In a word, no. Technology alone cannot save us from the decisions we make collectively. However, if we choose to embrace Democracy, technology can be a great tool in updating this form of government to fit the 21st century. Check out this video above...
You should also be aware that there is a significant push back against Democracy in the US based around racial identify politics. Read these three stories.
Political "Centrists" in the US are most hostile to Democracy, not extremists.
White Americans would give up Democracy if it means preserving the current caste system
Racial resentment is behind the dismantling of basic social services
The US seems to be holding onto the idea of Democracy by a thread, but perhaps new technological developments can update Democracy to fit the new world.
5/15/2018 0 Comments
Let's be honest. The new wave of AI machines of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are faster, quicker, more powerful and more efficient than we can ever be. Why are we training our kids to compete with them? If you listen to many parents, there is a false belief that if young people would just take more STEM classes and do more coding, their futures would be guaranteed. Nothing could be further from the truth. The future isn't being led by tech kids. It's being formed by the creative class.
More and more forward-thinking companies and organizations are seeking creatives that understand the basics of the technology, but have the ability to create by juxtaposing disparate ideas together to develop new applications. Life experiences, visionary approaches, fresh thinking, artistic talent, empathetic ideas, musical knowledge and courageous actions are the new tools in a world that needs a new kind of thought leadership. Machines can now do the labor intensive work. Humans still have the power of creative thought and must use this ace in the hole to not only give value to the human experience, but to help us redefine humanity that works for everyone. We can do better than what we're doing now. We simply haven't leveraged the full weight of our creative powers yet. Many of us are still looking to fit in like a cog in a machine. This is justified since we've been trained up in that tradition. We must now transition from the age of the job into the age of opportunity.
The age of opportunity means that we use our creative skills to find the new jobs, create jobs for ourselves, start businesses, form partnerships, create co-ops, seek global possibilities and transform the world. Even more, we must now look at the tools (AI, technology) as extensions of our greatest dreams and aspirations. All of that starts with developing creativity in ourselves and our children. Tech people will tell you --- it's the creatives who will win in the future.
Creativity can keep the machines from becoming our overlords....https://qz.com/1260943/the-ceo-of-ideo-explains-how-your-creative-capacity-is-the-key-to-surviving-a...
Creativity and innovation can save the planet....http://www.imaginenation.com.au/innovation-blog/8-reasons-innovation-important-businesses-today/
Creativity can close the skills gap between what young people graduate with and what companies need....http://blogs.adobe.com/education/2016/07/27/closing-the-skills-gap-why-creativity-is-essential-to-st...
It's a great time for communities of color to shine and empower our nations with their creative skills...https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-diversity-makes-us-smarter/
Yes, it is good to have STEM and coding skills, but make no mistake, machines are already doing their own coding and writing their own programming. We must now leverage what it truly means to be creative to help guide all of us into a brave new world.
5/9/2018 0 Comments
I talked about this a few months ago, but thought it important to rehash a few thoughts. You'd think that record low unemployment would lead to prosperity and higher wages and good times for all. However, there are too many other reports that tell a very different story.
Almost 55 million Americans live in economically distressed environments. And that doesn't count the people working two or three jobs hanging on to middle and working class housing...http://eig.org/dci.
The unemployment rate is much more nuanced that what they tell you in mass media. It's troubling....http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/368559-low-unemployment-rate-doesnt-tell-the-whole-story
The unemployment rate is no longer a clear indicator of a nation's economic health....https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/21/the-unemployment-rate-is-an-inadequate-reporter-of-u-s-econo...
Most people's jobs are only paying slightly more than they did in 1980....https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/04/april-jobs-numbers-2018-568596
There is a dramatic re-distribution of wealth still happening in our society, and is speeding up....https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/04/april-jobs-numbers-2018-568596
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but a bigger picture of things indicate the US is trending toward an unfortunate economic crisis in the near future, despite the snapshot provided by the mainstream news today. My prediction is that underemployment and cheap job creation is the prelude to technical/automation unemployment.
This is also good news in that more people are looking for alternative forms of economic empowerment for communities. This data only intensifies that search.
4/19/2018 0 Comments
Our world is transforming at breakneck speed. Climate change, artificial intelligence, the automation of jobs, information availability and other developments are rewriting the idea of how to live in the 21st century. Problem is, we're not doing a very good job of preparing our populations on how to navigate this brave new world. This development is different than anything else in known human history. Managing this kind of stress may be showing up as addiction epidemics, dramatic global increases in anxiety, depression and quiet desperation. What can be done? Here are a few articles that testify to this trend.....
How climate change is affecting our mental health......https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/14/health/climate-change-mental-health-eprise/index.html
How American philosophical ideas are making us depressed.....https://www.alternet.org/books/how-americas-economic-ideology-making-people-depressed-and-anxiety-filled
How the internet is driving us crazy and perhaps leading us to bad decision making...https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/trend-watch-internet-making-us-crazy/326147/
....and if you are in that dark place, here are some things you can do....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu-n2Wdtfo8
4/4/2018 0 Comments
There is a lot of dissatisfaction in many parts of the world. The United States is getting a lot of press because of the divide between at least two very different visions of the future. It appears, however, that there is significant ground work taking place that may not make the headlines but is taking place, nevertheless. Here are some examples of trends of how people are actually changing things.
How Veganism is conquering the world
Just a few short years ago, Veganism was seen as a goofy lifestyle choice of the tree hugger sect. Now, from airlines to special banquets to a friend's home, consideration of your dietary choice is the norm. The ancient dietary foundation of West Africa and Asian countries is now the fastest growing dietary trend. Read this article of how people championing Veganism is transforming the planet.
Google employees are pushing back against management's decision to work with the Pentagon.
Not quite sure how this is going to turn out, but the idea of employees seeing themselves with agency in their company is a reminder that the trend toward personal responsibility in an organization is refreshing -- no matter where you stand politically. Read this....https://www.cnet.com/news/google-employees-push-back-against-companys-pentagon-work/
The Me Too movement is changing the foundation of societies.
Tanara Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement is tapping into a basic religious belief: "to whom much is given, much is required". Read the latest on this grass roots game changer...https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/15/me-too-founder-tarana-burke-women-sexual-assault
The Move to Mindfulness
While the practice of Mindfulness (being present with your thoughts through yoga, meditation, etc) may not be the silver bullet to solve all of our society woes, the fact that it's trending in the world shows there is a search for a better way to live. This is important in a time when the world is experiencing rising rates of anxiety, depression and suicide. Read this...https://journal.thriveglobal.com/mindfulness-the-sweeping-workplace-trend-68c057b7ea5d
For those of you who may not have a full appreciation of the benefits of meditation, I offer this video..
Chet W. Sisk
3/27/2018 0 Comments
Stockton California's 27 year old mayor Michael Tubbs is leading a conversation about Universal Basic Resources that will define the future. As income inequality widens throughout the world and automation unemployment looms, innovative ideas of how we are to live are gaining speed. Check out this interview....
So, what has happened with other places that have tried some form of Universal Basic Income? Before you hear the talking points from someone, check out what we know so far from the data of other tests from around the world....
A large, wide-spread UBI program has been implemented in Western Kenya since 2016, giving people who were earning less that 75 cent per day something closer to 22 dollars a day. The most pronounced results from the test was that it dramatically improved quality of life and empowered people to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. http://basicincome.org/news/2017/03/us-kenya-new-study-published-results-basic-income-pilot-kenya/
A much more nuanced picture of UBI is happening in Finland. While the trial is still in effect and results won't be known until the end of 2018, a basic indication that it can simplify the process of empowering peoplel...https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/31/finland-universal-basic-income
Despite what some Social Conservatives would argue, the consistent theme throughout most of the experiments is that people on a basic income keep on working. Alaska is a perfect case in point....https://qz.com/1205591/a-universal-basic-income-experiment-in-alaska-shows-employment-didnt-drop/
While India experienced plenty of implementation challenges with a country of it's size, the basic takeaways included more people working, better health which improved school attendance and, more people investing back into their trade....http://isa-global-dialogue.net/indias-great-experiment-the-transformative-potential-of-basic-income-...
Universal Basic Income really is a no-brainer. The real challenge is the social constructs of ruling parties not believing that everyone should do well. There are those who believe only some should. Getting past that hurdle and making sure the income is not a substitution for other forms of social support are key in implementation and getting ahead of automation unemployment.
3/15/2018 0 Comments
I have a confession to make. I occasionally slip into a place where I talk a lot about the doom and gloom of the years ahead of us. My intention was to make sure you paid attention to the very real existential threats to our existence as a species, thanks to climate change, dramatic income inequality, profoundly systemic racism and mysogyny, rising authoritarian regimes and automation unemployment. Problem is, without showing a new and more empowered way forward, I was creating more fear and hopelessness --- the exact opposite of creating action, courage, vision and possibilities --- the things I advocate for as a Futurist. Several recent studies confirm my intuitive thought.
Scaring people literally makes them feel more scared, more unsafe and politically extreme --- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/11/22/at-yale-we-conducted-an-experiment-to-turn-conservatives-into-liberals-the-results-say-a-lot-about-our-political-divisions/?utm_term=.0a5183d8780a
Doom and gloom media (including social media) tends to lean negative and pessimistic, which leads people to take extreme social and political positions. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/donald-trump-and-the-psychology-of-doom-and-gloom/
Negativity and pessimism tend to become self-fulfilling prophecies --- https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-to-stop-pessimistic-self-fulfilling-prophecies-from-shaping-your-life/
Pessimism is killing us --- https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/20/is-pessimism-bad-for-you
I'm not writing this to say we shouldn't tell people the truth about the real threats that can destroy whole societies and a world. On the contrary --- tell people everything, not just one side....but all sides. Tell the whole story. Tell them about what positive possibilities can come if they re-imagine the future beyond the dystopian tropes of our movies, tv shows and pop culture. We used to call that hope.
There are three quotes I use in guiding my decisions toward actionable hope instead of immobilizing fear......
“There is no better teacher than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.” — Malcolm X
“What the world really needs is more love and less paper work” -- Pearl Bailey
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." --- Buckminster Fuller
To truly serve ourselves, our community and the world, we must lean into solutions, opportunities and new thinking like we've never done before. I am, because I know the future depends on it.
2/22/2018 0 Comments
In all fairness, the Sustainability Movement --- a push to make our environment diverse and habitable for generations to come, and the Regeneration Movement ---a push to reset the current paradigm and transform the planet into a habitable place for all living beings --- really are working toward the same end. However, as I have dug deeper into the Regeneration Movement, I can say that this approach is much more precise for the kind of challenges we face today. Here are four examples of what I mean....
Regenerative Agriculture --- The problem with our current agricultural practice is the tremendous amount of chemicals used to grow the crops as well as the horrible stripping away of top soil, leaving the land problematic for years. Regenerative agriculture does three things: restores and maintains top soil, makes the soil reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere and doubles down on the organic movement. That's three for the price of one. Read more here....http://www.regenerationinternational.org/why-regenerative-agriculture/
The Truth and Reconciliation Movement --- Anyone who has been to counseling knows that the first step to healing is first admitting that you have a problem. There is a movement in the world to get countries to do exactly what the South Africans did a few years back. This doesn't mean all problems will be solved when they are acknowledged and are laid bare, but it is hard for any society to survive with hidden and unacknowledged wrongs in it's past. This can be the start of a new beginning for a country....http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/brief/how-grassroots-truth-and-reconciliation-movements-can-further-fight-social-justice-us
The Regenerative Economy --- There are tons of new economic ideas being floated about these days. The only reason they are is because the Fourth Industrial Revolution is demanding something new and that there is a growing lack of confidence, especially among young people about why we should keep what we have when it's not working very well for most people. Here is an idea that provides another view as to how economies can serve more people and the planet...https://www.fastcompany.com/3020653/creating-a-regenerative-economy-to-transform-global-finance-into-a-force-for-good
Regenerative Cities --- With masses of people moving from coastal and war torn metro areas to others, it's time to get ahead of this challenge. The approach of the past has been basically no approach. Unbridled growth was considered a sign of a wealthy community. Not any more. Here is a regenerative cities plan to leverage the technologies of the day to create great metro areas...https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/city-need-regenerative-city/
It's not that the technology or resources don't exist to help us leverage this regenerative approach. It's a matter of collective will and awareness.
2/7/2018 0 Comments
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at email@example.com