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Malcolm Gladwell talks about the future of humanity

Here we see Malcolm Gladwell talks about the future of humanity at the World Government Summit 2018 where he discusses how the world has changed fundamentally. It has transformed from one in which problems are puzzles to one in which they are, instead, mysteries.

Using terminology developed by an intelligence official, Gregory Treverton, Gladwell said this distinction often centres on the amount of information available. In the past it was often about having too little data – a puzzle; in today’s world too much data is more likely to be the issue – a mystery. To take education as an example, today a wealth of data on how teachers perform is available, including on such complex is-sues as how a particular teacher’s methods interact with the capabilities of an individual student. Similar issues affect fields as diverse as defense and health care.

This places challenges on institutions such as governments, because many developed their ways of operating in the 19th or even the 18th century. They are equipped to solve puzzles, not mysteries.

There has been a dramatic shift in the nature of what people want and need from their governments.

Malcolm Gladwell


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Malcolm Gladwell talks about the future of humanity

Here we see Malcolm Gladwell talks about the future of humanity at the World Government Summit 2018 where he discusses how the world has changed fundamentally. It has transformed from one in which problems are puzzles to one in which they are, instead, mysteries.

Using terminology developed by an intelligence official, Gregory Treverton, Gladwell said this distinction often centres on the amount of information available. In the past it was often about having too little data – a puzzle; in today’s world too much data is more likely to be the issue – a mystery. To take education as an example, today a wealth of data on how teachers perform is available, including on such complex is-sues as how a particular teacher’s methods interact with the capabilities of an individual student. Similar issues affect fields as diverse as defense and health care.

This places challenges on institutions such as governments, because many developed their ways of operating in the 19th or even the 18th century. They are equipped to solve puzzles, not mysteries.

There has been a dramatic shift in the nature of what people want and need from their governments.

Malcolm Gladwell


Nikolas is a world-leading Futurist that drives leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He promotes exponential thinking along with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you with knowledge to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.

Contact him to discuss how to engage and inspire your audience. You can also see more of Nikolas’ thoughts on his Futurist Speaker VLOGs as he publishes them in this Youtube playlist.

Please SUBSCRIBE to Nikolas’ Youtube channel so that you don’t miss any as they come up. You can see more of his thoughts on LinkedinTwitter, and bookmarked research on Tumblr.