If you have been around two year old children you have probably experienced them screaming out words in joy. They mischievously delight, especially at words they are not supposed to say. They play with words. Words have not yet become loaded with connotations and associations — especially not too many painful ones. Once we have […]
The Stories We Tell Ourselves – By Brenda Cooper
The stories we tell ourselves matter. If tell myself a story of apocalypse, I will see the frightening headlines as truths, feel the drumbeat of oppressive news scrolling across the tiny glass screen in my hand, and I’ll sense the distrust of my neighbour who is one political flag short of a full-on raving lunatic […]
Why Are People So Unreasonable? By Bill Halal
It seems that almost any irrational belief can dominate life in the digital age. Liberals are cancelling those not woke, being politically correct and defunding the police – while conservatives are convinced of the big lie, anti-vaccination, and climate denial. The Knowledge Age of the past two decades was supposed to bring greater understanding and even enlightenment. […]
The Good Future, An Infinite Game By Juliana Tranjan
A Good Future is an infinite game… “There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play”. This is how James Carse begins his book “Finite and Infinite Games”, […]
Leading with Hope by Jackie Nagtegaal
In 2018, Bill Gates guest-edited an edition of Time Magazine, which focused on optimism. According to Gates, “being an optimist doesn’t mean you ignore tragedy and injustice. It means you’re inspired to look for people making progress on those fronts, and to help spread that progress more widely” (Gates, 2018). In the same year, Steven Pinker published Enlightenment Now and the Roslings published Factfulness; both of which make a clear case that the world is better than we think. These were all attempts to counteract the paranoid pessimism of our time.
When things go Meta by Jackie Nagtegaal
And off the Gen Zs go! They speak at a thousand words a second, clambering over each other to share their insights. Multiple tirades, trying to juggle a future of mental health concerns, wealth gaps and the complexity of conceptualising the merger of digital and real worlds.
9 astonishing ways that living standards have improved around the world
The world has improved in mind-blowing ways. Most people think the world is bad and getting worse, but scientific data proves otherwise. In reality, the world has never been richer and healthier than it is now. And it continues to get better. Nine particular improvements in living standards are driving this trend.
The Transformation Series by Peter Leyden
The Transformation is a series of stories about the future history of America & the world from 2020 to 2050 as told by a Gen Z character in 2100. The popular series with more than 50,000 followers in Medium is a positive yet plausible narrative about how we can solve the many challenges of our time & build a much better future. Through this page you can get oriented and see an overview in order of all 6 stories linked to Medium (click on the images below). Or you can go directly to Medium but they display the stories in reverse order (blog-style) with the most recent one first: medium.reinvent.net
The Road Not Taken by Bob Leonard
What if, instead of imposing our western culture on indigenous peoples all over the world, we adopted their cultures? We would not be in the mess we are in today.
Opinion | How AI could accidentally extinguish humankind
The conventional expectation is that ever-growing computing power will be a boon for humanity. But what if we’re wrong again? Could artificial superintelligence instead cause us great harm? Our extinction?”