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Dr. William E. Halal

Future of Economic Systems, Prof. George Washington University

William E. Halal PhD is Professor Emeritus of Management, Technology, and Innovation at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Prof. Halal is an authority on emerging technology, strategic planning, knowledge, innovation, institutional change and social evolution, although he primarily identifies with the field of strategic foresight. Bill studied engineering, economics, and the social sciences at Purdue and Berkeley. Before becoming an academic, he served as a major in the U.S. Air Force, an aerospace engineer on the Apollo Program, and a Silicon Valley business manager. He substituted for Peter Drucker in giving a talk to 2000 managers at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Halal’s article, “Through the MegaCrisis” was awarded “Outstanding Paper of 2013 by Emerald Publishing, and an earlier article “Beyond the Profit-Motive,” won the 1977 Mitchell Prize and an award of $10,000. He received a medal from the Freedom Foundation for Excellence in the Study of Enterprise. Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of the Future ranks him among “The World’s 100 Most Influential Futurists,” including H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Alvin Toffler, and Daniel Bell. Halal is the founder of TechCast, a web-based system that pools the knowledge of experts to forecast the entire tech revolution and its profound social impacts, including breakthroughs in roughly 50 emerging technologies, 30 social trends, and 25 wild cards. The TechCast Project has formed the basis for a large body of related work on the Technology Revolution. TechCast has won awards, been cited by the National Academies, featured in the Washington Post and published in Newsweek, The Futurist and other media. Prof. Halal’s more notable publications in this field include his book, Technologies Promise, and several research articles, such as Forecasting the Technology Revolution.

Halal also co-founded the Institute for Knowledge & Innovation as a collaboration between the GW School of Business and the School of Engineering. His seminal book, The Infinite Resource, included dozens of case studies showing how progressive organizations were learning to harness the power of knowledge to improve innovation and serve social needs more effectively.

Prof. Halal has also done innovative research in progressive forms of corporate and economic change. His book, The New Capitalism, outlined how the Information Age is transforming business and society by extending Western ideals of free enterprise and democracy into corporations and other social institutions. Internal Markets was published with the cooperation of Russell Ackoff‘s associates to describe the evolution of organizational systems operating under principles of free enterprise rather than hierarchy and central planning. A seminal article, The Collaborative Enterprise, presented survey data showing the emergence of a stakeholder model of the firm uniting principles of profitability with responsibility and how they form a competitive advantage. Coauthored with Kenneth Taylor, 21st Century Economics was published as an anthology containing essays by scholars anticipating political economy on this side of the Millennium. Among his other areas of research, Halal conducted a landmark study, “Strategic Planning In the Fortune 500,” sponsored by General Motors, and plotted the stages of technological development making up the Life Cycle of Evolution. His studies of Institutional Change have been cited as primary sources.

Prof. Halal’s latest book is Beyond Knowledge: How Technology Is Driving an Age of Consciousness. Beyond Knowledge already has several reviews on Amazon, and they are all 5 stars. One called it, “The intellectual manifesto for our times.” Another said it is, “A masterpiece of human thought.” Hazel Henderson called it “A gem,” while Michael Lee thinks it’s “the best since Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock.”

Professor Halal held faculty appointments at San Francisco State University and American University before joining the George Washington University (GWU) in 1980. At GWU, he introduced courses in Strategic Planning, Emerging Technologies and Strategic Issues. Halal organized five international conferences and conducted research projects sponsored by the US Director of National Intelligence, National Science Foundation, General Motors, US Dept. of State, the US EPA, Brookings, AT&T, SAIC, MCI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, International Data Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Asian Development Bank and other corporations and governments. Halal has also lectured at the Wharton School, Georgetown University, Princeton University, Mexican National University, University of Texas, Bangkok University, the United Nations and dozens of corporations and governments around the world. He has also made frequent

appearances on radio and TV stations, including the Kojo Namdi show, National Geographic, and other media outlets. Halal is active in several professional associations and was a long-time participant in the World Future Society, where he served on the Board of Directors for decades and as Chairman.

Prof. Halal’s has published seven books and hundreds of articles in journals such as Nature/BioTechnology, California Management Review, Strategy & Business, Knowledge Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Human Relations, Systems & Cybernetics, Foresight, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change. He has also published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Globe & Mail, Advertising Age, Executive Excellence, and The Futurist.

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The Democratic Enterprise: Toward Global Consciousness

Prof. Halal draws on historic data to show the Knowledge Age is passing as smartphones, social media, and artificial intelligence automate knowledge. Knowledge is still crucial, but the digital revolution is driving the world beyond knowledge into a new frontier governed by emotions, values, beliefs and higher-order thought. An Age of Consciousness is here, though it’s dominated by conflict, disinformation, and other threats that pose an existential crisis. Halal’s recent article in Fortune, “The democratic enterprise will redefine our society,describes how Big Business is developing a democratic form of economics to address these threats. His latest book, Beyond Knowledge; How Technology Is Driving an Age of Consciousness, shows that the democratic corporation represents a form of global consciousness needed to create a sustainable civilization.   

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