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Breakthroughs in Strategic Foresight 
             Jan 15, 2021               

The TechCast-Cognis Virtual Workshop

Annual Strategic Forum

Discounts Now Available 

The Workshop Team is pleased to announce major discounts are available for registration. Individual sessions are now priced at $195 and the entire program is $495. This amounts to reductions of 45% and 67% respectively. We suggest you sign up at the bottom of this page soon as space is limited.

Here are the previous newsletters on this Workshop:

Dec 10:  Introducing  the TechCast/Cognis/City Future Virtual Workshop

Dec 20:  Session One -- Virtual Workshop on Transformative Change

Jan 2:  Session Two --  Virtual Workshop on Transformative Change

Jan 12:  Session Three --  Virtual Workshop on Transformative Change 

This Annual Strategic Forum brings together prominent thought leaders to collectively provide the best strategic solutions to the transformative changes of our time.

Each of the next few issues of this newsletter will focus on one session of the seven-week program. 
This week features comments and talks by Anthony Cascio and Bill Halal.

Feb 26  The Historic Rise of Stakeholders
Keys to Open Innovation

Many of the world’s most successful business models, companies, and products were born from the synthesis of necessity and collaboration. “Open Innovation” is not a new concept, but rather one that demands increasing attention and robust implementation in the rapidly accelerating technology innovation lifecycle. Despite the success stories, many organizations have not yet fully embraced the concept of leveraging external innovation, as internal stakeholders often mistakenly perceive threats and underestimate opportunities that may arise from partnerships. This discussion will explore the careful balance that must be achieved and maintained between legacy internal processes and the augmented capabilities of external resources.

Anthony Cascio

Director of Research & Engineering
The Cognis Group

Anthony Cascio leads the Cognis team responsible for intellectual property analytics & landscaping, technology scouting, and partnering search engagements. For over twelve years, Anthony has consulted with clients ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups in a broad array of high technology industries related to both the life and physical sciences. He provides unique insight alongside validation to help guide each client’s strategic direction and identify new technology-related business opportunities. Anthony studied electrical engineering at the University of South Florida while conducting research in electronic materials characterization and electrospray deposition of macromolecular structures.

Building the Collaborative Enterprise

The Business Roundtable’s announcement ending the era of shareholder supremacy marks a historic shift to organizations that work with all stakeholders to better serve a common social purpose. Drawing on TechCast’s study on this crucial topic, we help participants understand the profound implications and learn how to manage multiple stakeholder interests.


Willaim Halal
The TechCast Project
George Washington University

Bill is professor emeritus of management, technology and innovation. He is the founder and director of the TechCast Project and a thought leader in foresight, strategy, forecasting and related fields. For more, see


Small group breakout discussions and reporting.


  • Redesigning Capitalism
  • Business Collaboration Can Jump Start the Economy
  • The Collaborative Enterprise
  • Open Innovation: Striving for Innovation Success in the 21st Century
  • Why now is the time for Open Innovation.
  • To recover faster from Covid-19, open up
  • How leading companies are enabling open innovation


Personal Invitation

The TechCast-Cognis-City Future Executive Workshop


Planning for Transformative Change  
The pandemic and other threats like climate change make it clear the global order is not sustainable. It is an existential challenge to people everywhere. The World Economic Forum called for “A Great Reset" in all spheres of society. Leaders in business, government, and other institutions should plan for transformative change –- NOW.
  • Purpose  This workshop is designed to help executives develop a new strategic posture to meet these transformative challenges.
  • Program  Ninety-minute meetings will be held on Zoom each Friday at 10 AM Western US time, 1 PM Eastern US time and 7 PM EU time.  Seven consecutive weeks from February 5 to March 19, 2021. See the Program Agenda for details.
  • Participation  Small groups of participants will discuss applications to their institutions and pool their judgment to form strategic postures.
  • Pricing  $195 for individual sessions and $495 for the entire program. 

Prominent Speakers
Giving Strategic Talks
On the Pivotal Issues of Our Time

Limor Shafman, Host. President, The Keystone Tech Group
Frequent Host and Speaker.

Jess Garretson, CEO, The Cognis Group

William Halal, The TechCast Project,
George Washington University

Steven Hausman, Futurist  and Speaker
Former Administrator, National Institutes of Health

John Lewis, Coach,  Speaker, Author of “Story Thinking

Anthony Cascio, Director of Research & Engineering
The Cognis Group

Gabriele Rizzo, Visionary Futurist and Enthusiastic Innovator

Jerome Glenn, CEO, The Millennium Project

Ted Gordon, Co-Founder, The Millennium Project

Paul Saffo, Forecaster

Art Murray, President/CEO
Applied Knowledge Sciences, Inc.

Cutting-Edge Research from
TechCast and Prominent Speakers
Thought-Provoking Articles and Reports

Feb 5. State-of-the-Art in Strategy and Foresight:  Change from the Bottom Up And the Outside In; The Human Side of Transformative Change. 

Feb 12. Managing the Technology Revolution: A Macro Forecast of the Most Likely 2030 Scenario; Survey of Disruptive Technologies.

Feb 19. The Great Reset in Mental Models: An Emerging Global Consciousness,
and Story Thinking.

Feb 26. The Historic Rise of Stakeholders: Building the Collaborative Enterprise; Keys to Open Innovation.

Mar 5. Threats to Cybersecurity: Staying Safe in a Digital World; Which Data, What Data, What Futures: Cybersecurity from the Cloud to the Brain Cloud.

Mar 12. Coping with Pandemics: Three Scenarios with Guides to Survival.

Mar 19. Practicum on Strategy Formation:  Conclusions and Take Away Strategic Postures 


To clarify questions or other issues, email Prof. Halal at

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TechCast always encourages letters, comments and suggestions. 


Keynote on Autonomous Vehicles Conference


TechCast gave a keynote speech at  an international conference on transportation featuring autonomous cars on November  2, 2020. The conference was organized by the Intelligent Transport Society of South Korea.

TechCast's Bill Halal organized his talk around the five principles of Global Consciousness. 



TechCast Briefs Angel Investors
TechCast founder, William Halal, kicked off the annual meeting of the Angel Capital Association’s Virtual Summit May 12 with his keynote on The Technology Revolution.  Among his many points, Bill outlined how AI is causing today’s move beyond knowledge to an Age of Consciousness, and that business is now altering corporate consciousness to include the interests of all stakeholders. Angel investors are concerned about the social impacts of their companies, so this news was well received, especially as Bill stressed this historic change could be a competitive advantage.



 Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association
Prof. Halal spoke on the topic of AI, noting TechCast’s forecast that AI is expected to automate 30% of routine knowledge work about 2025 +3/-1 years and General AI is likely to arrive about 2040. Expanding on the same theme delivered at ACA, Bill explained how today’s shifting consciousness is likely to transform, not only business, but also government, the military and all other institutions. Halal also spoke at the annual AFCEA conference on the



We Invite Your Ideas
TechCast offers exciting new possibilities to use our unequaled talent and resources for creative projects. I invite you to send me your questions, fresh ideas, articles to publish, consulting work, research studies, or anything interesting on the tech revolution.
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Thanks, Bill
William E. Halal, PhD  
The TechCast Project 
George Washington University



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George Washington University

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