Dec 23, 2009

Happy New Year 

Dec 18, 2009

"The status quo is persistent and resistant. It exists because everyone wants it to. Everyone believes that what they've got is probably better than the risk and fear that comes with change."
                                            From Tribes by Seth Godin

Dec 9, 2009

The Pen of the Future?

Just when I thought I was getting caught up with technology, along comes another innovation that I didn't even dream existed. I just became aware of the "Smart Pen" from Livescribe. The Smart Pen is actually a computer in a pen, complete with a video camera and microphone. That may not sound like a big deal, but the function of the Smart Pen differs dramatically from your laptop, Blackberry, or GPS device. Essentially, the Smart Pen gives connectivity to paper and pen. The pen is able to link what you write directly to your computer. You can take class notes with the pen, and later re-listen to the professor's actual words by simply touching that part of your notes with the pen. You can write in English and get a voice translation into another language. Or you can send an email by writing on a sheet of paper.

One downside is that the pen requires "smart paper," a paper pre-printed with microdots that allow the pen to "read" the image. However, the use of pre-printed paper does not appear to be a major obstacle to use of the Smart Pen. People are already using paper pre-printed with lines or grids, so the use of writing pads with micro-dots is not really a big change.

This technology links the paper world with the digital world. The potential applications go well beyond academia. Imagine seeing an ad in a magazine for a product you might want to buy. Putting the pen to the ad produces a verbal message of where you can buy that item and how much it costs. You can then make the purchase by writing "buy item" and signing your signature. Or imagine if your doctor could write your prescription and email it to your pharmacy at the same time. No doubt there are many more applications that haven't even been thought of yet. Perhaps this application of technology to the ordinary routines of daily life will bring about the biggest changes in the future.

Dec 3, 2009

Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center Celebrates 10 Years

December 11 will mark the 10 year aniversary of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. What makes the center truly remarkable is that it was a cooperative effort between two neighboring cities to build one recreation facility serving both communities. It is a unique project in the State of California. In addition to the two cities, the project received support from the County of Los Angeles, and the State, as well as significant funding from private donations. The Bank of America (Countrywide), deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff station and hundreds of local residents contributed to the final project.

What is worth noting here is the recognition on the part of political and community leaders that the residents of the Conejo/Las Virgenes region should not be deprived of services because of political boundaries. In ten years, the Center has not become a political issue. The two cities created a joint powers board, made up of members from both cities, that oversees the facility. It has done a remarkable job of serving the greater region. Both cities can be proud of this record of cooperation.

Nov 30, 2009

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."
                                                                  Thomas Jefferson

Nov 24, 2009

"I used to think that cyberspace was fifty years away. What I thought was fifty years away, was only ten years away. And what I thought was ten years away... it was already here. I just wasn't aware of it yet."
                                                                   Bruce Sterling

Nov 17, 2009

Nov 13, 2009

"The future has a way of arriving unannounced."
                                                                    George Will

Nov 2, 2009

Be Part of the Water Crisis Solution

On Sunday, November 15th, come learn about the water crisis in California and arm yourself and your family with critical information on steps you can take to be part of the solution. This fascinating free information symposium, hosted by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, will feature local and regional experts, hands-on workshops, and a Vendor Fair of water conservation products and services of interest to homeowners.

Water Crisis… You Can Be The Solution” takes place on Sunday, November 15 from 11AM-4PM at the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center (27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas). The Vendor Fair will be open from 11AM-4PM, and from 11AM-12PM you can hear the latest updates and participate in a Q&A session with local and regional officials on the State of California's water crisis. Workshops on efficient irrigation design, drought-resistant landscaping, and fire-wise landscaping take place three times each at 12:15PM, 1:15PM, and 2:15PM. Plan to stop in and learn how you can help, plus enjoy a free hotdog.

The event is sponsored by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Calleguas Municipal Water District, the California Water Service Company, LifeSource Water Systems, and the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks. The Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center is sponsoring the event location.

For more information, call the Foundation office at 818-880-1054, or visit

Oct 31, 2009

"The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create."
Leonard I. Sweet

Oct 30, 2009

Save this date:
Sunday, Nov. 15, 11AM to 4PM,
Water Conservation Symposium
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Oct 16, 2009

Future Foundation Announces Youth Leadership Program

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, sponsor of Youth Congress for the past 25 years, has re-organized its youth outreach program. Beginning this year, the Foundation will present a Youth Congress Leadership Program patterned after the highly successful leadership programs for adults offered by some Chambers of Commerce in the region.

2009 Planning Committee Members

“Our objective is to help students in grades 9-12 develop effective leadership skills while learning more about their communities. We are counting on the knowledge they gain to help them become active members of their cities and give input to the agencies affecting their lives,” according to Pat Grant, Future Foundation trustee and Chair of the Youth Congress Leadership Program. The program will include a community service project chosen by the students.

The program provides a unique way to perform community service hours important for college acceptance, while introducing students to career opportunities. Areas covered are: Introduction to Leadership, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Health Services, Park and Recreation, Education, Human Services, and Business. Program sessions will be conducted by representatives from each of the above areas. Students will meet at the particular venue where the speaker works, such as the Sheriff’s station, school district, hospital, etc. Each session will be unique and will range from tours to discussions, presentations and more. All of the cities in the region will be participating. 

Meetings will take place from 4-6 p.m. every other week on Thursdays beginning January 7, 2010 and ending on April 15, 2010. There will be no meeting on April 1, 2001 due to Spring Break. An orientation/leadership meeting will be held on December 10, 2009 and a follow up meeting to choose volunteer opportunities will take place on April 29, 2010. Students are encouraged not to apply if they cannot attend all meetings.

Applications can be obtained from the student’s school office or at Information is also available from the CLVFF office, at 818-880-1054 or email Notification of acceptance into the program will be sent to students by December 5, 2009.

Oct 14, 2009

California Looks to Storm Water as Resource

With the subject of water conservation currently on everyone's mind, Californians should be encouraged by the recent passage of the Storm Water Resource Planning Act, SB 790. The bill, authored by State Senator Fran Pavley allows cities to tap funds from two existing bond measures, Prop. 50 and Prop. 84, for projects that  reduce or reuse stormwater, recharge ground water supplies, or create green spaces and enhance wildlife habitats. "I was proud to carry 790," Sen. Pavley told the L.A.Times. "It uses existing funds to create new water supplies out of water that in the past was simply treated and dumped. This bill helps create a significant new source of water for our always water-short state." SB 790 was signed into law Sunday and takes effect Jan. 1, 2010. See: L.A. Times Environment

Oct 9, 2009

Aqua Shock

Future Foundation members might be interested in a new book that examines water issues in America. Aqua Shock, The Water Crisis in America, is written by Susan J. Marks, an award winning journalist and editor for the Denver Post. A book review can be found in the October 2 - 8 Pacific Coast Times. The review does not appear in their web edition. But here is a link to a little more information about the book: Aqua Shock

Sep 23, 2009

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
Malcolm X

Sep 16, 2009

"I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today."
William Allen White

Sep 2, 2009

Honda's Video on Future Mobility

Not that many years ago, many of us thought that the future of transportation would look like the Jetsons TV show. The Jetson family flew around their futuristic community in gravity defying space cars. In this video, Honda appears to be challenging us to really think about what mobility will mean in the future. "Mobility" can be a multi-faceted issue. Getting from one place to another is only part of it. The ability to communicate world wide via internet with portable devices, coupled with the increasing cost to society for burning fossil fuels, not to mention the potential of electric vehicles, magnetic levitation and hydrogen fuel technology, all make the issue of mobility much more complex today than it was 20 years ago. This video speculates on everything from walking to driverless public transports.

Aug 18, 2009

"When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
John M. Richardson, Jr.

Aug 13, 2009

"I look to the future because that's where I'm going to spend the rest of my life."
George Burns

Aug 6, 2009

Thank You to the Cities of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Region.

CLVFF thanks the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village for their generous grants to the Foundation. The cities ongoing support has been instrumental in the success of many of our projects and programs, allowing CLVFF to continue our role in shaping a better future for the benefit of all citizens in our communities. CLVFF is pleased that the cities recognize the unique contribution that the Future Foundation provides to the entire Conejo/Las Virgenes region.

CLVFF Board of Trustees

"The future is uncertain... but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity."
Ilya Prigogine

Aug 3, 2009

Future Exhibitions

CLVFF members who are interested in the efforts of the Foundation to explore and promote housing for the visual arts in our community should take note of a new publication that focuses on the future of exhibitions. Future Exhibition Vol. 1 contains articles discussing new ways in which exhibitions will be organized and managed, the impact of technology on exhibits, and even intelligent design for buildings to house future exhibits. The magazine is an annual publication. A review of the first issue can be found here: Future Exhibitions

Jul 28, 2009

"As for the future, your task it not to foresee it, but to enable it."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Jul 22, 2009

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."
Abraham Lincoln

Jul 16, 2009

Our heart felt sympathy to Future Foundation Trustee and Las Virgenes Unified School District Board President, David Moorman and his family on the tragic loss of their daughter, Alanna.

LVUSD Superintendent, Dr. Zimring provided the following details of the memorial services for Alanna Moorman:

Friends of the Moorman Family,

Memorial services for Alanna Moorman will be held at the King Gillette Ranch (, on Friday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. Due to local laws and preservation of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Conservancy has asked that we not bring food to the service and wanted us to know that dogs are not allowed at the ranch.

Also, because of the warm weather and ranch terrain, the family has asked that you wear casual attire and wear flat shoes to the service. Since it will be hot, we advise you to bring water.

Directions to the King Gillette Ranch: Take Hwy 101 (Ventura Freeway) to the Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon exit. Head south on Las Virgenes Road and continue to Mulholland Hwy, about two miles. Turn left onto Mulholland Highway and immediately look for the King Gillette Ranch entrance on the right. Follow the signs for the Memorial Service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Alanna's memory to one of the following charities:

1. The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation (
2. Local schools and libraries
3. Charity of your choice

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moorman family at this difficult time.

Donald M. Zimring, Ph.D.

Jul 7, 2009

T.O. Civic Arts Plaza

Here's a great photo of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza as seen from the Gardens of the World. I wonder how many residents of our area know that the idea for a performing arts center originated with the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation? Back in the late 1970s, Foundation members recognized the need for greater access to the performing arts in our growing community. In 1981, the Foundation launched the Alliance for the Arts, which became the fund raising arm for the Civic Arts Plaza.

Jul 2, 2009

Thank You

A special thank you to Michael Lang of Locomotive Design who has agreed to design the Foundation's new brochure. We are very fortunate to have a talented graphic designer like Michael willing to give back to his community. Foundation members can see samples of Michael's work on his web site at: Locomotive Design.

Jul 1, 2009

"The future is made by hard nosed optimists..."
David Brin

Jun 21, 2009

"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
Sir Winston Churchill

Jun 18, 2009

A Brave New World

Events in Iran are a vivid reminder of how fast technology is changing the world around us. As an oppressive regime blocks television and radio broadcasts, throws foreign correspondents out of the country, and attempts to clamp down on cell phone transmissions and internet sites, thousands of young Iranians are Twittering their messages around the world. Videos and pictures from the streets of Tehran are appearing on computer monitors and cell phones everywhere. The government cannot stop it.

The implications of these events are stunning. We are no longer seeing the news through the eyes of a correspondent; we are getting it from the streets, from the people most directly affected. We are now compelled to make the same judgments and observations about what we see and read as the reporter on the scene did for us in years gone by. Moreover, the technology serves to reach us on a fundamentally human level. We feel a connection to these people like nothing we ever got from a news broadcast or newspaper story.

The technology underpinning these events has already changed the world. We, at the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation recognize the need to understand the implications of this technology and what it will mean for our future. We are committed to keeping our region prepared and ready for the changes that the future will bring.

Jun 13, 2009

"The future ain't what it used to be."
Yogi Berra
"Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future."
Kathleen Norris, O Magazine January 2004

Jun 9, 2009

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Alan Kay

Jun 4, 2009

"The arts must be considered an essential element of education.... They are tools for living life reflectively, joyfully and with the ability to shape the future." Shirley Trusty Corey

Jun 3, 2009

What Will Your Future Bring?

Anticipating and planning for the future is no longer a luxury or an academic exercise. Rapid fire changes in technology, social patterns, urban development and the economy are impacting our community as never before.

Who is Looking Out for the Future here in Our Region?

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to studying and shaping the future in the entire Conejo/Las Virgenes region. The CLVFF has a history of anticipating community needs of the future and initiating projects and programs to meet those needs.

Where will the Ideas come From to Fill the Needs of Tomorrow?

The current Future Foundation Membership includes innovative and visionary leaders from every sector, public and private, and from every segment of our community. The Foundation inspires broad community participation in discussions of future needs, in a way no other organization can.

Will You Take Part in Building a Better Future?

The future does not wait until tomorrow, it begins today. The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation needs your participation to insure a brighter future for everyone in our region.

Jun 2, 2009

"The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet."
Alan Kay

May 28, 2009

"The greatest danger to our future is apathy." Jane Goodall