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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Probably the single most relevant management book I have read.

    The authors use powerful stories of personal experiences to illustrate what really works - engaged, empowered, centered people working together to make the world a better place for everyone. They do this by empowering and engaging everyone in the process! WOW - PS: We begin by slowing down, getting centered and listening!!

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

    A Great Read

    Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of Future is a book unlike others of its kind in the futures subject area. This book is more of a compilation of interviews and stories gathered from conversational session between the four authors that took place over a two-year time span.

    Rather than presenting a set strategy on what or how to think about the future, the authors share stories that give insight into a variety of perspectives through which futures alternatives may be approached. "In blending our theory and our story, we hope to encourage others to join in the journey with curiosity, skepticism, and vulnerability. We do not have answers." This excerpt defines exactly what this book does. One of the most compelling stories of the book is told by Schwarmer about his father, whose family farm had burned to the ground after almost a century of family memories had been made and passed on through the farm. Schwarmer's sickly grandfather musters up the energy he has left to leave his hospital bed and without even glancing at the ruins of his childhood home, tells his son to simply "look forward."

    What I found to be most useful and insightful, however, is the ever present theme of looking at the environment as a living entity and to understand that the decisions we make in the present will always affect the outcome of our environment. This book stresses the importance of recognizing the impact of our present actions in looking at what is to emerge in the future, hence the title, "Presence."

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