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This is the second audio edition of the New World Same Humans newsletter.
A number of you have asked for the Sunday instalments as a podcast, and I’ll be recording an audio version of every Sunday newsletter from now on. Let me know what you think!
This week, I want to share a powerful tool that can help you see, and plan for, the possible futures that lie ahead of you. It’s called the Four Futures framework, and it’s the creation of Professor James Dator, one the fathers of future studies in the US.
If you prefer to read this week’s instalment, go here for the the text version of New World Same Humans #21.
Links in this week’s instalment
The Four Futures essay:
1. The homepage of Professor James Dator of the University of Hawaii.
2. James Dator’s essay on the Four Futures framework.
Space Force is go:
1. The future of cities. New World Same Humans #12. A new poll by Ipsos MORI finds 44% of Britons expect cities to become less attractive places to live.
2. A Harvard Business Review paper on personality attributes that lead to career success.
3. People are starting businesses inside New Horizons: Animal Crossing. NWSH #15 was about the rise of video games as domains of meaningful experience.
4. Netflix is fighting the US government for ownership of the name ‘Space Force’.
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