Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Date: December 8, 2020

As we move into December, some have already started thinking about the New Year — maybe even making some resolutions. If there’s one thing we can say for certain about 2020, it proved that leaders need to be adaptive and nimble. But what else? TryTank Experimental Lab, our joint project with General Theological Seminary of New York, is hosting a very interesting webinar in early January: Leadership Skills for the Next Ten Years. The webinar will be led by Dr. Bob Johansen who’s a distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. I commend the webinar to you. (If you cannot attend the webinar live, if you sign up a recording will be sent to you so you can watch it later.) As a futurist, Dr. Johansen focuses his time “wrestling with the question of leadership profiles that will be required to thrive in the VUCA World (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous).” In 2008, the Institute presented a 10-year forecast Church that was very accurate. One of TryTank’s current experiments aims to bring that thinking into the Church. The experiment, called Church 2030, asks “Where is the church headed, so that we can best prepare?” For the experiment, TryTank is training two people in futures thinking and foresight practice (focusing on practical tools, processes, and methodologies). Their work will inform the work of TryTank and the Church. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with. We should all be excited by this work. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President 

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