An international movement has begun in the finance world, and a few innovative global companies are starting to look at how nature and society can be included in their bottom line. Accounting historian Jane Gleeson-White on the revolution starting to take place in boardroom, and how it could transform the global economy.
Two years ago, when Edward Snowden exposed the NSA’s massive surveillance machine it didn’t just make Americans distrust the U.S. government—it also impelled foreigners to shy away from U.S.-made technologies. The result appears to be costly. In fact, a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C., think tank, says the agency’s pervasive digital surveillance will likely cost U.S. companies more than $35 billion in foreign business by 2016.
Here is some good news. Researchers at Stanford have worked out what it really would take to convert from carbon to noncarbon energy. It can be done, and it is clear it is now no longer a matter of technology but of political will, and America’s willingness to choose wellness over profit for the few. It will be cheaper, more efficient, productive of tens of thousands of jobs while, at the same time tens of thousands of lives in the U.S. alone would be saved. And it could happen by 2050.
My preliminary contributions to the NATO Strategic Foresight Online Workshop. I have no appointment or connection to NATO or the Transformation Command. This workshop is open to the public without restriction.
Characteristics of the Future Threats & Possibilities
Human Considerations I & II
Strategic Foresight I & II