Appendix 3. Resources – Media and Tools for Better Futures

Videos – Sites

There are so many great websites now curating future important videos. Let me suggest just two for a start. Let me know of others you’d like to see here.

Big idea hunters. Videos as lenses for viewing personal and global success.
TED and TEDx
Compelling ideas in technology, entertainment, and design. Scripted storytelling with a social message. I’ve done a TEDx preso (How the Television Will Be Revolutionized, TEDx DelMar 2010) and I recommend all foresight speakers do one as well. It’s great practice in condensed storytelling.

Videos – Series

There are many excellent documentary series available now. As streaming services take on the cable monopolies, we are now entering an era of Peak TV. Let me start with two obscure but insightful ones that you might not otherwise watch.

People’s Century, Episodes 1-26, BBC, 1995. Get off the internet, or via Amazon DVD. A brilliant and deeply Big Picture overview of the 20th Century and its drivers, cycles, and trends, in twenty-six one hour episodes. I’ve blogged about two of its episodes, Episode 7, Breadline, and Episode 24, God Fights Back. You might start with those articles. Any video series that looks in depth at societal changes over a century, as this one does, will give you what futurists call “topsight” on both big cycles, including economic booms and busts, and liberalization and conservative retrenchment, and big trends, like accelerating science, technology, and entrepreneurship, in ways very few others do.

Who Rules America? Episodes 1-6, Danny Schechter, 2012. Amazon Streaming. Predictably, as of 2017 this documentary has had little viewership, and has no ratings on IMDB. The topic of plutocracy is generally avoided by the public, as it is depressing, unless you understand how we’ll get out of it, as we covered in Chapters 1 and 8. Nevertheless it is vitally important to understanding where we are today, and how much Political, Social, and Economic change we can realistically expect in coming decades (usually less than we think), versus the far faster and more powerful Science and Technology domains, which plutocrats thankfully cannot strongly control. They try to control them, but they can’t. Science and technology have become too powerful and unpredictable, and they get exponentially more so every year. The title of the documentary comes from a groundbreaking book by sociologist G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich, 1967/2015, now in its 7th edition, which I also recommend. Watch these over six dinners, get quietly angry at the way commercial interests have taken priority over community and human interests in so many sectors of our society, including innovation and evidence-seeking, then get busy doing things that will accelerates digital empowerment, like building our next generation personal AIs. Increasingly, we’ll be able to use S&T to create the kind of societies and organizations we truly want.

Videos – A Starter List of Individual Titles

A Force More Powerful: A Century of Non-Violent Conflict, Steve York (1999). Great overview of the deepest power in every society: collective decisionmaking. When conditions get too bad, we usually band together and create change, following a few opinion leaders. Lobby sims will make such collective action much more effective in coming years.

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Joe Berlinger (2016). An excellent overview of the mindset and methods of one of the most effective peak performance coaches in the world. Netflix, Amazon. If you like what you see, read Awaken the Giant (1991/2013) next. It gives you the essentials of his philosophy in one brilliant book on personal adaptive foresight (learning, seeing, doing, and reviewing). No one is perfect, but you can get better every day. As Tony would say, if you’re not growing, you’re dying. It’s your choice between those two states, every day.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 2. Personal Foresight – Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 2: Personal Foresight

Becoming an Effective Self-Leader

Chapter 4. Models – Foundations for Organizational Foresight

Chapter 4: Models

Foundations for Organizational Foresight

Chapter 7. Acceleration – Guiding Our Extraordinary Future

Chapter 7: Acceleration

Guiding Our Extraordinary Future (In Process)

II. Global Progress: 5 Goals, 10 Values, Many Trends

Innovation: Our Abundant Future
Intelligence: Our Augmented Future
Interdependence: Our Civil Future
Immunity: Our Protected Future
Sustainability: Our Rebalanced Future

III. Universal Accelerating Change

Great Race to Inner Space: Our Surprising Future
Entropy&Information: We’re Running Down & Up
The Puzzle of Meaning: We Have No Einstein Yet
Trees, Funnels & Landscapes: Intro to Evo Devo
Big Picture Change: Five Scales of Accelerating ED
Transcension Hypothesis: Where Acceleratn Ends?
IDABDAK: Social Response to Accel & Developmnt
We’re On a Runaway Train: Being Accelaware

IV. Evo Devo and Exponential Foresight

Seeing It All: Accel., Diverg, Adapt, Convrg, Decel.
Natural (I4S) Innovation: The Evolutionary Drive
Natural (I4S) Intelligence: The Human-AI Partnership
Natural (I4S) Morality: Why Empathy and Ethics Rule
Natural (I4S) Security: Strength from Disruption
Natural (I4S) Sustainability: The Developmental Drive
S-Curves: Managing the Four Constituencies
Pain to Gain: Traversing the Three Kuznets Phases
Hype to Reality: Beyond Hype Cycles to Reality Checks
Exponentials Database: Measuring Accelerations
TINA Trends: Societal Evolutionary Development
Managing Change: STEEPCOP Events, Probs, Ideas
A Great Shift: A Survival to a Sentient Economy

V. Evo Devo and Exponential Activism

Building Protopias: Five Goals of Social Progress
Normative Foresight: Ten Values of Society
Top & STEEPCOP Acceleratns: Positive & Negative
Dystopias, Risks, and Failure States
Three Levels of Activism: People, Tech & Universe
A Great Opportunity: Exponential Empowerment


Chapter 8. Your Digital Self – The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

Chapter 8: Your Digital Self

The Human Face of the Coming Singularity (In Process)

I. Your Personal AI (PAI): Your Digital Self

Digital Society: Data, Mediation, and Agents
Personal AIs: Advancing the Five Goals
PAI Innovation: Abundance and Diversity
PAI Intelligence: Bio-Inspired AI
PAI Morality: Selection and Groupnets
PAI Security: Safe Learning Agents
PAI Sustainability: Science and Balance
The Human Face of the Coming Singularity

II. PAI Protopias & Dystopias in 8 Domains

1. Personal Agents: News, Ent., Education
2. Social Agents: Relat. and Social Justice
3. Political Agents :  Activism & Represent.
4. Economic Agents:  Retail, Finance, Entrep
5. Builder Agents :  Work, Innov. & Science
6. Environ. Agents : Pop. and Sustainability
7. Health Agents :  Health, Wellness, Death
8. Security Agents :  Def., Crime, Corrections

III. PAI Activism & Exponential Empowerment

Next Government: PAIs, Groupnets, Democ.
Next Economy: Creat. Destr. & Basic Income
Next Society: PAI Ent., Mortality & Uploading
What Will Your PAI Contribution Be?

Chapter 10. Startup Ideas – Great Product & Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs

Chapter 10: Startup Ideas

Great Product and Service Challenges for Entrepreneurs (In Process)

I. 4U’s Idea Hub: Building Better Futures

Air Deliveries and Air Taxis: Finally Solving Urban Gridlock
Ballistic Shields and Gun Control: Protecting Us All from Lone Shooters
Bioinspiration Wiki: Biomimetics and Bio-Inspired Design
Brain Preservation Services: Memory and Mortality Redefined
Carcams: Document Thieves, Bad Driving, and Bad Behavior
Competition in Govt Services: Less Corruption, More Innovation
Computer Adaptive Education (CAE): Better Learning and Training
Conversational Deep Learning Devsuites: Millions of AI Coders
Digital Tables: Telepresence, Games, Entertainment & Education
Dynaships: Sustainable Low-Speed Cargo Shipping
Electromagnetic Suspension: Nausea-Free Working & Reading in Cars
Epigenetic Health Tests: Cellular Aging, Bad Diet, Body Abuse Feedback
Fireline Explosives and Ember Drones: Next-Gen Fire Control
Global English: Empowering the Next Generation of Global Youth
Greenbots: Drone Seeders and Robotic Waterers for Mass Regreening
High-Density Housing and Zoning: Making Our Cities Affordable Again
Highway Enclosures and Trail Networks: Green and Quiet Urban Space
Inflatable Packaging: Faster and Greener Shipping and Returns
Internet of Families: Connecting People Over Things
Kidcams: Next-Gen Security for Child Safety and Empowerment
Kidpods: Indoor & Outdoor Parent-Assistive Toyboxes
Microdesalination: Democratizing Sustainable Fresh Water Production
Noise Monitors: Documenting and Reducing Noise Pollution
Oceanside Baths: Sustainable Year Round Beach Enjoyment
Open Blood Scanners: DIY Citizen Health Care Sensor Tech
Open Streaming Radio: User-Centered Audio Creation and Rating
Open Streaming Video: User-Centered Video Creation and Rating
Open Values Filters: Social Rankers, Arg. Mappers, and Consensus Finders
Personal AIs: Your Private Advisor, Activist, and Interface to the World
Pet Empowerment: Next-Gen Rights and Abilities for Our Domestic Animals
Safe Closets: Fire-, Earthquake-, and Intruder-Proof Retreat Spaces
Safe Cars: Reducing Our Insane 1.3M Annual Auto Deaths Today
Safe Motorcycles: Lane Splitting in Gridlock Without Risk of Death
Shared Value Insurance: User-Centered Risk Reduction Services
Sleeperbuses and Microhotels: Demonetized Intercity Travel
Space-Based Solar Power: Stratellite Powering and Weather Management
Stratellites: Next-Gen Urban Broadband, Transparency, and Security
Touch DNA: Next-Gen Home Security and Crime Deterrence
View Towers: Improving Urban Walkability, Inspiration, and Community

Chapter 11. Evo Devo Foresight – Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Chapter 11: Evo Devo Foresight

Unpredictable and Predictable Futures

Appendix 1. Peer Advice – Building a Successful Foresight Practice