This years theme for the Hawaii Futurist Summit was on the Infinite Economy.

The 2012 Summit will dive into the Infinite Economy, the emerging landscape of economic possibilities offered by the coevolution of new platforms of production, new resources, and new mindsets. From digital fabrication to bioproduction, from crowdsourcing to distributed computing, and from closed-loop design to biomimicry, the Summit will explore the intersection of these and many more developments.

The hashtag #HFS12 was a flurry throughout the day as an all star cast of Futurists dazzled the audience. Bertholf Consulting’s Chief Strategist, Rob Bertholf, was invited to speak on Social Influence to close out the first day of the seminar.

The following are the slides used in the Social Influence discussion. The talk started with what Social Influence science has looked like (dating back to late 1800’s) touching on who we have trusted and what we used to make decisions. The talk then discussed how new digital communities formed and how credibility and influence forms in the digital space. The convergence of online and offline credibility/currency, what a global ID would look like and the impact on the future of Hawaii.