Opportunities and Threats of a Jobless World

With a current mindset, it’s hard to see the opportunities of a jobless world created through the growth of pervasive and ever-smarter automation technologies. Commentators will often focus on the challenge presented to economies and welfare systems of high unemployment driven by technological shifts. But what if the politically-driven economic paradigm of seeking 100% employment shifts? Are there opportunities as well as risks to a world transitioning towards a jobless future?

To discuss the Opportunities and Threats of a Jobless World I was joined in this episode of the podcast by strategic communicator and futurist Gina Clifford back.

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 linkedin.com/in/ginaclifford
Twitter twitter.com/G1naClifford

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Geopolitical Fall-out from the Russia / Ukraine Conflict

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022, the world changed. The fall of communism and the Soviet Union had meant the end of the Cold War and Russia began to find its place in a new world order. But the unprovoked attack on Ukraine has sent the world generally, and Europe specifically back into an antagonistic relationship with Moscow, with punishing sanctions undoing decades of “normalisation” between the West and Russia. For now, it has also largely reunited Europe and the NATO alliance, perhaps an achievement that some in the West could only have dreamt of, until Putin’s actions!

The question is, how might the fall-out from the conflict in Ukraine change the future geo-political landscape? To discuss this question, I was joined on the podcast by Futures Platform’ Senior Foresight analyst Max Stucki.

In our discussion we explored:

  1. The broad future geopolitical implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 
  2. Different scenarios that might follow the conclusion of hostilities. 
  3. The ability of the post-conflict world to tackle major global issues such as climate change.

To listen to my podcast with Max, click below to listen on YouTube https://youtu.be/RKrdQrDTcm8 or listen on Spotify’s Anchor platform

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

Email max.stucki@futuresplatform.com
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/max-stucki-9b35a067
Website futuresplatform.com

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Optimising Healthcare by Optimising People

One of the greatest social challenges society faces is the provision of effective healthcare. Whether the system under examination is publicly or privately funded, the challenges are consistent; how do we ensure each patient is able to access the right intervention, at the right time, in the right place? And how does the system need to flex so that people can make informed health choices before illness sets in … and help enable a society characterised by well managed and even delayed chronic disease, and longer, healthier, working lives?

In this episode of the Informing Choices Mini-Pod, I am joined by entrepreneur and Executive Chairman at Fidesta, Pétur Haraldsson. These were our framing questions for the discussion:

  1. What are the characteristics of the long term challenges facing healthcare systems across the world?
  2. How might some of these challenges be addressed - turning what are mostly systems that care for the sick into integrated systems that help to prevent illness?
  3. How might a person—a patient and a "pre-patient"—experience an optimised healthcare system in the future?

To listen to my podcast with Pétur, click below to listen on YouTube and or listen on Spotify’s Anchor platform

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

Email petur.haraldsson@fidesta.com
LinkedIn http://linkedin.com/in/pétur-albert-haraldsson-112b 
Twitter twitter.com/Peturharaldsson
Website https://www.fidesta.com

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Navigating the Next Future

The world is increasingly subject to significant change and while the focus is often on the potential implications of exponential technology developments like artificial intelligence, robotics, adaptive manufacturing, augmented and virtual reality for example, political, economic, and social change are also happening at break-neck speed. This range of future forces—together with the fall-out from the Covid 19 pandemic—act on life, society, and business and add to our personal and organisational sense of complexity and uncertainty.

In the past, we have been confident in our predictions about how the external environment is evolving and been able to come to consensus about the way ahead. Increasingly we are far from certain about how the outside world is evolving and are less able to reach consensus about how to proceed. So the question is, how can foresight help us make sense of such a rapidly evolving reality?

In this presentation, futurist Steve Wells will explore the factors driving future change, lessons learned from the Covid 19 pandemic, the role of foresight generally and scenario development specifically in exploring an uncertain future characterised by exponential change, and share four global post-pandemic scenarios featured in the book Aftershocks and Opportunities –Scenarios for a Post Pandemic Future.    


Contact Info:
Email steve@informingchoices.com
Website informingchoices.com
Podcast anchor.fm/steve-wells-futurist
YouTube youtube.com/user/InformingChoices
LinkedIn LinkedIn/Steve-Wells-Futurist-Speaker
Twitter twitter.com/informingchoice 

The New Future of Dining Experiences

In this podcast, I am going to build on a previous episode exploring the future of food but this time focus on how take-away and dining-out experiences might change in the future. We will look at converging drivers and how technology could create very different dining experiences.

So let’s consider the role of:

  • New (Old) Sources of Protein
  • 3D Printing
  • Use of robots in food preparation
    • Transforming Fast Food
    •  Mobile Kitchens
    • Full-Service Restaurant Kitchens
  • Multi-sensory Dining Experiences
  • Three Scenarios – Future Food Experiences
    • Automation and Personalisation
    • From Metaverse to Table
    • Grocery Shopping Personalisation

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


Listen to all the podcast episodes on the future of food and agriculture:

The Future of Sustainable Urban Agriculture with Diana Davidson on Anchor or YouTube.
The Future of Meat Production and Consumption with Diana Davidson on Anchor or YouTube.
The Future of Agricultural Efficiency with Adam Greenberg on Anchor or YouTube.
Technologies Shaping the Post-Pandemic Future of Food with Tony Hunter on Anchor or YouTube.
The Future of Food in 2035 with Steve Wells on Anchor or YouTube.  

You can learn more about me and my work by connecting with me as follows:
Email steve@stevewells.uk
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/steve-wells-futurist-speaker
Twitter twitter.com/informingchoice   
YouTube youtube.com/user/InformingChoices
Website http://www.stevewells.uk 

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The Future of Food in 2035

The future of food – and particularly of meat and meat consumption – can be promoted as a “no choice” future with plant-based meat as the only viable option for human health, the good of the planet, and animal welfare. But is that the case? Are there other solutions that provide consumer choice and reap the benefits to health, the planet and animal welfare? And when we look into the solutions, what are the wider implications of a fundamental change to our food system in the future?

To explore the future of food in 2035, I am painting a brief scenario focusing on:

  • The New Future of Arable Farming
  • Meeting the Need for Meat - Plant-Based and In-Vitro Meat
  • Tax as Carrot and Stick (to change consumer behaviour)
  •  Supply Chains
  •  Land Use and Re-purposing

Click below to listen to the podcast on YouTube or click here  listen on Spotify’s Anchor platform.

You can learn more about me and my work by connecting with me as follows:

Email: steve@stevewells.uk
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/steve-wells-futurist-speaker
Twitter: twitter.com/informingchoice
YouTube youtube.com/user/InformingChoices
Website: stevewells.uk

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Future of Commodity Markets

A commodity market is a market that trades in primary products and materials rather than manufactured products, such as cocoa, fruit, gold, oil, and sugar. Commodity markets can include trading in a physical or a virtual space using spot prices, forwards, futures, and options on futures. The origins of these market places can be traced back over 5,000 years, but how do they work now and how might they change in the future?

To discuss the Future of Commodity Markets I am joined on the podcast by Data Scientist Noah Healy who has a particular interest in combining mathematics with technology to produce game-changing solutions. We addressed these questions:

  1. How do commodity markets work now and what's wrong with them?
  2. How do we fix the issues?
  3. What beneficial changes are we would see?
  4. How might commodity markets have changed in 10 years’ time?

To listen to my podcast with Noah, click below to listen on YouTube or on Spotify’s Anchor platform.


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

Email noahphealy@yahoo.com
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/noah-healy

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Insurance in the Post-Pandemic World

David Smith is chief executive and a futurist at London-based Global Futures and Foresight. In the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, David has explored the implications for the insurance sector of the Coivid-19 pandemic, in addition to the trends that were already visible. So, digitisation, changing business models, and attitudes to risk are all key factors.

His chapter in the book poses this question: “How has the pandemic impacted an insurance industry that is already being disrupted by digital technologies, InsurTech, new entrants, and an increasingly changing role from compensator to preventer of loss?”

To start to answer that question, we ask:

  1. How has the Covid19 pandemic disrupted the insurance sector?
  2. How might the commercial and personal insurance sectors evolve in the coming years?
  3. Personalisation is a trend we have seen growing across a number of sectors, how might this manifest in insurance?
  4. What are the major technology innovations we might see?

To listen to my podcast on YouTube, click below or listen on https://anchor.fm/steve-wells-futurist/episodes/Insurance-in-the-Post-Pandemic-World-with-David-Smith-e1e2etv to listen on Spotify’s Anchor platform.

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

Email davidasmithgff@gmail.com
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/dasmith
Twitter twitter.com/DavidSmithGFF
YouTube www.youtube.com/user/GFFTV
Website www.thegff.com

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

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Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies—A Platform for Transformation?

Alongside the ongoing fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the major stories of the last year or so has been the growing prominence of blockchain technology and the underlying crypto assets it enables. Individuals, investors, businesses, and governments have all been taking note.

The question is, how might blockchain and cryptocurrencies become a platform for transformation? And what might this transformation mean for all of our futures? 

Kapil Gupta is a technology and crypto analyst and contributor to the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon and he joins me on this episode of the Informing Choices mini-Pod podcast to consider these questions: 

1. What is blockchain and what is cryptocurrency?
2. What is the nature of the transformation we might see?
3. What are the key enablers to transformation?
4. How might blockchain and crypto change the investment landscape in the future?

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

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

Email kapil@nibana.life
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/kapilgupta
Website www.nibana.life

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

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The Prospects for a Post-pandemic Society

Patrick van der Duin is Executive Director at The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends and a contributor to the book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon. In his chapter, co-authored with Hans Stavleu, he poses the question, “How might social and psychological factors shape the new normal of post-pandemic society?”

In the podcast, we addressed these questions:

  1. What are the critical lessons we should learn from the pandemic if we are to prevent future crises?
  2. How might the relationship between humans and science evolve as a result of the crisis?
  3. What impact could this pandemic have on how we make contingency plans for future health emergencies?

I have used the phrase before but I think Patrick and Hans are exploring the alternatives of “restoring the old order” and “a total system reboot”. Let’s see! 

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

 

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

Email vanderduin@stt.nl
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/patrick-duin-van-der-6228a4
Website stt.nl

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

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Post-Covid Future: A New Renaissance?

In the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, director of the Millennium Project, futurist, and transhumanist – amongst many other roles - José Cordeiro describes how the Chinese word for crisis can be interpreted to represent danger and opportunity. In his chapter in the book, he subsequently poses the question, “Is the pandemic a source of global danger that also uncovers a great opportunity in the evolution of this planetary crisis?” 

To drill down on this question, we ask:

  1. How can we avoid wasting this crisis and use it as a global opportunity for a new renaissance?
  2. Could new exponential technologies prevent future pandemics?
  3. In what ways might technology advance more in the next decade than it did in the entire previous century?

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

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

Email jose_cordeiro@yahoo.com
LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/josecordeiro
Twitter www.twitter.com/cordeiro
Facebook www.facebook.com/josecordeiro2045
Website http://www.cordeiro.org
Blog www.josecordeiro2019.blogspot.com

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

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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

Listen to the podcast episodes on Anchor/Spotify or YouTube.

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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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