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Futurist Gerd - Issue #47: Rethinking Capitalism, Economic Impacts of Corona, Fighting Social Media Extremism +++

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January 26 · Issue #47 · View online

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


Hi there!
I hope you are well and also experienced some relief following the Biden/Harris inauguration (or was it… Bernie’s mittens?) Afterwards, it dawned on me that if it wasn’t for Covid-19 we’d probably have another 4 years of Trumpism, for sure. I guess that’s one of the positive effects of Covid-19. Btw, you really must watch this hilarious ‘bye bye Donald’ - video recently shared online via Jimmy Kimmel.
On my end, after a flood of virtual keynotes and talks I did over the past few months it feels good to have a little more time on my hands, right now, and to focus on my new 2021 speaking topics .
I believe that 2021 and this coming decade will be a pivotal point in humanity’s future. In fact, I think the next 10 years will determine whether our future is bright, or dim (or even lights-out), period. We will have all the science and technology to make it ‘heaven’ (rather than hell) - but will have the will?
Will we make the right decisions? Are we able to come together on a common, ‘good future’ agenda? I remain optimistic, because, to paraphrase Winston Churchill (when he spoke about Americans) “we can trust humans to do the right thing - after they’ve tried everything else”. The future is better than we think. IF. In this context, I am launching a bunch of new speaking topics (see below) as well as revamping many of my most popular talks.
So, it is in that spirit and amidst a once-again snowy Zurich backdrop that I send you this hopefully thought-provoking, against-the-norms newsletter to help you to question some of your long-held beliefs and ideologies.
As always, I love hearing from you and wish you all the best in these hard times! All the best, Gerd

Rethinking the Future of Capitalism
This is a long-time topic that is near and dear to my heart, and forms much of the basis of two of my new keynote topics for 2021: The Good Future: Why and how “People-Planet-Purpose and Prosperity” is the key to our Future, and Awesome Humans on top of Amazing Technology: The future of work, jobs and education.
The Good Future: "People-Planet-Purpose and Prosperity"
Don't agree that the Future is better than we think? Test your preconceptions (via Gapminder)
Awesome Humans on Top of Amazing Technology
Gerd Leonhard
Here is a short video with some of my key messages on my new 2021 speaking topic "Awesome Humans on top of Amazing Technology: Our Future", see full version at https://t.co/9FdAPZi8qO and the #keynote summary at https://t.co/GOpaolg8fU #gpt3 #AI #futureofwork https://t.co/LzjDrALNdJ
We are least aware of what our minds do best (Marvin Minsky)
Sustainability is the new digital revolution for business | World Economic Forum
Rethinking Friedman: Imagining a More Inclusive Capitalism | by Jacqueline Novogratz | Medium
What is the circular economy? | CNBC Explains
8 predictions for the world in 2030 | World Economic Forum (made me think)
The Social Media Dilemma and Big Tech
Twitter, Facebook and Co.: The Growing Problem of Online Radicalization - DER SPIEGEL
Time for a U.S.—EU digital alliance?
Twitter and Facebook Just Proved That Deplatforming Works | The Nation
The Economic Impacts of Corona
‘It’s a matter of fairness’: squeezing more tax from multinationals | Financial Times
Inflation: Could covid-19 cause prices to rise? | The Economist
That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s edition of my newsletter and I look forward to talking to you again soon.
And, if you haven’t subscribed to my channel on Youtube, I’d love to see you there. I post most of my uncut keynotes, talks, and other assorted clips to complement this newsletter there and I am sure you would find most of it interesting.
Until next time.
Cheers from Zurich,
Gerd
PS. My most popular talk of 2020 and into this year as been Moving Beyond the Corona Crisis. If your organization or conference could use an in-depth dive into the next 3-5 years and where we go from here, take a moment to review my timely new material here:
THE WORLD WITH/POST COVID-19 My #1 2020 Keynote
And finally, a bit of a good-bye gift: As you may have noticed, we have produced a ton of short videos lately (mostly with excerpts from my longer virtual keynotes), and many of you have emailed me requesting a download option, so here it is now, via this shared dropbox folder (we call it GerdCloud:). Please note that you may need to provide your email address first to get access. Enjoy.
The New Bull Market:  People Planet Purpose and Prosperity
The New Bull Market: People Planet Purpose and Prosperity
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