Archive November 2016
Genius comes from the most incredible places and circumstances and in this week’s catch up Hong Kong 3’s Phil Whelan we take a look at a 17 year old Kenyan school girl, who using a free laptop she received at school, developed an app to connect potential kidney donors, recipients and health care workers together, as a legacy to her recently departed Uncle who died trying to find a kidney donor.
Lots more and listeners comments as well, always a great chat, so listen in now (15 minutes 14 seconds)…
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country“ was President JFK’s call to action in his inaugural address in 1961, 55 years later we have Trump in his victory speech pledging to “every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.”
This phenomenon of “I“, the global desire for a quick fix and the belief in an easy solution, is currently our dominating global culture.
We have travelled in 55 years from a society that believed that by remedying the greater good, the spoils would trickle down to us all; to now believing that if the individual is fixed then this will trickle up to benefit everyone else.
I’m seeing this in corporates around the world ,where a CEO or individual is singled out to accept blame or fame. In sporting clubs where coaches are readily swapped out as a quick fix to an ailing club’s woes. In England where leaving the EU was seen as a way to solve all of Britain’s financial and social ill’s and with many of us in our daily lives where the gaining of some object, status, wealth or job or conversely the losing of bad influences, unfulfilling jobs, changing our appearance, or losing weights might, all on their own, magically right our world.
In psychological terms this is referred to as the focussing illusion, where we overestimate the change one variables will have on all other parts of our lives.
This is where ABC Far North’s Kier Shorey and I pick up this week’s on-air conversation, exploring President elect Trump’s win, what its impact may be on future innovation and technology, my belief that despite all the current vitriol and negativity that the American people have they will quickly accept this new President’s actions and ways and my personal lament, as a futurist and strategist, that too many of us crave short-term fixes over medium term resolutions and that we have little patience for long-term discussions and strategies.
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