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TechnoCultureShock - Why it Never Stops and What You Can Do About It
The ongoing impact of computer technology on people and organizations never lets up. The pace of change keeps changing, and radical changes in work, life, and identity are happening. This talk suggests realistic strategies for remaining flexible and effective during times of accelerating change....
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Thinking About the Future
A non-futurist uses tools available to any of us – children’s games and toys, the research and development of vice industries, and military R&D – to suggest likely changes in the future. Biotechnology, nanotechnology, the advent of a trans-planetary society and the colonization of the solar...
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Mutuality, Feedback and Accountability: Keys to Individual and Organizational Success
The attributes of successful organizations happen to be the same ones that characterize successful individuals – those whose lives pretty much work pretty much most of the time. This presentation illuminates what those critical pieces are and what it takes to build them into our lives as...
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Blending Families ... and Cultures
The dynamics of mergers often have more to do with blending different cultures and leadership styles than with economies of scale. Using experience from a real "blended family," this presentation illuminates those dynamics and what it takes to tough it out and make it through.
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The Difference it Makes Being Different: Dealing Realistically with Diversity
A white middle-aged male who has lived as a "minority" in five cultures illuminates how to live with dignity and power in a diverse world. A unique "diversity" presentation that builds bridges between "dominants" and "minorities" and connects a better future to the realities of the past.
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Defending the Information Web: New Ways of Thinking About Security
Security is not about applying the latest fix, using buzzwords, or patching broken platforms. Security must be understood in light of the new global battlespace in which boundaries are more like moebius strips, context is content, and the mind of society is both target and weapon. Security is...
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Identity Shift: The Impact of Technology, Bioengineering, and Interplanetary Culture on Human Identity
Do you have the feeling that the very ground is shifting under your feet? That change is not only happening faster and faster, but that YOU are changing faster and faster too? That the way you frame the world and think about yourself is changing from the inside out? Identity Shift explores what...
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Living on the Edge: The Sources of Creativity
The edges of our thinking, the edges of consensus reality, the edges of organizational structures - that's where new ideas first show up. Those we call "geniuses" see them first and give them names. Using the insights and wisdom of the best and the brightest of the infosec and hacking worlds as...
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Soft Boundaries: Challenges to Identity, Structure and Security
We know we should work together to fight the bad guys. But in a world of porous borders, melting boundaries, and geopolitical restructuring, how do we know who is who? How do we play the great game of intelligence when the board is disappearing? This speech confronts the challenges of soft...
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Masters of the Unseen: The Art of Information Warfare
The technical details of information security can be described, checklists generated, policies approved ... but true mastery of the art of information warfare and system security is more subtle than that. Drawing on conversations with many of the best and brightest in the infosec field, Richard...
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Hacking UFOlogy: Thirty Years in the Wilderness of Mirrors
“You’re over the line,” an intelligence professional told Richard Thieme recently. “You know enough to know what’s not true but you can’t know enough to know what is. You’re well into the wilderness of mirrors.” Ever since a USAF fighter pilot with the “right stuff” told Richard Thieme (who was...
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The Changing Context of Intelligence and Ethics: Enabling Technologies as Transformational Engines
The intelligence community of the United States and the intelligence communities of the world, linked in cooperative anti-terror activity, are responsible for maintaining social and global order at a level of understanding beyond that formulated in the past by any one nation. The intelligence...
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