Making the Most of Disruption featuring Paul Saffo, Howard Rheingold, and Lucy Bernholz (moderator) speaking at the NetSquared Conference 2006.
A disruptive technology is one that causes significant changes in the way that individuals live, businesses operate, or society behaves. Passenger jet airplanes, the microcomputer, the Internet, and the cellphone are some prominent examples from the second half of the last century. What technologies today are truly disruptive, and which are a continuation or acceleration of ongoing trends? Which ones are just a flash in the pan?
Do these technologies represent serious disruptions that should be leveraged for maximum social good? Are they really a continuation of long running trends? Or are they pipe dreams that aren't technically or politically feasible? If these technologies have seriously disruptive potential, how can the nonprofit sector take advantage of the disruption? How should the disruptions shape our goals and the means we use to achieve them?
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Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D. is the President and Founder of Blueprint Research & Design, Inc., a strategy consulting firm with offices in San Francisco and Seattle. The firm specializes in program research, design, and evaluation for philanthropic foundations. Dr. Bernholz is an internationally noted analyst of the philanthropic industry and has published numerous articles in the trade and general press. Her newest book, Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution, was published in 2004. She is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Universityâ€™s Business School and is active in the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy. She serves as a Board director or advisor to several national nonprofit organizations and philanthropic product firms. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Howard Rheingold is one of the world's foremost authorities on the social implications of technology. Over the past twenty years he has traveled around the world, observing and writing about emerging trends in computing, communications, and culture. One of the creators and former founding executive editor of HotWired, he has served as editor of The Whole Earth Review, editor-in-chief of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, and on-line host for The Well. He is also the author of several books, including Smart Mobs, The Virtual Community, Virtual Reality, and Tools for Thought, and teachs classes at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
Paul Saffo is a Silicon Valley-based forecaster with three decades experience helping corporate and governmental clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with mediaX, teaches forecasting in the Engineering School at Stanford, and is chair of Future Studies at Singularity University. Saffo is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Saffo holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.