What can go wrong? Technology!

Vic Ward
The Startup
Published in
5 min readJan 22, 2019

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I’ve been an environmental scanner for decades.

You don’t know what that is? I worked with public agencies and policy makers to monitor events that could help or hinder the implementation of public policy.

The work I did and the teams I worked with supported a very wide range of public agencies and educational institutions. They spend millions of infrastructure dollars a year in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota regions.

For the last couple of decades I worked with a team as a contractor for the Minnesota State College and University System publishing monthly reports as the Minnesota Future Work program. We tried to anticipate what soft skills and technical knowledge students need to enter the workforce and thrive.

It became harder with the recent new technologies.

I noticed that most of the interest was in the positive aspects of technology change.

We often missed the unintended fundamental changes due to technologies. They impact the careers of students who depend on the MNSCU system to prepare them for a few years of gainful employment.

So I took a special interest in monitoring all possible outcomes. Those that could help and those that interfered with the pubic purposes we served.

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Vic Ward
The Startup

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