The Digital Health Passport

The notion of digital health passports is one that has emerged as a controversial possibility in a number of countries as the world seeks ways of living with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But the question remains, what is the most realistic balance between health protection and economic activity? And what might the world look like if the use of digital health passports is enforced?

Leland Shupp is a futurist, thought leader, writer, and public speaker and he has explored the idea of digital health passports in his chapter in the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon by posing the question, “How can we best balance the need for robust public health with the desire for personal freedom, privacy, and equality of opportunity?”

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You can learn more about Lee and his work by contacting and connecting with him as follows:
Email: foresightSF@gmail.com
LinkedIn: leeshupp
Twitter: leeshupp
Website: leeshuppconsulting.com

For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website.

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Technologies Shaping the Post-Pandemic Future of Food

The pandemic has irrevocably changed our world. But what might be the legacy of the pandemic for the food, beverage, and agri-food industries, and the very future of food?

Futurist, speaker, and foresight strategy consultant Tony Hunter argues that in crisis there’s opportunity; that we need to make the most of this one and use technology to fundamentally change our food system. So in this podcast, Tony addresses one of the critical technologies that could shape the post-pandemic food future, building resilience into food supply chains, and the greatest single opportunity for the future if food production.

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You can learn more about Tony and his work by connecting with him as follows:

Email: tony@futuristforfood.com
LinkedIn: tony-hunter
Websites: tonyhunterspeaker.com and futuristforfood.com.

For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website. 

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Post-Traumatic Growth: How Might Business Change for the Better?

In the recently published book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon from Fast Future Publishing, Richard Freeman, CEO of Always Possible explores how the Covid19 pandemic could become a catalyst for businesses to embrace bigger picture thinking and smarter localized decision-making.

To consider the question, how might business change for the better in the post-pandemic period we considered:

  1.  The enablers and hurdles to British business "thinking big".
  2. The role that collaboration might play in the post-pandemic period and how understanding of collaboration might change.
  3. How “fluid skills” could make a difference in changing business for the better.

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You can learn more about Richard and his work by contacting and connecting with him as follows:

Email: richard@alwayspossible.co.uk
Twitter: always_possible
LinkedIn: rpfreeman
Website: alwayspossible.co.uk 

For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, see the Fast Future website. 

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The Reinvention of Travel

While many sectors have suffered greatly through the pandemic, the travel industry has suffered more than most. As travel restrictions imposed on international travel ease, how might travel for business and pleasure evolve into the future?

Hjörtur Smárason is the Chief Executive Officer at Visit Greenland and a contributing author to the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon published by Fast Future Publishing, and very well placed to consider The Reinvention of Travel.

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You can learn more about Hjörtur and his work by contacting and connecting with him as follows:

Email: hjortur@visitgreenland.com
LinkedIn: hjortursmarason
Twitter: hjortur

For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website.

Foresight Video Shorts 15


In this latest instalment of our Foresight Video Shorts we look at the issue of cleaner air in our cities, desert farming, recycling coffee into …. coffee cups, converting brain signals into words, and electric aircraft from World Economic Forum, Mashable, and Digital Trends.

1.  Scientists have found a 'super plant' that absorbs pollution on roads. In just a week, a metre of cotoneaster cleans up 800km of car emissions. Via World Economic Forum. 

2.  This desert farm is harvesting food using nothing but sunlight and seawater. Via Mashable. 

3.  Goodbye used coffee grounds, hello reusable coffee cup. Via Mashable. 

4.  This man is able to communicate again using tech that translates brain signals into words. Via Mashable.  

5.  An electric aircraft is cool enough, but one made by Rolls-Royce? Talk about iconic. Via Digital Trends.  

 

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Nowhere to Hide in 2025

The Covid pandemic caused authorities across the world to consider more pervasive digital tracking tools to monitor the spread of the disease. In a number of countries, a libertarian culture arguably restricted the potential of digital health monitoring tools and platforms to be as effective as they might have been. But were the libertarian views on such pervasive technologies well-founded?

It’s a question that strategic communicator and futurist Gina Clifford considers in her chapter in the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, published by Fast Future Publishing. In this podcast, Gina describes the scenario she developed and explores some of the potential implications for society.

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You can learn more about Gina and her work by contacting and connecting with her as follows:

Email: gina.clifford@gmail.com
LinkedIn: ginaclifford
Twitter: G1naClifford

For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon click here.


Shifts on the Path to 2030

In the newly published book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon published by Fast Future Publishing, editor and author Rohit Talwar explores 20 emerging future factors that could turn into influential shifts shaping the next decade and beyond. The shifts he identifies can be characterised under the headings; Operating Environment, Lives and Lifestyles, Economy, and Business and Technology. 

While a number of those shifts are on trend, which have been supercharged by the pandemic?

Listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform

You can learn more about Rohit and his work by contacting him and connecting with him as follows:

Email: Rohit@fastfuture.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rohit-talwar-futurist-keynote-speaker  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fastfuture
Website www.fastfuture.com

For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon click here

Foresight Video Shorts 14

For this episode of my Foresight Video Shorts, I have a selection of tech ideas from Tech Insider. So here we are looking at five very different domains; plant-based meat and leather, robotic bricklayers, brain controlled lights, space junk collecting satellites, and sustainably made headphones.

1. Ecovative Design is making eco-friendly products like plant-based meat and imitation leather out of mycelium, the root structures of mushrooms. 

2. Do you want this
robotic bricklayer to build your next house?

3. These lights are being
controlled by brain activity

4. This satellite will clear the thousands of tons of junk from space

5. Headphones require a lot of plastic and leather — what if they could be made with
more sustainable materials?

 

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The Future of Homes Through the 2020’s

In a famous and much quoted judicial decision from 1604, English judge and jurist Sir Edward Coke declared that, “The house of every one is to him as his Castle and Fortress as well for defence against injury and violence, as for his repose…” Whilst in 1604 Sir Edward was talking about strict limits on how Sheriffs may enter a person’s house in order to issue writs, perhaps it could also be a metaphor for how homes of the future may become a fortress against other invaders; infection for one.

Of course there are many trends and drivers that influence how our homes and home lives might change in the future, but given the additional impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on those trends, what might the future home look like by the end of the 2020’s?

To discuss the Future of Homes Through the 2020’s I am joined by futurist at Partners in Foresight Alex Whittington. Our discussion covers:

  • What are the critical triggers for the assertion that future homes will be different to the homes we have become used to?
  • In the current situation, it's easy to see how working and learning at home through multiple lockdowns has become a significant trend and how it alone might change our perspectives on what home is for. But what are the other underlying social, economic, sustainability, and technological drivers that might have changed how we thought about "home" anyway?#
  • Where might we see re-purposing of non-residential buildings for use as homes?

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You can learn more about Alex and her work on LinkedIn and Twitter.

For more information about Alex’s report The Home of the 2020’s – Scenarios for how we Might Live in the Post-Pandemic Future, including how to receive copies, contact her via LinkedIn or Twitter, or by email on foresightpartner@gmail.com.

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The Future of Fake News

In 2019 the BBC said there are two kinds of fake news:

  1. False stories that are deliberately published and distributed, in order to make people believe something untrue or to make people take a particular action. These are deliberate lies that are published online, even though the person writing them knows that they are untrue.
  2. Stories that may have some truth to them but they're not completely accurate. This is because the people writing them - for example, journalists or bloggers - don't check all of the facts before publishing the story.

There might be a third category; where people believe something to be true and share the information within their network, “in case it’s helpful”.

Although the idea of fake news found momentum with former President Donald Trump, we have seen further damaging and dangerous examples during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fake news can be harmless, annoying, dangerous, or deadly.

So with this backdrop, what is the Future of Fake News? To consider this question, I am joined by PR Consultant Islay O'Hara.

You can listen to the podcast on YouTube by clicking below or on the Anchor platform here.

You can learn more about Islay and her work on islayohara.co.uk, LinkedIn, and Twitter

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The Future of Active Transhumanism

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, Transhumanism can be described as “the theory that science and technology can help human beings develop beyond what is physically and mentally possible at the present time.” It asserts that “with all the new technologies available, mankind will be able solve every challenge it faces.”

But as we have seen in the past, in the hands of humans, waves of technological change can deliver both positive and negatives to society.  So what are the considerations and choices that as a society we need to make to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for humanity in an increasingly technological enabled and technologically driven world?

To discuss the Future of Active Transhumanism, futurist speaker, analyst, commentator, and author David Wood joined Steve Wells back on the podcast to consider:

  • The definition of "Active Transhumanism"
  • The radical transformations that David discusses in his book, Vital Foresight – the Case for Active Transhumanism
  • The oncoming waves of technological change have the ability - in the hands of humans - to deliver either global destruction or a paradise-like sustainable superabundance, and what needs to happen to help steer humanity towards sustainable superabundance, and away from global destruction
  • The characteristics of good and bad foresight, and the implications of each?

Listen to the podcast on the Anchor platform or on You Tube below.

You can learn more about David and his work on LinkedIn, on Twitter, search for London Futurists, and find more about his new book, Vital Foresight – The Case for Active Transhumanism at https://dw2blog.com.  

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future Five Grand Challenges

Grand challenges are more than ordinary research questions or priorities, they are end results or outcomes that are global in scale; very difficult to accomplish, yet offer hope of ultimately paving the way to a successful future for humanity. Many people will point to the Covid19 pandemic as the point at which society chooses between restoring the old order and navigating a new landscape. So what grand challenges do we see ahead of us?

To discuss the Future Five Grand Challenges in this wide ranging (and slightly longer than usual episode), I am delighted to welcome back Global Futurist, International Keynote Speaker, and CEO of Fast Future, Rohit Talwar to the podcast.

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below, or on the Anchor podcast platform here.


You can learn more about Rohit and his work on his website
www.fastfuture.com, connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn and by email on Rohit@fastfuture.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Childhood

It can be very easy to focus on the future of business, enterprise, and work. Or on the future of adult society, but other than considering how education may development in the context of our every more digital world, it is much more unusual to consider the future of childhood. It is perhaps a somewhat tired phrase, but if children are our future, why isn’t the future of childhood more readily considered? Today we will do just that.

To discuss the Future of Childhood I am joined by futurist at Partners in Foresight Alex Whittington, and strategist, futurist, and author of the interactive foresight book Choose Your Own Future Joana Lenkova on the podcast.

Part of the discussion in this podcast relates to the Five Kids From The Future article written by Cathy Hackl and featuring Alex and Joana, published by ForbesFollowing on from the article, you will be able to join Alex, Joana, and Cathy Hackl for a one and a half hour workshop and envision the future of childhood. Click here for more information. 

Click below to listen to the podcast on You Tube or here to listen on the Anchor podcast platform.


You can learn more about Alex and her work on LinkedIn
  and Twitter, and about Joana on LinkedInTwitter, and her website, futures-forward.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Place

Place-making is a malleable term, open to interpretation. Whether it’s physical design characteristics, land values, job creation, environmental sustainability, biodiversity, new amenities or simply a sense of well-being, people assign different values to areas.

In addition, it seems that Covid-19 has triggered an increased appetite for connection, a sense of belonging, and a sense of community between neighbours. Beyond just surviving the pandemic, the benefits of community are clear: social connection can help you live a longer, happier life.

To discuss The Future of Place I am joined by innovator, entrepreneur, and business change specialist Toby Rhodes on the podcast.

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You can learn more about Toby and his work on his website
performgreen.co.uk and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of the Crypto-Economy

Cryptocurrencies have long been discussed and debated, but they have only recently come to light as financial tools that can be accessible and useful to more than only die-hard connoisseurs. Cryptocurrencies have the potential to enable social and economic growth throughout the world,

Given this context, what is The Future of the Crypto-Economy? To consider this question, I am joined by Global Futurist, International Keynote Speaker, and CEO of Fast Future, Rohit Talwar to answer:

  • What is a crypto-currency and a crypto-economy?
  • What are the current trends we see in the evolving crypto-economy?
  • How does personal and institutional investment change in a crypto-economy?
  • How might a crypto-economy impact the development of national economic policy, particularly in developed economies?

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You can learn more about Rohit and his work on his website
www.fastfuture.com, connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn and by email on Rohit@fastfuture.com.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Sustainable Packaging

In a world where an ever broadening perspective on sustainability is gaining more and more traction, biodegradable, re-use, and recyclable packaging is becoming the norm across many sectors. Increasingly, brands are being viewed within the context of their sustainability credentials. But is the current pace of change fast enough? And how do the other trends we are seeing – in consumer behaviour in retail for example - impact the future direction of travel for packaging?

To discuss The Future of Sustainable Packaging Lead Consultant and Founder of packaging consultancy Root Innovation, Tracy Sutton joins me on the podcast. Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or here for the Anchor podcast platform.


You can learn more about Tracy and her work via the Root website
root-innovation.com, contact her by email at impact@root-innovation.com, and connect on LinkedIn.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Meat Production and Consumption

Meat consumption with large environmental and ethical implications is expected to grow in the future. Some studies, however, take the opposite view, that meat consumption is at a turning point because of a growing number of vegetarians and other factors in industrialised countries. In either case, the environmental and health implications of meat production and consumption will continue to be the focus of much attention.

So to discuss the Future of Meat Production and Consumption I am joined by Diana Davidson on the podcast to explore:

  • The environmental impacts of red meat production and the increased health risks associated with consumption.
  • How technology might support a change in consumer habits and lead to a more sustainable food future.
  • How meat production and substitution (e.g. plant based meat substitutes, in vitro meat) might evolve in the future.
  • The role the protein replacements (e.g. insects, vegan meat) might play in future diets.

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You can learn more about Diana and her work on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and on her website at vertemis.com.

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Foresight Video Shorts 13


It’s been a while since we last featured a set of Foresight Video Shorts but here we are with waiting, cooking, and driving robots, self-healing concrete, and smart clothes, demonstrating that evolving technology has the potential to impact widely across life, society, and business.

The videos are from Cheddar, Mashable, Gigadgets, and Digital Trends.

1. These robots are serving up drinks in Spain. Via Cheddar.

2. This self-healing concrete lasts for 200 years and self-activates if damage occurs Via Mashable.

3. These smart clothes will grow with your child! Via Mashable.

4. Automatic cooking robots for restaurants. Via Gigadgets.

5. This is a robot that can drive your vehicle for you! Via Digital Trends.

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Coaching in a Digitised World

As our world becomes increasingly digitised, our understanding of how our minds work is also increasing. Part of that understanding is leading to developments in artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, rapid changes in our professional and private lives are in part, based on the march of digitisation across life, society, and business and have highlighted the increasing importance of our mental health and personal wellbeing.

Given this context, what is The Future of Coaching in a Digitised World? To consider this question, I am joined by Craig Forster, a professional Coach to sales leaders and professionals to address:

  • The role that coaching plays in an increasingly digitised world?
  • How understanding how our minds work helps to navigate the rapidly changing digital world.
  • How increasing digitisation might help or hinder coaching practice.
  • The potential for a greater role for coaching in an environment where human skills become increasingly important as transactional skills are automated.

Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or here for the Anchor podcast platform. 


You can learn more about Craig and his coaching business on
Facebook and on LinkedIn

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Informing Choices Mini-Pod - The Future of Continuous Change on Work

Even without the Covid19 pandemic, the world was undergoing complex changes that were drastically transforming the way businesses access and leverage the skills required for optimal business growth. Add to that underlying change the possible – some might say highly likely – rapid switch to technology enabled home, remote, and hybrid working and suddenly building and maintaining future-fit organisations becomes a crucial imperative.

Given this context of continuous change, what is the Future of Continuous Change on Work? To consider this question, I am joined on the podcast by future of work specialist Cathryn Barnard. Together, we explored:

  • How do continuous change and ambiguity shape how we plan for the future of work?
  • Continuous change is exhausting and yet, likely to be our reality for some time to come. What are the implications for how we work and stay in work?
  • How might work change in the future to accommodate the need to alleviate stress and the mental health implications of continuous change?

You can listen to the podcast on You Tube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform here


You can learn more about Cathryn and her business at
workingthefuture.com.

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