Nearly 200 people from throughout the region, and across the country, gathered on Hilton Head Island last week for an opportunity to participate in The Forum: Courageous Conversations on America’s Future. The three day conference, which was held at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, presented a unique opportunity for people to participate in thought provoking discussions with some of the top minds in the country – and the Hilton Head Institute is now making the content of some of these presentations available for viewing online through the launch of its new YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/HiltonheadinstituteOrgHHI. Healthcare expert, Dr. Mark Smith, provides a compelling look about the Future of Healthcare in America and the four courageous conversations we all should be having.
By Jeff Bradley
What will the world hold for future generations? The question has been asked by people throughout human history. However, the technological advances that we’ve experienced in our lifetime makes that question harder to answer than ever before. The Hilton Head Institute brings together thought leaders to help us understand the world we live in and how it will look for our children and beyond.
Professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff (and the Forum Speaker) contends that social media, Big Data and digital technology, in general, are hampering rather than helping marketers’ abilities to connect with consumers.
With ninety events having taken place here in Hilary Term 2015, the RAI has enjoyed not just the busiest term in its history but one of its most successful. The term closed by our welcoming the Oxford Literary Festival to the RAI: we thank Sally Bayley and Sally Dunsmore for making the Festival’s event here possible.
Graham Covington co-founded Minds Matter of Portland in 2005, recognizing a need to help highly motivated, economically disadvantaged high school students gain admission and financial aid to four-year colleges and universities. In addition to his role at Minds Matter of Portland, he is also the Managing Principal of Grease Consulting LLC, a west coast-based management consultancy.
I am one of the lucky ones, I experienced the thrill and pride of being on Hilton Head Island when we were creating a new paradigm for resort communities in the early 70’s. People from all over the world came to us and asked our opinions. There was electricity in the air. We were proud being at the cutting edge of community planning. It was this excitement and pride I wanted to recreate through the Institute by institutionalizing the Island’s leadership in community planning for the benefit of other communities and their citizens.
We all know that life today feels so much differently than the lives of our parents and grandparents. While earlier generations had a pretty clear view of the future, life today feels far less certain – with everything happening now, “in real time”– and with far less predictability than ever before. Gone are the days where futures could be confidently mapped out, as in previous generations. The world is in a state of constant change, and things are happening today that we wouldn’t have ever predicted -- leaving not only our generation, but future generations, to lose that clear view of the future that our parents and grandparents experienced.
The end of the world really did happen, just like the Mayans said; but not in the way we thought
When I was a kid I saw a television documentary about the life cycle of the turtle. I remember only the beginning, when the baby turtles hatch from their shells and begin running down the beach toward the ocean. Thousands of baby turtles, enthusiastically and frantically wriggling their way to the water, just seconds after being born.
Living in the digital media environment changes a whole lot more than the technologies through which we do business; it has changed our relationship to time, and this is having profound effects on our businesses, our economy, and our customers.
To put it most simply, the money we use has a built-in clock—an embedded relationship to time that informs how we obtain capital, how we pay it back, how we invest, how we sell, and how we communicate. That clock has run out. It has wound down, and been replaced with something else. I call it “presentism,” a focus on the now over the past, and even the future. If we understand this shift—the only truly significant change wrought by the digital—we can thrive in the new landscape. If we can’t, if we end up paralyzed in what I’ve come to call “present shock,” then we may as well go down with the rest of the Industrial Age.