Planetary Transformation: A webinar with Benjamin J Butler, Frijof Capra, and Simon Robinson


Date(s) - 09/12/2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Emerging Future Institute will be hosting a dialogue between three visionary thinkers on the 9th December 3pm US Pacific Time.  Please sign up for “Free Updates” on our front page to receive any updates/changes about the webinar.

Planetary Transformation: The Future of Society, Environment, Economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

It has been a shocking year for many. The global economy seems moribund and surviving on the life support of unprecedented monetary policy. Wealth disparities are huge and this is now having political ramifications. Britain voted to leave the EU. There is a possibility that others will fall and the entire EU project will disintegrate. Donald Trump has been elected in to the White House. We see continual headlines every day about the degradation of the environment.

It the same time Silicon Valley assures us that things are great: we are experiencing ten Gutenberg Moments with the Fourth Industrial Revolution; the acceleration of robots, AI and driverless cars. We have had a ‘Cambrian moment’ for global entrepreneurship, with entrepreneurs appearing all over the world. New ideas are buzzing everywhere.

Are things getting better or worse? Are you confused? Are you worried?

The visionaries Fritjof Capra (Physicist and Author), Simon Robinson (Consultant and Author) and Benjamin J Butler (Futurist), all system thinkers, will give their assessment of where we are and where we are headed.

Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., is a scientist, educator, activist, and author of many international bestsellers that connect conceptual changes in science with broader changes in worldview and values in society. His current project is Capra Course (, a new on-line course based on his latest book The Systems View of Life. In 1995, he became a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. He is on the faculty of Schumacher College and serves on the Council of the Earth Charter Initiative. Capra is the author of several books, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), Uncommon Wisdom (1988), The Web of Life (1996), The Hidden Connections (2002) and The Systems View of Life (2014). His website is:


Simon Robinson; a Consultant and Co-author of Holonomics. Simon  is the co-founder of Holonomics Education ( co-author of Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter ( and is a respected global thought leader on customer experience design, innovation and conscious leadership. Having started his career in user centred design in the early 1990s, he is internationally recognised for his customer-centric focus on product, service and platform design, introducing the concept of Customer Experiences with Soul in 2015. He is currently working with Fritjof Capra on Capra Course.

Benjamin J Butler; Futurist and Founder of the Emerging Future Institute

Benjamin is an English Futurist, dividing his time between Hong Kong, Palo Alto and London. He is known for his ability to forecast cycles or paradigm shifts in finance, society, technology and geo-politics. This year he predicted both Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump in the US Presidential Election.

He is an advocate for the creative potential of the human mind. Benjamin founded the Emerging Future Institute, writes for Dow Theory Letters, and is an international speaker.

He leverages off a wide array of experiences and roles including fund manager, investment advisor, venture capitalist, and innovation consultant, seeing himself as an observer of human behaviour and decision-making.



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