Dear Future-forward Thinker,
I want to welcome you to Wake Tech’s Center for Strategic Futures. If you’ve found this website, we may be of like mind: You may be thinking about the future and interested in being prepared for it, whatever form it may take.
Yogi Berra has been quoted as saying, “the future ain’t what it used to be,” and I believe he’s right. Twenty or thirty years ago, who would have thought that our banking transactions would be conducted instantaneously, that events happening around the world could be followed as they happen with reporting by everyday people, that phones would be wireless, that purchases of goods and services could be accomplished without going to a store or engaging with another person, that employees might live in India and work remotely for U.S.-based companies, or any number of other advances that have become part of our everyday life? I am absolutely certain that someone was thinking about these possibilities – and could see them coming – years before the changes ever happened.
It’s with this in mind that Wake Tech has launched this initiative, with generous sponsorship from SunTrust bank. The SunTrust Center for Strategic Futures at Wake Tech will host futurists and other future-focused leaders for and exchange of ideas about the nature of education, workforce development, and economic development. The Center’s goal is to create a culture of future-focused students, staff, faculty at Wake Tech, engaged with future-focused businesses and workforce and economic development communities.
The future will require new ways of learning, organizing what we learn, and conducting business. What will it look like? We’re not sure, but we want to begin thinking about it. I invite you to join us on this exciting journey of looking forward to the future!
Dr. Stephen C. Scott
President Wake Technical Community College