1. World Economic Forum
This week, leaders in government and business are meeting in Davos. One of the overarching themes is how exponential technology will change our lives and how big of an impact it has already today. It was good to see that there seems to be a renaissance of corporate responsibility way beyond shareholder value. Companies globally are waking up to the fact that business has to be a force for good because there simply is no alternative. In the current political environment, we stopped expecting politicians to come up with visions for the future. All the big problems of humanity are global, hence national solutions don’t work. The American government is definitely the worst example of the resurgence of nationalism, but it is comforting to see that there is a lot of momentum in the opposite direction among private institutions. Milton Friedman famously said the social responsibility of corporations is to maximize profits. He was wrong about that.
2. Kevin Kelly - The Universe Is a Question
This is an interesting conversation with the founder of Wired magazine who has been called ‘one of the most fascinating people on the planet’ (lol). His thoughts on the relationship between technology & humanity are original and this conversation touches a lot of issues in today’s world. The interviewer Krista Tippet is great anyways.