PRESS RELEASE -
Future Now Show about the
Hope Barometer, Collaborative Networks, Privacy
The Future Now Show
is presented by the international think tank Club of Amsterdam.
Shape the future now, where near-future impact counts and visions and
strategies for preferred futures start.
Do we rise above global challenges?
Or do we succumb to them? The Future Now Show explores how we can shape
our future now - where near-future impact counts. We showcase strategies
and solutions that create futures that work.
Every month we roam through
current events, discoveries, and challenges - sparking discussion about
the connection between today and the futures we're making - and what we
need, from strategy to vision - to make the best ones.
about the Hope Barometer and ..
How are we doing? If you ask that question of a politician or journalist
you will likely get an answer quoting the gross domestic product (GDP),
an impersonal metric that someone once derided as a measure of how much
we are stealing from the future to sell in the present. So what should
we usefully measure? Bhutan introduced Gross National Happiness
40 years ago. The Swiss have been indexing fears and worries for 30 years,
but they now also have a barometer of hope. How do these measures differ
in terms of focus (personal, national, global) and depth, in the sense
of being reactive to current events (disasters, terrorist attacks) or
founded on fundamental human desires? How do they differ across cultures?
A rich topic in which investigation and discussion have only just begun.
about Collaborative Networks and ...
The topic of this show is collaborative networks, which are generally
associated with leveraging the internet to work in groups where the members
are geographically separated. But the mere existence of social networks
like Facebook enables spontaneous collaboration regardless of geographical
separation and some activist groups are already using this to great effect.
But what are the broader implications of such collaboration? National
cultures show strong differences in sentiment, in perception of threats
and priorities, and we know that people instinctively behave differently
in groups than individually. Will globally connected groups emerge that
overshadow national groups or will group sentiments give way to individual
sentiments? Will we become more varied or more homogenous, more easily
manipulated or more independent in mind and heart, more harmonious or
about Privacy and ...
Despite outrage about intrusions of the NSA into our privacy, hordes of
us are letting companies like Google ever deeper into our private lives
because of the targeted services this enables. Social and work-related
discussions increasingly take place in public forums. Do we need to abandon
our privacy and accept that our chats, our musings, our lives in general,
are open to public view?
Would such an evolution lead to a culture of transparency with greater
openness? Greater tolerance? Or more mindless mobs? Is it actually a step
back, to the days of the village or tribe when everyone knew what everyone
else was doing, an environment for which humans evolved and are arguably
better adapted to than the more recent civilisation with its anonymity
Future Now Show
December 2014 is featuring
M. Walker, weiterdenken.ch, Co-President, swissfuture, Switzerland
Nick Price, Creative Business Consultant and Futurist, UK
Hardy F. Schloer, Owner, Schloer Consulting Group, Malaysia
Lise Voldeng, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Ultra-Agent Industries
Inc., Canada / USA
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Club of Amsterdam
The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented
think tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves
those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about
the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.
We organise events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish
findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels.
Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries,
science and society. We currently have more than 4,500 members globally.