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Building meaningful futures - Issue #9


human works design - building meaningful futures

February 12 · Issue #9 · View online

'human works' empowers the game-changers of tomorrow to build meaningful futures. This newsletter is for leaders and change-makers, who want to elevate humanity by living consciously, designing conscious business that have a purpose with sustainable profit, and contributing to better systems for the diverse communities in our society, for future generations and for our planet.

“Change” fixes the past. “Transformation” creates the future.
“In change mode, the desire to improve the past directs what we do. The past sets boundaries and constrains possibilities. Change makes the system better. In transformation mode, the future directs your actions and only the limits of imagination and courage constrain possibilities. Transformation causes new systems to emerge.” - Chris McGoff.
We all know it. Technology has created an overload of information in our daily lives. There are tons of excellent articles shared every day for us to read, interesting and informative video’s to watch, bits and pieces of misinformation circulating, next to the general news already out there, everywhere. Only a couple of years ago we had to sit down to read the newspaper or watch the news, now the news is following us everywhere, on our phones or devices, all the time, whatever app we open, we see news… But how do we keep track of the essentials and make sure we don’t miss out on the important stuff we might have missed during our week of being busy with running for work and fulfilling family tasks, having hardly any time left for ourselves?
Let me ask you one question: is the life your living really the life you want to live?
Book tip: The Burnout Society by Byung-Chul Han.
In my newsletter, I curate the articles I found most interesting from a reflective point of view concerning the impact of technology on humanity, cultures and society, trying to create a perspective based on shared universal values to improve the quality of our current societies and humanity.
“Civilised societies should not want a class of neo-servants. Not merely for moral reasons — though there are moral reasons aplenty. But also, and perhaps and more subtly, for economic ones. A productive economy relies on breakthroughs, which increase standards of living, and so create justifiably worthy inequality, higher wages, and middle classes that prosper instead of decline. Beyond productivity lies real social progress. But we cannot create real breakthroughs if we are too busy being servants. So the challenge for us, as leaders, investors, inventors, dreamers, and doers, is this: not merely to settle for apps, which make our lives a little easier. But to create the earth-shaking breakthroughs which make lives truly better — and give others the chance to do so as well.” - Umair Haque.
Let’s make sure when we code, our code is ethically correct; when we setup business, we build products and services that are good for people and our planet; when we make lots of profit, we can redistribute it into something meaningful, not just for the sake of making money or to prove ourselves in society.
I know, and you know, that the old way of doing business is not working any longer, so we need to start doing things differently.
Personally, I’m working on developing two projects I have at heart right now.
The first project is about how we can use technological tools to improve society, the public discourse and interaction between citizens, based on values, trust and truthful information. As well as to engage with citizens from all areas of society, to reinvent the definition of working in the future, as jobs get replaced by automation.
I made a call to action in my previous newsletter and I must thank the many people who answered, interested in starting a conversation on how we can start doing this. I’m starting a think tank group for people to exchange ideas and projects. If you’re interested, ping me here so I can add you to the group.
This is also something we will discuss in the Philosophical Salon on Technology and the Public Sphere in The House of Beautiful Business on Tuesday, February 28 in Barcelona. Sign up on the webpage to be part of this, seats are limited.
The second project I’m working on is about communicating universal values to children through learning, music, culture and play. If you’re active or interested in one of these areas, please get in touch as I’m working on setting up some alpha-testing pilots this spring and summer to test the idea and document the process along the way.
Let’s do this!
How about you? Which narrative are you developing to contribute in (re) building a healthy society? Feel free to send your projects so I can share them in this newsletter.
Somehow related is this Wired article with the somewhat misleading title The AI threat isn’t Skynet. It’s the end of the middle class. I agree with Yann LeCun‘s comment on his page. Yann is Director of AI Research at Facebook.
“AI will transform society, labour, and the economy. But it is not AI that threatens the middle class, it is technological progress in general (AI and otherwise) combined with policies that favour capital, at the expense of labour. The process by which technological progress continuously increases productivity (GNP per capita), yet increases wealth inequality while leaving median income stagnant has been going on since the 1980s in the US. Fiscal policies that have lowered taxes for upper income brackets and kept high taxes on income from labour and low taxes on capital gains have made the problem worse in the US. The real threat to the middle class is regressive fiscal policies in a time of accelerated technological progress.”
Furthermore on this topic - for individuals and for business people - this week, I highly recommend you read the Unlocking human potential - Proactive practices for individual elasticity report from Deloitte University Press.
“It’s all about checking in, with yourself and with others; leaning in and climbing out; jumping into the flow of ideas, people, and information to learn new strokes; and eddying out to regain equilibrium. It’s about learning to move with purpose and using flows, and “flow”, to successfully and sustainably live and work. We are very much interested in the path we’re all on. It’s about each of us finding ways to create a better path for ourselves, making sure the path is taking us where we want to go, and understanding the many options we have for traversing it.”
Remember, a butterfly is a transformation, not a better caterpillar. Let’s all be butterflies again. Yeay!
Have a great week; take good care of yourself and your beloved ones!

Mobile World Congress Events
With a little less than 2 weeks to go to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, things are heating up again. Check below the events I’m involved in. I’ve got some discounted & free tickets for grabs.
Mobile Sunday 2017 with, 26 Feb 2017
IoT Stars – THE Internet of Things Startup Pitching & Networking Event during #MWC17
House of Beautiful Business
Illustration by Oscar Bolton Green - MIT Technology Review
Illustration by Oscar Bolton Green - MIT Technology Review
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Closing Quote
 “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it! Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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