Graduate Theological Union

Bob Johansen - Leaders Make the Future: New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

Dates: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tuesday Night Talks at Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Reception 7 PM, Lecture 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

We are in a time of accelerating disruptive change. In a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity- traditional leadership skills won’t be enough. How adroit are you at dilemma flipping- turning problems that can’t be solved into opportunities? Can you develop bio-empathy- the ability to learn from and apply the principles of nature in your leadership? Are you able to practice immersive learning- dive into very different-from-you physical and online worlds and learn from them? Dr. Johansen will provide role models, tools, and advice to help you develop these and several other future leadership skills.

Dr. Johansen was one of the first social scientists to study the human and organizational impacts of what came to be called the Internet. He created and led a program on emerging information technologies—now known as the Technology Horizons Program—that continues to be presented by the Institute for the Future, a leading independent nonprofit futures research group where he has served as president and distinguished fellow. Johansen works with top leaders across business, government, and nonprofit organizations, conducting workshops that encourage thoughtful consideration of questions such as: What are the leadership skills that will be needed to thrive in the future, given the external future forces of the next decade? A social scientist with an interdisciplinary background, Johansen holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, as well as an M.Div. degree with a focus on world religions from Crozer Theological Seminary. His books include: Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age (now in 2nd edition) and Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present.