Storytelling on social media has taken a nasty turn.It’s tempting to believe that social media reflects public sentiment. If there’s something Mark Zuckerberg’s recent appearance before US Congress has exposed, it’s that social media can in fact steer public sentiment. And that’s scary. The Facebook CEO was forced to testify before a House committee after a series of major scandals hit the social network. These included the spread of Russian propaganda on its platform, and the hoovering of up to 87 million users' data by data-analysis firm Cambridge Analytica. All this points to attempts - probably successful - to influence the outcome of the 2016
Politics is a long game, and Trump just came up short.Ask any career politician and they’ll agree: politics is a long game, it’s strategic, and it’s perfect for the feint-hearted. Surely we mean ‘faint-hearted’? No, someone who is faint of heart is hesitant or nervous. A ‘feint’ is a tactic cut from the cloth of sword-fighting. It is a deceptive manoeuvre that suggests an attack which then demands the opponent commit to a defensive counter-manoeuvre, thereby exposing them to another line of attack. In rugby, a side-step is a feint manoeuvre. If ‘strategy’ is direction and ‘tactics’ are how you’re going to get there, in politics,
Intelligence dots can be found in the most unlikely of sources.Foxes make sense of the future by connecting dots - essentially diverse clusters of information or data - to develop scenarios (possible futures) that will give them a competitive advantage. The outcome is strategic intelligence. Leading scenario strategists Chantell Ilbury and Clem Sunter connect dots by speaking with thousands of people at business events around the world, and guiding the strategic conversations of hundreds of executive teams across dozens of different sectors. And they ask questions. Lots of questions. That makes sense - foxes are inquisitive. But where can young foxes find such information?
It's the ultimate existential scenario: thinking the future beyond Earth.Having considered the precarious state of our planet’s environment in my previous article, what are humanity’s options if we wreck the Earth and find ourselves racing against the clock to save our civilisation from extinction? Some options might include: 1. Retreat underground into a network of self-sufficient bunkers; 2. Migrate into huge isolation domes spread around the Earth’s surface; 3. Colonise a fleet of space stations orbiting the Earth; 4. Colonise the Moon; 5. Colonise Mars; or 6. Colonise an exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system).
Options 1 and 2: Bunkers and domesThese two options are without doubt the simplest in terms of our
On 19th March 2018, Clem released his latest scenarios, flags and probabilities for South Africa. In brief, he said South Africa is yet again at a crossroads, and the path it takes will have serious consequences. On 22nd March Bruce Whitfield, host of The Money Show on Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702, invited Clem to explain them further. Clem also offered insight on the country's current leadership, and, importantly, what young leaders currently on the Growing Foxes course thought about the scenarios and South Africa's future. Click on the ‘play’ button below to listen to the interview. [If offered, select the ‘Listen in browser’ option. Wait a few seconds