Nancy Ramsey possesses the rare ability to evaluate and define situations with honesty and sometimes shocking clarity. As a true believer in the power of one voice, her vision for the future of women and business will undoubtedly continue to strike chords around the world. Thus far, her opinions, goals and insights have successfully defined one of the strongest movements in history…the changing role of women in this century. In universities, the U.S. Senate, world women's organizations and international corporations, her provocative voice rings out strong, heard and embraced by many.
On women's issues from public policy to consumer preferences, there is no better way to express her voice than with her own words, consider this brief sampling of statements published recently in the San Francisco Chronicle, Nancy discusses how the "Common Agenda of Women Will Shape the Future." A few excerpts from her article read: "…The biggest change in the social order of the 20th century is the change in the status of women. Every family, workplace, man and women feels it… Women's priorities are universal, even if not ranked identically… Research shows that women share policy priorities that cut across party lines and past disagreements. These priorities are the outline of what women want for themselves and their families in the 21st century. The top three policy priorities for women are:
1) Healthcare for themselves, senior citizens and children;
2) Education and
3) Gender equity in workplace hiring, promotions, pay, benefits and lending. With a common agenda, increasing economic clout and new, creative forms of effecting change, women are likely to continue building the future and legacy they want."
In consulting with corporations, small business and private voluntary organizations, Nancy's skills in building scenarios as well as examining and understanding the future add depth and vision to challenging dilemmas. For example, Nancy worked with The Conference Board's Work and Family Council and Council on Workforce Diversity to explore the impact different futures could have on Council work and corporate strategies.
Nancy's speeches this year range from Keynote speaker at The National Academy of Engineering's Summit on Women to Luncheon Speaker to a Conference on Information Technology in the Workplace at Creighton University's College of Business in Omaha, Nebraska. Conference sponsors commented "People were impressed and motivated by your talk. You were a big hit at our Conference!" Nancy's ability to speak on a broad range of issues, particularly the future adds new and different perspectives to subjects.
Nancy uses her vision and voice to consult with the Global Business Network as a futurist and co-author, with Pamela McCorduck, The Futures of Women: Scenarios for the 21st Century. The scenarios of the future featured in the book set up a useful base from which to reflect on our world today and establish both communication and real steps forward for the progress of women.
The Futures of Women: Scenarios for the 21st Century
By Pamela McCorduck and Nancy Ramsey
"Spellbinding" is how Fortune Magazine describes The Futures of Women. Scenarios for the 21st Century by Pamela McCorduck and Nancy Ramsey. This exciting, impassioned book tells the compelling stories of four different, possible scenarios for women in the next century. Using scenarios, a methodology first developed for nuclear war gaming and now adapted for business and public interest futures considerations, the book's goal according to the authors is "to examine facts and trends, destroy complacency and provoke thought about the role of women in the next fifteen to twenty years."
The four scenarios include:
1. A Golden Age of gender equality which benefits women and men alike.
2. A worldwide Backlash that puts even Western women behind veils.
3. A Two Step (Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back) that preserves the status quo.
4. A Separate and Doing Fine, Thanks world of gender separation where women choose to live their lives in women's communities, both formal and informal.
The authors make clear that no one of these Scenarios will come true, but each of them holds a part of the future. One reviewer put it this way, "The authors were able to give flesh and bone to the scenarios they envisioned by projecting striking profiles of women from many cultures and age groups who described in the first person the mileus they inhabit in the year 2015"
Forewarned is forearmed. By knowing the trends, the dangers and the ways of the future, women can make the best choices to bring about the world they want for their themselves, their families and communities.
Scenarios are stories, internally consistent, different stories of possible futures. They are carefully constructed to illustrate and examine how different futures could call for substantially different ways to approach a situation, a product or an outcome. Scenarios explore facts, trends, predetermined elements and driving forces to build stories, which scan the future and instruct the present.
With scenarios as templates, different possibilities can be explored, change anticipated and appropriate responses considered. With alternate, credible futures, it is easier to identify the early indicators of possible change on critical issues. Scenarios are a tool to discover those realities "hidden in plain sight".
The advantage of time to consider options is a significant advantage in today's fast moving, global community. Opportunity lies in options. Considering different possible futures in an orderly, comprehensive story can provide that opportunity.
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