Global Trends 2030

Time Future  Has technology given us the opportunity to flourish, or to self-destruct? Why can’t we remember the future? What is emerging? What impact will it have?  in general: The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Kay | aircraft/car | digital archive of you: lifenaut | education: Houston Foresight, thefutureschannel | energy: The Future of Energy | food: The Future of Food NG | gamification: gaming the future | history: Italian Futurism Manifesto 1909 | paperless society portals: BBC Future, Matter longform journalism, paperless society, PBSK Labs editorial |  time capsules: one second per day think tanks: extremism: Challenging Extremism, quilliamfoundation | www.aspeninstitute.org, bakas, fastfuture, Institute for Global Futures, iftf, thefuturelaboratory | atlantic council | big issues: www.millennium-project.org, www.fhi.ox.ac.uk, thersa.org | directory: www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psthink.html#comp | energy security: Institute for the Analysis of Global Security iags.org | European security: European Leadership Network ELN | international affairs: chathamhouse | long-term thinking: Club of Rome, futuristspeaker, hybridreality.me, longbets, Long Now Foundation | survival of the species: Future of Humanity Institute, Future of Life Institute  books: forecasting: Global Trends 2030, Superforecasting Tetlock big ideas > Predictive | Future Science Brockman | Future Shock | Hybrid Reality Ayesha | The Competition of Ideas Weidenbaum | The Extreme Future Canton | The Revolution Will Be Digitised Brooke | The Tyranny of Dead Ideas Miller

SOURCE: International Futures Model

 

Using Prezi for Simple Gantt Charts

by scott pickard

I have been experimenting with using Prezi as a way to create simple Gantt charts. If you’re like me, you’re a big fan of the Gantt chart and how effective it is in communicating the timeline and priorities of a project. But most of our projects are fairly simple and last less than a year, so the software tools that are out there which can help you plan a moonshot are simply overkill for the simple projects; i.e., dependencies, resource leveling, unit costs, etc.  I’ve used spreadsheets, but it takes a lot of manipulation to create the taskbars and update them. I’ve also used Smartsheet, but once again it really gives me more functionality than I need (and want to pay for!).

I’ve had it in the back of my mind for awhile to give Prezi a try because I love inventing ways to use Prezi and I’ve discovered that it is perfect for creating simple Gantt charts and then being able to easily update them without a lot of manual tinkering.  I’ve coined the term “Prezi-Gantt“.

Here’s a link to a public Prezi-Gantt chart you can check out to see what it looks like. I’ll give you a few benefits and tips but if you’re a Prezi user, just jump in and try it on your own and you’ll find out it’s pretty easy to use.

prezi-gantt

Try creating a “Prezi-Gantt” for simple projects.

  • Prezi is FREE!
  • Prezi gives you have an infinite online canvas and depth-of-field to either zoom in or zoom out at will.
  • You can share online your Prezi-Gantt utilizing Prezi’s three-level privacy functionality:
    • Private: Only you can view and edit.
    • Hidden: You can view and edit. Collaborators can view if they have the link.
    • Public: Can be viewed by the world if they have the link.
  • You can put a frame around that part of your Prezi-Gantt that you want people to focus on, and then you can remove the frame and redefine another area of focus.

frame

  • The text box in Prezi turns out to be perfect for creating a taskbar which you can stretch forward or backward with ease.
taskbar

The text box in Prezi makes a perfect taskbar.

  • Within the text box (taskbar) you can either describe the task and task owner within the taskbar, or you can put this information in front and/or behind the taskbar, your choice.
  • I use vertical lines within the taskbar (|||||||||||||||||) to show progress (percent complete).
  • I place a bold vertical red line to show the current date, and then all you have to do is click on the line and then use the arrow key to move the line forward when you need to update the Prezi-Gantt.
  • It’s easy to adjust the horizontal position of your task bars by simply clicking on the taskbar and then using the arrow key to either move it left or move it right.
  • If you want to insert a new task within a group of tasks, you simply create a frame around the block of tasks, then you click on the frame to move the entire block of tasks down and then it gives you room to insert a new taskbar. Then you can click on the frame and move the block of tasks back up using the arrow key.
  • Framing a block of tasks so you can move them up or down, left or right, is the “guru move” for the Prezi-Gantt.  It may sound a little complicated but after you do it a couple of times, you’ll find it’s really easy and powerful.

Please give the Prezi-Gantt a try and let me know how it goes!

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Landing on an asteroid for the first time

The Rosetta mission achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first mission to rendezvous with a comet and subsequently deploy the Philae lander on comet 67P/C-G.

Fields of Technology Exploration Surface: Lewis & Clark | mobile robots Underground: Journey to the Center of the Earth Above sea: Antarctica Southern Ocean: Polar Pod Undersea: We’ve only explored about three percent of what’s out there in the oceans. | Jacques Cousteau Space: art: Robert T. McCall | asteroids: planetaryresources, Rosetta big ideas |  about | blog | contact | eBook | paperback | search | subscribe | top commercial travel: www.spacex.com, virgingalactic | 50-year map | music: Major Tom | propulsion: ion | research: International Space Station, National Space Biomedical Research Institute | Mars | Space Shuttle | space sling | youtube spacelab Why do we (you) explore?  What is the final frontier: ocean, or space? in general: about | everyday: play | funding: http://www.waittinstitute.org | Hubbard Medal | images | portable power: brunton | vagabond: aroundtheworldin80jobs, expertvagabond, onestep4ward books, movies: Back to the Moon xprize | Beyond the Blue Campbell Unequivocal | Universe | Transportation | Innovation | Recreation

Print the Legend (Netflix documentary)

Manufacturing and Distributiona 3D  search in general: augmented reality: www.t-immersion.com | baseball cards: www.t-immersion.com | body scan & measure: http://it-fits.info | books: Tactile Picture Books Project | CAD: spaceclaim | drawing and sketching: JJKAirbrush, pixologic, 3Doodler pen | facility/process modeling: www.geomagic.com, www.quantapoint.com | free models: grabcad | gaming: musegames | learning: 3dvinci | maps: popviewmaps | presentations: impress.js | software tools: geomagic, autodesk, sketchup, spaceclaim | tour: floored, Google Business Photos | 2D-to-3D conversion: legend3D movies | training: tactustech | TV: shop printing and carving: www.dimensionprinting.com, makerbot, shapeways | animation-to-print | buildings: Canal House, sand castles to buildings | carving: Carvey | collaboration: thingiverse | handheld: lixpen | movies: Print the Legend | printers: Isis3D, printeer kids, printrbot, 3dsystems, Voxeljet Drawing | Product Engineering

3D printing will one day give us the power to make almost anything, but to handle that power responsibly, we must start by asking how we want to make ourselves.

Data-driven community investment plans

Loveland Technologies work together to present property information, help you collaborate around data with a team, and survey properties from the field.

Social Organization and Change Cities History of cities growth: city lights tell the story of the spread of humans across Earth historical layers: HyperCities decline of cities Baltimore: end-of-era row houses Detroit: detropiathefilm | attacking blight with citizen-driven data: Loveland  Utopia/Dystopia Urban Planning history 1869: Riverside, IL farming rooftop: brooklyngrangefarm | What color is your roof? vertical: plantagon planning & government floating urbanization: DeltaSync infill development shelter for all: unhabitat soundscaping traffic commuting: reverse location neighborhoods megacities Modern City government bankruptcy: Detroit | Harrisburg, PA Economic Development in general: art: Murat Germen | climate change: c40cities | conferences: Re-Imagining Cities big cities | coolhunting: thrillist | density: persquaremile | elements of style | gamification: paper model, urbanology | ideas: bmwguggenheimlab | magazines: cityscapesdigital.net | models: miniatures, Shanghai, model your town sketchup | offshore: Petropolis | pace of life | parking: parkinginmotion, parkatmyhouse, parkwhiz, sfpark, streetline | rankings: World’s most livable cities | science of cities: mobile data | sensor networks: senseable | transportation: Citymapper | travel guides: valet | trees: urbanair | trends: micro-urbanist books, portals, radio: Chicago From The Sky: A Region Transformed Okrent | Next City | NPR Cities Project | Rebel Cities Harvey | Smart Cities Townsend | The Olympic City | Tactical Urbanism Street Plans | Triumph of the City Glaeser Crowd | Maps | Autos | Transportation | Apps | Sustainability | Climate | Art |