The coronavirus scenarios and the need to create a shared destiny

Maybe this virus will help us realise we all live on the same planet, and to avoid COVID-19 having the last word we need to create a shared destiny, writes Clem Sunter

In a book published in 2015 entitled Flagwatching,  I wrote about how important it was to identify the flags changing the world as we know it.

One of the flags was the increasing likelihood of a global pandemic due to higher rates of international travel and the growing concentration of people in megacities.

Likewise, the transmission of viruses across different species was a major concern as was

Chantell’s interview with 567 Cape Talk, 06 November 2019

The Springboks winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup has galvanised South African political and economic commentators to call for momentum and to translate the #StrongerTogether mantra into a broader national perspective.

In this edition of her regular spot as an analyst for 567 Cape Talk host Kieno Kammies, Chantell suggests an even broader perspective. It's probably not a populist's view, but it makes strategic sense.

To listen, click on the Soundcloud link below.

Chantell’s interview with 567 Cape Talk, 16 October 2019

Airports are probably not your favourite place to be, but in this edition of her regular spot as an analyst for 567 Cape Talk host Kieno Kammies, Chantell provides a strategist's perspective of airports.

It includes an explanation of why one of South Africa's smallest towns has an international airport.

Ironically, Chantell was stuck in an airport when Kieno called her.

To listen, click on the Soundcloud link below.

Chantell’s interview with 567 Cape Talk, 8 October 2019

On Wednesday 8 October, Chantell was on her regular spot as a trends analyst for Kieno Kammies on 567 Cape Talk. On this occasion, Chantell provided arguments for the controversial proposed changes to the South African education system that would see learners able to leave school with a certificate at the end of Grade 7 (about 14 years-old).

Chantell points out the strategic decision-making already needed of learners at that age, highlights some uncomfortable truths about the current education system, and clarifies the big 'ifs' needed to be in place for the new proposals to work.

She also explains how

Mitch’s interview with 567 Cape Talk, 2 October 2019

With the Brexit deadline now mere weeks away and Britain's PM Boris Johnson sounding increasingly frustrated, Mitch stepped in to present the regular mindofafox feature on 567 Cape Talk. Mitch is especially well-versed in the topic at hand.

With regular host Kieno Kammies away, EWN journalist Melanie Rice fired away with the questions.

Mitch explains the difference between a strategist and a tactician, highlights what possible futures could play out for Boris Johnson, and suggests what impact they could have on South Africa.

Click on the link below to listen.

Breaking Futures: Are global financial markets still in touch with reality?

At the end of May this year, I wrote an article painting three scenarios for the global economy over the next five years.

The first was "Gilded Cage" in which the rich old millions in America, Europe and Japan continued to construct barriers to block the poor young billions in the developing world from migrating to their countries. While this was completely against the spirit of globalisation which entails the free movement of people and goods between nations, the world economy would go on growing, albeit at a much slower rate than last century.

Chantell’s interview with 567 Cape Talk 3 July 2019

On Wednesday 3rd July, Chantell was on her regular spot as a trends analyst for Kieno Kammies, the weekday breakfast show host on 567 Cape Talk. On this occasion, she spoke about education in South Africa and whether it is lacking the levels of innovation needed to address the radically changing world of work.

She also touched on the flags mindofafox are watching in this regard.

You can hear it as a podcast on the Cape Talk website here.