John Gregory, President – Strategy & Digital Communications Consultant, Opencity Inc.

April 22, 2020

“I have no desire to retire. Why can I not be part of a gig economy in my 70s? Those were my immediate reflections on reading Shirlee Sharkey’s eloquent introduction to The Futures of Aging. Why would I not want to read this book, when SE Health employs a futurist, and collaborators Idea Couture wrote one of my favourite health books – Spaces + Places of Care. They supremely rose to the task. It exemplifies speculative design thinking or strategic foresight. I become invested in a future inverted state for the anchoring personas; John, Maria, Lam, Alex and Carrie.


Being Mortal by Atul Gawande should be mandatory reading for everyone in society. This book is now up there too. The Future of Aging is artistic and balanced in its presentation with poignantly research quotes to complement the text.”