Posts tagged greenfutures

Some nuggets: Charting technology’s new directions: A conversation with MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson

You’d like to see that happening again now. But the data show that it just isn’t happening as fast. We’re having the automation and the job destruction; we’re not having the creation at the same pace. There’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to find these new jobs. It may be that machines are better than that.

That said, I’m not sure that’s a bad thing, because ultimately the purpose of economic progress and technological progress is to be able to create more wealth with less work. I mean, isn’t that what we want? More wealth with less work? So, if we are in a Star-Trek economy, where replicators create all the essentials that we need, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing if we can have an economic system that matches to it and find a way that people can share in that benefit. And people can still continue to find meaning and value in life.

Filling In The Gaps With Tim O’Reilly: some great insights (hat tip to Dug Campbell)

O’Reilly argues that the concept of a business that exists solely for the purpose of making money for its shareholders is fundamentally flawed. Every business has an obligation to create value.

Gerd adds: great summary of where the future of capitalism is going !

Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work (Om Malik)

the challenges of the connected future are less technical and more legislative, political and philsophical. The shift from a generation that started out un-connected to one that is growing up connected will result in conflicts, disruption and eventually the redrawing of our societal expectations. The human race has experienced these shifts before — just not at the speed and scale of this shift.

The five stages of climate change acceptance (good read)

With more than 97% of climate scientists and every major scientific body of relevance in the United States in agreement that the threat is real, not to mention a similar consensus internationally, it became untenable to simply refuse to accept the reality of climate change.

Q&A with Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO, Acumen Fund

Connected to that, the business schools are now integrating social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, impact investing and patient capital — a new ecosystem, if you will, that I hope long-term influences all of business. I think you’re starting to see a whole group of business leaders that believe that the status quo, when it comes to business, is no longer an option. We have to do better as a world.

Q&A with Lisa Gansky, author of ‘The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing’ | JWT Intelligence

As the peer-to-peer marketplace expands in size and scope—moving beyond goods to a wide range of services—it will increasingly upend major industries, from hospitality and education to tourism and transportation
Gerd adds: absolutely!

There's More to Life Than Being Happy - Emily Esfahani Smith - The Atlantic

Research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression. On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy, according to recent research. “It is the very pursuit of happiness,” Frankl knew, “that thwarts happiness.”

Get Ready, Utilities: Solar Is Coming | ThinkProgress

Solar will become so affordable in the next 5-10 years that as many as 38 million homes and businesses will elect to produce their own power more cheaply from unsubsidized solar rather than buy it from their utility

What the world will be like in 2030 | SmartPlanet *made me think

The world’s population will continue to grow, reaching 8.3 billion by 2030 (up from 7.1 billion in 2012). Nations will become older and more urban. All these factors will combine to put pressure on precious resources. “[T]he volume of urban construction for housing, office space, and transport services over the next 40 years could roughly equal the entire volume of such construction to date in world history.”

Business and humanity are not separate to nature | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian

"Our current business approach (with its immense power to fuel problems as well as deliver solutions) is neither balanced nor holistic but a continuation in reductionist thinking that is anthropocentric in its belief and behaviour"
Gerd comments: totally spot-on, couldn’t have said it better myself :)

Ai Weiwei: The Internet vs. The Chinese Government | The Way of Ai Weiwei | Big Think

I think those technology platforms [the internet and social media] constantly put the government on trial. And every event, every policy they make, people will laugh about it, and they will make fun about it.

This is amazing for the younger generation.

– Ai Weiwei

WikiLeaks and the Global Future of Free Speech: film makers Moore and Stone speak out (NYT)

If Mr. Assange is extradited to the United States, the consequences will reverberate for years around the world. Mr. Assange is not an American citizen, and none of his actions have taken place on American soil. If the United States can prosecute a journalist in these circumstances, the governments of Russia or China could, by the same logic, demand that foreign reporters anywhere on earth be extradited for violating their laws. The setting of such a precedent should deeply concern everyone, admirers of WikiLeaks or not.