The world has experienced large-scale shocks, amongst them, the election of Donald Trump and the UK vote on departure from the EU. Rohit Talwar and the team at Fast Future contend that whilst we may accept these shocks as the new normal preparing for shocks is important whether as individuals, society, governments, or businesses. And they believe –many can be anticipated.
They have selected five shocks from their forthcoming book 500 Futures that could have a truly transformative impact on life, society, government, the economy, and business.
- Techlash – Global Society Rebels Against the Machine?
- The End of World Hunger Within a Decade?
The process has already started, and the members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), including Nestlé and Unilever, have committed to halving food waste in the next decade. As a result, the cost of food should also decline, and the ecological impact of food supply chains would be reduced significantly.
- Manual Cars Banned from City Centers?
- A More Caring Society Courtesy of the Empathy Internet?
- Unplugging: The Off-Grid Holiday?
Today, some retreats offer Wi-Fi-free zones as an amenity, others promote themselves as a tech-free haven. In the near future, guaranteed off-the-grid, fully disconnected ‘sanctuaries’ may become the next hottest vacation destination to escape the fast paced, constantly observed modern lifestyle. Governments might be forced to act to mandate such breaks because of the rising costs to society of poor mental health, and the potential loss of tax revenues from people who take long-term sick leave, or simply quit their jobs due to stress.
These shocks may be the new normal. We can anticipate, prepare and live in a new world both in business and our daily lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
The authors are futurists with Fast Future - a professional foresight firm specializing in delivering keynote speeches, executive education, research, and consulting on the emerging future and the impacts of change for global clients. Fast Future publishes books from leading future thinkers around the world, exploring how developments such as AI, robotics, exponential technologies, and disruptive thinking could impact individuals, societies, businesses, and governments and create the trillion-dollar sectors of the future. Fast Future has a particular focus on ensuring these advances are harnessed to unleash individual potential and enable a very human future. See: www.fastfuture.com