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New Book: "Pardon the Disruption: The Future You Never Saw Coming"

HOUSTON, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With their debut book, Texas lawyers Clayton R. Rawlings and James Randall Smith and North Carolina economic analyst Rob Bencini anticipate a challenging future of risks and rewards when it comes to evolving technology.

The trio's book – "Pardon the Disruption: The Future You Never Saw Coming" (ISBN: 978-1-60047-923-6; $14.95, Wasteland Press) – explores the disruptive impact technology is having on our legal system and economy and takes a futurist view of changes already underway.

According to Rawlings, "Technology is advancing exponentially, but our laws, culture and social contracts are linear and moving more slowly. That contradiction sets up countless conflicts: from ongoing controversies, such as stem cell science and DNA exoneration of innocent citizens, to coming disputes over world economies, job creation, governance, and space exploration."

J. Walker Smith, executive chairman of The Futures Company, said, "The Rawlings, Smith and Bencini trio of bottom-line futurists show us what law, politics, media, education, retail, manufacturing and work will look like just around the corner. It is nothing like we expect, a world sure to challenge our long-held assumptions about what's right, best and smart."

BeBe Kelly-Serrato, a former aerospace contractor at NASA-Johnson Space Center and president of the Mars Society of Houston, said the book is "a startling look at the disruptive impact that rapidly advancing technology will have on our legal and economic systems… and the profound effect it will have upon our lives."

Rawlings adds, "We're not claiming to have all the answers, but common sense tells us that we cannot base our public policy on bumper sticker slogans. Randy, Rob and I have tried to make a case that we must strive to foresee and adapt to the uncertainty and inevitable changes that will occur."

About the Authors

Clayton R. Rawlings, of Houston, is a former assistant District Attorney for Harris County, Texas. He practiced for five years as a criminal defense attorney and for the past 20 years as personal injury litigator in the Houston area.

James Randall Smith, of Houston, is a former assistant district attorney for Harris County, Texas, and is currently a criminal defense lawyer and municipal court judge in the Houston area.

Rob Bencini, MBA, of Greensboro, N.C., is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and economic futurist. He has an extensive background in business, non-profit leadership, and local government leadership.

Contact: Clayton R. Rawlings, Hampton & Rawlings, 713.520.7701.

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