update survey about the amazing things that are happening in both the conventional and unconventional spaces—all of which are rapidly pushing humanity toward the biggest fundamental shift in history. He’ll paint a picture of the many scientific and technological breakthroughs that are on the horizon and integrate that world with the unprecedented forces that are at work in the larger cosmos, accelerating humanity toward an epic transformation that will launch the new human and result in a new world.

This is big picture stuff, developed in a clear way that will encourage you about where the world is going and what many sources are saying about what is likely to happen in the next two or three years . . . and the following two decades.

John Petersen is considered by many to be one of the most informed futurists in the world. He is best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises—wild cards—and the process of surprise anticipation and for having conceived of and developed the first national surprise anticipation system in the world for the government of Singapore.

In 1989, Petersen founded The Arlington Institute (TAI), a non-profit, future-oriented research institute where he now edits and publishes FUTUREdition, an internationally acclaimed newsletter that tracks early indicators of potentially significant futures.

Mr. Petersen's government and political experience include stints at the National War College, the Institute for National Security Studies, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council staff at the White House. He is a decorated veteran of both the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. He has served in senior advisory, fundraising and policy positions for a number of presidential political campaigns and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984.

An award-winning writer, Petersen has written three books. He has also written many articles and papers on different aspects of the future including national security and the military, the future of energy and the future of the media. His current book, A Vision for 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Change, presents a systems approach for preparing for big change whether from the perspective of a government, organization, or individual.

Currently the chairman of the board of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, he is a former network member of the Global Business Network, a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, and is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the Geography of Innovation for the World Economic Forum.

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