Paul Schumann is a futurist and an innovation consultant. He is a proponent of collaborative approaches.
He has been a technologist and technology manager in the semiconductor industry (IBM), internal entrepreneur (IBM), cultural change agent (IBM), and consultant (Technology Futures and Glocal Vantage). With 55 years of professional experience, Paul is still excited about learning, and sharing what he is learning.
He is a 35 year resident of Lost Creek in Austin, Texas.
world around us is a complex web of relationships connecting people,
companies, groups, countries, and policies into a complex policy system
that provides the context for our daily existence. Under such
circumstances, it is imperative that our policies at all levels (local,
state, country, the world), intended to regulate such systems, take into
consideration this richness of both relevant system elements and
relationships among them. Companies, societies, markets, or humans
rarely stay in a stable, predictable state for long. Randomness, power
laws, and human behavior ensure that the future is both unknown and
challenging. How do events unfold? When do they take hold? Why do some
initial events cause an avalanche of policy change while others do not?
What characterizes these events? What are the thresholds that
differentiate a sea change from insignificant variation? And, most
importantly, what can we do at the policy level to promote activities
that will bring about positive, long-term, and sustainable changes in
the system of interest?"