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human works design - building meaningful futures - Issue #14


human works design - building meaningful futures

November 19 · Issue #14 · 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.

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” - Albert Einstein.
Computers can now write perfectly acceptable pop songs as Taryn Southern shows with her latest Break Free. Soon we’ll hardly recognise we’re surrounded in our soundscapes by songs written by machines. For sure, it’ll create fun and excitement for many people. What’s actually happening is that we’re withdrawing the pleasure of the creation process of the musician trying to craft the perfect song while he’s enjoying this process. Something essential for us humans, contributing to our overall level of happiness. Performing songs in front of other people and having the joy of singing songs together in community is one of the rare pleasures humankind has known for centuries.
Creating sex dolls has been around for decades and is coming to a next level ‘thanks to technology’. We can now create the ‘perfect companion’, according Realbotix CEO Matt McMullen: “There’s a need for alleviating loneliness. Some people are exceedingly lonely and for someone else to judge them for that to me is not fair.”
The problem with these technological ‘solutions’ is that we are not healing these people from being lonely and actually reinforcing them to stay in a loneliness loop while someone is making money with a ‘miraculous’ solution.
Umair Haque paraphrases our current society beautifully in The Dopamine Economy:
“So now we reward people, as if they were lab rats, with little tiny morsels of reward, whether they’re coupons, clickbait headlines, discounts, special offers, prizes, and so on, and somehow, they always come back for more. We don’t really know why — and so we don’t know what fire we’re really playing with, that we’re toying with the basics of human neurobiology itself, that every click’s effect is something like a heroin injection, dopamine triggering adrenalin surging through the system.”
The tech world is obsessed with solutions while there is little thought in actually tackling the source of the problem. What we need more is human innovation instead of technological innovation, to look at the core of our problems and find human solutions in order to create happy responsible lives instead of creating more loneliness.
(Word to Canay)
Hello, there!
I’m writing to you for the first time on our Human Works Design newsletter. We thought it’s time to give a voice to our feminine power, and highlight our efforts to turn #ChildrenFirst approach into a movement.
For starters, I thought I would share something that’s been on my mind a lot.
I consider myself as a good user of social media. With ‘good’ I mean using social media for my intentions such as creating valuable new connections (that’s how I met with Rudy), learning from each other and creating impact beyond our borders. Beginning of this week, I wanted to take couple days off from social media and deleted all social media applications on my phone; Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Snapchat, Linkedin and Instagram.
First of all, it impacted me more than I assumed. (You can read about my thoughts and emotional swings on my Social Media Detox Diary.
Second, I became more aware of the growing threat to our children, who are and will be born into social media and exponential technologies.
Research with 14- to 24 year-olds shows Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increase feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. The four platforms have a negative effect because they can exacerbate children’s and young people’s body-image worries, and worsen bullying, sleep problems and feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness, the participants said.
“We embrace the gifts of technology, we usually fail to consider what they ask from us in return-the subtle, hardly noticeable payments we make in exchange for their marvellous service. We don’t notice for example, that the gaps in our schedules have disappeared because we are too busy delighting in the amusements that fill them. We forget the games that childhood boredom forged because the boredom itself has been outlawed. Why would we care that an absence has disappeared?”
And he encourages us to ask these two urgent questions at each juncture;
‘What will we carry forward? What worthy things might we thoughtlessly leave behind?’
I’d like to add a third one to his questions;
What are the new possibilities with/out technology that can enhance our human evolution?
The third question is a curious one to me; we know what is good for us and yet we fail to plan, design or implement towards what is best for us. We all know that our and our children’s learning to be more conscious about technology and social media usage is the most obvious and sustainable way.
So why don’t we implement this on a broader scale? Read my suggestions and share your ideas here.
With love and gratitude,
In this newsletter lots of information and links on the future of work, blockchain, children first world design, social media collapse, the effectiveness of digital advertising, biohacking, quantum computing, climate change, personal health, creativity, and therapeutic music.

Conscious Business Model Design Workshop
Conscious Business Model Design Workshop - Human Works
Letter to Humanity
Future of Work
“Make relationships, not things.”
More Evidence That Humans and Machines Are Better When They Team Up
A New Chart Conclusively Proves That Automation is a Serious Threat
Children First World Design
Who’s Ready to Put Their Kid on a Self-Driving School Bus?
What adults can learn from kids
Children should be playing more games in the classroom. Here’s why.
Social Media Collapse?
'We're designing minds': Industry insider reveals secrets of addictive app trade
Do social media threaten democracy?
Facebook co-founder Sean Parker bashes company, saying it was built to exploit human vulnerability
Climate Change
High-street outlets move to ditch plastic amid environmental concerns
Welcome to China’s urban forest
The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: 'There is reason for hope'
Personal Health
Harvard study uncovers why fasting can lead to a longer and healthier life
Advertising companies struggle to adapt to a new world
Quantum Computing
How China Is Using Quantum Physics to Take Over the World and Stop Hackers
Biohackers are using CRISPR on their DNA and we can't stop it
Classical and Jazz musicians show different brain responses to unexpected events, study finds
Blockchain / Cryptocurrency
Pop Star Bjork to Accept Cryptocurrency Payments for New Album
Blockchain-Based CVs Could Change Employment Forever
Is Quantum Computing an Existential Threat to Blockchain Technology?
Fabricating a Future for Distributed Manufacturing with Blockchain
Why and how the Cryptobubble will burst
BitTorrent inventor announces eco-friendly bitcoin competitor Chia
London Block Exchange launches prepaid cryptocurrency debit card
Art & Culture
How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme only once in own concert (1965)
Therapeutic Music
Wavepaths App Guides Users Through Therapeutic Trips - Rolling Stone
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