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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.

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– Leonard Cohen

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

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

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

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

– Benjamin Franklin

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Andrew Carnegie

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

– William Butler Yeats

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt