Insights November 10th, 2019

I talk a lot about uncomfortable realities in my work. Whatever exists today will change. Change is inevitable. You either change, or change is going to happen to you.

The first, and I think the biggest, is that the modern world was born from war and taxes. It still is every day. The war may not be obvious and be tech, culture, politics or whatever is safer societies but it’s still war.

Second is the idea of ‘colonization’. New ideas seep into society and its changes. Humans choose to adopt new ways — tech and otherwise — and adjust old ones. Even the idea of fighting colonization is a colonization of that idea. It’s cyclical. Certain to exist.

Third is that the world has good, bad, indifferent, static, dynamic, ambitious and status quo driven people (of course there are more types). While we make dislike some people, we must engage to convince them to see a better world. ‘Anti’ doesn’t create change. Empathy is power. They challenge here is also we are trying to bend people to OUR way of thinking like it’s absolutely right.

What is the guiding star for us? Absolute truth in science and suspension of disbelief. Then uncomfortable realities become real opportunities in the new world.


Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA (FRSA), a media personality, and has worked with over 400 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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