Futurist Devin Fidler Kicks Off NeXC2012

Devin Fidler, Research Manager–Technology Horizons, with the Institute for the Future, will be the first keynote speaker for the 2012 National eXtension Conference, October 1-4. The conference, themed “Spur on the Evolution of Extension” will focus on new ways of working smarter, not harder; the implications of technology in program delivery and work; educating in new and different ways; and enhancing the value Extension work brings at the state and local levels.

Fidler’s interests center on the application of foresight to organizational strategy and strategic planning. In particular, he is interested in organizations as systems designed to activate “know how” in the right places and at the right times. From this perspective, he argues that in a post-globalization world “all management is knowledge management.” Additional areas of focus include energy advances, future supply chains, innovation economics and emerging business models.

“We are very excited to have Devin Fidler on our conference schedule,” said Carla Craycraft, NeXC2012 conference chair. “His work, most recently his study of emerging markets, technology, sustainability, energy, and globalization will help all of us in Cooperative Extension set a context for what comes next; what comes in the next 100 years.”

The National eXtension Conference will feature more than 30 concurrent traditional breakout sessions and IGNITE sessions. Proposals for both types of sessions are due June 29. IGNITE sessions are 5-minute, rapid-fire presentations on any topic related to one’s work in Cooperative Extension.

The Conference will also feature panel discussions on: The Evolution of Cooperative Extension, Cooperative Extension’s Global Potential, and Value = Partnerships. eXtension will also honor Cooperative Extension work with awards for Communities of Practice, Institutional Teams, and a new, Working Differently in Extension award.

More information on the 2012 National eXtension Conference can be found at the conference web site. Registration is now open! Follow program developments via Twitter @nexc2012 or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationaleXtensionConference