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WELCOME to Communities of the Future, an evolving 21st century network of people and organizations throughout the U.S.A, Europe and other countries.

We are working in collaboration to develop new concepts of governance, economic development, leadership, and education/learning as a response to a fast-paced, interconnected, and increasingly complex world.

CoTF Workbook

Workbook for Community Transformation - original essays and writings by Rick Smyre

If anyone would like to have a digital copy of the community transformation workbook that Rick uses to develop "master capacity builders" in local communities, please contact him at and he will send all twelve tabs to you directly free of charge.

The essays come under different headings as follows;

  1. CoTF Vignettes
  2. Transformation
  3. System of Community Transformation
  4. Transformational Leadership
  5. Transformational Learning
  6. Emergence of a Molecular Economy
  7. Weak Signals
  8. Rethinking the Role of the Chamber of Commerce
  9. Return of the Rural Area
  10. Why Old Solutions No Longer Work
  11. 21st Century Bibliography
  12. Rick Smyre Bio

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World Future Society Conference

MEET visionary thought leaders from around the world. July 27-29, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
The WFS 2010 Conference,
“Sustainable Futures, Strategies, and Technologies” was held at Boston, Massachusetts. CoTF President Rick Smyre was among the speakers. See Rick's Pick
The WFS 2009 Conference,
Rick Smyre of CoTF and Rob Atkinson, President and Founder of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, DC introduced the concept of a Creative Molecular Economy. The links are to the PPT presentation and handouts.