Economic futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett spoke to students, faculty and staff about the future of economy, technology, healthcare, energy, education, finance and agriculture during a convocation event entitled “Imaging the World of 2020” on Wednesday in Massey Boardroom.
“Creativity, technology and wealth are driving new industries and business development opportunities unlike any period in history. Healthcare, energy, education, finance and agriculture are changing at the fastest pace ever recorded as the new creative economy dominates both the service and manufacturing sectors,” Catlett said. “Get ready for a world that is increasingly borderless and un-tethered and driven by the fastest rate of change ever recorded in history.”
Catlett is dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University where he teaches agricultural economics and business and extension economics.
Catlett is the author of numerous books and articles and works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations doing futuristic planning concerning the impacts of technology on careers, lifestyles and the economy.
Catlett also works with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education, Energy and the World Bank. He has been a visiting professor or delivered invited presentations at over 50 universities including Harvard, MIT, Cornell and the University of Illinois.