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Futurist Gerd Issue #48: The Good Future, Trump not a fluke, Net-Zero Fink and more

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Futurist Gerd Leonhard's latest findings, links and thoughts

February 2 · Issue #48 · 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.


Greetings
I hope you are well. It seems as if, since the U.S. presidential transition, things have calmed down a bit - at least when it comes to political dramas. That is certainly something I am thankful for;)
Yet there are so many challenges affecting the world, with Covid-19, climate change, inequality, and the human challenges resulting from unfettered and exponential technological growth leading the way.
So it is no coincidence that these existential risks/opportunities are the subject of my brand-new 2021 keynote talk (as well as an upcoming short film): “THE GOOD FUTURE - People, Planet, Purpose & Prosperity”; see below. *I know, it sounds ambitious… but bear with me.
It is in that spirit and as the world struggles with vaccine distribution, rethinking capitalism (allegedly), debating that ominous great reset and geopolitical power games that I send you these snippets and links below, which I hope you enjoy. Because the one thing that always helps when addressing large issues is being informed, truly understanding and seeing how it all hangs together.
So …here’s the best of what I’ve been looking at the past 7 days.
Be safe and well
Greetings from Zurich
Gerd

The Good Future: People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity
Climate Change and ? New Capitalism ?
BlackRock’s Larry Fink: Companies MUST GO Net-Zero By 2050
4 ways the U.S. can reassert leadership on climate change | Bill Gates
Biden's Latest Executive Orders Are The Most Aggressive Moves On Climate Change Of Any President
Geopolitics
To Counter China’s Rise, the U.S. Should Focus on Xi - POLITICO
Davos 2021: Billionaires, big tech and vaccines top the WEF agenda
Fareed Zakaria's Global Briefing: Trump was not a fluke (OMG)
Big Tech and Bad Feelings
Apple CEO links Facebook's business model to real-world violence
On Tech: Facebook is hated — and rich
Future Schlock — Real Life vs Techno-Utopianism
Read. Now. Stop the Netflix binges.
» Must-Read Book by Rutger Bregman: Humankind – A Hopeful History (some shared highlights)
Big Ideas 2021: Innovation Research by ARK Invest
The Spanish Audio Book Version of Technology vs Humanity is now available
Department of Streaming Geekdom
This is what my new Streaming TV studio looks like – I call it ‘Keynote Television’
That is all I have for now, but be sure to check your inbox Tuesday for the next newsletter. Until then, have a great week from suddenly warm but still way-too-rainy Switzerland.
Gerd Leonhard
"The end of analog" is nearing in our #postcoronafuture yet at the same time being MORE human is the ticket to everything https://t.co/Vp98fLUz9q https://t.co/kJfBjIByRB
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