Futures Conference 2017










On September 25 – 26, 2017 nearly 400 librarians, and professionals from NJ businesses, non-profits, and community organizations convened at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City to take part in the award-winning Futures Conference 2017. The participants discussed advances in technology and communications, and how organizations and individuals must adapt to change and accept this rapid evolution for whatever positives or negatives it may bring.

Sessions explored:

  • Hacking and privacy in the age of “Big Brother” and “Big Data”.
  • The future of technology, science, innovation and media.
  • A forward look at economic, demographic, and real estate studies that will impact the future.
  • The role of architecture in the future, and innovative solutions to architectural design challenges.
  • A look at the convergence of information and society, and how this is driving and accelerating disruptive change.
  • Understanding the drivers behind how business and technology changes and how to shape strategies for leveraging these changes.
  • The future of social media, branding, and strategic communications.
  • Additionally, attendees will participate in hands-on training in forecasting the future, as well as an Oculus Rift VR technology demo!

Sponsoring Partners included:



New Hampshire
New Jersey
Rhode Island
West Virginia




View full session videos from our Keynote presenters:


Kevin Mitnick World’s most Famous Hacker

Kevin Mitnick is the most elusive computer break-in artist in history because he hacked into government systems and more than 40 major corporations just for the fun and adventure. He became the most wanted hacker in the world although he never stole for profit or damaged systems. His feats brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information, giving birth to modern cybersecurity

We’ll talk to Kevin about privacy. A global bestselling author with books in more than 20 countries and 50 languages, his latest ground-breaking book in 2017 entitled “The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data” is a shocking revelation of the state of privacy. We’ll ask Kevin about the real threat and capabilities of hackers to compromise the information of our systems, our staff and our patrons, and what can be done.


David Pescovitz Institute for the Future

David Pescovitz is a research director at Institute for the Future and a co-editor/partner at the influential tech/culture Web site Boing Boing. He is also the co-founder of Ozma Records, a music label focused on the intersection of science and art to spark the imagination. As a futurist David often presents to senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies about the future of technology, science, innovation and media.


Dr. James Hughes Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

James Hughes is a distinguished professor and a nationally-recognized academic expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics. He is also the Director of the Rutgers Regional Report, which has produced over 40 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies on New Jersey and the broader metropolitan region. Dr. Hughes will provide his predictions for the demographics of the future.


Phil BowermasterAcceleration Strategist

Phil Bowermaster is a nationally recognized author and speaker with more than 25 years experience analyzing and writing about emerging technologies and the future. He focuses on the convergence of information and society that is driving disruptive and accelerating change. Phil works with clients to understand the drivers behind business and technology change and shape strategies for leveraging these changes. He is the founder and publisher of Speculist Media and is co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed.


Oculus Rift with Cindy Ball

Rift is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends, in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there.



The Futures School with Nicole Baker RosaOffering Hands-On Training in Forecasting the Future

The Futures School offers a vision for a new approach to Strategic Foresight. Their approach has been years in the making, emerging from a realization that a gap exists between our increasingly volatile, complex, and ambiguous world and the antiquated leadership and business development approaches we have depended on for so long.



A note from Nicole Baker Rosa:

Hello Futures Conference Workshop Attendees,

Thank you for attending The Futures School’s “21st Century Mindsets Needed to Create the Future Workshop!”

We want to equip you with the tools needed to continue shaping and ultimately creating the future of libraries. To Sense, Mesh and Transform with your team, please visit the following link:  http://thefuturesschool.com/futures-conference/

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Thank you,

The Futures School