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Breakthroughs in Strategic Foresight 
             Jan 12, 2021               

The TechCast-Cognis-City Future Virtual Workshop

An Annual Strategic Forum

We hope you have been reading our 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

This workshop is an annual event that 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 the talks by John Lewis and Bill Halal on --


Session Three: Feb 19. The Great Reset in Mental Models

An Emerging Global Consciousness and Story Thinking.

John Lewis
Coach, Speaker, Author, Story Thinking

Your biggest breakthrough will come from your state of consciousness – not from your technical knowledge or skills. This has been proven true because it is not what you “think” – it is what you think “from” that makes the difference. Now, more than ever, the topic of Mental Models becomes crucial for understanding transformative change and how to seize disruption as an opportunity. Please join us on February 19th, 2021 in this break-through workshop session.

William  Halal
The TechCast Project
George Washington University

The great problems today stem from highly subjective issues beyond knowledge: Encouraging people and nations to protect themselves and others from the Corona Virus. Finding the will to address climate change. Convincing business people to redesign capitalism.
And the list goes on. This session aims to show that these are all matters of consciousness, and that the world badly needs a new global consciousness. This session provides the conceptual basis for all strategic foresight. Don't miss it.



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

The Emerging Global Consciousness

It is increasingly clear that a major shift  in values, beliefs and ideology is needed to make sense of today’s turmoil and to grasp the outlines of the emerging global order. This session presents a vision of global consciousness developed by TechCast’s study to resolve the Global MegaCrisis.

William E. Halal
The TechCast Project
George Washington University

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


Story Thinking

A strategic organizational posture that balances collaboration with competitiveness requires a deeper understanding of common ground, and that understanding is found in stories. Beyond storytelling, story thinking provides the visualization of story structure as the holistic business, learning, and communication model. The foundational shared mental model of “process” which was adopted in the Second Industrial Revolution must expand into a shared mental model of “story” to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, given it is based on intelligence, not electricity. Carl Jung said, “You are IN a story, whether you know it or not.” Operationalizing this quotation is the goal of story thinking, and is the key towards thriving within transformational change.


John Lewis
Coach, Speaker, Author, Story Thinking

Dr. John Lewis, Ed.D. is a consultant, coach, and is speaker on the topics of human capital and strategic change within the knowledge-driven enterprise. He is the author of Story Thinking, which is about the major organizational challenges related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ways for visionary leaders to begin addressing them now by rethinking traditional views of change, learning, and leadership. He is also the author of The Explanation Age, which Kirkus Reviews described as “An iconoclast’s blueprint for a new era of innovation.” He is the current president of EBLI (Evidence-Based Learning Institute) and holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, with a dissertation focus on mental models and decision making.

Small group breakout discussions and reporting.


  • Toward a Global Consciousness
  • A Vision for General Motors


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 present global order is not sustainable. It is an existential challenge to people everywhere. The World Economic Forum called for a “A Great Reset" in all spheres of society. Leaders in business, government and other institutions need to 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  $350 for individual sessions and $1450 for the entire program. Early registration: $250/$1250 before January 15, 2020.

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 


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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
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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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