Trends and research references


Every article has a list of references at the end that are specific to that article.

The purpose of this overview page is to give you (and me!) a sense of the different sources of inspiration and information for the articles.

I organized them reverse chronological order. I have not listed links for books and stories as they can be easily found on the internet with a quick search. I have included links for sources that are only on the web.

SciFi visionaries

E.M. Forster, “The Machine Stopped” (1909)

George R. Stewart, Earth Abides (1949)

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Ray Bradbury, “The Toynbee Convector” (1984, 1988),

Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars (1992)

Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2010)

J.G. Ballard, High-Rise (2012)

Debbie Urbanski, “An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried” in Terraform: Watch/Worlds/Burn (2017)

Kim Stanley Robinson, The Ministry for the Future (2020)

Chen Qiufan, co-author with Kai-Fu Lee, of AI 2041, “The Job Savior” (2021)

Omar El Akkad “Busy”, the entropy mill,  in Terraform: Watch/Worlds/Burn (2022)

Sequoia Nagamatsu, “30,000 Years Beneath a Eulogy” in How High We Go in the Dark, (2022)

Forward thinkers

Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog (1968), the Long Now Foundation (1996), Whole Earth Discipline:  An Ecopragmatist Manifesto (2009)

Charles Handy, The Age of Unreason (1989) in which he developed the concept of theshamrock organization”

Art Kleiner in “The Age of Heretics: Heroes, Outlaws, and the Fore- runners of Corporate Change”. 1996

Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming (2007)

The School in the Cloud, Sugata Mitra (2013)

Davis, Gerald F., The Vanishing American Corporation: Navigating the Hazards of a New Economy  (2016)

Pioneering organizations

UPS, the Immersive Tech Center with Mark Gröb, head. Episode 16 on my Bold New Breed podcast at

Sanofi Pasteur, How can you make learning come alive?” episode 7 on my Bold New Breed podcast at with Dany De Grave

Wikipedia and Wiki Africa, with Florence Devouard, chair of the Wikimedia board of trustees 2004-2008. Co-founder of Wikimedia France. Episode 8 on my Bold New Breed podcast at

Writers, researchers

Janice Perlman, The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics in Rio de Janeiro (1976)

Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG, “building blog(blog launched in 2004)

Simon Schama,  Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines and the Health of Nations (Sept. 2023)

Geoff Dembicki, The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change (2022)

My own work

Article about the “Hole in the Wall” experiment (2005)

The unfinished ceiling at the UN  Economic and Social Council, my personal discovery (2005)

“Going Rogue is the New Normal” (2016)

Key findings from my 10th annual report “The Organization in the Digital Age”, published early 2017.

“Working Out Loud from the Top – Half a Century Ago – At NASA” (2017)

The Gig Mindset Advantage, A Bold New Breed, book (2021)


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