One of the things that make us unique among our Earth-dwelling family members is our inherent need for stories. By “story” I don’t just mean those that are fictional — I mean the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, why we are here, what we are doing, and what is important to us. They situate us in the world in a way that gives a fundamental meaning and an orientation and direction. Storytelling is sense-making.Read More
There is what I have come to call a human operating layer (HOL), or system, to everything we do. It is the layer of human interaction that exists over our physical infrastructures. It is our operating system: how we interact in our workplaces, how we make use of technology, how we collaborate on projects, how we communicate and hold each other accountable.Read More
One of the biggest changes in my recent life has to have been the move from working with others out of circumstance, to choosing the people I work with and circumstances in which I work with them. It’s a trend that started when I co-founded my first project and company while I was in my full-time job, and the stark contrast between collaboration conditions have stayed with me ever since.Read More
During one of our programmes empowering youth and giving them the skills to find direction and meaning, one of the images we equip our participants with is that of an 'internal compass'. For times of change, transition and sometimes lack of clarity, strengthening our inner compass can be an invaluable thing to guide us through to the other side, and help us make good decisions.Read More
The way we create technology, do business, access education, and more is rapidly changing. We need science, and the way its done, to keep evolving, if we don't want it to get left behind. Millenials want to be part of the world that is built through collaboration, sharing, open-source and rapidly permuting to deliver solutions to our biggest problems. Let's not leave science behind.Read More
This is the question I was asked recently in applying for a residency which would encompass marrying holistic science, deep ecology, transitional economics, transformational learning and building community. The following is the creative output that emerged from creating space to 'sense' my personal answer.Read More
Sunday saw our first ever collaboration as Future Farm Lab at a Crossmodalism meet up. Our workshops went down a storm! Three "curious nerdy ladies" re-defining 'scientists'; teaching and learning about the food chain; exploring some interesting proteins; debuting our jazzy refractometer and leaning into the unknown of our future food system - while stimulating questions and challenging attitudes along the way.
Grow-at-home algae. Future farming. Cellular agriculture. Plant-based meats. Algae-based bacon. Bacteria-grown vanillein. This past few weeks has been a flurry of art-meets-science activity, with a full immersion in a fascinating area: the Future of Food.
1. Our current socio-economic system feeds off the commons and nature, and superimposing a price (thus devaluing) on both, so if you want to bring its downfall, one way to do it is to find ways to preserve the commons and nature. This is in line with This will also have the beneficial side-effect of preserving as much as possible of what is sacred from destruction and making for a more rapid and yet less painful transition to a new socio-economic system for everyone.Read More
After a lot of positive feedback on the discussion of robots, AI and the future of our world below, I thought I'd publish some more links and thoughts related to similar subjects, and point out some opportunities to read and discuss more. If my last post inspired you, then consider joining London Futurists who host regular meet ups to discuss more around these kind of topics.Read More
There is considerable anxiety and scarcity mindset surrounding the issue of the mechanisation of our work: What if robots take over our society? What if we become dispensable as a human workforce? What kind of jobs will be 'spared'? And what will this do to equality? Will the rich get richer?
Change is happening. And in my view, this is the main reason the world is in such disarray right now. The political gridlock we see today is the direct result of radical change. Half the world sees value in going forward, and the other half wants to turn around and go right back. We’re facing an actual paradigm shift, not unlike the start of the Industrial Age, which is something new in our lifetime. We’re scared because we sense that our skills are inadequate.Read More
Journeys seem to have a habit of bringing you exactly what you need. My last 2 weeks has seen multiple plane journeys, car rides, tuk-tuks and a lot of hectic travel. But, however hectic, tiring and frustrating travel can be, a journey does one thing very effectively: bring people together.Read More
Reflections from the first day of delivering our transformative learning experience at 225 Academy in Mumbai. Written at the end of a workshop and the atmosphere in the classroom was electric, making me question what it is we are getting wrong in the everyday school system.Read More
When we talk about science, whether it is with the aim of securing funding, justifying a lifestyle, or considering human endeavour, it is often justified by the idea that research serves to 'further human knowledge' or 'develop new technology'.
What if we would change that paradigm?Read More
School. Some of us love it, some of us hate it - and most of us just have good and bad days. Whatever your preference, globally it is still widely accepted that the most beneficial way to teach our children about the world is to send them to school. It’s the done thing, and most of us send our kids away to school without asking too many questions. And while there does exist a bit of freedom in choice of which school we send our young people to, what they get taught there is almost entirely out of our hands.