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21st Century Thought and Trends with Futurist David Houle


According to futurist David Houle the world as we know it will be transformed beyond recognition over the decades ahead. He'll present a series of talks at the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, where he's the college’s “Futurist in Residence.” Houle is author of “Entering the Shift Age” which explores the many ways change has become a constant, and increasing factor in our lives and culture. We'll sit down with him to explore his work, and get a preview of his upcoming presentations, the first of which is on Monday, January 22. It's titled "2000-2018: The Trends, Forces, and Technologies That Have Changed Humanity This Century.”

Houle describes the presentation as an overview of the major trends and forces that have reshaped the 21st century to date—leaving the “Information Age” and entering the “Shift Age.” He will explain contexts and concepts to help understand both the transformations going on and the unsettling speed at which they are occurring.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.