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Futurist Gerd Leonhard's Newsletter: Special Issue on The Fork In The Road Project- Issue #56


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

April 30 · Issue #56 · 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.

Greetings everyone,
Today’s newsletter is dedicated to the The Fork in the Road Project which I started earlier this year together with my fellow futurists Glen Hiemstra and David Houle. The Fork In The Road Project is named after one of my key influences, Buckminster Fuller, and aims to bring 4 existential issues (climate change, capitalism, exponential technological change and human enhancement) into a sharper and deeper public focus, and to catalyse real action by leaders around the world. Our key focus will be on creating powerful, positive and inspiring futuristic narratives (show, events, films and experiences).
Over 200 futurists and other visionaries from all over the globe have already signed the Manifesto, including Larry Brilliant, Philip Kotler, Robert Sawyer, David Brin and Howard Bloom. And now you can sign it, too, and become a part of this tribe, here! It would be really great to get your support on this initiative - we want to grow this exponentially in the next couple of months.
Our new blog is here. Watch the summary presentation video from our inaugural zoom call, here, or the latest video presentation, embedded below. If you just want to stay connected to the project and not sign the manifesto yet, please subscribe to the newsletter.
As always, thanks for your kind attention and I wish you all the best and hope to hear from you in the future.
Cheers from Zurich!

👀 Join us May 13 8am PST 11am EST 5pm CET 👀
The Fork In The Road Project is growing very quickly and today we are delighted to announce our first ForkTalk.
The free inaugural ForkTalk features Philip Kotler, Brenda Cooper, David Houle and Bronwyn Williams, hosted by me & Glen Hiemstra.
  1. Brenda Cooper on the Role of Science Fiction as a Visionary Tool
  2. David Houle on  Facing the Climate Crisis
  3. Bronwyn Williams on Re-Writing the Social Contract
  4. Philip Kotler on Is World Capitalism Ready for Nordic Capitalism?
Brenda Cooper: Stories of the Future: Science Fiction as a Visionary Tool
Brenda will touch on the power of story as a way to spark interest in the future, to explore possible solutions, and to either warn or instill hope. Brenda is the award-winning author of twelve books and more than fifty stories.
David Houle: Facing the Climate Crisis: Simplified
David Houle subject will touch on a high-level look at what needs to be done. The basics needed to change our trajectory at this fork in the road of the 2020s. David Houle is a futurist, thinker and keynote speaker. He has keynoted numerous conferences across the country and internationally.
Bronwyn Williams: Re-Writing the Social Contract
In this short talk Bronwyn will explain the undercurrents that have become cracks in our social contract and highlights the pitfalls we need to avoid if we wish to heal rather than widen those divides. She will be highlighting the importance of holding space for diversity and divergent ideas about the future without falling into the twin traps of discrimination or forced homogeneity. Bronwyn Williams is a futurist, economist and trend analyst from Johannesburg South Africa.
Philip Kotler: Is The World Ready for Nordic Capitalism?
Philip Kotler will share how Nordic democracies consistently rank the highest in multiple categories. Might they be a model for global capitalism?Philip Kotler is known around the world as the “father of modern marketing.” For over 50 years he has taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
What is the #ForkInTheRoadProject? #Futurist Gerd Leonhard's Presentation at Sarasota Institute
Latest from the ForkTalks Speakers
Bronwyn Williams on Tension between radical new ideas threaten to break social contract further
How Companies Need to Think about the Future. The Case of Unilever. | by Philip Kotler | Mar, 2021 | Medium
Philip Kotler - The Importance of Service and Value
Reskilling for Our Climate Crisis | by David Houle | The 2020s Decade | Medium
Saving Ourselves From Ourselves | David Houle | TEDxLakeShoreDrive
::: ForkTalks launch event May 13 2021 8am PST :::
ForkTalks #1: The Fork in the Road Project: 4 Amazing Speakers
👉 Sign the Manifesto 👈
The Fork In The Road Project on Medium
And lastly, here are some ideas on 'The Good Future' 🙏
Inspiring & powerful conversation with #Futurist​ Gerd Leonhard: How can we design #TheGoodFuture?
The Good Future: A conversation with Futurist Gerd Leonhard (download it all via Vimeo)
Thanks for reading, and see you down the road.
Live long and prosper! Gerd
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