Introduction: Where is Humanity Headed?

Do mass media narratives help or harm those pushing the boundaries of systems change?  Alongside experts in the field of making the world a better place, podcast host Juanique Randall explores narratives for a better future.  From military-industrial and biochemical to information and psychological warfare, like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street - in a tacit revolution - its time to regain control of our story-line. If we succeed for the first time in history, we will also own our future.  From this point onward, it’s how we shape it that matters most.

Part 1:  Why Futures Thinking Matters.

Futurist Professor Sohail Inayatullah is the inaugural Chair of UNESCO's Futures Unit and creator of Causal Layered Analysis (CLA). In this episode we discuss CLA and how it is structured to make synchronized changes at all levels to create a coherent new future. Inayatullah's original paper as well as his TEDx talk identify four levels:  The litany -  quantitative trends, often exaggerated and used for political purposes;  Social causes, including economic, cultural, political, and historical factors;  Structure and the discourse that legitimizes and supports the structure and; Metaphor and myth.   

Part 2: Engineering the Future

Social Entrepreneur and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate Netia McCray serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Mbadika, a social venture dedicated to fostering youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. Netia assisted with the development of carbon nanotubes for possible use in spacesuits or a space exploration. She turned away from a career in Silicon Valley to focus on Mbadika, a Boston-area nonprofit that helps kids get the technology skills they need to succeed in the modern economy. We discuss the reality that while "Talent is universal, opportunity is not" and what she is doing to change that. 

Part 3: Artificial Intelligence and Moral Ethics

David Malone is a British independent filmmaker, Green Party politician and author of The Debt Generation. He has directed television documentaries on philosophy, science and religion, originally broadcast in the United Kingdom by the BBC and Channel. We discuss his upcoming documentary on "We have to talk about AI".  David sheds light on his experiences interviewing tech companies who may not have humanity's best interest at heart and why its important to regulate the ethical and moral elements of the future of AI.

Part 4: How Technology can Advance Humanity

Alex Tsado is founder of Alliance4ai and HPC market strategy lead for Cloud at NVIDIA. He strongly believes in the potential of Africans to drive great socio-economic improvements through AI. With a life's purpose of enabling people of color bring more to the global economic table, he shares how Africa's contributions could revolutionize the potential for the field to bring quality of life to all of humanity. Through market-creating innovations AI stands to enable common people earn more from their businesses which is critical in allowing them make better lifestyle decisions for themselves. 

Part 5: How Narrative Shapes our Future

Dr Francesca Ferrando's key focus is on Philosophical Posthumanism, defined as a philosophy of mediation which addresses the meaning of humanity not in separation, but in relation to technology and ecology. Francesca explains how understanding the distinction between the Transhumanist and Posthumanist narrative is important to ensure an humanity collectively decides their fate. 

Part 6: Understanding our Place in the Universe

Greg Watson is Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. His work focuses on community food systems and the dynamics between local and geo-economic systems. Watson has spent nearly 40 years learning to understand systems thinking as inspired by Buckminster Fuller and to apply that understanding to achieve a just and sustainable world. Greg explains why the context in which humanity is operating is often omitted from global decision making and how reintegrating it stands to impact our future and reveal a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts. 

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