Happy New Year


On behalf of the Emerging Future Institute team, I just want to wish readers a very Happy New Year. We really hope that 2017 will be a healthy and prosperous time for you.

2016 was a major turning point in our planetary journey. This was a year in which the futurist Alvin Toffler – who coined the phrase “Future Shock” – passed away. Many of the building trends we had been discerning in recent years started to manifest in real political events such as Brexit, the US Presidential election and the Italian referendum.  In some senses, the so-called ‘surprises’ of 2016 happened at known junctures – we knew the dates of these events well in advance.  Yet the ramifications were still a shock for many.

The surprises are likely to continue in to 2017 and beyond. We are at a very chaotic juncture of human history. Many things are quite concerning, but this is also a time when typically great leaders emerge.

The great futurist Isaac Asimov once wrote:

“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.”

Here at EFI we hope to do our best to prepare you for these future shocks, whether its through our trend analysis, scenario building and forecasting or inspiring to you see change with a different psychological approach.

In nature, open and complex systems frequently undergo enormous change. They go through bouts of disorder which culminate in new order. And it is at this edge of chaos, that creativity and newness emerge.

At this time, I believe it is our job to rise to the challenge. The individual and planetary journeys intersect: how can we shine, how can we be of service?

I spent the New Years celebration at a ski resort in South Korea, which is due to host the Winter Olympics this coming winter. The photo above was a shot of the incredible technologically-enhanced fireworks display. The highlight of the display was a phoenix they managed to create, that flew across the sky for many minutes and evoked gasps from the crowd. It reminded me of a mentor many years ago who told me: “Benjamin your fortune is thus. You are destined to be a rising phoenix or a falling star. Which will it be?” More often than not, I feel like the latter. But 2017 seems to be an important time for us to use our gifts.

Good luck and peace to you all.


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