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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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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 3, 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 3, 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 7, 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 4, 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 7, 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 
16:18
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
15:57
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.
17:48
December 7, 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.
17:02
December 3, 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/
16:42
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
18:15
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/
15:55
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/
13:60
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
01:21
November 5, 2020