Future of Work (July) & Systems Thinking (October)

Seattle & Long Island

The Roundtable’s regular summer meeting convened in Seattle to look at what lies ahead and how the world of work is changing for our graduates. Futurist Gary Marx (author of “Sixteen Trends…”) got us off to an excellent start. Roundtable members next visited Microsoft’s Office and Home of the Future, before meeting with Boeing officials to examine how systems thinking had helped transform corporate culture and create a new operations center to help airlines keep planes in service. Next they visited Boeing to learn about the complexities of assembling the first 787 (The Dreamliner), and rounded out the meeting with a light dinner cruise as night fell on the lakes in Seattle.

Next stop:  Long Island to look into systems thinking.  Beginning with a tour of the Cradle of Aviation, the Roundtable then heard from Michael Usdan (Institute of Educational Leadership) on the outlook for federal education policy, before spending two days with Peter Senge (author of The Fifth Discipline) discussing systems thinking.  Part of the time with Senge was spent with student leaders at Hewlett High School.  Final stop, a cruise on Long Island Sound.

Futurist Gary Marx cheerfully introduced us

Futurist Gary Marx cheerfully introduced us

 

... 16 trends reshaping the world.

… 16 trends reshaping the world.

 

Next morning on to Microsoft's Executive Briefing Center...

Next morning on to Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Center…

 

tools for collaboration-teaming

tools for collaboration-teaming

 

...and dining rooms of next 5-10 years

…and dining rooms of next 5-10 years

 

operations manager Bruce Lund...

operations manager Bruce Lund…

 

...and senior analyst Bob Wiebe...

…and senior analyst Bob Wiebe…

 

...meet global airline needs 24/7 with a new Boeing Operations Center

…meet global airline needs 24/7 with a new Boeing Operations Center

 

..to view the incredible complexity of airliner

..to view the incredible complexity of airliner

 

787's elegant wings curve like a bird's

787’s elegant wings curve like a bird’s

 

Tim Grieves (Iowa), Mark Freeman (Ohio), Scott Palczewski (Michigan) and Doug Hesbol (Illinois) in front of Pratt and Whitney engine

Tim Grieves (Iowa), Mark Freeman (Ohio), Scott Palczewski (Michigan) and Doug Hesbol (Illinois) in front of Pratt and Whitney engine

 

 

Janet Robinson (Conn) and Pat Kriss (NY) try their hands

Janet Robinson (Conn) and Pat Kriss (NY) try their hands

 

Steve Price (Ohio) and Margaret Hayes (NJ

Steve Price (Ohio) and Margaret Hayes (NJ

 

 

...borne back ceaselessly...

…borne back ceaselessly…

 

A late evening dinner cruise...

A late evening dinner cruise…

 

...courtesy of Scientific Learning...

…courtesy of Scientific Learning…

 

On Long Island, the Cradle of Aviation’s lunar module, one of only three in existence

On Long Island, the Cradle of Aviation’s lunar module, one of only three in existence

 

Youth Leadership Forum & Roundtable at Hewlett High

Youth Leadership Forum & Roundtable at Hewlett High

 

Paul Mohr (Phoenix, AZ) introduces Shuzaburo Takeda of Japan and Miami University's Nelda Cambron-McCabe to discuss innovation

Paul Mohr (Phoenix, AZ) introduces Shuzaburo Takeda of Japan and Miami University’s Nelda Cambron-McCabe to discuss innovation

 

(L to r) Eric Eversley, New York, Mike Usdan, and David Snead (CT) enjoy cruise

(L to r) Eric Eversley, New York, Mike Usdan, and David Snead (CT) enjoy cruise

 

(L to r) Susan O'Brien, MA, Pat Kriss, NY, & Mike Gorman, NJ enjoy a joke

(L to r) Susan O’Brien, MA, Pat Kriss, NY, & Mike Gorman, NJ enjoy a joke

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