Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment and climate represented the greatest threat in the 21st century.
My TechCast Project has published breakthroughs for years, usually for emerging technologies. This is a "social breakthrough"—social trends that reach a critical tipping point that transforms society. Think of the Collapse of Communism, the Women's Movement, and the Tea Party.
It is my country's 147th birthday today. Yes, Canada as a confederation is now almost a century-and-a-half in age and as part of that celebration, the Toronto Star, one of Canada's premier newspapers, asked Ken Dryden, goaltender, Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, lawyer, professor, and overall pretty bright guy to ask famous Canadians to talk about their hopes for Canada's future.
This is the 3rd article in my short series trying to figure out the level of terrorist danger ISIS poses in the UK, again comparing them with the IRA in the Northern Ireland "troubles." I don’t predict the level it will actually get to, which depends on too many factors, only the limits if everything goes their way.
With transportation systems growing more efficient, and intrusive technologies leaving many feeling hyper-exposed and alienated by their government, conditions are now ripe for a massive wave of governmental disruption where wealthy individuals choose to “vote with their feet,” and abandon their home country. Here’s why a massive shift is about to occur.
It's only a poll, which is hardly an election, but a Bloomberg measure of American attitudes towards tackling climate change show a significant public opinion shift. It appears that 62% of Americans polled are prepared to pay more for energy if it means reducing carbon emissions. Only a third of Americans are not.
The other day I was talking with a colleague who had recently accepted a partnership position at HolacracyOne, LLC. I have heard about Holacracy as an alternative governing system for organizations, particularly corporations, but was not intimately knowledgeable about the specific roles, responsibilities, culture and other details of the system.
The world is undergoing a paradigm shift, not just because of environmental stress but because of a revolution that is altering discourse and decision making across the planet. I state this because of what came across the breakfast table this morning as I sat down with my newspaper.
A senior government advisor on climate change in China recommended the country place a cap on carbon emissions in the next five-year plan, which would begin in 2016. For the Chinese, President Obama's initiative may finally end the dispute between the two countries over the issue of greenhouse gas emissions.