Futurist, marketing executive and sometime writer with 25+ years of industry experience and a passion for the future. https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothyventura
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LinkedIn is the world’s #1 professional networking site with over 760 million users. (Kinsta)

The COVID-19 pandemic has left millions without jobs, but in today’s digital workplace they’re not without hope. We’re joined today by Joe Frankie III, a West Point graduate, seasoned executive, and the award-winning co-author of LinkedIn: The 5-Minute Drill for Executive Networking Success. Learn the insider tips, tricks & best-practices to empower your career using LinkedIn, the world’s #1 social networking platform for professionals.

Joe, welcome! We’re talking about LinkedIn today, so let’s begin by asking how you got started with LinkedIn, and what inspired you down the path that led to you become an expert-level user?

When I transitioned out of the military in 2004, I came out as a 52-year-old Colonel and it became apparent that it would be really hard to jump right into a job in corporate America. Back then, job hunting still meant knocking on doors to get your resume in front of recruiters, and it took a lot of footwork & sweat equity to find the right job. LinkedIn was in its infancy, but a colleague of mine was excited about it and thought it might help with my transition. …


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Global water scarcity threatens millions, but one startup hopes to change that by extracting high volumes of water directly from air. We’re joined by Shannon Stuckenberg, the CEO & Co-founder of Genesis Systems, and we’re discussing her organization’s crusade against global water scarcity and how a new mindset towards water is driving innovative new solutions.

Shannon, welcome! Let me start by asking if you can give me a brief overview of Genesis Systems, and I’d love to hear about your background and how you came to be the Co-founder & CEO.

Great, Tim, I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. Genesis is a company borne of an understanding of the realities of water scarcity and the growing need for clean drinking water around the globe. With that understanding came our company mission, which is to solve global water scarcity, an achievable goal that we work toward every day. …


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A novel superconductor is held in a diamond-anvil press during testing. (Adam Fenster / University of Rochester)

In this exclusive interview we explore the discovery of the world’s first room-temperature superconductor with Dr. Ranga Dias, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics & Astronomy at the University of Rochester. He joins us to describe his team’s historic achievement of room temperature superconductivity in an organically-derived carbonaceous sulfur hydride at a remarkable 58 degrees Fahrenheit and a crushing pressure of 39 million psi.

Ranga, welcome! Let me begin by asking a bit about your background, and what inspired you along the career path that led to your research in room-temperature superconductivity?

Thank you, Tim. It’s a pleasure to talk with you about our recent discovery. I’m originally from Sri Lanka, and even back in middle school I was fascinated with science, and I was a member of the Astronomy and Space Study Center, bringing together different age groups of students to learn about science. …


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The Second Space Race has started with a great powers competition for strategic space resources. We’re joined by Dr. Namrata Goswami, an independent scholar on International Relations, subject matter expert with the Future’s Laboratory, and co-author of the new book “Scramble for the Skies”. She joins us today to discuss the economic ambitions of the Second Space Race and the international competitors striving to dominate the final frontier.

Namrata, welcome! I’d like to begin by asking about your background & what your inspiration was to develop expertise in International Relations and the space industry. …


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A flag flies outside a burning corrections facility amidst protests & rioting in Kenosha, WI. (SCMP)

America is at war with itself — but are racial and political divisions really to blame, or is something deeper fueling our discontent? We’re joined by Dr. John Parmentola, Adjunct Staff Member at the RAND Corporation, to discuss his upcoming book, “Creating Wealth from Worthless Things”, which argues that a risk-averse focus on efficiency & incrementalism has hurt the economy, reduced individual opportunities, and widened the wealth gap underlying today’s social conflicts.

Welcome, John! Right now, there’s a lot of social unrest in America, with increasing social fragmentation along racial & political fault-lines, a rise of interest in socialism, and growing distrust of the financial system. …


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A 2017 NASA study found lightning to be the main driver of US wildfires. (image: Frank Cone)

Lightning strikes start over 9,000 US wildfires and cause $5 billion in damages every single year — but a new laser system for creating artificial lightning channels hopes to change that. We’re joined by Dr. Jean-Claude Diels, Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, who’s spent over three decades studying laser-induced lightning discharges with the goal of safely redirecting this powerful force of nature.

Jean-Claude, welcome! You’ve done a lot of research into atmospheric lightning and the laser-stimulated conduction of air. …


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DIU alumni Rocket Lab launching USAF test satellites into space in 2019. (Rocket Lab)

Located in Silicon Valley, this fast-moving DoD organization contracts with commercial companies to solve national security problems and foster technology innovation for the 21st century. We’re joined by Brigadier General Steven Butow to discuss his role in building collaborative partnerships between the Department of Defense and private sector companies to meet the demands of America’s future goals in space.

Steven, welcome! Let me start by thanking you for your career of extraordinary service, and by asking you to tell us a bit about what the Defense Innovation Unit is, and what led you personally to a leadership role in it as the DIU Director of the Space Portfolio on behalf of the Air Force?


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The Boeing X-37B is being used in a new experiment to beam power to Earth from space. (The Drive)

Space commerce will create multi-trillion-dollar markets in energy, information, manufacturing, and transportation — but may also present the greatest risk that America will ever face. We’re joined by Lieutenant General Steven Kwast (Ret.) to discuss the innovation & economic opportunities driving the emerging space economy and the threats we must avoid to ensure space remains a sanctuary of freedom & hope for all mankind.

Steven, welcome! Let me start by saying thank you for your remarkable record of service, as well as for your many years of space advocacy. …


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Gen. Jay Raymond signs the USSF Vision for Enterprise Satellite Communications (SpaceForce)

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act took a bold step forward to “restore America’s proud legacy of leadership in space” with a new mission for national security driven by visionary space policies to guide us into the future. We’re joined by Dr. Mir Sadat, Former Policy Director at the U.S. National Security Council, to discuss current space issues and the role of the U.S. Space Force in protecting civil exploration and freedom of commerce in space while continuing to support the mission of our forces here on Earth.*

Mir, Welcome! Let me start by asking you about your recent role as the NSC Policy Director at the White House, where you were involved with national-level space policies. …


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The Buddha exemplifies a metahuman state beyond symbols. (Photo by Mattia Faloretti on Unsplash)

Our worldview is shaped by the symbols we use to define it. What happens when we learn to see beyond the limitations of those symbols? We’re joined by Deepak Chopra, M.D., the world-renowned author and speaker on alternative medicine and consciousness to explore themes in his latest book, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential.

Deepak, Welcome! Let me start by asking about the inspiration for your new book, Metahuman. You told the Ashbury Park Press that this book explores what reality is “prior to constructs…prior to conditioning.” …

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