Christmas 2040


While thoughts have turned to how we celebrate Christmas in 2021, the underlying drivers of change to life, society, and business will inevitably lead to shifts in how we celebrate future Christmases. Inspired by the Christmas 2040 Informing Choices Mini-Pod podcast series, here are 10 drivers that could have a significant impact on the seasonal festivities in 2040.

1) Climate Change

Climate change will continue to have an increasingly significant impact on our lives. More regular extreme weather events could make it more problematic to travel over the holiday season in some regions. The idea of snowy Christmases in many places, is likely to be confined to history, while in other locations, changes to rainfall patterns might have a devastating impact on Christmas tree growers, drastically limiting the number and quality of trees available. Availability to trees for the domestic market might be restricted to subscription or rental services at premium prices, where trees are returned to the ground after use and continue to grow between Christmases.

2) Sustainability

Generation Z’s and Generation A’s, adolescents to 40 year olds are likely to reject the environmental implications of plastic-based trees and other seasonal decorations, opting instead for technology based solutions; virtual reality and holograms for example. The sustainability focus on the gifts we give and receive is likely to include reducing festive waste as a result of environmentally conscious gifting through clarity of a gift’s environmental footprint from manufacture to distribution, recyclability or reuse built into the product design and manufacturing process of the gift, and easily recyclable gift-wrap.

3) A Human-Centric Christmas

Family traditions are often at the heart of Christmas celebrations, and while the notion of “family” is set to continue to change, it will remain at the core of future festive seasons. A focus on togetherness, relationships, connections, and kindness will be sustained through personal interaction and where needed the use of immersive technology to re-connect with family and friends. Virtual reality and holograms will allow us to re-connect to our ancestors, and robot family members – perhaps a robot pet – might form an important part of the family in 2040. But for some, genuine human contact and interaction will still be the ultimate technology-detox; a special human treat for Christmas.

4) Post-Christian society

The trend towards a post-Christian society in Europe and the US suggest the potential for the decline in cultural and religious traditions around Christmas. However, could the Christmas period become more than a religious festival as a direct result of these trends? With the changing nature of religious belief, might the focus of the Christmas period shift more broadly to an inclusive festive period with the celebration of love, kindness, and connection behind a multi-cultural social celebration. Perhaps the focus of post-Christian society might be the creation of more relevant Christmases in the future.

5) A Cure for Ageing

With the growth in investment in anti-ageing technologies and the increasing knowledge being gathered about how and why we age, the acknowledgement of ageing as a disease or condition suitable for treatment rather than an inevitability could change how elderly people engage with family members over Christmas. While anti—ageing pharmaceutical products might not completely rewind the clock, perhaps treatments will be effective and safe at significantly slowing down the effects of ageing. This could mean that the new 70+ year olds in 2040 are able to enjoy the physical side of Christmas playing with their grandchildren, nephews and nieces in person or through virtual and augmented reality games, rather than face the prospect of watching on from the armchair.

6) The Metaverse and Extended Reality

By 2040, we might not be limited to the real physical world to celebrate Christmas. Extended reality technologies and the metaverse represent real opportunities to enjoy new experiences. The metaverse could allow us to go anywhere and be anything; virtual trips to Lapland, helping Santa in his workshop, go on an adventure dressed as our favourite character from history or the movies, or experience a hot Australian Christmas Day. We would be limited only by our imagination.

At a personal level, we could re-live and experience past Christmas memories, re-connect with long-lost relatives, and even design our own, unique traditional Christmas celebration from many years before we were even born. Virtual and augmented reality would allow us to party with widely dispersed family members, play with our grandkids in the metaverse, and even pull virtual crackers with them. Traditional TV would be a thing of the past as we watch and engage with immersive programming characterised by multi-sensory and holographic technologies.

7) Gifting

The idea of giving and receiving gifts is likely to remain in the future, but what constitutes a gift and how we decide on what to give may change. We might see hyper-personalisation where the Christmas App will match the gift-giver’s gift selection criteria with the recipient’s preferences based on their social media and browsing habits. The gift would be automatically selected and delivered by autonomous drone. “Just in time” might mean our “out-sourced Christmas shopping” is done and delivered on Christmas Eve itself. 

Fake or prop gifts might become common place as many gifts will be digital / virtual. The prop or fake gift would retain the physical act of gift giving but simply be representative of the real gift; digital real estate, digital art, or a metaverse experience, for example. More eco-conscious gifting might see personally made gifts, tree planting, acts of kindness, or environmentally friendly gestures “given” as gifts. And the opening of all gifts might be shared with relatives hundreds or thousands of miles away through the use of virtual reality and holographic technology, allowing us to feel like we are together in the same room.

8) The Physical Environment

While much of the festive experience might be in the metaverse, the physical home environment will likely remain a focus for many people. But even the physical home environment will be enhanced through the deployment of new technologies. The Christmas decorations could be programmable. Some will be 3D printed, including lighting displays for inside and outside the home. Christmas trees will be grown over just one day from fast-growing materials. For those families still able to find and afford real Christmas trees, in-home air quality and humidity will be carefully managed to minimise the shedding of pine needles.

9) Festive Food

The kitchen will be another place where future technology plays a significant role. While some food may be 3D printed, recipes and cooking instructions could be downloaded and passed to the smart cooker. During cooking, smart utensils will monitor the food preparation to ensure that the guests sit down to the perfect Christmas meal of plant based food or in-vitro meat.

10) Smart Christmas

A future smart Christmas could be based around the frictionless Christmas App. The app will support the management of guest lists, meal planning (to suit guests’ preferences), gift planning, and automated shopping and delivery. 

Conversation topics can be difficult to navigate when family and friends come together so infrequently, so your personal AI will monitor the conversation with supporting imaging technology to check for body language changes as the discussion progresses, advising you when topics might lead to conflict, and so helping to ensure a harmonious seasonal gathering. 

Smart features in the home will adapt the environment to create the perfect theme for the mood. We might be able to smell and touch the holographic Christmas tree which will be decorated in tune with the rest of the house by the Christmas App. 

Acknowledgements

I would like to acknowledge the following people for taking the time to share their ideas on my podcast as part of the Christmas 2040 Informing Choices Mini-Pod Mini-Series. Their foresight, ideas, and creative thinking are the inspiration behind this article. They are:

Rob Caldera, an organizational change specialist
Gina Clifford, a strategic communicator and futurist
Sylvia Gallusser, a global futurist
Joana Lenkova, a strategist and author
Rohit Talwar, a keynote speaker and global futurist
Alex Whittington, a futurist, educator, writer, and researcher

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Personal Resilience in a VUCA World

Our volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world requires us to adapt to the pace and scale of change as rapidly as we can. The survival of enterprise and effectiveness of public sector organisations relies on cutting edge leadership to create successful entities in the near term, while in parallel setting the conditions for future success, despite the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous nature of our world. Agility and resilience are increasingly critical organisational characteristics. 

But it that is the situation at the organisational level, how do the same drivers impact on our personal resilience? To discuss Personal Resilience in a VUCA World, Director and Co-Founder of Working the Future, Cathryn Barnard joins me on podcast. We cover:

  • How our already volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world is different in this post-pandemic time.
  • How the nature of what’s in and out of our control has changed during the pandemic.
  • Inspired by Cathryn’s blog post "Running Out of Fuel", how mental health needs might change and be met in the future.
  • The characteristics of personal resilience that leaders should develop in the future to help themselves and their teams.

Listen to the podcast here https://tinyurl.com/yckkafdj on Spotify’s Anchor podcast platform or on YouTube below.

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

LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/cathrynbarnard
Twitter twitter.com/workingfuture1
Email cathryn@workingthefuture.com
Web workingthefuture.com

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Leading Change with Foresight for Growth

When we implement change programs, how often do we future-proof the change by exploring the future? Do the programs we put in place simply seek to change the past and present and how well does that set us up for an increasingly uncertain future characterised by exponential change?

In this episode of the podcast we explore the integration of foresight with a human-centric change approach to develop programs that help organisations design, create, and implement effective, future-fit change that focuses on people.

So, to discuss leading change with foresight, Change Consultant Jennifer Bryan and Futurist (and usual Informing Choices Mini-Pod host) Steve Wells consider:

  • Why do organisations need to take a different approach to change?
  • What are the critical components of a human-centric change approach?
  • How does foresight fit into the change process?  

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

You can learn more about Jennifer and Steve by connecting with them as follows:

Jennifer
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/jennifer-l-bryan-6b4b0b5
Email jennifer.bryan@abchangeconsultancy.com
Website abchangeconsultancy.com

Steve
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/steve-wells-futurist-speaker
Email steve@informingchoices.com
Website informingchoices.com

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Extended Reality Possibilities

Extended reality (XR) is a term used to collectively describe immersive technologies: virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. These technologies extend reality by adding to or simulating the real world through digital materials.

Virtual Reality creates a simulated environment where participants can complete realistic interactions with objects and people. Augmented Reality adds interactive, digital elements to a live, real-world environment through a digital device like a phone, tablet, or headset. Mixed Reality uses advanced computer technology, graphics, and input systems to blend physical and digital worlds.

With the extended reality revolution already underway, it’s easy to envision a future in which the lines between the real world and the virtual world become even more blurred than they are today.

To discuss the possibilities presented by extended reality technologies, co-founder of Shooting Stories—a video marketing and digital media production company—and Technology Director at IORMA Ross Edwards joins me on the podcast.

You can listen to the podcast on YouTube  by clicking below, or on the Spotify Anchor podcast platform

You can learn more about Ross and his work by connecting with him as follows:
Email ross.edwards@iorma.com
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/rossjamesedwards

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Political Entrepreneurship

Politics can be defined as activities associated with decision-making in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals and groups including the distribution of resources or status. Entrepreneurship is the creation or extraction of value entailing change, and the risk encountered in starting up or conducting business.

So how might entrepreneurial thinking play a role in the future of politics? How might Political Entrepreneurship support policy development, implementation of local initiatives, and support wider public engagement with political processes?

To discuss the future of Political Entrepreneurship, marketing consultant, writer, and futurist with a keen interest in the future of politics Michael Mascioni joins me on the podcast.

You can listen to the podcast on YouTube by clicking below, or on the Spotify Anchor podcast platform

You can learn more about Michael and his work by connecting with him as follows:
Email mmmascioni@aol.com
LinkedIn Linkedin.com/in/michael-mascioni-7b11bb

Michael's new book on Political Entrepreneurship will be published in 2022.

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Navigating the Future—Critical Questions

In Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, editor and author Rohit Talwar explores 50 critical questions that organisations and individuals might ask themselves to help map a path to the future. In the book, Talwar describes seven domains covering the operating environment, economy, individuals and civil society, critical sectors, business and investment, politics and government, and science and technology.

Further analysis reveals three core themes; sustainability, resilient economies, and the geopolitical landscape. So what are the most critical questions that we should be asking ourselves at the global, organisational, and personal level in each of these three themes to help map a path to the future?

Listen to the podcast by clicking below or on Spotify’s Anchor podcast platform

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

Email: Rohit@fastfuture.com
LinkedIn: rohit-talwar-futurist-keynote-speaker
Twitter: @fastfuture
Website Fastfuture.com

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


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The Future of Retirement in the Post-Pandemic Era

Population ageing is a global phenomenon and a well-established trend. Back in 2015, it was estimated that there were 901 million people aged 60 years and over worldwide - 12.3% of the global population. By 2030, it is predicted that this will have increased to 1.4 billion or 16.4% and by 2050, to 2.1 billion or 21.3% of the global population (ons.gov.uk). 

As the population ages, the ratio of non-workers to workers increases. For example, in the early 2000’s in the UK there were approximately 4 working age individuals (aged 20-64) for every 1 person aged 65 and over. By 2056 this ratio is predicted to fall to about 2:1. So what are the financial, lifestyle, and health implications for retirement in the post-Covid world?

Michael Nuschke is a retirement futurist, writer, speaker, and a contributor to the Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon.

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

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

Email: retirementsingularity@gmail.com
Website: retirementsingularity.com
Facebook: RetirementSingularity
LinkedIn: michael-nuschke-b3993b13
Twitter: MichaelN_RS

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

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Post-Pandemic Geopolitics

While the pre-pandemic geo-political backdrop was looking increasingly volatile, the Covid19 pandemic has led to deepening distrust between some nations. The tension between international collaboration - to find effective vaccines and treatments for example – and the every nation for themselves imperative has been problematic for some. But how might the pandemic accelerate and influence future geopolitical developments?

Max Stucki is a senior foresight analyst at Futures Platform, a company focusing on strategic foresight and he holds Master’s Degrees in Futures Studies and Social Sciences. In his chapter in the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2, Max posed the question, “How might the pandemic accelerate and influence future geopolitical developments?”

You can listen to the podcast on YouTube by clicking below or on Spotify’s Anchor podcast platform

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

Email: max.stucki@futuresplatform.com
LinkedIn: max-stucki-9b35a067
Website: futuresplatform.com

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

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Three Possible Futures—Choose Your Preferred Story

Humans have a habit of wanting to go back to the familiar in times of crisis and resist radical change. But while resistance to change may be a natural response through the function of our limbic system, the current crisis is a wake-up call for society to reconsider existing norms, societal systems, and lifestyles, and explore how we might build a better future.

Joana Lenkova is a strategist, futurist, author of the interactive foresight book Choose Your Own Future, and a contributor to the Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon. In this podcast, Joana takes us through her three provocative scenarios; A Brand New World, My Own Personal World, and A Hot New World, and explores the benefits of using futures thinking to help create a better future world.

Listen to the podcast on YouTube by clicking below or on Spotify's Anchor podcast platform

You can learn more about Joana and her work by connecting with her as follows:
LinkedIn joana-lenkova
Twitter _FuturesForward
Website futures-forward.com

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

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Life Next: How Our World Could Change Post-Pandemic

Whilst exponential change has been part of our reality for some time, the Covid-19 pandemic has given renewed impetus for enterprise and government to consider the future, asking questions like: What’s next for work-life? How might the crisis re-energise businesses and business models? And how might the way we live at home change in the future? 

Marian Salzman is Senior Vice President, Communications at Philip Morris International, a world renowned trend-spotter, and a contributor to the Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon. The title of her chapter is, "Life Next: How Our World Could Change Post-Pandemic".

Listen to the podcast on YouTube by clicking below or on the Anchor podcast platform

You can learn more about Marian and her work by connecting with her as follows:
Website: mariansalzman.com
LinkedIn: mariansalzman
Twitter: mariansalzman

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

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Making the News: Checkout-Free Stores, The Metaverse, Flying Taxis

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We tend to find that technological advance happens when more players enter a market place, ideas catch on and are replicated by more enterprises, ideas are featured increasingly in the lay media, the ideas discussed feel increasingly familiar, and the cost of the technology becomes more economically viable and affordable. Here are three examples that have enjoyed recent media coverage and grabbed my attention; checkout-free stores, the metaverse, and flying taxis.


Shop and Go at Checkout-Free Stores

In 2016, Amazon opened the first Amazon Go store as a concept to their employees. The premise behind the store design was that customers would no longer have to queue up at the checkout. Instead, in-store technology would monitor and measure what customers picked from the shelves and put in their bags. Customers' credit cards would be charged with the items they left the shop with, via an app. In 2018, the public were also invited to experience the Amazon Go store concept. To date, 29 stores have been opened in various US cities and in London.   

Then in 2019 shoppers at Sainsbury’s Holborn Circus convenience store in London were offered the opportunity to experience the UK’s first checkout-free grocery store. The store and its operation was designed to test SmartShop Scan, Pay & Go technology in a bespoke “food-to-go store”. Customer feedback was expected to help Sainsbury’s develop the SmartShop Scan, Pay & Go app further before being rolled out more widely. 

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And now the UK’s biggest grocery retailer Tesco, has joined the party by opening its first checkout-free store as reported by the BBC. The branch in High Holborn had been converted to allow customers to shop and pay without scanning a product or using a checkout and is known as GetGo.

As the retail sector recovers from the Covid19 pandemic and embraces new technology, we might see a change in the nature, purpose, and operation of stores within retailers’ portfolios. The changes offered by the implementation of the scan, pay, and go technology, click and collect, and home delivery services look set to drive significant change across the retail sector, building on trends that have been evident for some time. Questions arise about the nature and number of jobs in the sector in the future, most pertinently, how many jobs might be lost through the combination of changing business models and automation.


Facebook’s Investment in the Metaverse

The item above demonstrates how jobs and work may be adversely impacted by technology and customer behavioural driven changes. But here’s an example of technology providing scope for new jobs. Facebook is planning to hire 10,000 people in the European Union to develop a so-called metaverse, according to the BBC.  "The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities” Facebook say.


But what is a “metaverse”? A metaverse is an online world where people can engage in gaming, collaboration, work, and communicate in a virtual environment, using technology like virtual reality (VR) headsets. It is also used to describe the concept of a future iteration of the Internet, made up of persistent, shared, 3D virtual spaces linked into a perceived virtual universe (Wikipedia).

One of the most well-known examples of a metaverse (although some will claim it falls short of one definition of “metaverse” because of its closed nature) is Second Life. The virtual world launched originally in 2003 by Linden Labs and allows users to create an avatar for themselves and live a “second life” in an online, virtual world. The residents – how users are described – are able to explore the world (known as the grid), to interact with places, objects, meet and socialise with other residents, participate in individual and group activities, build, create, shop, and trade virtual property and services with one another by using Second Life’s own virtual currency, the Linden Dollar, which is exchangeable with real world currency.

The virtual platform’s economy saw dramatic growth through 2020, the peak of the Covid19 pandemic, as people “escaped” from real life. Content creators earned and cashed out $73 million—up 20% on 2019, as reported by Yahoo Finance. In 2015, the GDP of Second Life economy was estimated to be approximately US$500 million demonstrating the ability of virtual spaces to generate real financial value. It also begs the question, what’s real and what’s virtual and how might we value them?


Flying Taxis Edge Closer to Reality

How long have we been talking about flying taxis? For as long as there has been cinema and television, the idea of a future where we move around cities in flying cars has been depicted. At the risk of repeating previous predictions, we may be able to book a flying taxi within three years


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A number of globally renown and start-up enterprises are developing eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) flying vehicles including AeroMobil, Airbus, Boeing, Joby Aviation, and Rolls Royce. Air taxi operations are forecast to commence in 2022 in the Middle East and grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45.9% to reach 430,000 units in operation globally by 2040 according to a report by Frost and Sullivan. “The United Arab Emirates (UAE), New Zealand, and Singapore are expected to be the first adopters of air taxis, while Brazil and Mexico, too, will be early adopters by leveraging their helicopter taxi expertise,” said Joe Praveen Vijayakumar, Mobility Senior Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

Of course regulation, infrastructure, affordability, safety, and traffic control will all be crucial in the adoption of this long awaited transition from science fiction to reality.


Business Leadership Skills—Navigating a New Landscape

For a number of years, “change is constant” was the mantra. More recently, commentators have been talking about “exponential change”. And then came Covid19. The combination of rapidly accelerating change and a sudden, major, global disruption has led to a re-think about how we navigate to a new landscape across life, society, and business.  So the question is, what are the critical skills required to help organizations navigate a path to the future? 

Steve Wells is a futurist, international speaker, facilitator, contributor to the latest Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon, and usually host of this podcast!

In this podcast, Steve explores:

  1. Why it is important for leaders to be thinking about the future
  2. The implications for leadership within the context of our changing environment
  3. How a rapidly changing environment and evolving thinking on leadership might impact the future of organisations
  4. Some of the solutions that organisations can deploy to help them become "future fit"

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

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

Email: steve@stevewells.uk
LinkedIn: steve-wells-futurist-speaker
Twitter: informingchoice    
Articles and Media: Free curated and original content
YouTube InformingChoices
Website: stevewells.uk

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

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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?”

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

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.

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

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.

Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or on the Anchor podcast platform

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.

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

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.

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


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?

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Email: Rohit@fastfuture.com
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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?

 

Image Source: Hans Braxmeier /  https://pixabay.com/photos/telescope-by-looking-view-122960