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This was a super-special #Gerdtalks show (Gerd Leonard is a Futurist) with Aline Frankfort, inventor of the Shapership concept , Visiting Professor, Club Of Rome Member: Why there is hope for the future.  

As Gerd says, "We live in a Perma-Change World, and lately an increasingly pessimistic view of the future and a strange new hopelessness seems to prevail - especially among the Gen Z & Y generations (see Gallup chart below). There are many reasons for this - beyond covid19 or the Russia/Ukraine war - but one reason may also be that the narrative about the future is dominated either by Big Tech (Meta, Google, IBM, Amazon, Baidu etc) or by Hollywood (or rather "StreamyWood" i.e. Netflix et al).It seems to either involve technology saving us (while we, the non-exponential, lame humans, must then merge with it), or technology enslaving us (as in the various black-mirror type dystopias).

Aline and me think this is a lousy way to look at the future, and we think a more 'protopian' approach is much better suited for society, and for shaping our future. We also believe that how we look at the future is existential - as futurist Barbara Hubbard liked to say: 'As we see the future so we act; as we act so we become'.Aline and me have worked together on several occasions in the past, and are joining forces again for this special GerdTalk episode. Both of us have developed strong arguments to back up our assertion 'why the future is better than we think', why there is reason for hope, and why optimism is so important."

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John Carter

Entrepreneur & Podcaster

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