I'm going to expand on the work of writer Don Miguel Ruiz who originally wrote "The Four Agreements". His four agreements are:
I'd like to update those agreements to meet the extraordinary time of change we are in right now. In a Pentagon report released a few years ago, it said "the next few years will decide the next 100". I agree. Climate crisis, social disruption, technological advancement have all converged at this moment in time. Here are the new agreements for times like these.
1. Be impeccable with truth. Truth is that cocktail that combines wisdom, data, facts, empathy and mother wit. It's shaken, not stirred. It's not absolute, but it does require absolute and rigorous work by you, it's champion. In my work as an analyst and Futurist, I have learned that the single greatest challenge I face in sharing information is the preponderance of people who rely on scant information then take a deep dive into the pool of confirmation bias. All of us do it, but social media has made that indulgence more accessible to more people -- especially to the ignorant. Truth is not only our greatest ally in navigating new environments, but it should be cherished as our greatest treasure. It's pursuit will save us in the end. Ongoing lies and deception over an extended period of time will collapse any relationship, community or society. Truth is not a static position, but a way of life.
2. Take everything personally. We live in a time where you are encouraged to see yourself separate from the events that your senses are detecting. You are told you didn't see what you just saw, so you don't have to worry about it. This detachment from the environment allows us to treat the planet, nature, animals , and other human beings with a cool detachment and indifference. Not taking things personally has led to an extinction level event called climate crisis. Taking everything personally means that you now realize all of your actions and your words matter and have an effect.
3. Assume it's up to you and others like you. "Someone else will do something about it". Famous last words for a country or a nation watching the slow drip of diminishing voter participation, distraction via our tech tools and indifference to the sufferings of other human beings. Assuming that creating a transformed world is up to you and others like you not only makes you personally responsible, but it gives you a voice and a stake in the world you live in. The future is determined by those bold enough to be present right now. Fortune favors the bold.
4. Go above and beyond "your best". Often when I hear people talk about their best, they speak of it in the context of what they know or what is normal or expected inside of convention. But what if we don't know what our best is because our imagination is on "lockdown" and we're too tied to what we've done in the past? Maybe we don't really know what our best is because we've never ventured out further than the normal. I often say that this is not a time for us to "think outside the box". This is a time to recognize there is no box. We are no longer tethered to the old ideas and are free to create new ones. I would submit that going above and beyond all that you know will take you to an open field where your best is still yet to be discovered.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary agreements. I submit mine.
Identicide. The reason behind the madness in our society and how climate crisis could help create something better. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Some of you are going to take issue with what I'm about to say. My early apologies, but I hope you'll take the time to think this one through. I'm riffing off the work of Professor Monica Duffy Toft at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. I'm leveraging her work because it matches my own. She asks the premier question of our time: The white male Christian identity the US has of itself is running into the reality of a diverse, feminine, multi-cultural population. Many Futurists like myself saw this coming years ago, but became worried that we, as a country, have not developed tools to navigate this level of change.
What happens to a country when its core national identity — its preferred image of itself in terms of race or religion — doesn’t match its demographic reality?
This life threatening moment to an established identity is called "identicide". Deep and abiding racism, misogyny, income inequality and racial violence can all be traced back to the idea of some people holding on to a certain cultural and racial identity (even if they are not part of that racial identity) in the face of a different rising reality. The reason it is bubbling up now is pure demographics. In the US, the widest range of cultural groups from around the world are not coming.....they are already here. Combine income inequality with our penchant to "other" ethnic groups that aren't like us and you have a toxic brew. We are not unique in this challenge. History is littered with destructive, messy cautionary tales when a country doesn't respond well to demographic change.
This may look like we're staring down the barrel of a loaded gun, but let me provide another vision from a Futurist's perspective. The only emotion that is stronger than fear is hope. In a society that encourages taking sides, I'd like to encourage us to take a stand. When there is a common challenge or "foe", people tend to lose their "us and them" baggage, roll up their sleeves and go to work. This shared or common work has the tendency to build alliances, common goals and often, a new national identity.
I see climate crisis as that opportunity.
Yes, climate crisis threatens our very existence. Yes, it has and will devastate our planet. But history has also shown that humans can rally under real and immediate pressure. Let me clarify myself even further. I would never wish the challenges of climate crisis on anyone. However, if we look at it for what it is, an opportunity, it can become more than our worst nightmare. This is not just about going to another workshop or conference. There is a mistaken belief that simply feeling better about a crisis through dialogue alone resolves it (ie: seminars, conferences, protests, rallies, etc). The technosphere that keeps the root problems on automatic pilot is never considered. However, working together on a common challenge increases the odds of identifying those root causes and dramatically increases the odds of finding solutions to them. This is what I call, re-imagining the future.
For several years, I taught a leadership summer course at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban and Pietermariztburg, South Africa. It was there I learned about the ancient African concept of Ubuntu -- the idea that sharing success as well as challenges was a much more efficient and effective way to navigate crises of scale. This tool of Ubuntu suggests that establishing a shared identity has the power to galvanize resources, people and vision at a time when you need all shoulders at the wheel. We have untapped abundance, prosperity and possibilities in this potential.
As with all great teams, it takes amazing coaches, trainers and support personnel to build this new way forward in the face of a stunning number of existential threats. We may not survive as a nation. We may not survive as a planet. But climate crisis is the rallying point that gives us a fighting chance to re-imagine a new way to live and jettison some of the baggage that got us to this moment of crisis in the first place. That also may mean letting go of a national identity myth. Make no mistake....people are deeply married to their victimhood and are quick to make enemies of the "other".....real or perceived. But to not give ourselves that shot at pushing the reset button and....perhaps....saving the day through a more powerful collective identity, would truly be a crime against humanity. It's hard, complicated, sometimes nasty work. But for once in our human existence, let's go above and beyond all that we know, and, as Psychologist Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clark would say "let's do something different for a change".
Six reasons why we are "stuck" when it comes to addressing climate crisis. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
This summer gave me the chance to read George Marshall's seminal book "Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change". It provides a reference point as to why we are playing the violin while Rome burns ( literally). Even more, his work brought me back to my third book "Think This/Not That: It's Time To Update Your Conventional Wisdom". Both of our books point to some particulars of human behavior that work against us in a time of crisis. But both of our books also point to how we can navigate around these obvious cultural and psychological road blocks. Let me share some things from both books.
Confirmation bias is huge. Don't argue with people on Facebook over climate crisis or anything else for that matter. Contrary to what we may feel, many people are not looking to become more enlightened. They are simply seeking to confirm their already tightly held biases. They see their position as identity, thus, they see someone who attacks their ideas are actually attacking their person. All of us are guilty of this challenge at some point, but some are more militant about their "rightness" than others. Many people seek information that confirms their positions, not expand their capacity. Climate crisis challenges many people's personal world view.
Language. There is a specific reason why I have chosen to use the term climate crisis rather than climate change or global warming. Language must be more precise about what is actually happening. Climate change suggests something as gentle as seasonal change from summer to fall. Global warming sounds like a problem that can be handled by turning up the air conditioning. Climate crisis more accurately describes the fact that we are facing an extinction level event that will affect us NOW, not years in the future. In fact, describing the current crisis as an ELE may be even MORE accurate.
Garbage in. Garbage out. Our societies have embraced a lot of untrue, shoddy, dangerous and malicious conventional wisdom over the years. "Every man for himself". "He who dies with the most toys, wins". "Rugged individualism". These kinds of beliefs have led to bad policy, laws and infrastructure. Those ideas supported the decision to bury the climate crisis research and predictions back in the 1970s -- when we had a chance to get in front of this extinction level event. A foundation of bad beliefs creates a really bad decision making process.
The facts get in the way. I am particularly guilty of this. My belief is that facts are enough to convince the average person the urgency of something. Truth us, when I started sharing my personal stories, people were able to see themselves, emotionally, in the story. Facts are add-ons. Stories that speak to people's emotions are much more effective in helping others see your ideas. We may not all share the facts, but we all share stories of trial, challenge, failure and success. Those human experiences bind us and help us see our common journey.
Bias against the indigenous. There has been a long and intended violent campaign against indigenous cultures and their wisdom. Now, it appears the very things indigenous cultures were ridiculed for --- sustainable living, communal environments, belief systems in harmony with nature --- are now being proposed as ways to deal with climate crisis. The bias against those ancient ways must be reversed immediately. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs went as far, just a few years ago, to fund an effort to recover indigenous wisdom.
Climate crisis is an asymmetrical threat. Most of us have grown up with linear threats --- a problem emerges, we send in the right resources, then we resolve the problem and go back to our way of life. Climate crisis has no precedent in our current human existence. It doesn't behave in a linear fashion. It's all over the place, coming at us from everywhere. We haven't developed the skills to manage this kind of threat. It's not that we can't, but if we keep looking at it from a linear perspective, we'll miss the most important point of the crisis --- we have to rethink our human experience to win.
There's so much more to share here, but allow me to suggest this. Yes, we are wired to avoid this kind of crisis, but, the beautiful thing about humanity is that we have the ability to develop new neurons in our brain and re-wire. That is our great challenge and our great opportunity.
Seven things about climate crisis that you probably didn't know, but should. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
You've probably heard the news by now, but it needs repeating: last month was the hottest June for the world on record. Period. July is setting up to continue the string of record setting temperatures around the planet. And as the climate scientists keep reminding us...we're just getting started. I didn't share this information to depress you, but to provide you with some additional information about this existential crisis that seems to be picking up in speed and intensity. As a Futurist, my job is to make sure you have the best researched information that exists so that you'll make good informed decisions going forward. To that end, let me provide you with seven pieces of data that you may not have known about this crisis that will affect your entire life.
1. There is a 1 billion dollar climate denial industry . Books, movies, papers, lecturers, think tanks....a lot of money is being invested into denying climate change is actually a thing. Most of this money comes from sources that have a lot of money tied up in the fossil fuel industry.
2. We may be wired to avoid climate crisis. In his book "Don't Even Think About It" Environmentalist George Marshall points to research that indicates our brains can't wrap itself around the enormity of a threat to our existence, so we do nothing. I would challenge his conclusions only by saying we end up doing nothing because the climate denial industry has muddied the waters, thus, we end up saying "I don't know who to believe". Then , we end up doing nothing.
3. The effects of climate crisis seem to be happening a lot faster than what the experts expected. This is especially true for the oceans. They seem to be warming quite a bit faster than anyone expected. We're also seeing more extremes play out to climate crisis related-disaster at the rate of at least once a week in the world.
4. We need to move the conversation from climate crisis mitigation to climate crisis adaptation. There is a growing consensus from the scientific community that we're past the point of being able to reduce our carbon emissions and should now start putting our money and investments ALSO into creating adaptive cities, communities and other ways to ensure human survival and quality of life in a dramatically hostile world.
5. Our silos are literally killing us. There are so many causes that have champions. It's not that those causes aren't important, but our failure to tie them into climate crisis is mind-boggling. Yes, it's possible that we can save the honey bees through our non-profit focused on creating honey bee sanctuaries. But if we don't adapt to climate crisis, saving the bees won't matter.
6. Carbon capture technology is still a long way out. Even more, it lacks political will. By the time it can get some, we'll be way past the point of being able to make a meaningful dent in the process.
7. Communities hold the key. While our governments are sidelined, it will take communities to help us prepare for a dramatically different world.
There is hope. Climate crisis provides us with the greatest opportunity to push the reset button on the ideas that brought us to this point in the first place. Let's take advantage of that opportunity.
Are you becoming economically irrelevant? Take the quiz and find out….A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
I know, I know….you’ve got enough threats on your plate to last a few life times, but our ability to be more precise about what’s going on gives us the power and tools to do something about it. Maybe even transform it from threat to ally.
For the past 10 years, I’ve been saying that the technological evolution (now combine that with the biotech evolution alongside machine learning) is not a bunch of robots coming to take your job. We’re talking about artificial intelligence designed to take away the concept of job. That’s dramatically different than the former. This new way of how the world works says for the past few hundred years, you needed organized mass labor to do things in the world.
Now, you don’t.
The new artificial intelligence provides a way you can get even more done and more efficiently with new tools. Thus, you don’t need to hire a bunch of people for jobs anymore. This only means masses of people who used to be crucial to the current economic system are expendable….irrelevant. You are no longer needed in this economic process. Here is a five question quiz to see if you may be among the economically irrelevant over the next 3-5 years:
If you answered yes to 3 or more of these question, chances are good you are becoming economically irrelevant in the current economic system. If you answered no to three or more, you may be in a field that is economically flexible. Economic irrelevance is not an indictment against your character. On the contrary. It says tons about your struggling in a system that feels ”rigged”. You know economic irrelevance is happening when....
1. Your country is experiencing almost full employment, yet most families in that country are struggling paycheck to paycheck, and….
2. …many of the current jobs being created are not high paying (ie: retail, hospitality, etc), and….
3. …many organizations and companies are rapidly rushing toward increased automation and...
4. …life expectancy in that country is trending down because people are not happy, and…
5. …there are no plans on the table to manage the coming job losses due to automation and...
6. …there are no plans on the table for a post-job world.
HOW TO BECOME ECONMICALLY RELEVANT
There are those who would like you to believe that you’re lucky to here, and should be grateful. I say you are an on-purpose human being and are supposed to be right here, right now. My job is to help you explore that truth.
Four reasons why the charitable "giving back" model doesn't work very well.
I've written on this before, Societies around the world are re-examining how they give and how they receive money from other countries or organizations. There has been a ton of new books on the market that are deconstructing the time-held charity model that has ruled a lot of the world for the past few centuries. Some of these books include:
Winners Take All --- Anand Giriharadas
The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman --- John Perkins
With Charity For All: Why Charities are Failing and a Better Way to Give --- Ken Stern
Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance --- Edgar Villanueva
The traditional model of charity is being exposed in front of our very eyes. And that's a good thing. We have a record number of non-profits all around us, yet there is a climate crisis that threatens to destroy all of life as we know it. Match that with dramatic income and wealth inequality along with declining life expectancy along with ongoing systemic racism and you get the picture that whatever we're doing isn't working very well. Here are 5 reasons why we should get rid of the current practice of "giving back".
Giving back can focus on the giver instead of the receiver. Shouldn't the emphasis of an exchange between giver and receiver be about the receiver? After all, it is the receiver who has an acute need that they are seeking to address. Unfortunately, many societies celebrate the givers in hopes of getting more "gifts" in the future. It's backwards. Giving is a privilege.
Charitable giving is outdated. The current charitable giving model was formulated in the robber baron days of the 1920s when the ultra rich elite gave to society to help society needs, while their industries caused the needs in society in the first place.
Charitable giving can be predatory. The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman and the original Confessions of an Economic Hitman lay out how charity is often used as a tool to take other people's resources, money and dignity. Of course, that's not how most charities operate, but a lot of organizations have used charity money as leverage.
Charitable giving can be at the whim of the giver. Every non-profit organization knows the problems that come when a giver gets a wild hair and decides they want to do something else with their money, other than give it to their pet charity. The great work of creating a transformed society should not be based on whether the giver is having a good day or not.
So what are better approaches? There are several, but here are the top three.
Partnerships. I hear people talk about these things all the time, and the organizations who are modeling a completely new and effective approach to being effective via collaboration. Givers now see non-profits as business partners, but for the purpose of getting needs met. This is the right approach because populations believe that is what companies should be doing.
Social Enterprises. The jury is still out on Social Enterprises around the world but they hold a lot of promise. For those of you who may not know, Social Enterprises are organizations that address a basic or unmet need through a market-based approach. This, at least, takes a lot of the variables out that occur with the fickle nature of donor control. But I guess my personal question is: shouldn't all organizations become social enterprises that work toward the greater good?
A philosophical sea change. This is the most difficult idea to implement simply because it requires an overhaul of the shareholder's philosophical construct as developed by Milton Friedman who said some years ago that the primary function of a corporation is to maximize profits at all costs. I can argue that this construct has led us directly to an extinction level event called climate crisis. Indeed, it is also the number one reason there is a relative lack of a cohesive global response to this crisis. The new philosophical construct should be that the primary function of a corporation is to secure the well being of a society and the planet while creating profit.
Climate crisis is asking all of us to take a look at what we're doing so that we maximize on the survivability of humanity. The charity model is not exempt from this re-thinking.
We are witnessing "peak car". Independent car sales and use are in a long term fall. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Now, before you chime in and say "well Chet, auto sales ebb and flow all the time", make sure that you check out the reports below:
A combination of automation and lower demand in the world have killed 38, 000 automotive jobs in the past 6 months. https://amp.businessinsider.com/peak-car-38000-layoffs-job-losses-sales-at-auto-makers-2019-5
A lot of Americans, particularly millennials, have fallen out of love with cars. https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-young-adults-cars-attitudes-20181106-story.html
In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, more and more people are suggesting that we forego cars altogether. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/11/save-planet-cut-holidays-sell-car-dont-have-many-children-say/
The price of cars and the upkeep has outstripped many people's ability to keep one. Ride sharing is a lot cheaper for people living paycheck to paycheck (which is most people in the world). https://www.moneycrashers.com/ridesharing-carsharing/
Autonomous automobiles are going to rewrite how we get from place to place and that will be dramatically more efficient and effective than owning a car for yourself. https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/052014/how-googles-selfdriving-car-will-change-everything.asp
If you own a business that is dependent upon the purchase and maintenance of automobiles, you'll be feeling some significant affects on your business over thee next 3-5 years as this trend continues to ramp up. The world that many of us knew is being transformed before our very eyes. The idea of a car in every garage is giving way to a ride sharing app on every phone. Make no mistake, this shift is and will continue to be big. Whether or not it will happen fast enough for us to dodge cataclysmic climate crisis events.....is a subject for another briefing.
"Survival of the fittest" theory and climate crisis. It's all about adaptation. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
For the record, scientist Charles Darwin never said this:
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."
However, Darwin's colleagues and disciples forwarded this quote as they read over his notes and looked at his evidence. The species that were able to live on when an environment rapidly changed were those who developed adaptable approaches and skill sets. The biggest and most cut throat species were eventually phased out. That's why we don't have dinosaurs running up and down our streets today. That happened for humans, too about 50 thousand years ago when we embraced more feminine ideas and principles so that we didn't die out then...
So here we are, at yet another moment in time when rapid change is forcing us to confront an existential threat to our time on the earth in the form of climate crisis. Unfortunately, some of us believe maintaining the status quo will allow us to navigate this time of change. All the while, Darwin's evidence says just the opposite -- adapt.
Adaptation means rethinking the very processes that got us to this point of crisis in the first place. It means considering new, innovative and creative approaches to how we are to live going forward. It means embracing just the opposite of the ways that we've employed over the past few centuries. It means a complete re-evaluation of what works, what doesn't and what can we do now with the tools at hand.
The truth is that adaptation is a good thing. It forces us to rethink what works best, instead of taking for granted years and years of ideas that aren't agile in a new world. This kind of re-evaluation isn't something that should be left up to a few guys in backroom meetings. This is the time when communities must start to think about their immediate future and how they will grow to meet the crisis head on. I just returned from my home state of Iowa and I can tell you first hand, the people there ARE asking those questions after some of the nasty flooding this spring.
Adaptation, like change, can be our friend, but only if we reach out and shake hands with it. If we leave the current time to it's own devices (as some are suggesting) we are writing our own epitaph, as so many other species have done before us. I'm not writing the article to frighten or scare........well, okay, maybe a little bit. But it's primarily meant to remind us all we are now looking at a moment to get rid of racism, sexism, exploitation, and income inequality. They all come from the same source that made us enemy to the planet.
The future does not belong to the fastest, quickest, biggest or strongest. It belongs to those of you who are saying
"I bet we can do better than this."
Fatter, sicker, dumber. Three ways the Western diet is eating you and your future alive and how you can stop it. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Wikipedia provides this definition of the Western diet: "The Western pattern diet (WPD) or standard American diet (SAD) is a modern dietary pattern that is generally characterized by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high fat dairy products, eggs, refined grains, potatoes, corn (and high fructose corn syrup) and high sugar drinks. "
That's about right.
Despite the rise in popularity of The Mediterranean diet, the West African diet, the Asian Fish diet and other, more healthy options, the Western diet is growing in popularity and spreading throughout the world. Why? Because cheap, savory, ultra processed and chemically altered foods are from companies with huge advertising budgets, the foods are conveniently located and the foods can hook you into food addiction because you can actually develop addictions to the sugar. Just in case some of you believe this is just a matter of freedom of choice, let me provide four recent discoveries in science that indicate the Western diet is destroying your future.
The Western diet has been directly linked to the rise of cancer in Western countries and it's spread throughout the emerging world. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/health/diet-cancer-risk-study/index.html
The Western diet has been directly linked to the obesity epidemic happening in Western countries and now spreading in emerging countries as they embrace it. Wherever the Western diet goes in the world, an obesity epidemic is quick to follow....https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170111184359.htm
Some preliminary research indicates that the Western diet may be linked to the drop in intelligence that's trending in Western countries. NOTE: The drop in intelligence is in families and not directly related to recent immigration. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/iq-rates-are-dropping-many-developed-countries-doesn-t-bode-ncna1008576
And yes, the Western diet is directly related to the climate crisis. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/18/health/plant-based-diet-climate-change-food-drayer/index.html
This is the scorched earth being left in the wake of the Western diet. But it's not like there aren't alternatives. There are, but the lobby to keep you on the diet is significant. Here are some things you can do:
Don't make it a zero sum game. I love chocolate, but I'm not going to cut it completely out of my list of rewards I can give to myself for a job well done. Now, I get the 92% real cacao. Even more, I've reduced my daily added sugar intake to less than 20 grams per day. It's not gone, it just doesn't own me anymore.
Go organic. I can hear some of you already saying "but organic is so much more expensive!" More expensive than a coronary? More expensive than chemotherapy? It's not about the expense. It's about our priorities. We've lived on the cheap for so long, we forgot that quality costs a little more, but in the end, it's worth it.
Partner with food conscious friends. It's true....we are greatly influenced in our food choices by the company we keep. If someone close to us has a more conscious food perspective, we tend to lean in to their choices because we respect them. If we're with someone that eats anything and everything, we tend to mirror that experience, too.
There are alternatives to the Western diet, despite how all-pervasive it may seem. Your future depends on you knowing that fact.
Here are five skills you and/or your kids need to be successful in the new world emerging.
The next set of skills for people to be successful in the new world emerging are much more intuitive than in the industrial days. Because the robots can now do the monotonous and heavy lifting work, we are being challenged to be more intuitive, cerebral and thoughtful. Leaning into more right brain thinking will be the recipe for success in a world that demands it. Here are the top five skills that will make all the difference....
The power of global competence cannot be understated. We are more connected than at any time in known human history. Our ability to navigate a world of differences will be the deal maker or breaker for future leaders, creators, entrepreneurs and innovators. Isolationism might work in the recesses of someone's mind, but in the real world, your ability to show up in empathy, understanding, patience and willingness with people around the world will win the day.
Personal Brand Management
Your ability to manage your name, reputation as well as your digital history will take on extra importance as more and more potential employers, partners and clients go online to see what you've said and done. Unfortunately, many people don't understand that their digital footprint doesn't go away. Having Personal Brand Management skills will help you establish a presence in your field. https://statuslabs.com/7-easy-steps-to-manage-your-personal-brand-online/
Feminine Principle Leadership
The default mode of leadership in the world today is command and control --- a guy or group of guys at the top telling everyone else what to do. Only now are we seeing the limits and the carnage left in the wake of command and control leadership. Feminine Principle Leadership requires a collaborative approach that brings everyone in to work on the challenge or solution together. This is not a feel good moment. It's a leadership model that leverages the best of more people, sharing the responsibility. This is a new skill for a new world. https://www.oxfordleadership.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/oxford-leadership-article-femine-principle-and-theroy-u.pdf
It's funny how the very thing that defines our success in the world, relationships, isn't really taught in our schools. Cliches' and anecdotal statements from a motivational speaker is the extent that most people do their relationship work. Again, the interconnected nature of the world now will require us to make relationship (family, business, friends, etc) top priority --- not an afterthought.
With the rise of the gig economy, comes the importance of knowing how to be an effective gig manager. Being a gigger is different that being a 9-5 worker. It requires a completely different mindset because of the precarious and opportunistic nature of gigging. https://hbr.org/2018/03/thriving-in-the-gig-economy
Most of the world is still teaching and learning by old standards of the industrial economy. This is also complicating the ever expanding income inequality in the world. The new world requires more of our humanity, our intuitive self and our vision.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at email@example.com