Communities - easy to avoid, extremely important to access

Communities – easy to avoid, extremely important to access

The constant increase in the use of technology has led to a change in how we interact with each other and participate in communities. Most of us spend more time surfing screens and texting than interacting with people in real life! What is it about communities that is so important, and why is it so important to hold onto them?

That’s the topic of what futurist Liselotte Lyngsø, philosopher Nicolai Krejberg Knudsen, and leader of YOGA Huset, Maj Ingemann Molden discusses in an article from FORA Magazine.

How to solve the feedback crisis

There is a big difference between being in the same room and actually being present. Even though we find ourselves surrounded by real people, we constantly get lured to other places by our screens.

We can achieve great happiness when we put away our phones, look each other in the eyes, and talk. But that requires a lot from us! That is why we do not prioritize physical communities to the same extent as we have before. Additionally, it means that we generally receive less feedback from each other. Something that futurist Liselotte Lyngsø experiences as a huge paradox.

“We are in the middle of a feedback crisis. Even though we search on Google and get a lot of information, we only end up with the knowledge that we look for. We don’t know what we should search for. We can only get that if we listen to what real people tell us – and they’ve gone silent.”

Liselotte Lyngsø.

When we interact with other people, we automatically receive feedback, which helps us develop as human beings. Through communities, we learn that there are many ways to see and do things. But communities are also difficult to engage in. They require trust and are often conflict-filled. Therefore, for some, it will be the easiest solution to avoid them altogether. Especially now that we have so much technology that can tell us exactly what we want to hear.

According to Liselotte Lyngsø, this is a shame:

“We need to make huge decisions about climate, biodiversity, and new technologies. And even though we have never had so many opportunities to do something about the world’s condition as we do now, it requires that we decide what we want and what we don’t. That’s where we need the community so we can debate and discuss with each other.”

Liselotte Lyngsø.

That includes everyone!

Evening schools create a space where we can train our democratic conversation muscles together. But who are the participants in those spaces? Who are the primary target groups of evening schools? Many evening schools experience challenges in attracting new and younger target groups, and even though the group of older people in the population is growing larger, evening schools need to step up.

We need to involve as many different groups and people as possible if we are to find the best solutions in the future.

“There is a huge potential in thinking more diversity and inclusion into evening schools. Diverse communities with different types of people in the same space doing the same activity are the most innovative.”

Liselotte Lyngsø.

Read the entire article and learn what philosopher Nicolai Krejberg Knudsen and leader of YOGA Huset, Maj Ingemann Molden have to say about the communities of the future.

Danish article

This will be the future of law

The future of the practice and application of law

The Law Society’s Future Worlds 2050 project gathers a group of thinkers for raw, frank and honest discussions. About future client needs, to postulate the legal business models that will meet them in the future. 

A rise in resources directed to the use of data. The lack of a clear ethical framework guiding AI development. Continuing mixing of cultures. Exponential increases in the exchange of ideas… All these trends create new possibilities for the practice and application of law. 

But what will be the key trends to shape the world of tomorrow? How will the future world impact and change the legal profession? 

These are some of the questions in the Law Society’s Future Worlds 2050 research which futurist Liselotte Lyngso has contributed to.

Changing geopolitical dynamics

One of the subjects in the Future World Project is how there will be a shift of power dynamics between the world’s leading nations. By 2050, E7 nations will overtake the G7 in terms of economic strength. Nationalist superpowers are shifting. China overtakes the US as the world’s biggest economy by 2026.

Countries are realizing that their supply chains are international dependent and vulnerable. During Covid-19 and now with the war in Ukraine, it has been proven how uncertain this dynamic is. We will replace global supply chains with regional networks. 

Another huge dynamic change will emerge from generation Z. We’ll see a generational gap in allegiance and identity. The impact of Black Lives Matter and fighting against climate change are just a few of the social movements that will dominate future generations. 

Emerging technologies and the ethical questions that follow

We can expect that by 2030, AI will contribute $15,7 tr. to the global economy. New technology is created faster than ever, and it’s inevitable that it will only become larger part of society. Particularly, our work tasks will change rapidly as the traditional jobs are taken over by machines and AI. In 2030, 85% of all job concepts are still unknown. They simply don’t exist yet. 

Soft skills like empathy, creativity and problem-solving will be the most important qualities to master for humans. Merely having great knowledge on a subject will not count for as much in the future. It will be possible to transfer experiential knowledge from one organism to another via an ‘experience chip’. 

As it develops, our use of technology only expands. And we’ll only become better and better at using it. But how do we make sure to use it right? Ethically, fairly, without bias?  GPT-3 and open-sourced AI are speeding up this development. 

The increasing use of personal data raises important questions of who will be able to own, access and use data in the future. 

Algorithms that are addictive and exploit harming content have the potential to cause serious damage. At an individual level but also in the credibility of institutions. The pace of development and the application of AI and other emerging technologies will raise challenges in terms of potential for breach, harm, freedom of speech and liability. The current Twitter discussion with Elon Musk is a great case in point.

The future of law with a changing environment

How will climate change influence future law practice?

Climate change will have disastrous and far-reaching effects. Food, water, and energy sources will eventually empty out if we don’t take serious measures soon. But our international ability to fight climate change together will be held back by our geopolitical difficulties and too often, we overlook the role of the law. So how do we reach the Sustainable Development Goals?

The report made by the Law Society’s Future Worlds research aims to provoke discussion. To identify challenges and present opportunities in the profession of law. It will help to predict and prepare for a new legal ecosystem. Raising difficult questions for further debate. When clinging to the status quo, what must the profession be ready to supply to meet shifts in client demands?

Want to read more about the Future Worlds 2050 project, the legal sector and emerging disruptions and uncertainties? 

Read the whole report written by Dr. Tara Chittenden, and contributed to by experts as futurist Liselotte Lyngso right here


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This is what your future office will look like

This is what your future office will look like

The future of the office: The time is now!

The pandemic has changed the way we use and interact in the office in radical a way. Pets, eating arrangements, smart ceilings, co-working spaces, sustainability. In this article futurist Liselotte Lyngsø looks into how the office will look like in 2030. As she says:

“As a futurist, I’ve been talking about the reshaping of the office for ages, wondering when it’s going to happen. It’s great that employees are finally actually talking about the workplace of their dreams.”

-Liselotte Lyngsø.

Future offices will make us stronger – mentally, physically, and socially

The offices that we are returning too will have sustainability as a top priority. And sustainability has many faces. We will need to be serious about dealing with our CO2 emissions: spend less time traveling overall but still increase mobility and provide flexibility when we finally do hit the road.

With eco-buildings, it will be much easier to focus on a healthy environment in the offices. Smart ceilings will detect where we walk and personalize indoor climate. The same goes for cleaning, where intelligent robots will track where people have been and only disinfect or sanitize those areas. Cool, right?

We will also be moving away from measuring company success purely in financial terms. We will move towards defining the performance of the business by how well people are thriving.

We will have to continually learn new things and therefor think about the future office like a fitness center. When we go to our place of work, it needs to make us stronger mentally, physically, and socially. Strong and healthy employees feed back into the brand and cultural connection with the business.

From daycare to pet-care

Another thing that will change in the offices is our eating arrangements. We are going to want our breaks to be much more special than before the pandemic. Companies will have to create more open spaces where we will eat together, relax, socialize, or conduct a working lunch. No more quick lunches with sad cafeteria food. Our office should inspire us to do better and be creative – while we work as well as when we’re taking a break.

Lastly, of course we will be bringing all the pets that we acquired during the pandemic, to our office. They’re providing us with so much happiness and businesses are not going to compromise on this. 

Read the whole article with futurist Liselotte Lyngsø and learn how we will go from being time slaves to time owners. How will hybrid work influence our future work life?

In the article, you can also read how Brother UK’s Phil Jones imagines the office of 2040 to look like. Or find out what FSloffice’s Beth Freeman discovers, when she investigates the opportunities that changes may present for dealers.


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How gaming is changing the world

How gaming is changing the world

The nerdy aura of gaming has evaporated. Gamers are no longer just pale teenage boys, sitting in their parent’s basements all day. Over a short period of time, gaming has become mainstream and even one of the most desired types of work you could have. And there’s more: Gaming is changing the world and transforming life as we knew it.

But how? In this exclusive webinar, futurist Liselotte Lyngso explores the most important and profound transformations that will impact the future of gaming.

Here are three highlights to heighten your knowledge on the future of gaming!

1. #Metoo in the gaming field

Have you ever listened to your teenage son – or just anyone – while they’re gaming? Try it. What you’ll hear is a whole lot of swear words, cursing and shouting. The tone is harsh, and it doesn’t take much to get shit stormed by your co-players. Every gamer knows this.

The gaming industry which, for many years, has operated as a boy’s club, is becoming more diverse. More and more women and minorities are entering the field. This will transform the whole industry.

Once #Metoo reaches the gaming world, companies behind the gaming fields will have to act radical. Or they risk being shit stormed like The Golden Globe or The Ellen Show.

What future are we getting Zuckerberg Zucked into?

Before the global pandemic we already talked about gamification entering the labor market, but nothing ever really happened.

Well… It will now.

1,5 years of staying home, working from home, home teaching our kids etc., has forced us to rethink our work lives completely. We participate in meetings on Zoom, and it saves us the commute to our offices. But this new way of working has not been easy. Let’s face it. A Friday bar where everyone sits at home and drinks beer through Wi-Fi is not the same as showing
up physically after a long week!

This is where gamification will be making its magic.

Mark Zuckerberg is big about gamification. He’s working on creating a way to make online meetings far more interactive so we will enter a virtual world when we “go to work”. Watch an example of Zuckerberg’s ‘Metaverse” in the webinar right here.

Gamification will take over the world

We might as well get comfortable with the idea that gaming will change our lives. And not only regarding work.

Tinder is a good example on how gamification has changed the core of our social fabric: dating and mating. From going on “real” dates – dinner and a movie kind of thing, we now treat our dating lives as a game. We swipe, we play, we create manipulated images of ourselves, just like avatars. New technologies are developing fast. Holograms has been in the books for a long time. Now it is happening. And they will be a real game changer once they are accessible for everyone. Some scientists are actually working on making it possible to taste through a screen Spooky for some. Deligthful for others.

Knowing how advanced technology development is right now, imagine what dating will be like in 2030! Even more mind blowing: Think about humans’ ability to adapt and evolve. Always moving to the next level. Just like a game!

Watch the webinar with Liselotte Lyngso. A webinar that will change your mind and preconception of gaming.


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10 jobs of the future that we have yet to discover

Are you ready to become a Body Language Coach for online meetings? Or a Bubble Buster? Jobs that no one saw coming when they graduated will shortly be knocking on our door. Baseline: We have to prepare to be rookies over and over again during our lives. These 10 jobs are likely to be invented from scratch as new technologies and new principles for the working place gather momentum. 

By Liselotte Lyngsø, Futurist at Future Navigator.

From Leadership to Artmanship 

During the corona crisis, companies and their employers have discovered that you don’t have to be physically present at the office in order to do your work. That tendency will continue to accelerate.

  Studies from countries around the world show that young people don’t wish to spend their entire life working. Their career plan is not about titles and income. It’s about purpose and balance. They want to decide for themselves when, how and where they work. They don’t want to become time slaves. At the same time, they long for a caring community that provides them with proper feedback and attention. They are “socially organised individualists”. This is a gamechanger.

 The winner companies will be those that manage to string together these seemingly opposing desires, while at the same time, maintaining their brand, culture, security, onboarding and innovation muscles. For sure, it’s going to demand completely new leadership approaches:

“Leaders have to find the exact right combination of tasks, personalities, conditions and personal circumstances. It all has to come together.” 

Liselotte Lyngsø

Machines won’t master the skill of being you!

The expanding use of machines will automate and take over a lot of today’s jobs. This, however, will not exile or outsource humans from the labour market – rather the opposite. We will be extremely busy doing stuff that has not been invented yet.

Although machines will make many work tasks easier, there is a  limit as to what they will be able to help us with. They won’t be capable of providing human skills such as empathy, curiosity, vision, ethics, laziness and humanity. It will be our job to be as talented as being human as possible while collaborating with the insights and support which the machines will provide.

The jobs of tomorrow will mirror the challenges facing humanity. Climate change, anxiety specifically amongst young people, integration of foreigners, taking care of the elderly, democratizing and improving education, fixing tele-medication etc. The endless challenges of everyday life combined with an ever-increasing level of expectations will offer us brand new occupations. We will look back at 2020 and think gosh! We were so primitive back then.


Traditional professions will morph into new forms of value creation. What does this mean in real life? Accountants will we be replaced by algorithms and pattern recognition. Instead, their job will be to guide us to build our life and business as a good investment combining sound advice, clever money, motivation and insights from smart data. They’ll guide you away from stupid loans and poor decisions in the short run. And help you to invest in long term assets. Furthermore, they will ensure that the data is ethical, valid and understandable.

Cashiers of the future will be hired to create a nice atmosphere in the supermarkets, advise customers on what to cook for their next meal, spot trends from watching the customers and ensure that it’s always preferable and far more fun to go grocery shopping in the physical world as opposed to merely being online.

Even more important: New jobs will be invented.  Today they seem just as farfetched and sci-fi like as being a Facebook moderator or a professional Youtuber did 20 years ago. But they all correspond to a world in flux demanding new skills. 

10 new jobs


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10 lessons for the future that you will learn during Covid-19

By LISELOTTE LYNGSØ, Futurist, CEO and Founder of Future Navigator.

Never in recent history have so many people changed their behavior to such a great extent and in such a short time as we are witnessing right now. As a futurist, with more than 20 years of experience, I’ve never witnessed a situation as radical and profound as this one. The Corona-crisis has thrown us into pitch black water. Trends that were already emerging are suddenly coming under a huge magnifying glass. Families have to adapt to spending time together in a whole new way. Workplaces have to learn to work together – apart. New rules apply. The world has involuntarily been turned into a future laboratory. Corona gives us an amazing opportunity to kickstart our training for the world of tomorrow. Here are at least 10 areas that will influence society beyond the war against COVID-19. 

1. Our belief in experts will be reinvented

We have been through a long period of living with terms like “fake news”, “alternative truths” and “post-factual society”, where integrity did not matter as long as the story was good. However, we are now in the midst of a situation where knowledge is everything. I mean, real knowledge. The admission to have an opinion and contribute is based on professional proficiency and not the number of likes, followers on Instagram or the ability to shout the loudest. Severity and knowledge are a perfect match and this will apply in the years after COVID-19. 

Experts are people with a specific and profound insight that we can all benefit from. We already knew this. We just forgot it in the middle of social media’s overload of influencers and opinions. The fact that we have now discovered the difference between true and false will be crucial for our opportunity to solve other important questions. For example, our climate crisis.

2. We will learn to react to invisible danger

For a long time, Corona was only in Wuhan. Only a few people had imagined that it would spread from China to the world. We couldn’t see the disease, we couldn’t understand it, we couldn’t feel the destiny of the Chinese population in our own life and that is exactly the point. Many of the challenges that we will meet in the future won’t be visible to us before they knock on our door and it’s too late. 

For many years, we have spoken about exponentiality without really sensing what we were talking about, other than a mathematical formula that could lead to disruption. Now, we all get to experience the exponential curve the hard way. This understanding will be an advantage when the technological revolution really kicks in or when ice begins to melt with accelerating speed, and we’re forced to adapt quickly. We’ve been given a collective lesson in why it’s so important to act straight away and not to wait for the tipping point – once it’s too late. 

3. The feedback crisis will force us to be inter-personal

Our homes have been transformed into small, digital hubs. Meetings are being held online. Every advantage is being taken and many people will discover the efficiency of the 15-minute meeting. Why did we waste so much time on meetings and unnecessary chatting before? The trend of distance working has been here for a while.

In February 2020, Forbes Magazine pointed to a survey indicating that businesses offering people to work where, when and how it suits them as the most crucial parameter for attracting and retaining young talent. Now working together apart will go crazy in most areas. However, it will only work if we also become better at giving and receiving feedback. It’s not that we don’t give any kind of feedback. We’re constantly asked to rank and rate on TripAdvisor and TrustPilot. From public bathroom to butcher, we can’t walk into a facility without being asked to consider whether the service was good or bad. Our relationships are being transformed into algorithms in our online society and teleworking is amplifying that development. But it’s also amplifying the feedback crisis that we’re moving into.

Because when we exchange feedback into anonymous numbers, we risk overseeing the responses that answer the questions that are not posed and those are often the most important. How are we supposed to interpret the fact that we scored a 5 instead of a 6 on a scale from 1 to 10? And what will happen to the taboos that require trust and person to person presence to interprete. There is a real risk that constantly communicating with chatbots and algorithms that answer our questions and are designed to always support our existing viewpoints – will make us blunt and ego centered. If we’re going to exploit the great potential that teleworking has, it’s extremely important that we address our skin hunger, train our ability to listen louder (to stuff that is not on the agenda) and are curious and empathetic to diversity when we finally meet again. 

4. By pushing the “exit button”, we’ll practice being the main characters of our own lives

Netflix, HBO and all the other streaming services are really making the big bucks these days. Perform your civic duty: Stay at home on your couch. Do it for your country. It’s a sneak peek into a future where more and more people risk becoming passive bystanders. It might be with a high level of entertainment and constantly improving content. But it’s still binging. Infotainment bulimia. The winners of the world of tomorrow will be those that manage to keep focus on whatever helps them to thrive and develop. Are we learning to speak a new language? Are we redecorating? Are we signing up to help out in our community – if we’re allowed? We have to enhance our strength to not get overwhelmed by the constant breaking news, and instead take control over our lives. The Corona-crisis is our chance to train the ability to focus at a time when the world is extremely luring, uncertain and noisy.

5. From hospitals to health at home

We’ve been put in a situation where we’re forced to take responsibility for our own health. Am I sick? Do I have a fever? No one dares to cough anymore – only when they’re alone. We stay home as much and as long as we can, avoiding admission at any cost. Hospitals are only for very, very sick people! Not us!

DIY health requires that our knowledge about our own well-being dramatically increases. We will all have to monitor our temperature, our breathing, our general condition. It will raise a number of ethical questions. Will the data that we collect be private or public? Should we let our employer know if our smart watch predicts that we’re coming down with a cold. Or should we tell our grandmother that our phone has told us that our Tinder date on Friday night turned out to be contagious? Can future employers demand that their employees use technology to monitor their health? In any case, we will see an explosion of voluntary self-monitoring- and diagnosing so that we – and our surroundings – can handle anxiety, breakdowns and colds before they occur. Expect new home hospitals entering our households. 

6. The discovery of new paths of learning for both children and adults

Tele-education has been a hot discussion topic for a while. However, mostly it has been a means to integrate the periphery and many people have perceived any initiative regarding distance learning, as an attempt to cut down on expenses. Now there is no other way. All education has been moved to an online platform. My son has been asked to monitor his pulse and track his runs as a part of his gym lessons. He enjoys the fact that the usual hierarchy, where the overachievers, those who always sit at the front row and are always heard, no longer exists. Now, everyone contributes their answer in the commenting field online. Artificial intelligence detects your weaknesses and finds adaptive exercises that match your level perfectly. There is no one calling you stupid anymore.

All teachers are being tested on their digital skills across differing ideologies. We’re freed from shallow discussions about whether school time should involve screen time. Educators and students are forced to take advantage of different online learning methods, so that one size is replaced by my size. Furthermore, it seems that teachers as well as students are very enthusiastic. Everyone feels a great obligation to perform as well as possible, in this time of distress. People step out of the ordinary and dare to experiment. What will be crucial is the systematic evaluation of the digital classroom across the globe. How do the students react? How do the teachers react? How could it be used to democratize learning? And how could it help us with lifelong training and development? We will never see a better opportunity to get experience, than this. 

7. We stop overspending and become conscious consumers 

These days we focus a lot on our consumption – especially our over-consumption. I’m hardly the only one who’s had to cancel Easter holidays. Many people have had a party cancelled or had to postpone a trip to the movie theater. The Covid-19 crisis has reminded us about what really matters. A good health for ourselves and our loved ones and the means to support our family. We already knew this. We just forgot it. 

Over-spending is being reversed to underspending – and well, at least in the rich part of the world – we will discover that it’s actually not that bad. We’ve already talked about the term “staycation” in order to cut our carbon footprint. The Coronavirus will force us to do so. Many people will find that working smarter and consuming less is actually not such a crazy idea. That a trip to New York or Paris isn’t so important after all.

8. We redecorate our lives

37 types of families have been forced to fit into a highly inflexible real estate market, created for the traditional nuclear family with two adults and two children. The Corona-crisis will leave its marks on our homes. Never in recent times have so many families spent so much time together, in such a small space and for such a long period of time. Our homes are where the kids go to school, the parents work, and all the life in between is being unfolded. We’ll find out exactly what works and what doesn’t. Corona is the ultimate test of our everyday life.

We will create multifunctional rooms, build tailored indoor caves, throw out like mad men, clean, cook and redecorate like never before. The living room will suddenly become a conference room. Then it will be transformed into a gym. Then into a creative painting workshop for the kids. Our home needs to rise to the occasion: it will be designed for its inhabitants rather than vice versa. We will no longer wish to fit into designated rooms – we want to design them to our specific and changing needs.

9. We take a break to think

Where will it all end? Will I or my loved ones get infected in this or the next COVID-19 wave? Am I going to lose my job? What am I going to live off of? Who will need me? The leisure and live entertainment industries, which have traditionally been safe havens, are suddenly with zero earnings and all activities cancelled. No wonder that we’re totally stressed out about having to come up with new forms of value creation. We don’t know the rules of the game, nor do we even understand it. When we last spoke about disruption, automation and robots taking over our jobs, the insecurity seemed blurred and abstract.

Now, it’s clear to everyone (except for our indispensable heroes within healthcare) what it means to be hit right back to square one. We’ve gotten an existential wake-up-call. Everyday life as we know it can actually end from one press conference in the Prime Minister’s Office to the next. We will replace our retirement with breaks where we re-orientate to a changing labor market. Corona has given us a timeout to reflect about what value we can contribute to society – also in the long run. 

10. Our curiosity about other cultures increases

For years and years, we’ve talked about the global village. The moon landing and events like the Olympics have made the world seem smaller. Now, we have jointly had the experience of being at war against Corona as allies. This stands in sharp contrast to our role as victims of a political and ideological trade war between the United States and China, with destructive accusations being thrown back and forth. We might not be able to travel physically but Corona has made us interested in getting to know each other at a much deeper level. How are other nations and cultures coping with isolation? How are they doing in Spain? What are the rules in South Korea? Have they stopped kissing each other on the cheek in France? How are the Italians burying their dear ones? Is it really true that the Chinese have been able to contain the infection? 

Perhaps we will, after all, become global citizens, who get inspired by other countries’ ways of doing things. The great international institutions have, with their silence, left us to make our own conclusions. Everything is on its head right now. But there’s one thing that I’m certain of. The Corona-crisis will improve our ability to sense and navigate the future! 

Read the article, written by Liselotte Lyngsø, in Danish here.

Copyright: Future Navigator


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3 megatrends that will transform the future of communication

3 megatrends that will transform the future of communication

With all the technology that we have today and all that’s still yet to come – what will communication be all about in the future?

Liselotte Lyngso, Futurist in Future Navigator, was moderating Digital Copenhagen 2019. She presented 3 megatrends that will transform the way we communicate in the future.

Feedback crisis!

Over the years, technology has made it super easy for us to communicate with each other. If we have a problem with a product, we have 24/7 assistance from chatbots. The internet makes it possible for us to call or text from one end of the world to another! We will have smart speakers, that can answer any question and that will recognize our every need before we even know them ourselves. We won’t call each other – it’s so much faster to send a text and avoid the small talk! Communication has never been easier than it is today – but maybe it has actually become too easy!?

Digitalization will take us to a level where we’re getting into a person to person feedback crisis. Because we are moving further and further away from talking to each other, people will become worse at giving feedback. Standing in front of someone and telling them how they can improve, reading their body language and expressing empathy will seem unnatural for a generation of onscreeners. Most of the communication we will experience, will be from social media or from our chatbots. Not exactly the kind of feedback that we need in terms of handling the tough subjects and taboos.

Thus, the luxury in a future of onscreeners will be to be catered for by a team of people present and aware of you. To be able to hand pick the people that can give us the best and most honest feedback. People that we can look in the eye and communicate with properly.

Unlimited knowledge

The second major trend in terms of communication will be that knowledge will no longer be a shortage. This will revolutionize the way we do marketing, customer service and other empathy driven matters. Imagine if we had a chip inserted in our heads, that made it possible for us to know exactly what each other were feeling? People would make a much greater effort in handling you as a customer, because your rating and actual reaction would be visible for everyone to see.

New role models

The kids that are growing up right now are expected to live until they’re 120 years old. Therefore, their concern towards climate change is extremely urgent. They look at their parents and are totally mortified by the way they don’t feel the same obligation to make a difference. They definitely won’t see them as very good role models and will instead look up to heroes as Greta Thunberg and other activists.

So, we’re looking towards a new generation of rebels. For them, authorities simply won’t be a thing anymore. They will only want to share data with, work for and shop from people who are as determined to taking care of our world as they are. They have no time for comprise and they know exactly how valuable they are as the shortage for talents on the labour market will only increase during the next 10 years.

Watch the video with with Liselotte Lyngso and get inspired by how these 3 trends will transform the way we communicate.


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The future of X #2: Gamification

The future of X #2: Gamification

What if your work could be as fun as a game? Wouldn’t it be much more motivation and exciting to go to work, if you knew you would be rewarded as you would in a game? If for every client you gained or product you sold, you would “reach a new level”? Think about it. Maybe you’re already playing!

On the second episode of OZY’s newest season of the podcast, The Future of X: The workplace, futurist Liselotte Lyngso joins the discussion of how gamification will change the way we work. On this episode, her co-experts are Mark Stevenson, Keisha Howard, Gene Farrell and James Canton.

“The future isn’t so abstract when it comes to gamification. It’s already all around us. Pilots hire gamers to become pilots, because they’ve basically already done the training.”

-Liselotte Lyngso.

Do you like your job?

Mark Stevenson is a futurist and the author of “An Optimist’s Tour of the Future” and one of his biggest worries about today’s work life is employee disengagement. He wonders why work isn’t enjoyable, when it’s such a significant part of our lives.

“The average employee is currently productive for about three to four hours a day. 85 percent of employees are disengaged with their work.”

-Mark Stevenson.

Maybe employee disengagement is a cause of habit. We’ve gotten so used to doing the things we do, and we’re not even sure why we do it anymore. Or maybe we don’t care, because our boss doesn’t give us high enough demands. No matter what causes this, something has to be done.

If you dislike your job, it’s most likely the way you have to perform your job, that you don’t like. According to Mark Stevenson, we can fight this by making the active replication enjoyable itself. An example of this is having sex. Society would say that we have sex because we enjoy it. But the biological explanation is actually that we have to reproduce ourselves. So, we would probably still do it, even if Mother Nature hadn’t made it enjoyable for us. It’s kind of the same thing with our work. Whether we like it or not, we have to do it in order to support ourselves. But doing a “Mother Nature” and making it more enjoyable would probably solve a lot of issues and enhance our productivity tremendously!

Your gamer group is your new team mates

So how do we then make our jobs more fun? Mark Stevenson suggests gamification. This is something that Keisha Howard, the founder of Sugar Gamers, agrees strongly with. Her point is that human beings, kids, and animals intrinsically learn through play. And that gamification will have a positive influence on a lot of spectrums in our work lives.

“If we could quantify or qualify our work skills like in a game, or level up and earn points, it would motivate people in a whole new way. Maybe even give them a completely new platform to relate to one another.”

-Keisha Howard.

But gamification wouldn’t only be a way of motivating people to do their jobs. It might actually be the foundation of a whole new way of creating work teams. In a lot of video games, roleplay and choosing your own character is a big part of the game. The idea is to team up with players who have skills that you don’t. So, the characters might not be good at everything individually, but when they come together as a team, they can be a very powerful source. If we began to create work teams like we do in video games, it could revolutionize the whole team dynamic at the future workplace.

Today, we strike to perform perfectly every time and we’re really hard on ourselves if we don’t succeed. In gaming, everyone loses all the time. The point is exactly that you can only win when you’ve actually allowed yourself to lose all those times. Therefore, gamification might also create a whole new idea of what it means to lose.

How will democratizing problem solving influence future work life, and what might become some of the downsides to introducing gamification in future work life? Listen to the rest of the podcast with Liselotte Lyngso here, and find out.

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The future of X #1: the workplace

The future of X #1: the workplace

The future workplace is beyond the office. And our tools are becoming smarter and more powerful. How and why will our work change over the next 50 years? What does the next generation of the workforce care about? 

Futurist Liselotte Lyngsø, Future Navigator, is proud to be a part of OZY’s newest season of the podcast, The Future of X: The workplace. She talks about how frustration, curiosity and creativity is the key to success in the worklife of the future. To also give their input about the subject, was CEO of the Institute for Global Futures, James Canton and CEO of Smartsheet, Mark Mader. 

Based on OZY’s journalism and timely interviews with leading futurists, the podcast examines the ways in which technology will improve the contributions humans make to the world.

Watch out for the robots! Or what?

People often get really worried when they think about their future. Especially when it comes to their worklife, and especially in these times. Over the years, the technological era has really shown its face. The development of machines and robots is so fast, it’s hard to keep track of what we’ve got and what’s still yet to come. We talk about how almost every job that we see today is going to be a machine driven job in the future workplace and we ask: “well am I then going to be out of a job?”.

The truth is, human work has been evolving for a long time. It’s less than a 100 years ago that almost 100% of the jobs back then was found on farms. Who does the work on current farms? Machines! And the farmers are still not unemployed. They just found something better do do with their time. Doctor James Cantor states that as it is, humans aren’t event qualified to do future jobs. They need to learn new skills to stay in work. Human, emotional skills, that no robot can master.

We need to understand as individuals – as leaders of companies and organizations, as leaders of even nations – that we are in a seismic change in the workforce.”

-James Canton, CEO of the Institute for Global Futures.

From being an on-looker to doing!

Maybe the robots will overtake the future workplace. But does that stop us from working? Or does it give us room to do what we’re actually qualified to do? We no longer need to be machines and do the hard work. In the future, people will study to become great humans. Learning human skills and mastering human emotions.

“Everyone should be creative! And creativity needs oxygen which we’ll get when less meaningful work is done by AI and machines.” 

-Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet.

Think about the inventions and ideas that have been brought to life over time. Robotic vacuum cleaners, loan mowers etc. Where did they come from? Why did we start inventing machines in the first place? Because we didn’t want to do the boring housework ourselves! Frustration leads to a better, smarter solution.

“For me creativity is also being lazy. It’s also being irritated. It’s also being curious. It’s basically being all the stuff that machines are not.”

-Liselotte Lyngsø, Future Navigator.

That’s what the machines are for!

For the next generation, a job is never going to just be a job anymore. And future leaders will also expect so much more from their employees. Not just that they do the paperwork – the machines can do that. But that they bring creativity and innovation into every project that they’re handed. The future workplace is not about looking at what everyone else is doing. We have to make the best out of people and create mening wherever we go.

How do we prepare people for what to come? Are people without a degree in science or math going to be jobless in the future? Not according to Mark Mader, but that’s for you to hear about in the first episode of The Future Workplace by OZY.

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Let's save the climate - no time for compromises!

Let’s save the climate – no time for compromises!

C40 Cities is an organization that connects more than 90 of the world’s leading cities to take bold climate action and build a healthier and more sustainable future. They represent more than 700 million citizens and one quarter of the global economy. Therefore the mayors of C40 Cities are committed to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement. Both at the local level, as well as to clean the air we breathe.

This year’s C40 Mayors Summit was hosted in Copenhagen and futurist Liselotte Lyngsø took part of the event.

The youth take over

The goal was to build a global alliance between leading cities, businesses and citizens. An alliance that takes the radical and ambitious climate action that our planet needs. At this year’s event, the attendance of young people was significant. For the past year with all the climate strikes, millions of children all around the world have shown that they will take action and do what has to be done.

“We know that we are young. And we know that in the eyes of a lot of political leaders around the world, we are simply just kids. But our biggest wish for this meeting today is to sit down together as equal citizens. Not just as kids and adults but as a joint group who are all fighting for the same cause.”

A subject that took great place of discussion was climate in job and career. Today, there isn’t many sustainable jobs and university courses dealing with climate-related challenges. The youth makes up the next generation. Therefore it’s extremely important that they have the opportunity to choose career paths that address our future. If they work exclusively with climate change, it may actually entail economic problems!

Several green proposals regarding climate in job and career were developed by jury members – citizens from around the world. One idea was to make an online platform that gathers all our green job opportunities in one place. The platform would then provide a guide or strategy that inspires people to the pursuit of a green and impactful career.

The future generation has strict demands for their employers

Another idea was to make a green manifesto. This agreement commits people to avoid the employment of polluting and unsustainable companies. As a part of the judging jury, Liselotte Lyngsø supported the idea.”Only businesses living up to the green manifesto can enter a platform for recruiting the next generation. The youth will refuse to work, shop or support any businesses that are not living up to the demands of the manifesto. You will be kicked out – as a user as well as a business – if you do not develop in a sustainable direction! They know that their power lies in their feet.” -Liselotte Lyngsø.  Watch the speech from Selma De Montgomery (14 years) on behalf of the Youth Takeover participants among speeches from Mayors of Copenhagen, Paris, Freetown and Seattle and other youth activists at this link or read more about the C40 summit 2019 here. You can also read all developed proposals for future sustainable jobs in this Youth Takeover Folder – How can cities pave the way for a sustainable generation.