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Futurist Gerd Leonhard's latest findings, links and thoughts - Issue #44


Futurist Gerd Leonhard: Twice Upon a Time - and more good stuff to read and watch

January 4 · Issue #44 · View online

This monthly newsletter features the best finds, links and videos curated by Gerd Leonhard, Futurist & Humanist, Keynote Speaker, Author of 'Technology vs Humanity', Film-Maker & CEO of The Futures Agency in Zürich / Switzerland. Topics: Technology/Humanity, AI, Climate, The Good Future and more.

Welcome to 2021!
I hope you are all doing well and have had the chance to unwind and enjoy at least a semblance of normality over the holidays and New Year’s. But 2021 is finally here and it is the start of a new decade. Hopefully, a decade of human flourishing and advancement; where we come together through/post the hardships of Covid-19 to tackle the even larger, existential problems facing humanity in the coming decades. I believe we are truly at a Fork in The Road.
This is especially relevant today because what we do in the next ten years- starting in 2021 - will determine our future as a species. Unless we really address climate change, increasingly unsustainable inequality and increasingly misaligned capitalism, as well as the externalities and unintended consequences of exponential scientific and technological innovation, we are not headed for a good place.
But yet, despite the many issues we face, I have hope, and you should too. The 2020 Corona-Crisis saw people and nations band together like never before. A lot more people joined “Team Human” as my fellow thinker Douglas Rushkoff likes to say (be sure to read his book!). And it is only as an all-in team, striving together to address these structural mega-challenges that we can build a better, more prosperous and purpose-driven world for all of us.
So, let that be your 2021 call to arms. Together, we can change the world and the systems and norms that got us to this catastrophically dangerous ledge in the first place. The future is People Planet Purpose and Prosperity - or none.
I wish you all an amazing start to the new year and a healthy, happy, productive and kind 2021.
Gerd Leonhard
Zurich, Switzerland

Welcome to 2021 - We're at The Fork in the Road
Welcome to 2021 - We're at The Fork in the Road
Did You Miss My 2021 Greetings?
A special New Year's / 2021 Greeting: The Future is better than we think (yes I know... hard to imagine!)
A Very Bumpy Ride | Must-read interview with Larry Brilliant.
2020 Was a Warning That Our Civilization is Reaching Breaking Point | A gloomy but riveting read by Umair Haque
We are approaching the fastest, deepest and most consequential technological disruption in history
Tech Giants Are Monopolies, But How Far Could They Go? Look To China
Labour markets - Zoom and gloom | The Painful Transition to Remote Work | The Economist
Looking at 2020 and Beyond
2020 Year in review: Business - The year of divergence | Business | The Economist
These breakthroughs will make 2021 better than 2020 | Bill Gates
2021+ 9 themes for next year and beyond - Ross Dawson
The B Team | Lessons Learned In Pursuit of Ten Times Bolder Leadership
How About a Little Positivity, Too?
Reasons to be cheerful - The pandemic could give way to an era of rapid productivity growth | Finance & economics | The Economist
How Germany and Costa Rica are putting nature at the heart of their recoveries | World Economic Forum
The World in 2021 - Ursula von der Leyen on teamwork solving global problems | The World Ahead | The Economist
That is all I’ve got for now. Have a great start to the new year!
Until next time,
PS. And for a special New Year’s bonus for newsletter subscribers, I have decided to open up December’s Future-Ready Executive training video: The End of Analog & a new Human Renaissance (see below)
Future Ready Executive Program: The End of Analog & a new Human Renaissance
Almost forgot.... have a good laugh
Rema 1000: Smartboat (a great example of why too much tech can be a very bad thing)
... or be awed?
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