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Creating the Commonwealth of the 21st Century
DesignShop Events To Be Rescheduled
Taylor (MGT) has decided to reschedule the
TANSTAAFL DesignShop® Series, allowing
for the development of a tighter focus, more
detailed description, and longer lead time
for each event. Over the first quarter of
this year, MGT has been actively promoting
the TANSTAAFL series and engaging with its
network to hone the subject matter and provide
a framework that appeals to a diverse and
well informed audience. Feedback indicates
a high level of interest AND a desire to have
more definition around each event prior to
committing time and resources to attending.
Thus, MGT will be iterating the event descriptions
and designs, integrating the ideas, suggestions,
and new learning that we have gathered in
our marketing efforts.
the Transparent Society
advent of the Internet is undoubtedly one of the most important
developments of the 20th Century. The Information Revolution
has altered global societies as dramatically as the invention
of the printing press over 500 years ago. For the full, globally
beneficial potential of this revolution to be realized, however,
it is critical that the architecture of cyberspace be created
through active design rather than through passive default.
was once common to hear that cyberspace is, by nature, unregulable,
that it is immune from any type of government (or anybody else's)
control. Lawrence Lessig argues that this is not the case, that
cyberspace has no inherent nature, the Internet is what we make
it. The question then becomes, how do we design and implement
the cyberspace commonwealth we all want?
loss of control of personal information, be it our shopping
preferences or details of our genetic "defects." What is the
appropriate response of an open society? Do we guarantee people's
right to strong encryption, or do we insist on reciprocal transparency?
can we insure that information tools are used to eliminate the
current economic, social and political disparities, rather than
magnify them? As new and exciting technologies are developed,
how do we insure that new and unforeseen divides do not open
can be done to encourage and protect innovation in the information
forms of global governance might become necessary
as a result of the information revolution?
Knowledge Workforce: Who Are They, Where Will They Come From,
How Will You Keep Them?
introduced into the organizational lexicon by Peter Drucker
in the 1960's, "knowledge work" remains an enigmatic
concept to most companies. This event will engage participants
in an deep exploration of knowledge work, focused on understanding
and articulating the skill sets, characteristics, needs and
roles of a modern knowledge worker. What are the avenues to
attracting, developing and retaining a highly skilled knowledge
workforce? What do knowledge workers want from their employers?
How will we cope with critical workforce shortages as innovation
continually transforms the workplace?
Advant of Advanced Technologies: Engine of
Construction or Destruction?
leading thinkers in the fields of advanced
technologies in asking the fundamental questions
of technology's impacts upon society. How
will the application of nanotechnology impact
culture and other human aspects of society?
What are the ethical issues that scientists
and society must address? In an era of lightning
fast innovation, has can we make informed
and anticipatory decisions in the use the
many disruptive technologies on the horizon?
Health Care Issues: Economics & Ethics
are the global health care issues facing society and the health
care industry? How will regulatory statues and laws change and
evolve? What health care agenda will be advocated by policy
makers? What are the privacy issues facing both consumer and
provider? What impact will biotechnologies have on the future
and what are the ethical issues facing the health care provider?
How will you and your organization influence and be influenced
by the future of health care?
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