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What You Need to Know Episode #3: Why we should be optimistic about the future. New video by futurist Gerd Leonhard.

What kind of future do we want for our children? What kind of ancestor will we be? So you may ask: How do we maintain HOPE and a positive outlook in a world that (right now, in August 2022) seems to go from bad to worse - climate emergency, war, inflation, food crises, energy crises, fake news, disinformation and the global decline of democracy. Yet, riffing off Kevin Kelly's protopia I derive hope from the fact that while our problems seem to be increasing, our capacity to deal with them is increasing even faster.

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My new film “The Good Future”

I am here to tell the story of The Good Future. I believe in a future where the power of human ingenuity, science and technology solves our biggest problems. I also believe that humans are basically kind and capable of collaboration (read 'human kind' by Rutger Bregman! )

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This decade represents our ‘last possible exit’ options in regards to climate change. The ‘Free Market’ won’t cut it.

In the future, we may look back at 2020 as the year we decided to keep driving off the climate cliff–or to take the last exit. Taking the threat seriously would mean using the opportunity presented by this crisis to spend on solar panels and wind farms, push companies being bailed out to cut emissions and foster greener forms of transport in cities. If we instead choose to fund new coal-fired power plants and oil wells and thoughtlessly fire up factories to urge growth, we will lock in a pathway toward climate catastrophe. There’s a divide about which way to go.

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Here is my ELF Policy Paper on the Future of Europe: Capitalism, Technology and Sustainability

In this talk, I comment on the Covid-19 "Infodemic" and what it means for the future of (social) media and technology regulation, and describe what challenges to our economic and social models may emerge. I outline my key ‘definitive future’ foresights such as the End of Oil and Global Decarbonization, the dawning 'human renaissance' and the imminent action on global warming. I also present my ‘preferred futures’ such as a sustainable capitalism (people planet purpose and prosperity), the rise of digital ethics and a new multilateralism.

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Why Capitalism as we know it is unfit for the Future

Covid-19 Has Accelerated the Demise of Traditional Capitalism 2019 was a year of great prosperity and innovation, with stock markets booming, democracy thriving (well, maybe not quite in the US;), and unemployment at near record lows throughout much of the developed world. But then, Covid-19 struck and changed everything as half the world went into lock-down, economies and supply chains ground to a halt, unemployment skyrocketed, and the world suffered its greatest health/humanitarian crisis since World War II.

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