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Technology and business Futurist, entrepreneur, MindBullets Editor.
Doug Vining has 30 years business experience and three business degrees,
including an MBA from Wits Business School.
Doug is an experienced technology and strategy consultant, with a particular
emphasis on leveraging internet technologies to grow customer and business
networks. His abiding fascination with emerging technology of all types, from
nanotech and biotech to 3D printing and clean energy, is only eclipsed by his
firm conviction that communication technology is behind the explosive growth in
knowledge on all fronts in recent decades.
"The ability of humans to learn from others by communicating ideas is
what sets us apart as a species and compounds the effect of being massively
interconnected, worldwide. Creativity and innovation do not flourish in a
With a rich career history from advertising to corporate consulting,
including several spells as an entrepreneur and working for major technology
companies like IBM, Doug has seen many innovations come and go. He believes that
innovation should have real commercial applications, and that many of the
world's problems can be solved with technology.
"We don't know what the solution to global issues like climate change and
energy will be, because it hasn't been invented or discovered yet." But one of
his favourite quotes is: "Those who say it can't be done shouldn't interrupt
those who are busy doing it!"
Doug is regularly called upon to evaluate entrepreneurial business plans, and
has worked with venture capital firms and business schools, particularly when
hi-tech ideas are on the table.
Doug is chief technology adviser to the FutureWorld Global Think Tank and is
the Editor of MindBullets: News from the Future.
"It's the End of the World - as we knew it. We have to learn how to
survive - and succeed - in this new mobile, connected world of the future. It's
Email Doug (at) FutureWorld.org
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