FROM : IFTF newsletter


Signals from the Future

🍄  Mushrooms might be the future of food

Mycelia are models for amazing  things. Now Novozymes, a Danish enzyme and microbial technology provider, is asking folks to help it to develop new fungal mycelium proteins for a food-starved planet.  

🏴‍☠️  Democracies are in danger

A group called IDEA suggests that more countries are sliding towards authoritarianism, while threats to established democracies are  greater than ever. (The first rule of futures studies is that there are no facts about the future.)

 

🥇  Singapore is smarter than everybody

Powered by civic leadership, digital innovation, and tech that responds to citizens’ needs, Singapore has been named “smartest city” by the Swiss Institute for Management Development. It’s a planet of civic laboratories!

 

🥨  Let’s get the metaverse right the first time 

A California computer scientist and CEO of Unanimous AI argues that unless designed and deployed properly, the metaverse could be more divisive than social media and a threat to society—even to reality itself. That’s why we’re interested in creating the meta-meta-metaverse.

 

🚌  A cute little AV/car/buslet is coming for you

From Ollie to Zoox and beyond, the race for a market leader among anthropomorphic, on-demand, autonomous ride-hailing is on! (Please don’t fight, though.)

 

🗑  COVID: a cure for conspicuous consumption?

Just in time for the Holidays, a new survey of thousands of global consumers has found that nearly half say they realized during the pandemic that they have too much stuff. Hmmm… what makes life worth living?


Future Factors is IFTF Vantage’s proprietary, easy-to-use platform for sharing and synthesizing signals from today that are likely to affect the transformation of tomorrow.

The Next Generation of Civil Service

What complexities and uncertainties do civil servants face in the coming decade? IFTF presents a range of forecasts and a useful new toolkit as part of a partnership between the BRAVA Foundation, the Lemann Foundation, the Humanize Institute, and Republica.org.

In an era when citizens need institutions of collective action more than ever, it’s important to ascertain how civil servants can reframe their self view in order to promote progressive infrastructure and support an evolving ecosystem—even as they navigate opportunities and threats in a constantly shifting environment.