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Jack Uldrich’s “Friday Future 5:” November 19, 2021

Posted in Future, Future 15, Futurist, Think

Think: The world needs more people who can perceive new and different futures for themselves, their company, organization, community, and/or the world. To do this well, however, requires imagination. This is a skill that many of us have allowed to atrophy. This article on the awesome importance of imagination can help you rebuild your “imagination muscle.”

Think Harder: Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and non-fungible tokens (NFT’s) are complicated but this does not absolve leaders from having to think about the impact of these technologies, platforms, and tools. To this end, this article about Reddit reportedly “tokenizing points” and onboarding 500 million new crypto users is definitely something we all need to be thinking about harder.

Think Bigger: As a futurist, it is sometimes easy to get caught up with new, “gee-whiz” technologies such as self-driving cars. The future of transportation, however, is far more likely to be transformed by the bicycle, especially electric bikes. At the present time, electric bikes are outselling electric cars by 2 to 1! As lithium-ion battery technology continues to improve and as more people experience e-bikes through bike-sharing programs, expect the number of e-bikes to grow rapidly. This article, The Popularity of E-Bikes Isn’t Slowing Down, is quite informative.

Think in Questions: Over the past few weeks, I have included a number of articles on the metaverse in this newsletter. (To this end, Accenture recently purchased 60,000 virtual reality headsets so they can better engage with their workforce in the metaverse.) But, if you are still not familiar with the metaverse, now may be the time to ask  yourself “So what exactly is the metaverse?

Think the Unthinkable: Earlier this year, I wrote an article in Forbes on the legal rights of nature–specifically rivers–and mentioned that it may soon be possible that rivers will be recognized as “people” under the U.S. law. (If you think this sounds funny just remember that corporations are considered “legal people” under the law. Soon, personhood may even be granted to animals as this lengthy article, The Elephant Who Could Become a Person, explains.

Afterthought: “When you drink the water, remember the spring from where it came.” — Chinese proverb

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