A Future So Bright: Strategic Optimism for an Uncertain Future

book cover image of A Future So Bright by Kate O'Neill

(Note: this program corresponds to the new book —  out now!)

It’s not your imagination: everything really does get more complicated all the time. But everything also becomes more connected.

We are living in a world that is more economically interdependent than ever, and more enmeshed by data than ever. Meanwhile, the problems of the future are getting more urgent. We’re already living through a global pandemic of unprecedented scale, and the next few years are critical to make the best decisions about climate, geopolitics, labor economies, and more to set in place the best possible future for the most people, or at a minimum, the least damaging future for the most people. While emerging technology is often cited as a problem we face, it also offers tremendous opportunities to facilitate solving human problems at scale more efficiently than ever, while offering better human connectedness.

But building the brightest future means looking beyond and around tech, too; it’s about the holistic observation in acknowledging the relationship between all of humanity’s opportunities and that interconnect, from the economy to climate to the future of jobs.

Intended to help both individuals and leaders of all kinds see the landscape of the future in an empowering new way, this session presents the opportunity to solve strategic problems arising from integrating data and emerging technology into business models and operations with a central emphasis on sustainability, ethically-aligned business, and human rights.

Kate O’Neill, author of “Tech Humanist,” presents an approach to global transformation of technology and beyond that keeps humans at the center, and makes the case for an approach that’s both hopeful and strategic as our best chance at a truly bright future.

The future will be neither dystopia nor utopia (which is an actively harmful dichotomy), but it will be what we do the work to make it. And the best way to the brightest future is to focus on what we CAN do, and make sure we are working to get there.

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