Lowell Catlett, Ph.D., a futurist with positive and upbeat predictions, is an enthralling and spellbinding presenter. His unique perspective of emerging technologies prepares us to anticipate coming changes, and to deal winning hands when the deck is being continually reshuffled.
He awakens our awareness to human potential even in changing times and shifting terrain. Lowell was a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University until he retired in 2015.
He is the author of numerous books and articles and won the university’s highest award to a professor, the Westhafer Award. He works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations doing futuristic planning concerning the impacts of technology on careers, lifestyles and the economy.
Lowell also works with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education, Energy and the World Bank. Lowell has been a visiting professor or delivered invited presentations at over 50 universities including Harvard, MIT, Cornell and the University of Illinois.
Dr. Catlett’s Thoughts for April
Dr. Catlett’s presentation was very well received by our attendees. The most common comment I was hearing was how nice it was to hear someone speak about agriculture and our roles with an optimistic perspective.
He was able to put “where we are” and “where we are going” into a context that everyone understood and related to. His presentation style was very captivating for the audience with his animated physicality and no PowerPoint slides. The themes he touched on set the tone for the rest of the week, with many of the presenters drawing on concepts that he had put forward and incorporating them into their own topics.
Dr. Lowell did exactly what Julian and I were hoping he’d do and more!