Map #42: The Renaissance Expedition

This week, I’m taking the ideas that are coming out of this global Renaissance Expedition to New Zealand, where the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will be hosting Ōhanga Āmiomio, the...

It’s a new world. Making a map?

Map #42: The Renaissance Expedition

This week, I’m taking the ideas that are coming out of this global Renaissance Expedition to New Zealand, where the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will be hosting Ōhanga Āmiomio, the world’s first Pacific Summit on the Circular Economy. I’ll be speaking alongside systems...

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Map #41: Is the Truth a Lie?

Don’t just do something; sit there! Happy February! For this letter, I’ve consolidated a couple weeks of research and writing into one “long read” for you. Best served with a morning cup of coffee. And if you’re on-the-go, I unpack it further with my pal Scott Jones...

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Map #40: Corrupted Currencies and the Path to Collapse

Happy New Year! (Can I still say that? I say it all January…in part because my friends in China are just about to celebrate theirs. February 5th, Year of the Pig. Damn, those ancient astrologers had some predictive powers, eh?) Thanks for the many kind holiday notes....

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Map #39: The Atlas Project

This will be my last letter of 2018, and I want to begin it by thanking you for being a kind, patient and generous reader during the year. These letters are important to me. Imagining that you are waiting for them compels me to make time to write to you, even when...

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Map #37: (Whose) Future of (What) Work

Says the Futurist: “The future is just over the horizon!” To which the social scientist replied: “Isn’t ‘the horizon’ an imaginary line that moves farther away as you approach it?” A Useful Shorthand On Thursday, I spoke at the Centre for Workplace Leadership’s 2018...

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Map #35: Fake News—Or Honest Propaganda?

“I think Trump may be one of those figures in history who appear from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretenses.” -Henry Kissinger, Financial Times, July 2018 It’s been a long, hot summer. And I spent most of it far away from...

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Map #34: The American Dream—Or Fantasyland?

After my last letter (which took a deep dive into my friends’ research on the “power of doubt”) and with Donald Trump here in Europe for meetings with NATO, the Queen of England and Vladimir Putin all in the same week, now felt like the ideal...

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Map #33: The Power Of Doubt

Last week, I helped open OXSCIE 2018, a global summit on the future of education at Oxford University. It was a special event, focussed mainly on challenges in the developing world. Delegates were a balance of education policy makers, academic researchers, donors and...

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Map #32: Homo Hubris? (Part 2 of 2)

Technology drives change. Does it also drive progress?  Those eight words sum up a lot of the conversation going on in society at the moment. Some serious head-scratching about the whole relationship between “technology” and “progress” seems like a good idea. In Part...

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Map #32: Homo Hubris? (Part 1 of 2)

On the heels of my recent foray into A.I., I’ve been reading a bunch of recent books on our coming technological utopia: Yuval Harari’s Homo Deus, Peter Diamandis’s Abundance, Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now and Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near. They’re quick...

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