Preparing for a World that Doesn't Exist - Yet

Preparing for a World that Doesn't Exist - Yet

Framing a Second Enlightenment to Create Communities of the Future

Preparing For A World That Doesn't Exist - Yet is about an emerging Second Enlightenment and the capacities you will need to achieve success in this new, fast-evolving world.


Are you really ready for change? Are you prepared for a world changing as fast as you can read this sentence? Most leaders say they are prepared for the future, yet many organizations and communities are doing things in the same old way they’ve been working for decades. We’re living on the precipice of a new era in human history.
Preparing For A World That Doesn’t Exist - Yet offers an approach to getting ready for an emerging society that will be increasingly fast paced, interconnected, interdependent, and complex.
In Preparing For A World That Doesn’t Exist - Yet, you will learn about an emerging Second Enlightenment and the capacities you’ll need to achieve success in this new, fast-evolving world. Higher education, health and wellness, governance and the economy are transforming in ways few of us could have imagined ten or even five years ago.
In this book, you’ll get the skills you need to ride the wave of the future and the perspective you’ll need to be ready to catch the next wave, too.
Planners, physicians, government and higher-education leaders are using the principles and capacities described in this book to create better organizations, and best of all communities of the future that will lead to a planet that can thrive. Join them in looking at the future with excitement and anticipation.


All in all, both for advocates of change and, in particular, wisdom writers who wish to see the future of humanity more centrally guided and informed by wisdom, the new book by Rick Smyre and Neil Richardson is an important and valuable contribution and resource. The authors attempt to build their vision of a new society upon both a historically informed perspective and contemporary scientific thought. At a very practical level, realizing the essential social-community dimension of human life and effective change, they provide a great deal of useful information and guidance on how to instigate and implement informed and thoughtful social transformation, along numerous dimensions of human reality. For wisdom writers and change advocates, there is often a disconnect between the presentation of elevating ideas and their actual social impact and effective implementation. Smyreʼs and Richardsonʼs book is a guidance system for moving from idea to action and actual social change. ~ Tom Lombardo, Ph.D, Center for Future Consciousness and The Wisdom Page

In their new book, Preparing for a World that Doesn’t Exist—Yet: Framing a Second Enlightenment for Communities of the Future, Rick Smyre and Neil Richardson address that lacuna. They fill it with worthy insights for community leaders who want to think and plan now for a world being overturned by technology and its effects. The authors are persuasive in their reminder that since communities are where change is implemented and felt, it is in communities where a transformation in leadership and planning must take place. As they point out, reforms do not actually change systems, only transformations do. Full review: ~ Amy Zalman, Strategic Narrative

This summer I was fortunate to have a book I had been waiting for become available, so I could sink my teeth into it. That book is Preparing for a World That Doesn’t Exist – Yet. It was written by my friends and colleagues from the Communities of the Future, Rick Smyre and Neil Richardson. Rick and Neil start out by making the case that the world is changing rapidly and that it is having profound impacts on our governance, economy, education and health system, and our communities. They further provide insight on how the systems we have relied on for the past few hundred years to transition from an agricultural society, to an industrial society, to a knowledge society for governance and wealth creation, are no longer working. These systems worked well when change was less rapid and more predictable and the economy relied on scaling-up and creating efficiencies. However, with the advance of digital technologies, distributed production, and globalization, change occurs too rapidly to be predictable beyond the very short-term. Thus, old and even current processes and techniques of strategic planning, forecasting, evaluation, and measurement are becoming less useful for understanding the economy and society. Rick and Neil lay a framework for building capacities for community transformation so that in our communities, regions, organizations and networks we can work to create new systems for governance, learning, and the economy. This new framework includes searching for “weak signals” about the future and rather than attempting to predict them, thinking about how we might prepare for them. It also includes developing new leadership that that is comfortable with the chaos and complexity of the unknown and unpredictable, and helping to support multiple networks of people to learn, deliberate, and act together. I am excited about this book as it incorporates work that I have collaborated on with Rick Smyre in our article: Searching for a New Dynamic: Rethinking Economic Development in which we discuss early concepts of a new Creative Molecular Economy and the need for change in economic development. Over the next year, I will be working to update that article and body of thinking and will be utilizing Preparing for a World that Doesn’t Exist – Yet as a guide. ~ Jim Damicis, Camoin Associates

Rick Smyre
Rick Smyre Rick Smyre is an internationally recognized futurist specializing in the area he helped originate called “community transformation.” A g...
Neil  Richardson
Neil Richardson Neil Richardson is a strategist and a public servant who specializes in smart government advocacy and integral thinking. He has worked on ci...
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