You can find my point-of-view on transhumanism. It is part of a series of articles on the topic on KedgeForward.
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Hunome has launched in Alpha.
I cannot believe it. I have not said anything about the launch on my blog. I guess that is because I’ve communicated it elsewhere.
What is Hunome?
It provides means for creating and enjoying short-cuts to insights about humanity.
Who is it for?
Those who need to understand what makes people tick in their professional, personal or intellectual pursuits.
This could be artists, social scientists, educators, marketers, product creators, philosophers, historians, futurists, designers, strategists, scientists…
How can I join?
We are currently in private Alpha.
This means that for a number of practical as well as a few strategic reasons we need to manage the number of people on the site.
Please register your interest on the Hunome site and we will invite you to join very soon.
I look forward to your presence!
If we do not understand ourselves how can we hope to truly be in someone else’s shoes and have perspective? If we do not have perspective, how can we operate in a world of variation, even if ever so slight and seemingly insignificant? We like to display our uniqueness in many ways in amongst our own species, but how do we compare with other species on Earth?
Imagine that an alien group has finally had the chance to travel through time, breaking all our current rules about how hard all that would be. How would we explain ourselves to the new species? How would we compare? What would be the sameness across our species? The first step would be to explain human.
Many earlier ideas on what makes humans unique have been challenged. You can find more on that in for example Nina Rosenstand’s, a philosopher, book on Human Condition.
Only a few of the following seem to pretty much pass the test of ‘uniquely’ human: (more…)
We must remember that the future is neither wholly ours nor wholly not ours, so that neither must we count upon it as quite certain to come, nor despair of it as quite certain not to come.
Epicurus, 341-270 b.C., Greek philosopher, Letter to Menouceus, The Essential Epicurus: Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican Sayings, and Fragments (Great Books in Philosophy)
This quote probably hit you as ‘so true’ for your personal life. Perhaps a personal goal, which you have trouble getting to or an emotional impasse you do not quite know how to deal with.
Here I’d like to expand on it a little from the perspective of ‘strategic foresight’, which is a systematic approach to deal with the future.
The quote is well worth unraveling a little.
It has in essence four parts, which all play into the way to think about the future systematically:
- Future is not fully ours
- Future is not fully not ours
- We should not count on it as certain
- We should not despair of it as wholly uncertain
Future is not fully ours
We cannot dictate the future in our private or professional lives. No matter who we are and what we do there are always elements, which are not under our control.
We can amass all details about trends, drivers and influencers and work them into very clear strategies, making those strategies a win-win for all stakeholders and engaging a passionate group of people behind them. It still does not guarantee that things will just roll as planned. People are fickle and what was a win-win one day no longer is necessarily that later. Sometimes it is not possible to keep the decision elements jelly enough to shape things according to all change. This means that sometimes we have to stay the course on things, which were set in motion before and turn our backs on the new, perhaps clearly better, possibilities. This particular aspect has changed a lot in business over the last twenty years. Things have become super liquid. (more…)
If you spent some time visiting several Fortune 500 web sites, how many of those do you think would clearly state their purpose and value to humanity? How many would have people in their brand somewhere? How many would talk about the passion they have for making the world a better place and how their actions bring that about?
I did that one year ago and there are some but not many. Mostly I found that those that have people in their brands and language do not have a ‘purpose’ statement. About ten years ago I did the same sort of study when I was with Nokia and found that a number of Japanese companies had a long term view and something like a ‘purpose’ statement – what was their role in this world, what benefit to humanity where they here to bring about.
The main objective of the company was to design and create innovative products, which would benefit the people. http://www.sony.com.au/section/sonysstory
This is not a mission statement, i.e. how to conquer some hill, but why do it anyway. Nor is it a vision, what could it all look like in some years’ time, if we all rally and make it happen (strategy – how). The focus is on the why.
One could say that all companies have people in their minds and brands to some extent: Facebook – making it easy to connect with friends, Google – making all things findable on the net [used to be: making it easy to find things on the net] and so on. There are many however for whom the purpose and product have disconnected because the ‘product’ is so entrenched in the society. The question of value to humanity is no longer considered to be of importance. I’d say the car industry has fallen into that trap and the banks just keep ignoring us, except for yet another credit card offer. (more…)
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