Richard David Hames, Founder, and ED, Centre for the Future

Richard David Hames, Founder, and ED, Centre for the Future

  • Richard David Hames is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Future.
  • He is the Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

 

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Overview

The term “futurist” most commonly refers to people who attempt to understand the future (sometimes called trend analysis) such as authors, consultants, thinkers, organizational leaders, and others who engage in interdisciplinary and systems thinking to advise private and public organizations. Today we have Richard Hames, Founder, and ED, Centre for the Future.

[00:34] About Richard David Hames, Founder, and ED, Centre for the Future

  • Richard David Hames is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Future.
  • He is the Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.
  • Richard was accurately predicting the impact of the climate crisis on business from as early as 1987.
  • He correctly anticipated the circumstances that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil.
  • He is described as one of the smartest people on the planet.

[01:23] ‘To make the world work for everyone by reinventing systems concerning the future of humanity’

  • We established the center for the future, and our proof of concept project was an attempt to rethink democracy.
  • Democracy really isn’t working as intended anywhere in the world.
  • Furthermore, the political class has now become the ruling class instead of being servants to the people.
  • We came up with a prototype which we called my vote, essentially this was a product designed to eliminate corruption in governance.

[03:42] Who is a futurist?

  • It is a label given to me by others, and I disown it.
  • I think of myself as a Nowist.
  • I work within an expanded now of chance that stretches from the deep past through the present into distinct kinds of futures such as probable, possible, plausible, and even preposterous.

[05:47] Is there some kind of training that you went through?

  • I started life in medicine, and I was also writing music. Both of those fields of practice allow you to deal with layers of complexity and understand how to connect the dots.
  • Predicting the future really depends on four elements:
  • The use of proprietary algorithms, and scans.
  • Qualitative feedback on that raw data and insights from a global network of trusted sources.
  • The crafting of alternative scenarios using that information.
  • Identifying the patterns that are forming across the entire range of scenarios.

[10:57] What do you think is the status of China with its neighboring countries?

  • We are seeing the gradual shift in systemic possibility and moral authority away from the west for 50-70 years.
  • I believe we’re at a point now where the old world order and even the old civilization are crumbling and collapsing.
  • We’re seeing the emergence yet again of China and the east within that context now because of that we’re going to see tensions between those two views and world systems.

[17:39] What is the impact of the pandemic now and in the future?

  • There is so much misinformation flying around in terms of whether this is a pandemic or not.
  • We’re really in a situation of confusion at the moment.
  • We’re not prepared for future pandemics.

Resource:

You can connect with Richard Hames – LinkedIn

Get to know more about Richard’s work here:

https://www.richardhames.com and here: https://www.cftf.global

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Richard was accurately predicting the impact of the climate crisis on business from as early as 1987.  In 1998 he warned US intelligence agencies of the possibility of hijacked planes being flown into the  World Trade Centre. In 2005, he described to a group of Wall Street bankers the patterns that led to  a global financial crisis just three years later.

He correctly anticipated the circumstances that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff  in Brazil. He was among the first futurists to predict the success of Apple’s iPhone and Tesla’s electric  cars. He foresaw the socio-political conditions that eventually led to the Arab Spring, the release of  Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and the rise of Donald Trump.

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