Excerpt from Rolling Stone Interview with Carl LaFlamme 2019…
Catching up with Our Bold Future creator Carl LaFlamme is an adventure in scheduling in and of itself. After lots of messaging back and forth, we finally catch up with him at his beach home in Bradenton, Florida, as he was packing to head to his summer condo in Vancouver BC.
We took up his invitation to come along for the ride.
LaFlamme had just gotten back from the first Our Bold Future Conference, in Sonoma Valley, CA — a Ted-talks-meets-South-by-Southwest like conference with a a dollop of New Thought and a whole lot of wine and optimism about the future.
“Bolders” –the fond term for his community of worldwide fans, are people who embrace change, seek to capitalize on its opportunities, and actively creating their own bold future. They also get all worked up about “The Next Big Thing”.
As an engaged group of viral networkers, they use social media and other viral tools to impact the future by quickening the awareness and adoption of the next big thing. Which might explain the theme of the first conference — The Future Happens Here.
The quickening of the “embracing change movement” is mirrored in LaFlamme’s meteoritic rise from unknown blogger and podcaster to the head cheerleader for the future.
It’s hard to believe LaFlamme, now 60, launched the Our Bold Future blog, shortly followed by The Bold Futurists Podcast in obscurity from his home office at the start 2016 — just three short years ago.
It quickly leapt above the din of a million blogs and hundreds of thousands of podcasts to become an international cultural phenomenon attracting both leading futurists, trendsetters, business mavericks, celebrities, thought leaders and their legions of fans.
We sat with Carl on his private plane heading to Vancouver BC where he resides during the summer months. That is when he’s not out traveling the world, speaking at leading future-oriented, cultural and technological events.
RS: How do you explain the phenomenon of Our Bold Future?
CL: “We live in exciting times and people are trying to absorb it all. I just tapped into that — being in the right place just a little bit before the right time and riding that wave.
RS: But how does one get to a little bit before the right time?
CL: Well with the rise of the Internet and the prevalence of digital technology, I saw, as others did, that we were moving into exponential times. Up until recently, and for our entire history, we lived and things evolved in linear time…1, 2, 3. It was slow and steady. In the digital age things evolve exponentially, so now 1 becomes 2, then 4, 8, 16 etc. We’re past 1 becoming 2 in most areas and now 2 is becoming four and some industries are going from 4 to 8 and beyond.
Living in a time of rapid change that’s only speeding up, I saw the need for a place where people could go (i.e. ourboldfuture.com) to stay on top of this change. And to get a glimpse of what’s on the horizon.
And with The Bold Futurists Podcasts to hear from the change-makers themselves sharing their vision for the future and what’s happening next in their fields of expertise.
RS: Most trend watchers and future oriented websites, apps, podcasts etc. focus on how business can take advantage of what’s happening next in the marketplace. But you focus mostly on the individual. Why is that?
CL: Well An individual can create a billion dollar business today.
I called the website Our Bold Future, with an accent on the “our”, because I wanted to encourage people to create their own bold futures. And to use the blog to empower them on exactly how to do that.
But I couldn’t have any credibility unless I did it myself first. So back in 2016 in addition to introducing nuggets from the future, I also shared in real time, my own bold journey from obscurity to a change agent with over a million followers.
RS: Yes, but how did you know your success would happen so quickly?
CL: If you recall from my original postings, I spent a lot of time imagining — remembering the future – if you will. Picturing what I wanted to create in the world, and seeing it happening quickly.
RS: Remembering the future, that’s an interesting term. How does one remember something that hasn’t happened yet?
CL: Well you’ve got to see the invisible to create the impossible!
I learned a lot about how the subconscious mind works from people like Bob Proctor, books like Think and Grow Rich, and the Master Key Mastermind Alliance group led by Mark and Davene Januszewski.
It’s a matter of using your mind to create the future you want to experience. So when it happens it almost feels like something you remembered, which you did because you created your future, in the past (laughs).
One thing I love about all the change happening in the world, is the change in consciousness that is going along with it. We’re literally quickening our own evolution and what we each are capable of accomplishing!
RS: Some people argue that you are ignoring or aren’t being realistic about the dangers and societal unrest all these changes could make in the world.
CL: Look it’s a normal initial reaction to fear change. And so yes a lot of people express fear about the future and about the speed of change. And of course the media amplifies it, because well…fear sells.
Our Bold Future brings awareness to what’s happening out there and what’s coming. Awareness brings things to light. Our team offers a more positive outlook about what this exponential change can bring us. Because we are taking some big evolutionary steps here — that can, and are now, making both the world at large and our individual lives significantly better. That’s something to celebrate, not to fear.
Yes there will be challenges, but meeting and exceeding those challenges are what makes us great in the first place. And don’t forget our ability to meet those challenges is growing exponentially as well.
The human mind is amazingly flexible and people adapt — especially the younger generation.
RS: So what’s the future hold for Carl LaFlamme?
CL: We’ll I just got back from the first Our Bold Future conference which was incredible to gather so many change agents together. I love connecting with people who are positive and excited about the future. There’s lots to share about what happened at the conference and I’ll be reporting that online and holographically in locations all over the world.
And I’m going to relax a bit and enjoy my favorite city in the world Vancouver!
Then it’s on to 2020! When I’ve got a full slate of speaking engagements, the Our Bold Future , and the tour
You know, the 1920’s were called the roaring 20’s — well hang on because the 2020’s are going roar like never before. It’s going to be fun living on the leading edge of it!