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January 12 · Issue #45 · View online

These are the best links and must-reads aggregated by Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & Humanist, Keynote Speaker, Author of 'Technology vs Humanity', Film-Maker (The Good Future) and CEO of The Futures Agency in Zürich / Switzerland.


Hi there!
I hope you are safe and well despite the chaos in the world, and in the US in particular over the past week. It certainly has been a rocky and unprecedented holiday/New Year season as Covid-19 mutations pop up, vaccines are rolled out, political pressures boil, and the economy struggles in the wake of the ongoing corona-crisis.
But the good news is, we are moving forward. Here in Switzerland and in many countries around the world, governments are pushing forward bold vaccination plans to protect their citizens in an attempt to return things to some kind of ‘new normality’.
Here is one thing that’s certain: We are at a pivot point, at a very unique fork in the road of human history. The decisions and actions we take now and in the next 10 years will determine the future of our species (nope, that’s not an overstatement). This is something I believe very strongly; and ‘The Fork in the Road’ will become one of my core topics for 2021 and beyond. As you can see with the articles below, I’m not alone with my concerns or my hopes, here.
We have a long, long way to go to ensure a better, happier, more human-centric future for all of us. The good news is that we will have all the tools (science & technology) so… all we have to do is make the right decisions.
Happy new year, stay safe and stay hopeful!
Gerd Leonhard
Futurist (Zurich / Switzerland)

The future is a CHOICE - not a destiny! (my fav flip flops)
The future is a CHOICE - not a destiny! (my fav flip flops)
Must Reads
The world in 2030 may be worse than in 2020 (WaPo)
A Very Bumpy Ride | Edge.org (Larry Brilliant)
We are approaching the fastest, deepest, most consequential technological disruption in history
Why everyone is talking about an image generator released by an Elon Musk-backed A.I. lab 
Will covid kill globalisation? | Video by The Economist
25 Years Ago I Coined the Phrase “Triple Bottom Line.” Here’s Why It’s Time to Rethink It.
We Could All Use a Little Optimism
But what if we get things RIGHT? 30 visions for a better world in 2030 | World Economic Forum
How the EU’s Green Deal survived the coronavirus pandemic – POLITICO
The case for stubborn optimism on climate | Christiana Figueres
He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World. - The New York Times
Today's WorldView: The world in 2030 may be worse than in 2020
The future of food | UBS Global
This is why creativity and empathy will be as important as AI in the jobs of the future (WEF)
The American Abyss - The New York Times
Humans Changed the Face of the Earth, Now We Rethink Our Future | MacArthur Foundation
The future of aid: will international NGOs survive? | Working in development | The Guardian
The Future is better than we think! My 2021 Greeting
The Future of NGOs: Five Tips on Responding to a Changing World - InterAction
NOPE:) Rutger Bregman on 'veneer theory' | Big Think
Geneva NGOs face uncertain future due to Covid-19 funding impact - SWI swissinfo.ch
Here are 2 recent virtual keynotes you may enjoy
Redefining Digital Transformation in a post-covid world: My Keynote at IEEE #AI IoT Event Dubai
Awesome humans on-top of amazing technology: Our Future *2021 speaking topic
Join me for my CINFO keynote on Jan 18th @ 1pm CET
Immersion Days 2021 with Gerd Leonhard
Gerd Leonhard habla de la ética en la tecnología y la automatización del mundo - ELTIEMPO.COM
That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks again for checking out my newsletter and I will be sure to have more great, thought-provoking articles for you next time.
Until then, stay safe, happy, and healthy,
(my final message)
(my final message)
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