7/12/2018 0 Comments
Despite what the current administration in the US is doing to thwart the efforts of renewables to play a role in future energy needs, renewables, particularly solar energy, will take a large chunk of energy currency away from fossil fuels over the next few years. The fossil fuel industry companies have worth based on how much potential oil reserves they own that's in the ground and yet to be retrieved. As renewables continue to increase their share of the marketplace, those potential assets become "stranded" and lose value, thus, the companies lose value....
So, what would happen if emerging organizations dedicated to doing regenerative work in the world (that is, instead of sustaining the institutions in the world, we focus on pushing the reset button and re-imagine institutions), negotiate with the fossil fuel companies to transfer their valuation of those stranded assets to companies doing next generation renewable energy and community development work?
Yeah, I know. I hear some of you saying "why would these kinds of people want to invest in something like regeneration?" True. Since these industry barons are used to the idea of zero sum outcomes, cornering markets, exploiting resources and controlingj means as a road to profit, this could seem like a values conflict between two different communities. But what if we simply introduce the idea, with rules? Could we be assuming too much? Could an initial conversation be a good way to measure how they may feel about this? I say yes. A conversation doesn't mean we agree. It only means we want to create an opportunity for all sides of this conversation. The truth is, the rate of renewable energy growth, along with falling fossil fuel use due to autonomous cars is forcing this conversation with traditional energy companies right now. We can at least provide them with an option to put money and investment in the good of the planet and humanity. Besides, if profit is their motivation, holding onto fossil fuel potential stranded in rock seems like an unsuccessful pathway forward.
What is happening?
A few years ago, I provided a more elaborate conversation of what's happening in the world right now with Dee Myers of the Association for Global New Thought. We are in the middle of a gigantic transition. We should act and plan accordingly. Check out this audio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bI2MFAWN1g
6/21/2018 1 Comment
From measuring your heart rate, to staying on top of your blood sugar to checking how much exercise your getting, health apps are the rage, but millions of people stay away from them --- at their own peril. I believe these apps can do more than what they're functioned to do. I believe they can train us to be more proactive in our own health and develop a sense of agency as human beings. Check out this interview with me and Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clark to get an idea of what I mean by watching the video above....
Here are a few other things you should know about health care and the Fourth Industrial Revolution....
Your AI doctor has arrived.....https://www.axios.com/artificial-intelligence-medicine-doctors-algorithms-604f44b1-eb96-4250-91d3-7f...
Here are the top 25 mental health apps.....https://www.psycom.net/25-best-mental-health-apps
And here are the best health and fitness apps on the market....https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/18-best-health-and-fitness-apps-of-2018
If you want to hear a plan for an infrastructure that will empower our communities, check out the event below. I will be there to share with you a new infrastructure that incorporates technology, spirituality and entrepreneurship and connectedness. Please come!
6/6/2018 1 Comment
If you were to ask me, I would say the data I'm sharing with you today suggests that all of us have a deep and profound part of our mind (spirituality) that seeks connection to something deep and profound. I would also say that religion is a personal and cultural interpretation of this spiritual part of us, thus, why we have so many different faiths. I would also say that this trending information provides insight into how we can create a transformed world by using spirituality. It would be kind of like knowing everyone in your office is a football fan. That means you can have football centered themes at your office parties and everyone would get it. It would mean you could provide football-related gifts (like seasons tickets) as incentives for great work. It would mean you could use football references in your pep talks and everyone would know what you're talking about.
Something to think about .
There is a spiritual part of the brain.....https://qz.com/1292368/columbia-and-yale-scientists-just-found-the-spiritual-part-of-our-brains/
Want a higher quality of life? Drill down on your spirituality.....https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-health-of-spirituality
The power and benefits of meditation is beyond dispute....http://bigthink.com/think-tank/is-the-brain-hardwired-for-religion
Check out the video below for a brief excerpt from an interview I had with Dr. Peggy Mitchell last week.
I am on with her again this Thursday (June 7th) at 1pm (MST). I would love if you could listen in (WLZ AM 56) and CALL in at 303-477-5600 between 1 and 2, it would be greatly appreciated.
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.
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