"The Future as YOU See It"

David Smith

Austin Dinner Meeting:

"The Future as YOU See It"

John Vanston
Technology Futures Inc., Austin, TX

Sponsored by Austin Chapter of the World Future Society

Thursday, June 16th, 2005, 6pm


Psychiatrists tell us that to a large measure the way people lead their lives depends on how they view the future. Obviously, different people have different perceptions, different value systems, and different experiences that define their visions of the future. In this presentation, Dr. Vanston will discuss the various ways that people view the future, will assist you in examining your own views of the future, and will discuss the implications of these views to your life. Participants will leave the presentation with a better understanding how they can use the different ways of viewing the future to assist in taking fullest advantages of emerging trends and events.


Dr. John Vanston is Chairman of Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI) an Austin-based consulting and research company that he founded 27 years ago.

During his career, he has managed multimillion-dollar high-tech R&D projects, fashioned a computer-based program for planning and managing complex research activities, and developed a formal system for promoting and targeting innovation activities. He is the primary architect of Five Views of the Future™, TFI's signature strategic analysis framework for improving inputs to the strategic planning process, and of Technology Advantage Management™, TFI's comprehensive framework for strategy development from opportunity identification to product commercialization.

John's special interests include technology forecasting, planning, and management in uncertain environments. He has provided consulting and research services for dozens of companies, including Boeing, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, and S.C. Johnson, various government agencies, including the National Security Agency, and the National Geospacial Intelligence Agency, and educational institutions, including Rice University, Georgia Tech, and the Texas State Technical College System. He has recently headed Technology Forecasts on Nanotechnology, Fuel Cells, Homeland Security, Hybrid Vehicles, Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Computer Forensics, and Micro-Electromechanical Systems.

He is currently conducting Technology Forecasts in the Biotechnology area.

Prior to establishing TFI, Dr. Vanston taught Nuclear Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and served as Deputy Director of the University's Center for Energy Studies, an interdisciplinary organization that he helped establish in 1974. Earlier, Dr. Vanston served as a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army.

The speaker and discussion will follow announcements, topical discussion and dinner (four-item menu selection).

TinTinNio Restaurante
9070 Research Blvd., Suite 101 (Cross Street Burnet)
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 275-1206
The meeting room is at the back of the restaurant on the right.

Members $15.00 Non-Members $20.00
Cash or checks only. (Make checks payable to CenTexWFS.)
The fee includes a meal but is charged for attendance.

Seating is limited so please reserve your place at www.centexwfs.org/Register.html