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Suddenly the dream of a beauty pageant finalist is ours, too.

Mar 21, 2021

Not so long ago, we howled with laughter at the beauty pageant finalist who declared that her dream was 'to change the world'. Hopefully, we are not laughing now.

The pandemic has stopped us in our tracks, curtailed our lives of frantic activity and forced us into social exclusion, isolation, quarantine, and heck - even facial coverings that dim our identity and individuality. We have had a...

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Technologists cannot be left to their own devices when our humanity is at stake

Feb 09, 2021

As a futurist, I am very enthusiastic about developments in technology and what they can do to advance humanity. So, I read with great interest, Luke Dormehl's article, entitled: 'The Future of AR is Earbuds, Not Eyeglasses | Digital Trends

However, I have some concerns about the implications of the technology, such as:

Mind-reading earbuds - come again?

An 'earable' (a 'wearable', close to the...

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What's a 'weekend' for?

Dec 12, 2020

What's a weekend?' was the question posed incredulously by the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the award-winning series 'Downton Abbey'. We howled with laughter at the time at the exquisite irony of a senior member of the British aristocracy not understanding the separate concepts of work and play. 'Weekdays' – it was explained to her – 'were days scheduled for lesser mortals to...

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Our upside-down world, where positive is negative

Dec 02, 2020

We usually associate ‘positive’ with good and ‘negative’ with bad.  That is unless we are talking about medical testing to detect illness.

As COVID-19 sweeps around the world, testing positive for the disease is a harrowing thought for anyone. The daily scenes we are faced with from our newsfeed present a grim picture of what it’s like to get a bad dose of...

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'Revenge living' after lockdown

Nov 23, 2020

After the earliest recorded pandemic of 430 B.C. in Athens during the Peloponnesian War, people rushed out in a spirit of ‘lawless extravagance’, responding to their brush with death by what might be termed ‘revenge living’, enjoying life wildly, spending lavishly where they could and tossing aside any fear of God or man-made laws.

There was a feeling of anger...

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It's time to wake up to woke

Aug 24, 2020

Awareness in general seems to be sorely lacking in our society.

Or perhaps it’s more of a lack of acknowledgement of what we are aware of.

Such as the plight of migrant kids at borders…

We might be more inclined to step up and protect the vulnerable if we felt that we had more personal power as individuals.

As it stands, it seems that people in general feel powerless to switch on...

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Thanks Coronavirus, but no thanks

Aug 24, 2020

I watched what I felt was a beautiful video clip yesterday. Five minutes later, I found it really disturbing. Drenched in emotion and laced with haunting background music, its premise was: ‘Thank you, Coronavirus for potentially making us better human beings’  

Thank you – to a deadly virus that is devastating humanity and threatening to destroy our...

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Become the CEO of your own life

Jul 07, 2020

These days, the big question is not about what keeps a CEO up at night.

It’s more about what keeps all of us up at night and it’s the same thing that keeps many of us down all day.

 It’s about: uncertainty and insecurity.

 Like it or not, we are headed for massive transformation in the way we live and work in the coming decades, due to amazing developments in info...

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Friend Yourself First!

Jun 22, 2020

Let me tell you a big, fat lie…

It’s not my lie, but it is out there. Many people have heard it, believe it, and re-tell it. So, over time, it becomes a ‘fact’.

But, essentially, it’s still a lie.

What is it?

Well, it’s that self-awareness is selfish and that anyone who indulges in it is self-centered and self-obsessed and they should be ashamed of...

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We will only win when we are one

Jun 08, 2020

The daily experience of people on a global level now seems like a clip from a sci-fi movie: In the slow-motion pace of our projected ‘daily lives’, the picture is disturbing. Multiple back-to-back Zoom calls are exhausting our brains and either sparking or quietly generating mental health issues. Devoid of the stimulus of surprise and spontaneity, we yearn for what used to be a...

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