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Hello Reader, You may recall in PROOF #25 Michael Shaun asked us all to speak about what’s happening as a climate crisis rather than “climate change” or “global warming”. In the news in the last few weeks there have been stories about the highest recorded temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and other parts of the...
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Hello Reader, “A la mode”, “modisch”, “alla moda”, “fashionable” – up to date with current style or trend. FASHION. We have all been trained to try and keep up with the current colors, cuts and styles. We feel good when we are in fashion and awkward at best when we are out. We’ve been taught...
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Hello Reader, I’ve been thinking a lot about our – Bold.ly NOW – responsibility for the things we share in the pages of PROOF. We do our best to make sure that the articles we post are truthful and lead to a thriving future for humanity, the heart of our purpose.  Yet, if we were...
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Hello Reader, The future according to mainstream media is bleak . Our menu for future options has us being killed by machines, eaten by zombies, and generally facing the end of humanity as we know it through some other calamity like a new plague. According to them, the future is dystopic and not very pretty....
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Hello Reader, Net zero waste sounds great and from the many articles that we are bringing you this week it seems to be both in reach and a matter of instrumentalization – all we have to do is design processes to reduce, reuse, recycle, and ultimately eliminate waste. From where we stand at PROOF this...
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Hello Reader, The Earth is finite. And for the vast majority of human history this has not been a problem. With our small population, we could collect and consume only a small fraction of the wealth of the planet. We spread out and the population grew. Still there was no problem. Then we technologized our...
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Hello Reader, We live in a material world, a built world, an endlessly changing world. The cycle between material desires and fulfillment of those desires has shortened from weeks to days to “same day delivery”.  We consume, therefore we are. Full stop until the world stops. It’s no mystery how we got here.  The invisible...
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Hello Reader, We are born into a world that gives us lifelong operating instructions on every aspect of our lives from language, to culture, to education, to work, to relationships, to childbearing and child raising, to eating, to health, and even to death. Every aspect of life is mapped out in the norms of this...
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Hello Reader, In the desert of Southeastern Utah the sand itself is alive. There is a crust made up of cyanobacteria, green algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, and other tiny organisms that protect the soil against erosion, retain moisture and help the grasses and bushes to keep a foothold in the sand. The National Park Service...
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Hello Reader, On Earth Day, we at Bold.ly NOW participated in an UP.game event where the speakers were asked to share a vision of the future from 2030. I’ll share my story from the future in a moment, but first I want make a simple request. The time has come for all of us, governments,...
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Hello Reader, This week in PROOF, we are going to look at the Future of Cities and some of the great thinking and work that is happening in regards to how we might rethink the way we live together. As human beings moved from nomadic life to agrarian life, the first cities were built. These...
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Hello Reader, From greenwashing to cancel culture to RINO finger pointing we are living through a hyperbolic era of double speak. Propaganda and deception aren’t new or even, for most of us, surprising. What is new is that so much of it is very obvious and not even thinly hidden. The lies aren’t meant to...
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Hello Reader, You are one of the first generations of the hyper-media age, an age where every second of the day some story is coming at you from all corners of the globe. Some as short as a tweet and others long reads, streaming series and documentary films. Content of every kind from every angle...
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Hello Reader, I just scheduled a COVID vaccination. I found myself thinking about things I might “get back to” doing, like travel, group exercise classes, and eating indoors at restaurants. I have to say, after the last year it all feels a little foreign. Not bad, just foreign. A thought came to me – rather...
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Hello Reader, One thing that all futurists have in common is a driving curiosity about the future. We want to know how things are going to advance in technology, health, life extension, reproduction, society, law, economics, etc. In general, most futurists work to make accurate predictions about this future and share those predictions with the...
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Hello Reader, Yesterday, on our Bold.ly NOW Youtube Channel we got a comment on a recent podcast we did with Lucian Tarnowski: “Globalist, hard pass”. The finality and brevity of the comment is priceless, as is how completely the commenter missed the point of the conversation. My guess is that he didn’t watch much, if any of the...
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Hello Reader, Everyone keeps saying that this is one of the most divisive times in history. Divisive yes, but in the context of the brutal history of humanity, this is a time that is certainly less divisive than the average. World War I and WWII combined resulted in over 87 million deaths. Now that’s divisive....
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Hello Reader, Are you ready to Bold.ly reimagine human life on this planet? I feel we all want to answer “yes” to that question.  After all, isn’t that the right answer? Isn’t that what’s needed now? But for some of us, considering how seemingly hard it is to make even small changes, reimagining human society, culture,...
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Hello Reader, A friend of ours recently told us we were lucky because we have something positive to focus on during the pandemic, generating a thriving future for humanity. True enough, working on big hard problems by envisioning a future and then boldly taking action puts everything in a different perspective. You have to deal...
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Hello Reader, For the great expanse of human history most of us have lived lives that stretch from day to day with little change.  When disruption came, it was likely existential – war, famine, drought, earthquakes etc., bringing an end to the day-to-day world and often to life itself.   Today we live in the age...
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Here’s what’s kept us up late at night for the last decade (no lie!):– How do you change the world and have a great life at the same time?  I mean don’t you have a choice?  Do good and be poor, but happy you are making a difference.  OR, Plug into the machine and make...
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Have you ever noticed in movies about time travel, that a single small thing changed in the past has the ripple effect that radically changes everything? Like your parents don’t meet and then not only are you gone but somehow that causes WWIII. There are so many things that were we to go back and...
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Burning Desire. Big Ideas. Bold Action Suzanna Frindt is no stranger to these concepts. Through her work as the former CEO of the Hunger Project and as a global leader in developing leadership with an expertise in community led development, she has been on the leading edge of cultivating a sense of self-resilience and dignity...
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Tom Chi has dedicated his life’s work to making humanity net positive…this is no small undertaking. His approach is calm, grounded and factual. He’s an engineer, a developer and an inventor, the chair of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, managing partner at At One Ventures and was one of the founding members of the Google X...
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“As a species we didn’t survive because of competition, it was collaboration, it was us coming together in harmony as one that allowed us to be this species that we are today.” If there is one person on this planet who lives and breaths the importance of love and unity as the driving force for...
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According to Amanda Joy Ravenhill’s reading, almost all past collapsed civilizations had two things in common: Natural resources weren’t respected. Radical wealth inequality happened right before collapse. As Amanda sees it, the signs are here and humanity needs to take a 180 degree turn, NOW.  “We’re so on the edge, I don’t think incremental change...
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We are currently functioning within an economic system that encourages exponential growth. The consequence of this type of growth has devastating ecological implications. Profit before compassion. We destroy the rainforest in the name of cheaper coffee beans. This week’s Bold.Ly Now guest, founder and executive director of Amazon Watch Atossa Soltani, describes this relationship with...
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We live in unprecedented times, calling for an unprecedented upheaval of “the way things are”.  “I think this generation is ready for a real revolution, and it doesn’t have to be a violent one. I think it’s a revolution of philosophy. And I think a revolution of philosophy would change far more than any other...
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Over the past months, coronavirus has dominated conversations, thoughts and news broadcasts. The world is changing and our reference points for “normal” are shifting. Now, more than ever, is the time to enact what inspires you, consider new ways of doing things and take bold action. Let us take this time to reimagine our future....
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To generate a future for a thriving humanity will take a critical mass of us imagining realities that stretch far beyond what we know from the past.  So, how do we go about that? Let’s start with an understanding of the past and the future.  It may seem obvious that both the past and the...
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There is a spark in all of us, a desire to create a better world – a thriving future for ourselves and for generations to come. However, it can all seem so immense, what can we as individuals do? There’s a lot that goes into answering that question, more than can fit in one blog...
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In his 1986 book, “Finite and Infinite Games” James Carse speaks about the two kinds of games.  At the simplest level, a finite game is played for the purpose of winning and an infinite game is played for the purpose of continuing the game.   So what does all that have to do with a thriving...
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For decades growth has been a central tenet of our economic theory and systems.  Yet this growth has led to exceeding ecological limits, with increasing climate change and extinction of species.  We also have many of us slipping below fundamental social foundations in areas like health, education, gender equality and many others. In her TED...
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There’a a lot of visions of the future expressed in books and films in which there is a dystopian future with a blighted environment, over crowded cities all ruled by mega-corporations.  Think Blade Runner, or Ready Player One.  The bracing fact about all this is that we can see elements of this dystopian imagining of...
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Imagine you are on the International Space Station.  Pause for a few moments and allow yourself to imagine that you are looking back at the Earth.  It’s a lot to take in.  Some people have described it as seeing the earth “to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and...
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