**Registrations for this event are closed. A limited number of on-site registrations will be accommodated.**
The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University opened Protest, Prayers, and Progress: Greenville’s Civil Rights Exhibit on January 18th. Several programs and initiatives are being developed and offered to bring attention to this wonderful exhibit and instigate important dialogue to ensure Greenville continues to progress. One very important topic of conversation of significance to the Greenville Chamber and its desire to foster economic development through diversity and inclusion is leadership in futurist thinking in urban communities. Collaboratively, the Upcountry History Museum - Furman University and the Greenville Chamber is proud to welcome Dr. Nat Irvin, II to Greenville to lead community and business thoughts leaders in strategic conversations about the future focused on the significant social, political, economic, technological and environmental trends and events that will have the greatest impact on urban communities by the year 2020 and beyond.
Author, innovator, futurist, teacher, and commentator, Dr. Nat Irvin, II, is the Woodrow M. Strickler Executive in Residence, Professor of Management Practice, College of Business, at University of Louisville where he has taught change management, leadership, future studies, and team dynamics since 2007. From 1996-2007, Irvin led Future Focus 2020, a think tank dedicated to providing leadership in bringing futurist thinking to urban communities. In 2000, Future Focus 2020 became a center of the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where Dr. Irvin served as Executive Professor of Future Studies and as Assistant Dean for MBA Student Development. Irvin has engaged numerous groups and organizations, including leadership and management teams of several Fortune 100 companies in strategic conversations focused on the significant social, political, economic, technological and environmental trends events that will drive the mid to long term future. In 2005, he was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Future Society, Bethesda Maryland and served as chair of the 2008 Annual World Future Society Meeting held in Washington, DC. In 2005 and 2007, Dr. Irvin spoke at the annual TED (Technology Entertainment & Design) Conference.
Dr. Irvin is founder of “Thrivals @IdeaFestival” launched in 2010, with the theme of “The Global Brain: What Happens Next? Exploring the Power of Human Imagination, Creativity and Innovation.” Each year, “Thrivals” is the kick-off day of the IdeaFestival, an annual world-class event that attracts leading global innovators and thinkers to discuss and celebrate imagination, new perspectives and transformational ideas.In 2011, “Thrivals 4.0” explored, “The Future of Learning”, and in 2012, “Thrivals 5.0” examined “The Quest: The Call to Adventure”. “Thrivals” is a brand of thinking about the future, a way of imagining and learning about the broad social, political, environmental, economic and technological trends that are shaping the mid-to-long term future, targeting an urban audience.An accomplished composer, he also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
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