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Chris Carbone, Futurist

Chris Carbone has worked in trend and foresight consulting for over a decade, serving clients from Fortune 500 corporation and foreign and US government agencies. During this time he has researched and authored dozens of reports and scenarios on wide-ranging topics…from the future of leisure and play, to the future of urban mobility, to emerging consumer lifestyles in China.

Chris has been quoted in numerous publications including The Miami Herald, The Washington Post Express, and Fast Company, and appeared on the CBS Early Show. He currently oversees Innovaro’s two multi-client research projects—Global Lifestyles and Technology Foresight—and contributes to the firm’s custom engagements.

Chris has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in marketing, and received his undergraduate degree in history from Gettysburg College. For more information, contact him at chris.carbone@innovaro.com.

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Innovaro Insight & Research helps organizations understand and shape the future of their business. Through its syndicated and custom research services it provides actionable business insights to help clients uncover emerging consumer needs and behaviors, anticipate and seize growth opportunities, define critical emerging issues shaping the future of their industry, mitigate risk, and enrich decision-making. For more information visit /www.innovaro.com.

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela