The connector, curator and catalyst behind REX is Jerry Michalski. He brings a hard-to-find combination of convening and big-picture skills to REX.
The convening skills come from years of designing, hosting and facilitating events. Some were highly structured, like PC Forum and the Ten Year Forecast that IFTF creates every year, but most were much more loosely structured, building on Open Space, Scott Peck’s community-building ideas and Quaker Meeting. He’s also run a podcast since 2004.
The spaces Jerry creates for conversations are safe yet deep.
Jerry’s big-picture view was shaped through a dozen years as a technology industry analyst, after a few years with real corporate jobs at Mobil Oil and Price Waterhouse (before each was merged and renamed), but all strongly shaped by a dip into the brisk and fast-moving waters of systems thinking with Russ Ackoff at the Wharton School.
Stepping out of the technology bubble in 1998 to consult, Jerry began to see larger shifts at work. Combining his dislike of the word “consumer” with insights gleaned from disciplines ranging from media to education and government, Jerry realized in the early 2000s that we – all of us – are exiting the consumer mass-market economy and entering the Relationship Economy.
He sees his life purpose as assuring that this process takes 30 years instead of 300.
If you’d like to learn more, you can see why Jerry does what he does and read a long interview of him from 2006. Then there are his profiles on LinkedIn, Vizify, Flavors.me, BraveNewTalent, PeerIndex, Klout and Speakerfile.
Did we mention his Brain?