Hawai’i’s Shared Futures By Vision Foresight Strategy

Intersecting dissertations and futures work

As many of you know, even as the company is working on a variety of futures and strategy projects with various clients and partners in Hawaii, I myself am continually working on my dissertation.  And during this semester my week gets chopped up into days for dissertation writing and days devoted to working on things like mapping out present and future states of subjects like economic industries and energy infrastructure.  Some days, like today, you get pulled in two directions: wanting to crank on projects for clients, which are very interesting questions; and needing to focus on deep thoughtful dives into topics like ‘how consitutionalism gets redifined in the emerging global era.’  Tough, but never dull!

Well, today (first thing this morning) we’ll be doing our final roundup for possible developers for our web project, and I think we’ll have some new mock-ups for tomorrow.  But before getting that done, we were doing our early morning futures scanning (it’s like breathing for futurists), and we came across another interesting hit: a video of Dan Ariely, who recently wrote Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. Mr. Ariely is a behavioral economist, a relatively new area of economics that has been trying to understand human behavior based on actual experience and observation rather than elegant assumptions (as in traditional economics).  We find it very useful in our work, and I find it useful in my academic work.

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This is an interesting video exploring how people make decisions and behave, but the funniest thing (for me at least!) was some of his comments in the very beginning, where people are telling him he needs to publish his work first before he can go and publish other things.  It’s a refrain I’ve heard a lot in the last few months as professors, partners, and friends have all pushed for my dissertation to be the first priority even over our client work.  Well, the end, at least, is actually in sight!

Think about tomorrow.

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