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Informing Choices Mini-Pod

Informing Choices Mini-Pod

By Steve Wells
While thoughts turn toward the future as the pandemic and its implications continue to roll forward, Informing Choices are introducing the Informing Choices Mini-Pod. This is a podcast series designed to provide insight to how we enable a very human future by exploring "the future of" different topics.

Podcast host Steve Wells talks to experts across domains such as coaching, communications, change management, education and training, health and wellbeing, sustainability, and societal shifts plus others to explore guests' perspectives on the future.

steve@informingchoices.com
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Future Workplaces and Work
The future of work is often spoken about at events all over the world. Of course, there are implications for where we work too. The topic of remote, on-site, and hybrid working is a major topic of debate as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. But what are the challenges for corporate real estate, from design, build, to occupation and services? How might the future of work impact the future of workplaces? To consider Future Workplaces and Work I am drawing on my contribution to a panel discussion at a recent CoreNet (the world’s leading association for corporate real estate and workplace professionals, service providers, and economic developers) event. You can learn more about me and my work by connecting with me as follows: Email steve@stevewells.uk LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/steve-wells-futurist-speaker Twitter twitter.com/informingchoice Articles and Media informingchoices.blogspot.com YouTube youtube.com/user/InformingChoices Website stevewells.uk Credits: Image https://pixabay.com/illustrations/render-3d-design-office-open-space-2001817 Intro music Aleksandr Karabanov https://pixabay.com/music/introoutro-stomp-logo-3-13783 Outro music Yuri_Gagarin https://pixabay.com/music/beats-birds-in-the-trees-1176
08:54
July 27, 2022
Humanity's Relationship With the Natural World with Liselotte Lyngsø
Our world today has been created through a consumption mindset, but increasingly we are becoming aware of the unsustainable nature of such an approach. Our growing understanding of the complex and interconnected processes that make up the fragile natural systems on which we ultimately all rely is increasingly shaping our political, business, and personal lives and outlook. So how might our relationship with the natural world evolve and what role could technology play in helping us enable a more sustainable world? To consider Humanity's Relationship with the Natural World I am very pleased to welcome Liselotte Lyngsø to the podcast. Lise is a Keynote Speaker, Futurist, and Founder CEO of Future Navigator. You can learn more about Lise and her work by contacting and connecting with her as follows: Email lll@futurenavigator.dk LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/liselotte-lyngsø-03a205 Twitter twitter.com/LiselotteLyngso Web futurenavigator.com During the podcast, Lise makes reference to two scenarios she has written designed to explore two different potential outcomes for humanity’s relationship with nature. You can read the scenarios here. Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/man-woman-couple-people-hands-2609375
20:33
June 28, 2022
Is the Future of Hotels Physical or Virtual? with Simone Puorto
The combination of smart technologies, robotics, new computing paradigms, and immersive technologies in the metaverse represent a potential sea-change across hospitality in general, and hotels specifically. Perhaps in the future we will take our holidays and business trips in virtual spaces in the metaverse and still enjoy a physical experience as well. To consider the question, “Is the Future of Hotels Physical or Virtual?” I am joined by Simone Puorto, author of the book Hotel Distribution 2050 and organizer of the first-ever travel and hospitality event in the metaverse. You can learn more about Simone and his work by contacting and connecting with him as follows: Email info@simonepuorto.com and simone@travelsingularity.com LinkedIn puortosimone Twitter @puortosimone Web travelsingularity.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/woman-technology-science-design-6929333
24:17
June 14, 2022
Empowering Women Through FEMTECH with Dr. Hynd Bouhia
What do Barbados, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Honduras, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Samoa, Serbia, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo, and Tunisia have in common? As of May 2022, they all have women as their Prime Minister / Head of the Nation’s Executive. And many other countries have also seen multiple occasions when women have led their respective governments. The questions is, how does global society build on these notable successes and extend the representation of women across society for the good of all humanity, into the future? And how might technology support the empowerment of women to achieve their potential? To discuss Empowering Women Through FEMTECH, I am honoured to welcome Moroccan based Doctor Hynd Bouhia to the podcast. Hynd has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in Finance and Strategy and is now on a mission to empower a billion girls and women around the world to grow confident, resilient, tech-savvy and financially free. You can learn more about Hynd and her work by contacting and connecting with her as follows: Email hynd.bouhia@gmail.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/hynd-bouhia-phd-0289a3a3 Web www.balmethod.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/suit-business-sw-women-attractive-2991514
20:40
June 07, 2022
Artificial Uterus and the End of Childbirth? with Alexandra Whittington
Scientists believe babies could be nurtured in external - artificial - wombs in the future. If so, what might the implications be? For some people, the very thought may conjure ideas of Frankenstein’s monster. For others, it could represent an opportunity to save more extreme pre-term babies in a significantly safer environment than that afforded by conventional incubators, when babies’ organs are not developed well enough to survive. Premature birth, before 37 weeks, is globally the biggest cause of death among newborns. The technology could also provide a safe way for couples to have children where other interventions are not possible. It might even allow mother’s to keep working throughout their pregnancy experiencing physical symptoms. Does all this seem far-fetched? To date, experiments have been conducted on rodents and sheep with human trials anticipated in 10 years. The big questions about these technologies revolve around the social and ethical implications, and I am delighted to welcome back to the podcast leading female futurist and member of Tata Consulting Services Future of Business team Alexandra Whittington to discuss these issues. You can learn more about Alex and her work by connecting with her as follows: Email foresightpartner@gmail.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/alexandra-whittington-futurist Twitter twitter.com/alexandra4casts This episode of the podcast was inspired by these BBC reports about the development of artificial wombs: What if women never had to give birth again? BBC News / World TV: Artificial wombs  Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/embryo-life-evolution-space-source-7036773
17:24
May 31, 2022
The Death of Death with José Cordeiro
The duration of human life—longevity—is influenced by genetics, the environment, and our lifestyles. Environmental improvements beginning in the 1900s extended the average life span dramatically with significant improvements in the availability of food, clean water, better living conditions, reduced exposure to infectious diseases, and access to medical care. The study of longevity genes is a developing science. It is estimated that about 25% of the variation in human life span is determined by genetics, but which genes, and how they contribute to longevity, are not well understood… yet! Once they are understood, might we see the death of death? To talk about this issue, I am delighted to welcome director of the Millennium Project, futurist, transhumanist, and author José Cordeiro back to the podcast. You can learn more about José and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email jose_cordeiro@yahoo.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/josecordeiro Twitter twitter.com/cordeiro Facebook facebook.com/josecordeiro2045 Website cordeiro.org Blog josecordeiro2019.blogspot.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/beyond-death-life-after-death-1087922
17:42
May 24, 2022
Recruitment in a Digitised World with Cathryn Barnard
The BBC 3 programme, Computer Says No (may not be available in your country due to copyright) explores the use of algorithm and computer-automated hiring. The automated process could be used to screen CVs and even conduct video interviews. In one example, the programme also looks into the alleged use of automated systems in letting people go. Questions raised by the programme include the impact on accuracy – and therefore the decisions taken by the systems - of race, gender, emotion, and regional UK accents. So what’s wrong with traditional recruitment processes and how might we see recruitment evolve in the future? To discuss this question, I am delighted to welcome back Director and Co-Founder of Working the Future, Cat Barnard to the podcast. You can learn more about Cat and her work by connecting with her as follows: LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/cathrynbarnard Twitter twitter.com/workingfuture1 Email cathryn@workingthefuture.com Web workingthefuture.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/analyst-recruiter-research-6492859
21:27
May 17, 2022
Opportunities and Threats of a Jobless World with Gina Clifford
With a current mindset, it’s hard to see the opportunities of a jobless world created through the growth of pervasive and ever-smarter automation technologies. Commentators will often focus on the challenge presented to economies and welfare systems of high unemployment driven by technological shifts. But what if the politically-driven economic paradigm of seeking 100% employment shifts? Are there opportunities as well as risks to a world transitioning towards a jobless future? To discuss the Opportunities and Threats of a Jobless World I am very pleased to welcome strategic communicator and futurist Gina Clifford back to the podcast. You can learn more about Gina and her work by contacting and connecting with her as follows: Email gina.clifford@gmail.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/ginaclifford Twitter twitter.com/G1naClifford Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/characters-jobs-work-fun-career-1372458
20:38
May 10, 2022
Geopolitical Fall-out from the Russia / Ukraine Conflict with Max Stucki
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022, the world changed. The fall of communism and the Soviet Union had meant the end of the Cold War, as Russia began to find its place in a new world order. But the unprovoked attack on Ukraine has sent the world generally, and Europe specifically back into an antagonistic relationship with Moscow, with punishing sanctions undoing decades of “normalisation” between the West and Russia. For now, it has also largely reunited Europe and the NATO alliance, perhaps an achievement that some in the West could only have dreamt of, until Putin’s actions! The question is, how might the fall-out from the conflict in Ukraine change the future geo-political landscape? To discuss this question, I am delighted to welcome foresight analyst Max Stucki back to the podcast. Max is senior foresight analyst at Futures Platform - a company focusing on strategic foresight - and he holds Master’s Degrees in Futures Studies and Social Sciences. You can learn more about Max and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email: max.stucki@futuresplatform.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/max-stucki-9b35a067 Website: futuresplatform.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/ukraine-russia-heads-family-banner-7055808
16:54
May 04, 2022
Optimising Healthcare by Optimising People with Pétur Haraldsson
One of the greatest social challenges society faces is the provision of effective healthcare. Whether the system under examination is publicly or privately funded, the challenges are consistent; how do we ensure each patient is able to access the right intervention, at the right time, in the right place? And how does the system need to flex so that people can make informed health choices before illness sets in … and help enable a society characterised by well managed and even delayed chronic disease, and longer, healthier, working lives? To discuss Optimising Healthcare Optimising Healthcare in the future, I am delighted to welcome entrepreneur and Executive Chairman at Fidesta, Pétur Haraldsson to the podcast. You can learn more about Pétur and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email petur.haraldsson@fidesta.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/pétur-albert-haraldsson-112b Twitter twitter.com/Peturharaldsson Website fidesta.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/human-skeleton-human-body-anatomy-163715
16:58
April 20, 2022
The New Future of Dining Experiences with Steve Wells
In this podcast, I am going to build on a previous episode exploring the future of food but this time focus on how take-away and dining-out experiences might change in the future. We will look at converging drivers and how technology could create very different dining experiences. So let’s consider: New (Old) Sources of Protein 3D Printing Use of robots in food preparation Multi-sensory Dining Experiences Three Scenarios – Future Food Experiences You can also listen to the following episodes of the podcasts on the future of agriculture and food: The Future of Sustainable Urban Agriculture with Diana Davidson The Future of Meat Production and Consumption with Diana Davidson   The Future of Agricultural Efficiency with Adam Greenberg   Technologies Shaping the Post-Pandemic Future of Food with Tony Hunter   The Future of Food in 2035 with Steve Wells  You can learn more about me and my work by connecting with me as follows: Email steve@stevewells.uk LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/steve-wells-futurist-speaker Twitter twitter.com/informingchoice Articles and Media informingchoices.blogspot.com YouTube youtube.com/user/InformingChoices Website stevewells.uk Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/delicious-dishes-focus-food-hand-1853300
13:54
March 17, 2022
The Future of Food in 2035 with Steve Wells
The future of food – particularly of meat and meat consumption – can be promoted as a “no choice” future with plant-based meat as the only viable option for human health, the good of the planet, and animal welfare. But is that the case? Are there other solutions that provide consumer choice and reap the benefits to health, the planet and animal welfare? And when we look into the solutions, what are the wider implications of a fundamental change to our food system in the future? To explore the future of food in 2035, I am painting a brief scenario focusing on: The New Future of Arable Farming Meeting the Need for Meat - Plant-Based and In-Vitro Meat Tax as Carrot and Stick Supply Chains Land Use and Re-purposing You can learn more about me and my work by connecting with me as follows: Email: steve@stevewells.uk LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/steve-wells-futurist-speaker Twitter: twitter.com/informingchoice Articles and Media: informingchoices.blogspot.com YouTube youtube.com/user/InformingChoices Website: stevewells.uk Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/meat-beef-raw-marinated-steak-2602031 
11:58
March 09, 2022
Future of Commodity Markets with Noah Healy
A commodity market is a market that trades in primary products and materials rather than manufactured products, such as cocoa, fruit, gold, oil, and sugar. Commodity markets can include trading in a physical or a virtual space using spot prices, forwards, futures, and options on futures. The origins of these market places can be traced back over 5,000 years, but how do they work now and how might they change in the future? To discuss the future of commodity markets I am joined on the podcast by Data Scientist Noah Healy who has a particular interest in combining mathematics with technology to produce game-changing solutions. You can learn more about Noah and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email noahphealy@yahoo.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/noah-healy Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/chart-trading-courses-forex-1905225
18:38
March 01, 2022
Insurance in the Post-Pandemic World with David Smith
David Smith is chief executive and a futurist at London-based Global Futures and Foresight. In the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, David has explored the implications for the insurance sector of the Coivid-19 pandemic, in addition to the trends that were already visible. So, digitisation, changing business models, and attitudes to risk are all key factors. His chapter in the book poses this question: “How has the pandemic impacted an insurance industry that is already being disrupted by digital technologies, InsurTech, new entrants, and an increasingly changing role from compensator to preventer of loss?” You can learn more about David and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email davidasmithgff@gmail.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/dasmith Twitter twitter.com/DavidSmithGFF YouTube youtube.com/user/GFFTV Website www.thegff.com For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website. Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/insurance-business-1991274
18:01
February 22, 2022
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies—A Platform for Transformation? with Kapil Gupta
Alongside the ongoing fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the major stories of the last year or so has been the growing prominence of blockchain technology and the underlying crypto assets it enables. Individuals, investors, businesses, and governments have all been taking note. The question is, how might blockchain and cryptocurrencies become a platform for transformation? And what might this transformation mean for all of our futures? Kapil Gupta is a technology and crypto analyst and contributor to the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon and joins me on the podcast. You can learn more about Kapil and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email kapil@nibana.life LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/kapilgupta Website www.nibana.life For information about the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon” see the Fast Future website.  Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/blockchain-block-chain-bitcoin-3750157
17:60
February 15, 2022
The Prospects for a Post-pandemic Society with Patrick van der Duin
Patrick van der Duin is Executive Director at The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends and a contributor to the book, "Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon". In his chapter, co-authored with Hans Stavleu, he poses the question, “How might social and psychological factors shape the new normal of post-pandemic society?” I have used the phrase before but I think Patrick and Hans are exploring the alternatives of Restoring the Old Order and a Total System Reboot. Let’s see! You can learn more about Patrick and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email vanderduin@stt.nl LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/patrick-duin-van-der-6228a4 Website www.stt.nl For information about the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon” see the Fast Future website. Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/people-street-walking-city-6545894
15:02
February 08, 2022
Post-Covid Future: A New Renaissance? with José Cordeiro
In the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, director of the Millennium Project, futurist, and transhumanist – amongst many other roles - José Cordeiro describes how the Chinese word for crisis can be interpreted to represent danger and opportunity. In his chapter in the book, he subsequently poses the question, “Is the pandemic a source of global danger that also uncovers a great opportunity in the evolution of this planetary crisis?” To drill down on this question, we ask: 1) How can we avoid wasting this crisis and use it as a global opportunity for a new renaissance? 2) Could new exponential technologies prevent future pandemics? 3) In what ways might technology advance more in the next decade than it did in the entire previous century? You can learn more about José and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email jose_cordeiro@yahoo.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/josecordeiro Twitter twitter.com/cordeiro Facebook facebook.com/josecordeiro2045 Website www.cordeiro.org Blog www.josecordeiro2019.blogspot.com For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website.   Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/clouds-landscape-beyond-heaven-2709662
16:41
February 02, 2022
Christmas 2040 with Rohit Talwar
As we have seen in recent years, so many technological advances have changed our world. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated a number of those, particularly the way we interact remotely and virtually. But what do some of these technologies mean for the way we celebrate Christmas? In this final festive episode of the Informing Choices Mini-Pod mini-series, Fast Future CEO Rohit Talwar shares his ideas about Christmas in 2040. You can learn more about Rohit and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email Rohit@fastfuture.com LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/rohit-talwar-futurist-keynote-speaker Twitter twitter.com/fastfuture Website fastfuture.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/tea-laptop-christmas-new-year-s-eve-5842210 Music Credits: Intro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-christmas-story-10783 Outro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-holiday-is-coming-11852
10:00
December 25, 2021
Christmas 2040 with Gina Clifford
In this short mini-series on the Informing Choices Mini-Pod, we are exploring how futurists think we might celebrate Christmas in 2040. There are many cultural, religious festivals and celebrations around the world, but few with such global social and economic significance as Christmas. So when we turn towards the future, and consider the year 2040, what might celebrating Christmas entail? How might we digitise some physical aspects of our celebrations? In this episode, Strategic Communicator Gina Clifford shares her thoughts. You can learn more about Gina and her work by contacting and connecting with her as follows: Email: gina.clifford@gmail.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ginaclifford Twitter: twitter.com/G1naClifford Podcast: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tech-ideas-people/id1502161160 Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/balls-animation-material-test-1779069 Music Credits: Intro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-christmas-story-10783 Outro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-holiday-is-coming-11852
10:09
December 24, 2021
Christmas 2040 with Sylvia Gallusser
Speak with a futurist and at some point you may well hear the notion that foresight generally and scenario development specifically are not designed to create prediction but to help describe what might happen in the future. Futurist Sylvia Gallusser points out that in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the ghost of Christmas yet to come explains to Scrooge how the future is not set, and that we can set our journey into future by adapting our actions now. Perhaps Dickens was a futurist! With that in mind, in this festive episode of the Informing Choices Mini-Pod, Sylvia explores Christmas in 2040 through four scenarios. The question is, which is your favourite? You can learn more about Sylvia and her work by connecting with her as follows: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sylvialeroux Blog: siliconhumanism.home.blog Grey Swan Guild: linkedin.com/company/grey-swan-guild Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/different-nationalities-christmas-1911065 Music Credits: Intro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-christmas-story-10783 Outro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-holiday-is-coming-11852
11:19
December 23, 2021
Christmas 2040 with Joana Lenkova
Here on the Informing Choices Mini-Pod, in the context of such rapid and extensive global change, we are exploring what futurists think Christmas might be like in 2040. Today, I am delighted to welcome back to the podcast Strategist and Futurist Joana Lenkova for this festive peek into the future. Joana focuses on using technology for a nostalgic trip to Christmases past, expanding the themes of personal kindness and magic in the context of demographic changes which might have an impact on broadening the cultural appeal of the festive season, beyond the purely religious. You can learn more about Joana and her work by connecting with her as follows: LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/joana-lenkova Twitter twitter.com/_FuturesForward Website futures-forward.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/christmas-storybook-santa-3927576 Music Credits: Intro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-christmas-story-10783 Outro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-holiday-is-coming-11852
08:26
December 22, 2021
Christmas 2040 with Alexandra Whittington
Christmas is a special time of year for over two billion Christians around the world, and here on the Informing Choices Mini-Pod we are exploring what futurists think Christmas might be like in 2040. For futurist Alexandra Whittington, Christmas in 2040 might see old traditions retained but with a virtual twist. You can learn more about Alex and her work by connecting with her as follows: LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/alexandra-whittington-futurist Twitter twitter.com/alexandra4casts Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/gift-new-year-s-eve-congratulation-4669449 Music Credits: Intro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-christmas-story-10783 Outro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-holiday-is-coming-11852/
08:09
December 21, 2021
Christmas 2040 with Rob Caldera
In this short mini-series of the Informing Choices Mini-Pod, we are exploring what futurists think Christmas in 2040 might be like.  For change leadership advisor Rob Caldera, Christmas 2040 might include new treatments for ageing and immersive technologies - like virtual reality - to help us feel more connected across the festive period You can learn more about Rob and his work by connecting with him as follows: LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/robcaldera Website futureshiftconsulting.com Twitter twitter.com/robcaldera Image Source: Episode: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/greeting-card-christmas-tree-965111/ Music Credits: Intro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-christmas-story-10783/ Outro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-holiday-is-coming-11852/
06:20
December 20, 2021
Introducing Christmas 2040 with Steve Wells
Over a period of time, the time we spend with family and friends over Christmas develops its own tradition. Like all traditions, there is evolution, but rather than look back, I wanted to look forward – to Christmas 2040. So in a festive mini-series, I will post a short episode of the podcast each day between Monday 20th and Christmas Day. I have been speaking to six brilliant futurist friends of the podcast to explore what they think Christmas in 2040 might be like and I am eternally grateful to Rob Caldera, Gina Clifford, Sylvia Gallusser, Joana Lenkova, Alexandra Whittington, and Rohit Talwar for sharing their time and ideas with me. You can learn more about me and my work by connecting with me as follows: Email: steve@stevewells.uk LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/steve-wells-futurist-speaker Twitter: twitter.com/informingchoice Articles and Media: informingchoices.blogspot.com YouTube InformingChoices Website: stevewells.uk Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/christmas-christmas-tree-stars-4631718 Music Credits: Intro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-christmas-story-10783 Outro https://pixabay.com/music/christmas-holiday-is-coming-11852
04:45
December 15, 2021
Personal Resilience in a VUCA World with Cathryn Barnard
Our VUCA world requires us to adapt to the pace and scale of change as rapidly as we can. The survival of enterprise and effectiveness of public sector organisations relies on cutting edge leadership to create successful entities in the near term, while in parallel setting the conditions for future success, despite the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous nature of our world. Agility and resilience are increasingly critical organisational characteristics. But it that is the situation at the organisational level, how do the same drivers impact on our personal resilience? To discuss Personal Resilience in a VUCA World, Director and Co-Founder of Working the Future, Cathryn Barnard joins me on podcast today. You can learn more about Cathryn and her work by connecting with her as follows: LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/cathrynbarnard Twitter @workingfuture1 Email cathryn@workingthefuture.com Web workingthefuture.com Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/psychology-resilience-resistance-6083408
17:23
December 07, 2021
Leading Change with Foresight for Growth with Jennifer Bryan and Steve Wells
When we implement change programs, how often do we future-proof the change by exploring the future? Do the programs we put in place simply seek to change the past and present and how well does that set us up for an increasingly uncertain future characterised by exponential change? In this episode of the podcast we explore the integration of foresight with a human-centric change approach to develop programs that help organisations design, create, and implement effective, future-fit change that focuses on people. So, to discuss leading change with foresight, guest host Islay O’Hara is joined by Change Consultant Jennifer Bryan and Futurist (and usual Informing Choices Mini-Pod host) Steve Wells on the podcast. You can learn more about Jennifer and Steve by connecting with them as follows: Jennifer LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/jennifer-l-bryan-6b4b0b5 Email jennifer.bryan@abchangeconsultancy.com Website abchangeconsultancy.com Steve LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/steve-wells-futurist-speaker Email steve@informingchocies.com Website stevewells.uk Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/pleasure-welcome-network-globe-4921086/
14:28
November 30, 2021
Extended Reality Possibilities with Ross Edwards
Extended reality (XR) is a term used to collectively describe immersive technologies: virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. These technologies extend reality by adding to or simulating the real world through digital materials: Virtual Reality creates a simulated environment where participants can complete realistic interactions with objects and people. Augmented Reality adds interactive, digital elements to a live, real-world environment through a digital device like a phone, tablet, or headset. Mixed Reality uses advanced computer technology, graphics, and input systems to blend physical and digital worlds. With the extended reality revolution already underway, it’s easy to envision a future in which the lines between the real world and the virtual world become even more blurred than they are today. To discuss the possibilities presented by extended reality technologies, co-founder of Shooting Stories—a video marketing and digital media production company—and Technology Director at IORMA Ross Edwards joins me on the podcast. You can learn more about Ross and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email ross.edwards@iorma.com LinkedIn Linkedin.com/in/rossjamesedwards Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/cyber-glasses-cyber-glasses-4685057/
16:21
November 23, 2021
Political Entrepreneurship with Michael Mascioni
Politics can be defined as activities associated with decision-making in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals and groups including the distribution of resources or status. Entrepreneurship is the creation or extraction of value entailing change, and the risk encountered in starting up or conducting business.  So how might entrepreneurial thinking play a role in the future of politics? How might Political Entrepreneurship support policy development, implementation of local initiatives, and support wider public engagement with political processes? To discuss the future of Political Entrepreneurship, marketing consultant, writer, and futurist with a keen interest in the future of politics Michael Mascioni joins me on the podcast. You can learn more about Michael and his work by connecting with him as follows: LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/michael-mascioni-7b11bb Email mmmascioni@aol.com. Michael's new book on Political Entrepreneurship will be published in 2022. Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/capitol-building-washington-state-2212135/
16:51
November 14, 2021
Navigating the Future—Critical Questions with Rohit Talwar
In Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, editor and author Rohit Talwar explores 50 critical questions that organisations and individuals might ask themselves to help map a path to the future. In the book, Talwar describes seven domains covering the operating environment, economy, individuals and civil society, critical sectors, business and investment, politics and government, and science and technology. Further analysis reveals three core themes; sustainability, resilient economies, and the geopolitical landscape. So what are the most critical questions that we should be asking ourselves at the global, organisational, and personal level in each of these three themes to help map a path to the future? You can learn more about Rohit and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email: Rohit@fastfuture.com LinkedIn: rohit-talwar-futurist-keynote-speaker Twitter: fastfuture Website: fastfuture.com For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website.  Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/maze-graphic-render-labyrinth-2264/
19:20
November 05, 2021
The Future of Retirement in the Post-Pandemic Era with Michael Nuschke
Population ageing is a global phenomenon and a well-established trend. Back in 2015, it was estimated that there were 901 million people aged 60 years and over worldwide - 12.3% of the global population. By 2030, it is predicted that this will have increased to 1.4 billion or 16.4% and by 2050, to 2.1 billion or 21.3% of the global population. (Source ons.gov.uk) As the population ages, the ratio of non-workers to workers increases. For example, in the early 2000’s in the UK there were approximately four working age individuals (aged 20-64) for every person aged 65 and over. By 2056 this ratio is predicted to fall to about 2:1. So what are the financial, lifestyle, and health implications for retirement in the post-Covid world? Michael Nuschke is a retirement futurist, writer, speaker, and a contributor to the Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon. You can learn more about Michael and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email: retirementsingularity@gmail.com Website and Blog: retirementsingularity.com Facebook: RetirementSingularity LinkedIn: michael-nuschke-b3993b13 Twitter: MichaelN_RS For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website.   Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/old-elderly-beach-walk-relax-3608950/
18:51
November 02, 2021
Post-Pandemic Geopolitics with Max Stucki
Whilst the pre-pandemic geo-political backdrop was looking increasingly volatile, the Covid19 pandemic has led to deepening distrust between some nations. The tension between international collaboration - to find effective vaccines and treatments for example – and the every nation for themselves imperative has been problematic for some. But how might the pandemic accelerate and influence future geopolitical developments? Max Stucki is a senior foresight analyst at Futures Platform, a company focusing on strategic foresight and he holds Master’s Degrees in Futures Studies and Social Sciences. In his chapter in the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2, Max posed the question, “How might the pandemic accelerate and influence future geopolitical developments?” You can learn more about Max and his work by connecting with him as follows: Email: max.stucki@futuresplatform.com LinkedIn: max-stucki-9b35a067 Website: futuresplatform.com For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon, see the Fast Future website.  Image Source: https://pixabay.com/vectors/flags-russia-usa-germany-china-1722052/
17:11
October 29, 2021
Three Possible Futures—Choose Your Preferred Story with Joana Lenkova
Humans have a habit of wanting to go back to the familiar in times of crisis and resist radical change. But while resistance to change may be a natural response through the function of our limbic system, the current crisis is a wake-up call for society to reconsider existing norms, societal systems, and lifestyles, and explore how we might build a better future. Joana Lenkova is a strategist, futurist, author of the interactive foresight book Choose Your Own Future, and a contributor to the Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon. In this podcast, Joana takes us through her three provocative scenarios; A Brand New World, My Own Personal World, and A Hot New World, and explores the benefits of using futures thinking to help create a better future world. You can learn more about Joana and her work by connecting with her as follows: LinkedIn joana-lenkova Twitter _FuturesForward Website futures-forward.com For information about the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon” see the Fast Future website.  Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/doors-choose-decision-opportunity-1974014/
17:16
October 26, 2021
Life Next: How Our World Could Change Post-Pandemic with Marian Salzman
Whilst exponential change has been part of our reality for some time, the Covid-19 pandemic has given renewed impetus for enterprise and government to consider the future, asking questions like: What’s next for work-life? How might the crisis re-energise businesses and business models? And how might the way we live at home change in the future? Marian Salzman is Senior Vice President, Communications at Philip Morris International, a world renowned trend-spotter, and a contributor to the Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon. The title of her chapter is, Life Next: How Our World Could Change Post-Pandemic. You can learn more about Marian and her work by connecting with her as follows: Website: mariansalzman.com LinkedIn: mariansalzman Twitter: mariansalzman For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website.  Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/man-silhouette-think-window-4319064/
18:25
October 22, 2021
Business Leadership Skills—Navigating a New Landscape with Steve Wells
For a number of years, “change is constant” was the mantra. More recently, commentators have been talking about “exponential change”. And then came Covid19. The combination of rapidly accelerating change and a sudden, major, global disruption has led to a re-think about how we navigate to a new landscape across life, society, and business. So the question is, what are the critical skills required to help organizations navigate a path to the future? Steve Wells is a futurist, international speaker, facilitator, contributor to the latest Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon, and usually host of this podcast! You can learn more about Steve and his work by contacting and connecting with him as follows: Email: steve@stevewells.uk LinkedIn: steve-wells-futurist-speaker Twitter: informingchoice Articles and Media: Curated futures content YouTube channel InformingChoices Website: stevewells.uk For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website.  Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/leadership-leader-chess-pawn-3640811/
15:38
October 19, 2021
The Digital Health Passport
The notion of digital health passports is one that has emerged as a controversial possibility in a number of countries as the world seeks ways of living with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But the question remains, what is the most realistic balance between health protection and economic activity? And what might the world look like if the use of digital health passports is enforced? Leland Shupp is a futurist, thought leader, writer, public speaker, and has taught foresight at the California College of the Arts, and will be teaching foresight in the Stanford Continuing Education program in the spring of 2022. He has explored the idea of digital health passports in his chapter in the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon” by posing the question, “How can we best balance the need for robust public health with the desire for personal freedom, privacy, and equality of opportunity?” You can learn more about Lee and his work by contacting and connecting with him as follows: Email: foresightSF@gmail.com LinkedIn: leeshupp Twitter: leeshupp Website: leeshuppconsulting.com For information about the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon” see the Fast Future website. Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/alipay-mobile-payment-qrcode-5417261/
14:60
October 15, 2021
Technologies Shaping the Post-Pandemic Future of Food with Tony Hunter
The pandemic has irrevocably changed our world. But what might be the legacy of the pandemic for the food, beverage, and agri-food industries, and the very future of food? Futurist, speaker, and foresight strategy consultant Tony Hunter argues that in crisis there’s opportunity and we need to make the most of this one and use technology to fundamentally change our food system. Links Email: tony@futuristforfood.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/tony-hunter Websites: www.tonyhunterspeaker.com and www.futuristforfood.com For information about the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon”: https://fastfuture.com/shop/aftershocks-and-opportunities-2/ Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/tomato-red-vegetables-food-healthy-1493866/
16:20
October 12, 2021
Post-Traumatic Growth: How Might Business Change for the Better? with Richard Freeman
In the newly published book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon published by Fast Future Publishing, Richard Freeman, CEO of Always Possible explores how the Covid19 pandemic could become a catalyst for businesses to embrace bigger picture thinking and smarter localized decision-making. So the question is, How Might Business Change for the Better? Links Email: richard@alwayspossible.co.uk Twitter: @always_possible LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rpfreeman Website: alwayspossible.co.uk For information about the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon”: https://fastfuture.com/shop/aftershocks-and-opportunities-2/ Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/hand-light-explosion-expansion-4372144/
16:08
October 08, 2021
The Reinvention of Travel with Hjörtur Smárason
While many sectors have suffered greatly through the pandemic, the travel industry has suffered more than most. As travel restrictions imposed on international travel ease, how might travel for business and pleasure evolve into the future? Hjörtur Smárason is the Chief Executive Officer at Visit Greenland and a contributing author to the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon published by Fast Future Publishing, and very well placed to consider The Reinvention of Travel. Links Email: hjortur@visitgreenland.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/hjortursmarason Twitter: www.twitter.com/hjortur For information about the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon”: https://fastfuture.com/shop/aftershocks-and-opportunities-2/ Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/hands-world-map-global-earth-600497/
16:58
October 05, 2021
Nowhere to Hide in 2025 with Gina Clifford
The Covid pandemic caused authorities across the world to consider more pervasive digital tracking tools to monitor the spread of the disease. In a number of countries, a libertarian culture arguably restricted the potential of digital health monitoring tools and platforms to be as effective as they might have been. But were the libertarian views on such pervasive technologies well-founded? It’s a question that strategic communicator and futurist Gina Clifford considers in her chapter in the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon published by Fast Future Publishing. In this podcast, Gina describes the scenario she developed and explores the potential implications for society. You can learn more about Gina and her work by contacting and connecting with her as follows: Email: gina.clifford@gmail.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ginaclifford Twitter: www.twitter.com/G1naClifford For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon: https://fastfuture.com/shop/aftershocks-and-opportunities-2/ Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/surveillance-bricks-cameras-girls-2616771/
15:00
October 01, 2021
Shifts on the Path to 2030 with Rohit Talwar
In the newly published book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon from Fast Future Publishing, editor and author Rohit Talwar explores 20 emerging future factors that could turn into influential shifts shaping the next decade and beyond. The shifts he identifies can be characterised under the headings; Operating Environment, Lives and Lifestyles, Economy, and Business and Technology. While a number of those shifts are on trend, which have been supercharged by the pandemic? Links Email: Rohit@fastfuture.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rohit-talwar-futurist-keynote-speaker Twitter: https://twitter.com/fastfuture Website www.fastfuture.com For information about the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon”: https://fastfuture.com/shop/aftershocks-and-opportunities-2/ Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/architecture-human-city-road-art-3488306/
15:24
September 28, 2021
The Future of Homes Through the 2020s with Alex Whittington
In a famous and much quoted judicial decision from 1604, English judge and jurist Sir Edward Coke declared that, “The house of every one is to him as his Castle and Fortress as well for defence against injury and violence, as for his repose…” Whilst in 1604 Sir Edward was talking about strict limits on how Sheriffs may enter a person’s house in order to issue writs, perhaps it could also be a metaphor for how homes of the future may become a fortress against other invaders; infection for one. Of course there are many trends and drivers that influence how our homes and home lives might change in the future, but given the additional impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on those trends, what might the future home look like by the end of the 2020’s?  To discuss the Future of Homes Through the 2020’s I am joined by futurist at Partners in Foresight Alex Whittington. You can learn more about Alex and her work on LinkedIn and Twitter. For more information about Alex’s report The Home of the 2020’s – Scenarios for how we Might Live in the Post-Pandemic Future, including how to receive copies, contact her via LinkedIn or Twitter, or by email on foresightpartner@gmail.com. Image Source: Jurgen Weber https://pixabay.com/photos/waterfront-homes-rotterdam-future-882978
24:43
July 03, 2021
The Future of Fake News with Islay O’Hara
In 2019 the BBC said there are two kinds of fake news: False stories that are deliberately published and distributed, in order to make people believe something untrue or to make people take a particular action. These are deliberate lies that are published online, even though the person writing them knows that they are untrue. Stories that may have some truth to them but they're not completely accurate. This is because the people writing them - for example, journalists or bloggers - don't check all of the facts before publishing the story. There might be a third category; where people believe something to be true and share the information within their network, “in case it’s helpful”. Although the idea of “fake news” found momentum with former US President Donald Trump, we have seen further damaging and dangerous examples during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fake news can be harmless, annoying, dangerous, or deadly. So with this backdrop, what is the Future of Fake News? To consider this question, I am joined by PR Consultant Islay O'Hara. You can learn more about Islay and her work on islayohara.co.uk, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  Image Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/newspaper-extra-extra-daily-paper-4222970
25:45
June 26, 2021
The Future of Active Transhumanism with David Wood
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, Transhumanism can be described as “the theory that science and technology can help human beings develop beyond what is physically and mentally possible at the present time.” It asserts that “with all the new technologies available, mankind will be able solve every challenge it faces.” But as we have seen in the past, in the hands of humans, waves of technological change can deliver both positive and negatives to society. So what are the considerations and choices that as a society we need to make to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for humanity in an increasingly technological enabled and technologically driven world? To discuss the Future of Active Transhumanism, I am joined by futurist speaker, analyst, commentator, and author David Wood back on the podcast. You can learn more about David and his work on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and London Futurists, and find more about his new book, Vital Foresight – The Case for Active Transhumanism at dw2blog.com. Image Source: Gerd Altmann https://pixabay.com/photos/genesis-big-bang-explosion-flash-3922213/
24:53
June 19, 2021
The Future Five Grand Challenges with Rohit Talwar
Grand challenges are more than ordinary research questions or priorities, they are end results or outcomes that are global in scale; very difficult to accomplish, yet offer hope of ultimately paving the way to a successful future for humanity. Many people will point to the Covid19 pandemic as the point at which society chooses between restoring the old order and navigating a new landscape. So what challenges do we see ahead of us? To discuss the Future Five Grand Challenges in this wide ranging (and slightly longer than usual episode), I am delighted to welcome back Global Futurist, International Keynote Speaker, and CEO of Fast Future, Rohit Talwar to the podcast. You can learn more about Rohit and his work on his website www.fastfuture.com, connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn and contact him by email on Rohit@fastfuture.com. Image Source: WorldSpectrum - https://pixabay.com/photos/cryptocurrency-balance-money-3401844/
36:49
May 22, 2021
The Future of Childhood with Alexandra Whittington and Joana Lenkova
It can be very easy to focus on the future of business, enterprise, and work. Or on the future of adult society, but other than considering how education may development in the context of our every more digital world, it is much more unusual to consider the future of childhood. It is perhaps a somewhat tired phrase, but if children are our future, why isn’t the future of childhood more readily considered? In this podcast, we do just that. To discuss the Future of Childhood I am delighted to welcome futurist at Partners in Foresight Alex Whittington, and strategist, futurist, and author of the interactive foresight book Choose Your Own Future Joana Lenkova to the podcast. Part of the discussion in this podcast relates to the Five Kids From The Future article written by Cathy Hackl and featuring Alex and Joana, and published by Forbes. Following on from the article, you will be able to join Alex, Joana, and Cathy for a one and a half hour workshop to envision the future of childhood. Click here for more information.  You can learn more about Alex and her work on LinkedIn and Twitter, and about Joana on LinkedIn, Twitter, and her website.  Image Source: PublicDomainPictures - https://pixabay.com/photos/baby-boy-child-childhood-computer-84627
27:51
May 15, 2021
The Future of Place with Toby Rhodes
Place-making is a malleable term, open to interpretation. Whether it’s physical design characteristics, land values, job creation, environmental sustainability, biodiversity, new amenities or simply a sense of well-being, people assign different values to areas. In addition, it seems that Covid-19 has triggered an increased appetite for connection, a sense of belonging, and a sense of community between neighbours. Beyond just surviving the pandemic, the benefits of community are clear: social connection can help you live a longer, happier life. To discuss The Future of Place I am joined by innovator, entrepreneur, and business change specialist Toby Rhodes on the podcast You can learn more about Toby and his work on his website performgreen.co.uk and connect with him on LinkedIn.  Image Source: Julita - https://pixabay.com/photos/dawn-cottage-the-alps-high-morning-4869057/
23:40
May 03, 2021
The Future of the Crypto-Economy with Rohit Talwar
Cryptocurrencies have long been discussed and debated, but they have only recently come to light as financial tools that can be accessible and useful to more than only die-hard connoisseurs. Cryptocurrencies have the potential to enable social and economic growth throughout the world, including in developing countries, by offering easier access to capital and financial services. So to discuss the Future of the Crypto-Economy I am delighted to welcome Global Futurist, International Keynote Speaker, and CEO of Fast Future, Rohit Talwar to the podcast. You can learn more about Rohit and his work on his website www.fastfuture.com, connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn, or email on Rohit@fastfuture.com. Image Source: WorldSpectrum - https://pixabay.com/photos/cryptocurrency-balance-money-3401844/
21:20
April 25, 2021
The Future of Sustainable Packaging with Tracy Sutton
In a world where an ever broadening perspective on sustainability is gaining more and more traction, biodegradable, re-use, and recyclable packaging is becoming the norm across many sectors. Increasingly, brands are being viewed within the context of their sustainability credentials. But is the current pace of change fast enough? And how do the other trends we are seeing – in consumer behaviour in retail, for example - impact the future direction of travel for packaging? To discuss The Future of Sustainable Packaging Lead Consultant and Founder of packaging consultancy Root Innovation, Tracy Sutton joins me on the podcast. You can learn more about Tracy and her work via the Root website root-innovation.com, contact her at impact@root-innovation.com, and connect on LinkedIn. Image Source: Stux - https://pixabay.com/photos/plastic-waste-environment-pollution-3962409/
21:50
April 18, 2021
The Future of Meat Production and Consumption with Diana Davidson
Meat consumption with large environmental and ethical implications is expected to grow in the future. Some studies, however, take the opposite view, that meat consumption is at a turning point because of a growing number of vegetarians and other factors in industrialised countries. In either case, the environmental and health implications of meat production and consumption will continue to be the focus of much attention. So to discuss the Future of Meat Production and Consumption I am delighted to welcome Diana Davidson, who helps enterprises develop strategy for the zero carbon emissions economy, back to the podcast. You can learn more about Diana and her work on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and on her website, vertemis.com. Image Source: https://currency.com/is-cultured-lab-grown-meat-a-good-future-investment
21:31
April 11, 2021
The Future of Coaching in a Digitised World with Craig Forster
As our world becomes increasingly digitised, our understanding of how our minds work is also increasing. Part of that understanding is leading to developments in artificial intelligence (AI). Meanwhile, rapid changes in our professional and private lives are in part, based on the march of digitisation including AI  across life, society, and business and have highlighted the increasing importance of our mental health and personal wellbeing. Given this context, what is The Future of Coaching in a Digitised World? To consider this question, I am joined by Craig Forster, a professional Coach to sales leaders and professionals. You can learn more about Craig and his coaching business on his personal and business Facebook pages and and on LinkedIn.  Image  Source: Gerd Altmann https://pixabay.com/photos/psychology-psyche-mask-wire-rack-2706902/
19:31
March 28, 2021
The Future of Continuous Change on Work with Cathryn Barnard
Even without the Covid19 pandemic, the world was undergoing complex changes that were drastically transforming the way businesses access and leverage the skills required for optimal business growth. Add to that underlying change the possible – some might say highly likely – rapid switch to technology enabled home, remote, and hybrid working and suddenly building and maintaining future-fit organisations becomes a crucial imperative. Given this context of continuous change, what is the Future of Continuous Change on Work? To consider this question, I am joined on the podcast by future of work specialist Cathryn Barnard. You can learn more about Cathryn and her business at workingthefuture.com. Image Source: Gerd Altmann https://pixabay.com/photos/time-clock-time-spiral-spiral-3103599
16:58
March 21, 2021
The Future of Social Separation with Bronwyn Williams
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted social inequalities around the world and yet in some cases, national responses have also provided potential glimpses of how the gap might be narrowed. The question raised by Economist, Trend Analyst, and Futurist Bronwyn Williams in her contribution to the book, Aftershocks and Opportunities –Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future (Talwar, R., Wells, S., Whittington, A. Eds (2020). Aftershocks and Opportunities - Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future. London, UK: Fast Future) was, “Will 2020 be a great equaliser or a great divider?” So with 2020 as the baseline, I am delighted to welcome Bronwyn to the podcast to explore the Future of the Social Separation. You can learn more about Bronwyn and her work by following her on Twitter @BronwynWilliams or by referring to the Flux Trends website fluxtrends.com. Image Source: Navaadih https://pixabay.com/photos/bridge-girl-2483498/
26:58
March 14, 2021
The Future of Recruitment with Ron Mayne
The dynamics of recruiting are changing, and changing fast. For tech-savvy recruiters, there’s a whole gamut of options: from automated applicant tracking systems, to video-based interview platforms, to gamified skills assessments, to simulations of on-the-job scenarios using virtual reality. All of which can take place in a remote environment. The Covid pandemic has accelerated remote working and is likely to leave behind a more decentralised hybrid work model. Overlay that with the post-pandemic economic scenarios and we have an increasingly uncertain future environment. So what is the Future of Recruitment? To consider this question, I am joined on the podcast by Human Resources Consultant, International Job Coach, and Mentor Ron Mayne. You can learn more about Ron and his business at yournewtomorrow.eu, contact Ron by email, and connect with him on LinkedIn. Image Source: Tumisu https://pixabay.com/photos/job-interview-hiring-hand-shake-3790033/
20:05
March 07, 2021
The Future of Ethics in PR with Islay O’Hara
Tackling fake news and disinformation is an ethical challenge, highlighted throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. New technologies provide the opportunity for the distribution of disinformation created by humans and increasingly by artificial intelligence, and spread via social media. Countering disinformation and earning trust for honest communication is an increasingly critical enabler to developing a positive reputation for enterprise and public sector organisations alike. So with this backdrop, and the ability for people, organisations, and autonomous systems to create content in ever greater volumes, what is the Future of Ethics in PR? To consider this question, I am joined by PR Consultant Islay O'Hara. You can learn more about Islay and her work on islayohara.co.uk, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Image Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/business-idea-style-concept-goals-1869266/
17:48
February 28, 2021
The Future of Agricultural Efficiency with Adam Greenberg
The need to produce food for increasingly urbanised populations in ways that pays attention to the requirements for minimising carbon emissions and therefore help to minimise climate change is clear. Carbon emissions come from:  Crop fertilisation using chemical fertilisers Materials used to build and maintain farms Energy use of the farm buildings and vehicles Transport & distribution during and after growing Soil based emissions from disturbing soils Waste produced as a result of farming processes So what is the future of agricultural efficiency? To consider this question, I am joined on the podcast by Adam Greenberg, CEO of Seattle-based Iunu an industrial computer vision company. You can learn more about Adam, his business, and the technologies he works with work at iuni.com and contact him at adam@iunu.com. Image Source: Jatuphon Buraphon https://pixabay.com/photos/greenhouse-organic-farming-2139526
22:51
February 21, 2021
The Future of Intelligent Foresight Systems with Panu Kause
As our world becomes ever more uncertain with exponential change punctuated with ever more disruptive events, enterprise, governments, and third sector organisations are trying to come to terms with creating resilient and flexible policy and strategy. Given that challenge, what role might foresight play in supporting this work? And particularly, what might the role be for intelligent systems to enhance human capability? To discuss the Future of Intelligent Foresight Systems, I am joined by entrepreneur and CEO of Finland-based FIBRES Online Panu Kause to the podcast. You can learn more about Panu by searching for his “unique name” or by going to the FIBRES website at fibresonline.com. Image Source: Gerd Altmann https://pixabay.com/illustrations/dialogue-system-web-news-personal-2546121
18:60
February 12, 2021
The Future of Ageing with David Wood
The recent BBC Ideas video “How safe is it to hack the ageing process?” is an interesting indication that the notion of managing, delaying, or even stopping the ageing process is becoming mainstream. The idea of immortality has been a dream for many people for as long as humanity has existed, but what is the reality of anti-ageing approaches and technologies? Are we really on the cusp of being able to cure ageing? To talk about The Future of Ageing, I am delighted to welcome futurist speaker, analyst, commentator, and writer David Wood to the podcast. You can learn more about David and his work on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and londonfuturists.com. Image Source: Annca https://pixabay.com/photos/hourglass-clock-time-period-hours-2910951 1
20:25
February 04, 2021
The Future Post-Pandemic Home with Alex Whittington and Sylvia Gallusser
As we have seen across the globe, the Covid-19 pandemic has morphed from a health crisis, to an economic crisis, to a social crisis, and increasingly a political crisis. And as society attempts to come to terms with changing how we live our lives during the pandemic, attention begins to focus the desirability or returning to “normal” compared to the advantage (or horrendous prospect, depending our one’s point of view) of transitioning to a “new normal”. The question to pose is, what might new normal look like? We are going to look at one aspect of this very broad question. So, to talk about The Future Post-Pandemic Home, I am delighted to welcome US-based futurists Alex Whittington and Sylvia Gallusser to the podcast. You can learn more about Alex and Sylvia on LinkedIn; here for Alex and here for Sylvia, and keep abreast of the research being undertaken by the Grey Sawn Guild.    Image Source: Ajay kumar Singh https://pixabay.com/illustrations/corona-spray-earth-sanitizer-5002341
23:40
January 28, 2021
The Future of Digital Media with Michael Mascioni
Digital media is everywhere and is playing and increasingly significant role in retail experiences, travel browsing and buying, gaming, communication, and how we distribute and consume information. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the advantages that this family of technologies can offer when human contact is limited. The question is, how will digital media evolve in the future? To consider this question, I am delighted to welcome marketing consultant, writer, and futurist Michael Mascioni to the podcast. You can learn more about Michael and his work on LinkedIn and contact him by email at mmmascioni@aol.com. Image Source: Fancycrave1 https://pixabay.com/photos/ipad-tablet-technology-touch-820272/
17:25
January 22, 2021
The Future Classroom in 2030 - Integrating Organic Education with Santiago Figueroa Diaz
Five episodes ago, we managed to scratch the surface of the future of education on the Informing Choices Mini-Pod. So my guest on that day, educator Santiago Figueroa Diaz agreed to come back and share more of his thoughts. This time, we are going to focus on the future classroom in 2030 and on integrating organic education. You can learn more about Santiago by connecting with him on LinkedIn, by email on santiagofiguero@gmail.com and via his website pitchcamp.co.uk.  Image Source: Jordan Dreyer https://pixabay.com/illustrations/classroom-activity-drawing-1856129/
18:46
January 19, 2021
The Future of Sustainable Urban Agriculture with Diana Davidson
Agriculture is responsible for 9% of all Greenhouse Gas emissions in the UK, according to Farm Carbon Toolkit. These emissions are the result of livestock rearing and natural processes, crop fertilisation using chemical fertilisers, materials used to build and maintain farms, energy use of farm buildings and vehicles, transport and distribution during and after growing, soil based emissions from disturbing soils, and waste produced as a result of farming processes. So how might the urbanisation of agriculture change this landscape in the future? To talk about these issues within the broad theme of The Future of Sustainable Urban Agriculture, I am joined by Diana Davidson, who helps enterprise develop performance for the zero carbon emissions economy, to the podcast. You can learn more about Diana and her work on LinkedIn , on Twitter , and on her website.  Image Source: https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2018/5/2/the-future-with-urban-farming
17:44
January 07, 2021
The Future of Internet Entrepreneurship with Suraj Sodha
Two things seem destined to play an increasingly significant role in life, society, and business into the future; entrepreneurship and the Internet. Both will be critical as society navigates a new landscape post pandemic and post Brexit. But how do these issues come together? And together, how might they impact the future?  To talk about The Future of Internet Entrepreneurship, I am delighted to welcome Internet entrepreneur and international speaker Suraj Sodha to the podcast. You can learn more about Suraj and his work on LinkedIn  and his website.  Image Source: Gerd Altmann https://pixabay.com/illustrations/entrepreneur-network-idea-5165842 
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December 21, 2020
The Future of the Way we Work with Rob Caldera
The future of work is one of those subjects that has been covered regularly by futurists and organisational development specialists over the years. But the pandemic has brought many developments into where and how we work into sharp focus; increasing automation, home and remote working versus office based, for example.   In this episode, I talk to change leader Rob Caldera about The Future of the Way we Work.  You can learn more about Rob and his work on LinkedIn, his website futureshiftconsulting.com. and follow him on Twitter.    Image Source: Alexas_Fotos https://pixabay.com/illustrations/office-work-vacations-recovery-1548297
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December 14, 2020
The Future of Wellbeing with Tayyaba Jordan
The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us a broadening perspective on health, wellness, and wellbeing. The usual levels of stress and anxiety have been exacerbated as we collectively try to deal with the health, economic, and social fall-out from the pandemic. So is workplace wellbeing enough of a priority in our increasing uncertain and complex world? To talk about this theme and the wider future of wellbeing, I am joined by Executive Health and Wellness Coach Tayyaba Jordan. You can learn more about Tayyaba on LinkedIn, on her website wellnesswithme.co.uk, or by email at hello@wellnesswithme.co.uk.
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December 07, 2020
The Future of Education with Santiago Figueroa Diaz
For some years now, education systems around the world have come under increasing scrutiny about how the system develops children and students fit for a future world of work. Sir Ken Robinson was a keen advocate of refocusing learning in schools. To talk about this theme and the wider future of education, I am delighted to welcome educator Santiago Figueroa Diaz to the podcast. You can learn more about Santiago by connecting with him on LinkedIn, by email on santiagofiguero@gmail.com and via his website pitchcamp.co.uk.  Image Source: Comfreak https://pixabay.com/illustrations/narrative-history-dream-tell-794978.
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December 03, 2020
The Future of Public Speaking with Chris Murphy
As our world becomes more digital and automated, a number of currently uniquely human characteristics, skills, and capabilities become increasingly important. They differentiate us from increasingly intelligent machines. Social interaction and specifically public speaking is one such skill.  So in this episode of the Informing Choices Mini-Pod we talk about the future of public speaking with The Speaking Mentor, Chris Murphy by addressing:   How speaking as a skill evolved through the pandemic. How digital interactions have impacted speaking. How public speaking might evolve in the future and the role that new technology might play. The implications for mentoring and training emerging and experienced speakers in the future.  You can learn more about Chris and his work on www.thespeakingmentor.co.uk and on LinkedIn.  Image Source: Michelle Koebke https://pixabay.com/photos/public-speaking-flare-abstract-3956908/
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November 26, 2020
The Future of PR with Islay O'Hara
As our world changes, so does the way we consume information which of course has an impact on how we communicate. Technology will play an ever greater role in both consumption and creation of communication. So in this episode we talk about the future of PR with public relations and strategic communications consultant Islay O’Hara. You can learn more about Islay and her work on islayohara.co.uk, LinkedIn and Twitter.  Image credit: Gerd Altmann https://pixabay.com/illustrations/interaction-social-media-abstract-1233873
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November 20, 2020
The Future of Women in Life Society and Business with Alex Whittington
With gender equality increasingly prominent on the social agenda, in this episode we explore just a few of the issues and drivers that are enabling a change in the role of women in life, society, and business.  Alex Whittington is a futurist, educator, researcher, and writer with an interest in strategic social foresight. In this Informing Choices Mini-Pod episode, we talk about how the role of women is evolving, how changes have been accelerated through the pandemic, how technology may impact the role of women in the future, and the potential influence of Kamala Harris’s election as Vice-President Elect of the United States.  Learn more about Alex and her work on LinkedIn and Twitter.  Image credit: Lars Nissen https://pixabay.com/illustrations/eye-iris-city-skyscraper-2040986/
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November 18, 2020
The Future of Change with Jennifer Bryan
Jennifer Bryan is a change management consultant, speaker, and author who has led change programs in a number of major companies. In this podcast, we caught up to chat about the future of human-centric change in light of the current Covid19 pandemic, and what her experience tells us about the future of change leadership.  Learn more about Jennifer and her practice at abchangeconsultancy.com and on LinkedIn.   Image credit: Gerd Altmann https://pixabay.com/illustrations/butterfly-wave-wing-beat-chaos-4847628/ 
16:48
November 16, 2020
The Future of Coaching with Marie Wright
Marie Wright is a professional executive, life, and career coach experienced in coaching at all levels, working with clients on a one-to-one basis, either privately or within organisations. In this podcast, we caught up to chat about the future of coaching in light of the current disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Learn more about Marie and her practice at boldbeancoaching.com and on LinkedIn.   Image credit: Gerd Altmann https://pixabay.com/illustrations/head-heads-compared-to-part-4983119/
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November 10, 2020
Introduction to the Informing Choices Mini-pod
Exponential change is our new reality. The pace, scale, reach, and the potential impacts of the underlying drivers of change are extraordinary and represent both challenge and opportunity to individuals and organisations of all shapes and sizes. So I am introducing the concept and example content for a series of interview based short podcasts on different aspects of the future. Look out for the first episode coming soon! Image Credit: Gordon Johnson https://pixabay.com/vectors/dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid-people-2789567
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November 05, 2020