What could the future look like? What changes are in store for society in the next 5-10 years? How will technology shape the future? In order to face the challenges that lie ahead, how do we need to change our thinking and our social structures? What should government look like in an increasingly digital age?
This meetup is organised by The London Chapter of ‘The Zeitgeist Movement’ (http://www.meetup.com/Zeitgeist-Movement-London/) with support from London Futurists. There will be two speakers, plus plenty of opportunity for questions and comments from the audience.
(1) Technology, Transhumanism, and TZM: Three keys to a radically better society?
David Wood, chair of London Futurists (http://www.meetup.com/London-Futurists/), reflects on some of the highlights from the recent Anticipating 2025 (http://anticipating2025.com/agenda/) conference, and shares his own thoughts on the most important actions needed to build a society of abundance, freedom, and collaboration.
• Technology can play a fundamental part in that process, surprisingly quickly (because of its accelerating pace), but it is not sufficient. This talk will also evaluate:
• Transhumanism - the idea that human nature can (and should) be significantly improved in the near future, beyond the limitations bestowed by biological evolution
• The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) - which holds that social relations can (and should) be significantly improved in the near future, beyond the limitations bestowed by the historical operation of financial markets.
David Wood is a writer, catalyst, and futurist. He spent 25 years in the mobile computing industry, as a pioneer of PDAs and smartphones, and as co-founder of Symbian, the creators of the world's first successful smartphone system. He tweets as @dw2 (https://twitter.com/dw2) and writes the independent blog http://dw2blog.com/ .
David is also a director of the international Humanity+ organisation, which states the following on its webpage (http://humanityplus.org/): "Humanity+ is dedicated to developing knowledge about the science, technology, and social changes of the 21st century. We aim to deeply influence a new generation of thinkers who dare to envision humanity's next steps."
(2) The Socio-techno tool kit for a sustainable future
James Phillips of TZM will continue the theme of "What does the future hold", by analysing our current scientific capability, trends in the advancement of technology, and changing trends in cultural values.
He will be discussing these trends and their social impact as well as presenting the option of using these new advancements to better human existence locally, nationally, and globally.
James Phillips is the founder of TZME, a global educational platform for The Zeitgeist Movement and is currently giving presentations and workshops regarding the ‘Natural Law Resource Based Economic Model’ in numerous schools in and around the London area.
About the Zeitgeist Movement:
From http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/mission-statement :
Founded in 2008, The Zeitgeist Movement is a sustainability advocacy organization, which conducts community based activism and awareness actions through a network of global/regional chapters, project teams, annual events, media and charity work.
The movement's principle focus includes the recognition that the majority of the social problems that plague the human species at this time are not the sole result of some institutional corruption, absolute scarcity, a political policy, a flaw of "human nature" or other commonly held assumptions of causality. Rather, the movement recognizes that issues such as poverty, corruption, pollution, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be "symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure.
While intermediate reform steps and temporal community support are of interest to the movement, the defining goal is the installation of a new socioeconomic model based upon technically responsible resource management, allocation and design through what would be considered the scientific method of reasoning problems and finding optimized solutions.
The Elixir Bar (http://www.elixirbar.co.uk/), 162 Eversholt Street, NW1 1BL, London.
This is a short walk north from Euston Station.
The meeting is free to attend. Since the meeting is being held in a bar, attendees should expect to purchase drinks as the evening proceeds.