Growing up in Silicon Valley, my favorite place to go for milkshakes was the Creamery. The Creamery is one of the few things that hasn't changed here since I was a kid. Ironically,across the street is the Institute for the Future, folding past and future in mind-jangling proximity.
Recently, I had the privilege of strolling for coffee with Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow at Institute for the Future (IFTF). For someone who was there for the unveiling of the Internet, Bob is a humble guy, soft-spoken and dressed in monastic black. Bob's job is to forecast the future about 10 years out — for small outits like the US military, Nestle and Walmart.