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The Next Decade:
Tech and Social Innovation

There are countless people and organizations pushing and scaling tech to ever new heights. But what about social, civic and political innovations? It is social innovations that will require increased attention in the next decade. It's social innovations that are needed to make up for all the move-fast-and-break-things initiatives out there and to create something resembling sustainable progress for all.

Therefore, this last Sparkr Newsletter of the decade is a call for social innovation. Let's spark more of it in 2020 and the years to come.

But before we kick it off, I wish you happy holidays all the best for the new year,

Christian

Where Tech Is Going 

Kevin Kelly (author and futurist) and Marc Andreessen (one of the most significant investors of Silicon Valley) are two proven visionaries and they recently had a far-ranging conversation about the future of technology.

The conversation left me wondering what social innovations are needed to cope with the accelerating developments in tech.

The illustration above was inspired by the conversation between Kelly and Andreessen. 

Watch Kevin Kelly and Marc Andreessen Discussing the Future of Technology
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2010 - 2020:
the Decade Tech Lost Its Way 

In a multifaceted compilation the New York Times is looking back on the decade during which "the flaws of technology became abundantly clear". "When the decade began, tech meant promise - cars that could drive themselves, social networks that could take down dictators."

10 years later the public opinion has shifted and I get the impression that the Silicon Valley types morphed from nerdy saviors wearing hoodies to villains joining the ranks of the 'banksters'. The hilarious HBO show 'Silicon Valley' (photo of the cast talking to Google employees) is testament to that.

What happened to 'making the world a better place'?

Read the New York Times Piece
Watch a 'Silicon Valley' Trailer
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«We need data sharing and taxation»

Everybody has been talking about artificial intelligence for a while now. Usually these conversations consist of a lot of hype, buzz and fluff that do great in consulting slide decks.

In all of that hype, I rarely had such a down-to-earth, pragmatic and philosophical conversation about the topic as with Thomas Ramge - a German thought leader on social and political innovations for a data driven society and big data capitalism.

Luckily I recorded this conversation and published it as a Sparkr Podcast episode. If you haven't checked it out already, now is the time.

Check Out the Main Take-Aways
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#LifelongLearning:
Mindset for the Future

Lifelong learning is the best chance we have to future proof ourselves for a life where technology is taking over more and more of our tasks. As technology progresses so must we; by never stopping learning, remaining curious and being creative.

Broadly and truly fostering the lifelong learning mindset is one example of what social innovations could look like and therefore lifelong learning was a main focus of mine in 2019: On a mandate basis I co-led the #LifelongLearning initiative launched by digitalswitzerland and the Swiss Employers Union which promotes three things:

  • A lifelong learning pledge signed by 130+ employers affecting over half a million employees in Switzerland (as of mid-December 2019)
  • The online platform educationdigital.ch on which 500+ different courses for digital up- and re-skilling can be found
  • 100+ inspirational videos sharing the lifelong learning stories of people from all over Switzerland

The #LifelongLearning campaign consisting of YouTube videos, mainstream media ads, editorial coverage, billboards and more reached 5+ million people in Switzerland (60% of population) between September 2019 and the end of this year. A big 'thank you' to the dozens of invaluable partners contributing to the campaign.

Visit the Campaign Website
Why Lifelong Learning Matters - a Collection of Studies and Offerings
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1000 Weeks

Does the future seem far away to you sometimes? Change can wait for another year? Every once in a while it makes sense to remember how even the far future is closer than you think.

Remember the movie The Matrix like it was yesterday? That's because it's only 1000 weeks old. Are you impressed by how much the smartphone has changed our world in such a short period of time? That's because the first iPhone was released only about 675 weeks ago.

So you might be surprised to learn that the year 2040 is as close to us into the future as The Matrix is in the past. It's only 1000 weeks.

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Let's Spark Meaningful Change 

1000 weeks is not much. So why not start right away in 2020 and spark the social innovation we need and want. Sparkr is happy to join you in that effort and make meaningful change happen together.

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