War, pandemic & climate change: How will the ongoing crisis change Europe?

Two years with a pandemic. A war with the potential to last social and economic consequences. An ever-raging climate crisis. In a session of Foundation Forum 2022, futurist Liselotte Lyngso joins youth representative Emmy Coffey, and political scientist Ivan Krastev, to talk about how we can rethink the future of Europe.

From post-war to pre-war sentiments 

Right before the war broke out in Ukraine, we’d just started to grasp on to the hope that the world was almost back to normal. We could look forward to a life without lock down and isolation. At that moment, the future of Europe looked very much different than what it looks like today! 

And one thing that’s changed is our feeling of security. The EU union was born in the aftermath of two world wars. It’s built on the idea of democracy, social market economies, the rule of law, and the individual’s right of liberty. But it has paid less attention to issues around collective insecurity. Have we been too self-righteous and naive? 

Remember when people were hoarding toilet paper from the supermarkets when the pandemic had just broken out? Well, the same thing is happening now, just with iodine at the pharmacies and prepping cars. According to Ivan Krastev, this is reflecting how unsafe we feel as citizens of a Europe, where security that used to derive from interdependence and close-knit trade relations, is becoming a source of huge vulnerability. 

A shift into the precision age 

Society changes all the time. We’ve gone from agriculture to industrial society and now, with all the crisis we’re facing, we’re moving from Information Society and into the Precision Age according to futurist Liselotte Lyngso. 

The climate crisis will only continue to cut our resources and make it impossible for us to continue to use and spend commodities without a focus on the value we get in return – and as we have before. Additionally, we will face inflation, rising prices and product shortages because of the Ukraine crisis which will also make us think twice on how much and what we really need. I mean, 1 Euro per egg!? Maybe we should begin to rethink what dishes we really need and how much food waste to accept? 

Luckily, we won’t have to go through these major adjustments just by using our own common sense. With the quick advent of smart technology and IOT, super computers will soon be able to calculate the specific amount we need for a certain cause automatically. This means we’ll have the ability to measure how much food we need to buy so we don’t waste any, how much fertilizer we can use before it ruins our drinking water and so on. 

It’s a game changer to ask ourselves when is enough, enough? Less will be more for both the planet and humanity! Listen to the rest of the session and learn more about the future of Europe in the video below. 

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Automation For Good


In the past decades, the automation of society has accelerated. This is a good thing – at least if we know how to do it right! 

That is what the discussion revolves around in this panel debate between Liselotte Lyngso, founder and managing partner of Future Navigator and Margareta Mucibabici, Public Automation is what the discussion revolves around in this panel debate between Liselotte Lyngsø, founder and managing partner of Future Navigator and Margareta Mucibabici, Public Affairs Manager at UIPath and Rohit Talwar, Fast Futures. 

The panel discusses: 

How can we use automation as a force for GOOD?

“Technology is neutral and therefore, it is our job to use it RIGHT and transform it into an improved future.”

Liselotte Lyngso.

From automation to precision economy

To answer the question of how we can ensure a brighter future with the use of technology, it’s important to establish what ‘using automation as a force for good’ really means. 

For futurist Liselotte Lyngso, a key driver is that the automation age is being superseded by the Precision Age. What she means by this, is that technology gives us the ability to use the exact amount of resources that we need. In other words, automation will make it possible to stop extreme and unnecessary consumption of limited resources. 

An example of this is tailored indoor climate. Instead of heating up an entire house, precision heat and cooling will allow us to adjust temperature, humidity etc. individually for each person in the house. Thus, turning off the electricity where we are not! The whole point is looking for areas where we waste energy for no good reason. 

Margareta Mucibabici agrees that precision is a key word when we use technology to improve the world. Additionally, she adds how important it is that we use technology intentionally. That means to give access, equipping people with the right skills and education in terms of ethics and user-friendliness. 

How do we smooth the transformation from handmade to automated?

We know that technology will replace jobs, that it will liberate people and give them incredible opportunities for the future. Furthermore, Liselotte Lyngso does not foresee a jobless future. Our needs and expectations will increase at a much faster rate than what automation can deliver on. Just like the Hydra’s Head, the advent of better AI, driverless cars and domestic robots will create even greater demands for tender loving care, training, and healthcare.

Nevertheless, people might lose their jobs before new, exciting jobs are created. This leaves us the question of what we can so to smooth that transition. How do we prepare society in order to address what’s coming? 

To Mucibabici, the answer is clear as day; Partnerships are the key. According to her, we can achieve much more when we do things in partnerships with other organizations. It’s about democratizing access to automation and learning with our partners. 

Lyngso’s answer to this question revolves around life-long learning securing your employability. She stresses the importance of ‘just in time’ education, where we’re taught new skills throughout life just when they are needed. As opposed to ‘if and when’ education in the beginning of your career. 

For inspiring and concrete examples of where automation is already enabling a better future watch the whole panel discussion just below! 


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