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Revolution, Evolution and Extinction

November 06, 2019

Revolution, Evolution and Extinction

Since the earliest days of fire and stone to our modern silicon age, humans have experienced revolutions in power and technology. Some say we’re now in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – but how do revolutions happen? Is it really the fourth? And what’s happening to our world as a result?

Find out about the latest data on climate change; Kondratiev waves, the capital flow cycle which permeates our global industry; shibboleths, tribal symbols and the spread of both information and misinformation; and how and why we might usefully act and connect our communities to an uprising of both people and technology, in this, possibly our sixth industrial revolution… and the sixth global extinction event.


November 06, 2019

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