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The Multi-Hazards Podcast

all about protecting communities . . . 

Jan 1, 2022

Another year rolls by and certainty seems just as hard to find. Dr. Margaret Heffernan's recent book Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future has a message: Tomorrow may be uncharted territory, but we can learn to handle uncertainty and move forward with confidence and agility. Join Dr. Heffernan and Multi-Hazards podcast host Vin Nelsen in this remix from early last year, all the more relevant now that we face new and challenging times going into a new year.

Study Guide here, click where it says "PDF" on the middle left:

Topics in this podcast include:
* Why can we be optimists?
* Why could asking experts for their opinions about the future be a waste of time?
* Why and how our planning needs to change?
* Uncertainty: necessarily bad or good?
* How can uncertainty represent possibility?
* What do transhumanists want?
* How can aging bring out the best in us?
* What is the "doctrine of inevitability"?
* Why are driverless cars a problem?
* How has technology taken away our willingness to explore?
* Why are artists better with unpredictability?
* Why do artists keep producing things that are ahead of their time?
* How are scientists sometimes like these artists?
* What generates breakthroughs in science?
* How can we "reskill" for the future?
* How can we have hope for the new year?

Intro: "Ten Inch Spikes" by Jeremy Korpas on Youtube Audio Library
Outro: "Floating Home" by Brian Bolger on YouTube Audio Library
Photo by John Gibbons on Unsplash

Margaret Heffernan’s Bio

Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the "Top 25" by Streaming Media magazine and one of the "Top 100 Media Executives" by The Hollywood Reporter. The author of six books, Margaret’s third book, Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as "meticulously researched... engagingly written... universally relevant and hard to fault." Her TED talks have been seen by over twelve million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Her most recent book, Uncharted: How to map the future was published in 2020. She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times and the Huffington Post. Text and photo taken from her website: