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Ten Years Hence 2006

The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.

Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O'Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O'Brien (ND '40) and his wife, Dee.  The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.


Seven Revolutions

by Erik Peterson, Senior Vice President The Center for Strategic and International Studies

March 3, 2006

Erik Peterson
Erik Peterson is senior vice president at CSIS and director of the Seven Revolutions Initiative, a broad-based effort to forecast key trends out to the year 2025. He also holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, an endowed position named in honor of the Merrill Lynch chairman emeritus and CSIS Executive Committee member.


Technology and Talent: Reshaping Global Architectures

by John Hagel III, Consultant and Author

March 24, 2006

John Hagel III
 John Hagel III has written several books, including Net GainNet WorthOut of the Box and The Only Sustainable Edge, which he co-authored with John Seely Brown. Hagel also has written numerous articles for business publications such as Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal.


Four Paths to Four Futures

by John Petersen, President, The Arlington Institute

March 31, 2006

John Petersen
  He is the founder of the Arlington Institute, a nonprofit, future-oriented research organization; a contributor to Professional Pilot Magazine; the director of the Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation; a member of the Global Business Network; and a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Public Health Issues in the Future: American and Beyond

by Dr. James Curran, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University

April 7, 2006

Dr. James Curran
James Curran currently serves as chair of the board of Population Health and Public Health Practice. Prior to his arrival at Emory University, Dr. Curran worked for the Center for Disease Control, where he led the agency's HIV research and prevention activities.


Future Government and Public Policy

by William McGurn, Chief Speechwriter, Office of the Presidential Speechwriter

April 21, 2006

William McGurn
William McGurn previously served as an executive in the Office of the Chairman at News Corporation. Prior to that, he was the chief editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and a member of its editorial board.