Doug Vining has 35 years of 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 disruptive technologies driving the fourth industrial revolution. 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 exponential 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 vacuum.”
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 chief technology guru at the Futureworld Global Network and is the Editor of Mindbullets: News from the Future.