Chess Pieces

Gamification

Here at the Forecast we believe in having fun. More importantly, we study gaming mechanics and human behavior. Humans are so immersed in gaming, we rarely even see that we are. Even large “serious” systems with profound implications have gaming mechanics hidden within them. Our political system is just one example – two major league
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Consciousness

Consciousness

The more advances we make in the realm of artificial intelligence with the advent of deep learning networks, the more we are learning about being human. Quite frankly, this might seem like a strange area of focus for a blog on the future of associations. However, we are facing a future in which being more
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Horizon

Generations

Here at the Forecast we believe working with established as well as incoming generations is key to ensuring our association systems remain vibrant over time. Although we do believe there is a sociological case to be made for how generational identity is formed based on shared experiences within the co-horts, (Generation Xer here), we also
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Technology

Advances in technology including the rise of artificial intelligence, 3-D and now 4-D printing, the blockchain and innumerable other changes are just over the horizon. We are paying close attention to these technologies because of the “wow factor,” but more importantly, we are also thinking about the ramifications of these advances on the industries and
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Education

At the Association Forecast we are obsessed with the global education-to-employment system. With the dramatic changes taking place in education and the workforce, we believe trade associations and professional societies are in the perfect position to solve real problems. The following are some resources for you to use as you explore these issues. ___________________ The
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The Future is Coming Fast

Welcome to the Desert of the Real

I am thrilled to welcome you to the newly redesigned and relaunched Association Forecast! I have been doing a lot of studying and thinking over the past few years about what the future of non-profit trade associations and professional societies looks like. Based on my research, I have come to believe that society is standing
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