The lively debate in the US on a Green New Deal shows that rich countries are not yet ready for a ‘war economy’ footing on climate change. But the extreme threat of the climate emergency mean that the time has come for innovation policies that prepare us for that shift in the near future.
In February 2019 I had the honour of giving a lecture for Community Links on ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’. I’ve now had a chance to write up my speaking notes into something other people might understand. I’d love people’s comments and thoughts (and yes, I know the referencing could be improved!).
Contents 1. INTRODUCTION 2. OUR PAST IS ENDING 3. THE FUTURE IS SCARY 4. TODAY, WE NEED TO IMAGINE BETTER 5. A DAY IN THE LIFE 6. THERE IS A BETTER FUTURE TO AIM FOR 7. TO SUM UP 8. THE TASK OF OUR GENERATION
In mid-February I chaired an all-day conference on the “SDGeneration – A Citizen Science Movement”. My main reflection is how taking part in knowledge creation is a vital part of having agency in an overwhelming world, and a route to mobilising young people.
Earlier this week I had the honour of giving a lecture for Community Links on ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’. Here are the key points; I’ll be putting up the talk when I’ve turned the notes into something that other people can read. Thank you to Venu and everyone for the chance to share my thoughts.
The Young Foundation have recently released an anthology, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Michael Young’s classic ‘The Rise of Meritocracy’. I had a go at answering their question – what lies beyond meritocracy? – and my piece was published. This post expands a bit more on some of the themes and thinking.
When reflecting on a recent piece on the physics of eternal growth, I was struck that the fundamental challenge is not about physics but biology. Specifically, unless nature can cope with human activity, then it will collapse, taking civilisation with it. But conversely, if we can find a more of human activity which we value more and more that co-evolves with nature, then in principle we could have eternal growth.