Author: Gill Ringland

It has been a rough year. We’d like to brighten up your thoughts by sharing a few things that made us optimistic in 2022. Most…

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Digitalisation is in the news. Recent topics include whether Google’s LaMDA system shows sentience[1], and on the legal and other issues raised when robots or…

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The Covid pandemic continues into its third year, it is becoming ever clearer that it has had a wide range of effects. Many commentators have…

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The Overton Window is a model for how ideas change over time and how these ideas influence what happens in politics. It is named after…

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Our recent book New Shoots[1] explores opportunities arising from trends that are changing our world. Some of these are widely recognised – for instance global…

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Our recent book New Shoots[1] explores opportunities arising from trends that are changing our world. Some of these are widely recognised – for instance global…

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As the sound of COP26 fades away, we are wondering if there are any signs that the juggernaut of global warming may be turning. Will…

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Demographers are starting to talk about global population decline, with alarm. Why is population decline alarming? The world has gone through periods of catastrophic population…

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Our recent book – New Shoots: people making fresh choices in a changing world – concludes that we are optimistic about the future. This article…

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Both of us – the co-authors – spent many years designing, coding and testing software. We have a visceral understanding of what can go wrong,…

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All the news might push you back into primeval brain patterns – making you think, about the pandemic: “OMG it’s a bear! Fight or flight?” So…

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This article is partly based on our contribution to After Shock, a celebration of Alvin Toffler’s classic book “Future Shock” after 50 years. Future Shock…

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