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  • After corresponding several times to craft goals and content, Dr. Koster presented to two different audiences at Grace Lutheran Church-Salisbury, N.C.   The first talk was titled The Moral Challenge Posed By Increasing Scientific Knowledge, which examined the ethical “yardstick” to be brought into play when science reveals the consequence of invisible threats with long time horizon of impact. The second, titled Rescuing School Kids, covered existing risks to schoolchildren and introduced us to existing successful locally implementable solutions already in place somewhere in America that our church could undertake.  

    In both cases Dr. Koster displayed his ability to take a variety of complex issues and target his audiences with a logical layout of facts. This allowed participants to see beyond popular opinions and emotions to decide for themselves the validity of these facts. As in tennis, Dr. Koster put the ball in our court! I found Dr. Koster to be well versed in many subjects, especially in human health (his passion). He is cognizant of the ability of his audience to comprehend and is patient and respectful to different viewpoints.

     

    If you want a challenging dialogue of current issues, without" the sky is falling" approach, call Dr. Koster, the Optimistic Futurist.

    Bruce L. Miller – Program Chair, Grace Lutheran Church-Salisbury, NC

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  • * We really enjoyed the in-depth talk that Dr. Koster provided to our early college students in September 2015.  From his presentation, so many of our students were awakened to new ideas for ways to help within our community.  This newly sparked interest has begun a rash of students now wanting to protect the environment and create change.  The topic is great and we cannot thank Dr. Koster enough for giving our students this new inspiration.   
     
    David Miller
    Principal
    Rowan Early College High School
    (704)-216-3873
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    *  Since the 1970s, I've known Fran Koster as a treasure-house of wonderful true stories about how citizens everywhere are solving their problems with ingenuity, grace, and grit. Read this remarkable distillation, be inspired, and go do it!

Amory B. Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

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*   Dr. Koster spoke before a gathering of students, faculty, and Renewable Energy Industry professionals during the 2015 Appalachian Energy Summit. He provided students with incredible insight and excitement into their future prospects within the clean energy economy. His knowledge of climate change data and news was presented in a method that inspired his audience rather than lectured to them and was a refreshing take on this important issue. Students left the room dedicated to bring about change and to institute awareness among their peers. Dr. Koster's positive reinforcement of the power his audience had to produce a brighter future for all was motivating to all involved. 
 
Dr. Koster's knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of topics relating to sustainability and his ability to communicate his experience and ideas effectively and positively make him an excellent choice for any keynote speaker needs. I encourage everyone to learn from his experiences and to utilize him for any presentation needs as he has demonstrated to me the ability to reach a wide spectrum of constituents in a refreshing and invigorating manner. I can personally attest to his abilities and give him my highest endorsement. 
 
Jack Terrell, 
Student Coordinator
2015 Appalachian State Energy Summit
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  • * A treasure trove of well-researched , hopeful stories about all the good news coming from all over the USA where locals are solving national problems .

Curl up with " How America Is Getting it Right " for an inspiring , wonderful read about your own friends and neighbors and how they are getting together building positive solutions  that work for our  future.

Dr.  Hazel Henderson, President , Ethical Markets Media, author of Creating Alternative Futures , Building a Win-Win World ,Ethical Markets Growing the Green Economy and other books.

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    *  I am a member of the Cabarrus County Senior Democrats.  I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how refreshing and informative your presentation on August 11, 2015 to our group really was.    
We normally receive speakers who are either politicians running for office, or people who have a particular point of view that they espouse.  But, in your case we were exposed to something quite unique.  And that was, someone who caused us to think.  That is how I felt after your talk.  And, incidentally, I took an unofficial poll of the audience, and they all agreed with my feeling.  Earle Schecter
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*  The presentation at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church on May 17, 2015 was very exciting and informative concerning birth defects and water issues. The topics alone captured the attention of the audience. Once Dr. Koster began to speak by giving his personal testimony, everyone was captured. His life explained the love he has for what he does and it shows through the emotions in which he teaches. His compassion for people and his love for their safety showed through the knowledge he shared concerning outdated laws, or laws that does not fit into today's issues. Dr. Koster never criticized  our government or any other organization, but he shared ways we all could get involved and help make a difference. He not only taught us about the current problems, but shared some solutions that everyone could do to make a difference..  Pastor William Moody (President) South Rowan/North Cabarrus Fellowship Association. .......................................................................................................................................

* “Though complex, your topic about the foreign policy implications of climate change was presented at a level that was received well by our group of mostly retirees from the foreign affairs community. The gist of their comments was that they enjoyed your interactive approach and your enthusiasm; the presentation was not only informative, but entertaining and engaging as well.”

Hanson R. Malpass Chair Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service Chapel Hill N. C.

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*    With the mind of a scientist and the heart of one truly concerned with the health and happiness of all people, Dr. Francis Koster offers us all the opportunity to participate in the effort to improve the world we live in so that our health and happiness is better served.  Through his articles, books, presentations and Website, Dr. Koster presents carefully researched data that clearly illuminate trends that threaten the welfare of the public.  Having identified these trends, Dr. Koster then offers sound advice on how we can work together to improve these situations.  His work is eye opening and challenging and therefore a remarkable gift to all those concerned with the welfare of the human race.

Rev. Dr. Steve Hannah

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My reactions to having heard Francis Koster’s presentation “Communities Breathe Easier: Air Quality Success Stories,” presented at the Catawba College Center for the Environment on April 14, 2015:

My career was in biology/genetics/evolutionary biology, but until this presentation I was not fully aware of all the chemical “crap” that humanity has recently introduced into our environment. We face a daunting challenge to reform our human lifestyle so as to make our earth once again life-friendly and life-sustaining for humans as well as for other living organisms. That’s the bad news that we heard. The good news in the presentation is that, in many if not most cases, restoration can be done in an economically positive way. Our challenge is to commit ourselves to that restoration.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Voelker, retired college professor (Catawba College) and research scientist (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)

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* Dr. Koster (America’s Optimistic Futurist) has been an invited speaker for the NC Research Campus Administrative Forum for approximately three to four years now.  Each time he speaks, everyone is amazed at the facts he shares and how he can present them in such a manner that we not only understand what he is saying, but also how he explains how just one person can make a difference in the solution.  

On our latest visit with Dr. Koster, one of our forum members who had not heard Dr. Koster said that he was one of the most interesting speakers we've had to speak.  The forum is going on it's sixth year now, so that is a tremendous compliment to Dr. Koster.
 
Myself, I could listen to Dr. Koster speak for hours without getting bored.  He is thorough in his research and cares about not only his world, but the people that live in it.
 
If you have not invited Dr. Koster to speak at your event, you must do so immediately!  Pick a topic, call him and sit back and enjoy the time you are blessed to listen to him inform you of the what, when and how of your specific subject manner.
 
Susan S. Stirewalt
NC Research Campus Administrative Forum Member  January 2015

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*  "The program (on Chemicals In Our Environment And The Ways They Are Impacting Public Health) was excellent.   It was very informative, very well presented, easy to understand, thought provoking,  and needs to be presented in many more places. Thank you, Dr. Koster,  for presenting it."

Paster Tracy Caldwell January 27 2015

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*  We enjoyed the talk and found the information to be very eye- opening. Dr. Koster brought to our attention the way culture and human perception have affected our health and environment using examples from a historical and current perspective.  He brought to the forefront the importance of taking care of our environment in the “micro” settings to affect changes in the “macro” setting, citing things people can do which will benefit the environment for humans and wildlife alike.  We also liked the ideas concerning power vs. influence and the ways in which we can motivate people to change habits and ways of thinking that will have positive impacts on the world.  The presentation certainly kept our interest and questions were raised to keep the audience engaged.

Lynn Tesh   Concord Wildlife Alliance    December 2 2014

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* Dr. Koster visited our classroom at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in October 2014 to discuss global climate change and how to make a difference on the local level. After a decade of teaching Ecology, it seems as though there is very little good news out there. However, Dr. Koster’s visit showed these students that the global situation is not hopeless after all. His “make a difference locally” perspective has encouraged my students to think globally but act locally. His wonderful sense of humor provided a sense of hope while describing a potentially dire global ecological situation. Dr. Koster’s continued publications have provided a resource that I will share with future students as examples of how they can change the world one small, local act at a time. It was an honor to have Dr. Koster visit our classroom and we hope to have him visit again soon. 

-Denise Madrazo, MS

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* In October 2014, Dr. Francis Koster presented two power point sessions on climate change and environmental pollution for First Presbyterian Church.  Both presentations were well organized and used current data.  A definite strength was his ability to talk about complicated issues in laymen's terms.  His visuals and charts tracking changes from the past and projections for the future were especially effective.  He also entertained questions from the audience that he answered clearly, directly, and concisely.   William J. MacLean

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Dr. Koster’s October two-session presentation on environmental pollution and climate change was remarkable in at least two ways: 1) Dr. Koster has the ability to communicate the complicated dimensions of these complicated problems in ways that are very accessible to the layperson. 2) Dr. Koster’s presentation focused on several of the more misunderstood concepts, such as “global warming.” This more specific focus gave us substance to “carry away” from the presentation, rather than being overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of eco-science.  Barry R. Sang, Ph.D.

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Dr. Koster’s presentation changed my thinking about how I, as an environmentalist, am attacking the current issues with the environment. He gave me new ideas and switched how I thought was the way to get out information about the environment. Mr. Koster was very informational and professional, I was thoroughly engaged through the presentation, and enjoyed it. (Lecture was delivered at the Catawba College and Rocky Mountain Institute Summer 2014 training experience for advanced students, entitled Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students).    Seth Stephens

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* Dr. Koster has the ability to calmly and comprehensively explain some of the most daunting challenges of our time and hold the attention of his audience as he clearly lays out an explanation of how we might best address them.  We were so fortunate to have him address the Cabarrus County Food Policy Council in January 2014. 

Aaron Newton

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* Dr Koster recently gave a very thought provoking review of the interplay between several major global changes underway now, including population growth, climate change and invention and use of new chemicals then drilled down on their impact on our water quantity and quality. He gave us very sobering information but was very engaging , stimulating much interaction with the audience. Rather than leave us only with depressing data and possible future scenarios he gave us examples of practical solutions communities across the United States have adopted, as detailed in his new book " Discovering the New America", leaving us with hope therefore the "Optimistic Futurist".

Robert A. Bartram M.D.

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* It has been my pleasure to attend more than one of Dr. Koster's presentations, always with different content.  His goal is to get us to take action to bring about national change by acting locally. His presentation in November of 2013 was thought provoking, well researched, and well presented with great slides containing real data.  Citing successful role model examples from throughout the United States, he showed us how other communities are securing their food supply, reducing obesity, reducing teen pregnancy, successfully eliminating illiteracy, and reducing energy consumption while earning a handsome rate of return on the investments and lowering taxpayer costs. To illustrate: one elementary school from Statesville NC invested 1% more in initialcapital outlay to build an energy conserving school using existing, proven technology.  This investment yielded a 24% annual energy savings and also improved student learning through the use of natural light.   For me, this example is the definition of good stewardship of public funds.

Jerry Lawson for the Kiwanis Club of Salisbury  November 2013

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* The one thing that still resonates with me from the workshop at the Cabarrus County Small Business Resource Fair was identifying what entrepreneur type that I associate most with...and it became crystal clear that it was the “Idealist” type.  Even though I feel I can identify with all five entrepreneur types, the Idealist is the one that I agree with the most.  Since then, I have taken on several projects that I don’t think I would have prior to identifying with this entrepreneur type.  The other thing I learned about myself by attending the workshop was that I am completely content with being an entrepreneur versus being a business owner.  Therefore being able to maximize the qualities associated with being an idealist; which are innovation and enjoys working on something new or creative or something personally meaningful. Thank you Dr. Koster for opening my eyes and for providing me the ability to see what is truly in my heart!

Troy A. Burgher (MCT, CPI, MCAS, MOSMI, IC3)

Owner

TAB TRAINING & CONSULTING, LLC

"Bridging the Technology Literacy Gap”

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* I recently attended a seminar conducted by Dr. Koster on the Five Types of Entrepreneurs.  What seemed at first like another dry session quickly turned dynamic and kept me and the rest of the room engaged.  His guidance and insight helped each of us determine what type of personality we have as an entrepreneur.  This helped us know what weaknesses we need help with.  It was a very valuable and fun seminar.

Jerry Weikle, President, Weikle & Co.  Concord N. C.

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* The Center for the Environment at Catawba College has invited Dr. Koster to our campus multiple times to speak both to the community and to students, faculty and staff because of his ability to present an easy-to-understand, up-to-date, big-picture view of the challenges we face.  His carefully documented facts give his presentations particular credibility and often startle and excite both students and faculty alike.  We learn about practical solutions that have proved successful in other places that have the potential to catalyze similar action in our own

communities.

John E. Wear Ph.D  Executive Director, Center for the Environment, Catawba  College

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 * Ordinarily, Fran Koster delivers a tough message with a gentle touch.  But this week, when addressing the Charlotte Corporate Researchers Networking Group, Dr. Koster didn’t pull any punches.  Researchers, he reasoned, are used to dealing with the facts.

He is known as the Optimistic Futurist, a man who points out problems facing the world, but who also introduces listeners and readers of his weekly newspaper column to proven solutions already in place somewhere in America.

Among challenges and opportunities he covered with the research group were the world population explosion, the changing nature and filtering of mass media, global warming, the vulnerability of our food supply, and obesity.  The last two stand out in my mind:

America’s food – nearly two-thirds of our fruits and vegetables are imported, along with
91% of our fish and seafood.  Normally, less than 2% of all imported seafood is inspected, and about half fails the inspection.

Obesity – one-third of Americans are overweight and another one-third are obese, a
condition that accounts for 21% of all healthcare costs.  With more than 9 million young
adults (27% of all Americans ages 17 to 24) too overweight to join the military, obesity can also
be viewed as a national security threat.

His goal,  stated at the beginning of his presentation,  was to present basic truths about the world we live in and cause us to review personal and professional assumptions about the future.  He succeeded.

Jeff Jones
Consumer/Associate Research
Delhaize America (Food Lion)

October 9 2013

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*  Francis P. Koster has undertaken a complex human achievement.  Showing how humans can and must be secure and involved globally for sustainable food supplies and protecting global climate, Koster teaches how people are solving problems locally on transportation, energy, water, education, health and the economy needed by communities.

Alan F. Kay, Ph.D., author, Locating Consensus for Democracy

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