WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE, February 2008 — Hot off the presses is the February 2008 issue of Washingtonian magazine featuring an article about Social Technologies’ founder Tom Conger.
The magazine’s managing editor, Ellen Ryan, interviewed Conger about the changes we’re are likely to see in the coming years.
Conger shared some thoughts on how his children will live as adults in 10 or 15 years, what robots will do for the average home, and how valued-based buying decisions will affect what is sold at grocery stores.
He also talked about why DC is a great place to be working as a futurist:
“You get to see a lot of the future in Washington before anywhere else because of the mix of cultures and the openness here. For instance, couples of different races are so commonplace here that you don’t notice them much, but in other places, even if people are completely accepting, you notice them more.”
When asked about what he has learned most as a futurist, Conger said:
“We often admire least in children what we admire most in adults. I see families visiting the monuments of DC, and the parents are reprimanding their children for the very values and behaviors being honored at those monuments: nonconformity, independent thinking, zealousness, bravery, leadership, protesting what appears to be unfair or inequitable.
“With three boys of my own, I sympathize. But I often fast-forward the behavior to another time and place, when my adult children are exhibiting the same behavior at the helm of a company or at a political rally or in any challenging situation that adults must face. It makes me proud—and keeps me from wringing their necks.”