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Informing Choices Mini-Pod

Informing Choices Mini-Pod

By Steve Wells

With exponential change driving an uncertain and complex future, considering how megatrends, trends, weak signals, and wild cards could impact life, society, and business is becoming crucial to developing insight to the future, but also to reinforcing our organisations’ agility and resilience. This is a podcast designed to provide insight to how we enable a very human future by exploring "the future of" different topics. Podcast host Steve Wells talks to experts across domains as varied as coaching, communications, change management, education and training, futures
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Informing Choices Mini-PodNov 20, 2020

Is kindness the leadership competence of the future? with Alessandra Marazzi

Is kindness the leadership competence of the future? with Alessandra Marazzi

Jacinda Ardern’s decision to step down as New Zealand’s Prime Minister came as a surprise to many. She became the world’s youngest female head of government when she was elected prime minister in 2017 at 37. She has led New Zealand through the Covid-19 pandemic, and a series of disasters including the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, and the White Island volcanic eruption.

Asked how she would like New Zealanders to remember her leadership, Ardern said “as someone who always tried to be kind”.

“I hope I leave New Zealanders with a belief that you can be kind, but strong, empathetic but decisive, optimistic but focused. And that you can be your own kind of leader – one who knows when it’s time to go,” Ardern said.

The prime minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, paid tribute to Ardern, saying she “has shown the world how to lead with intellect and strength … She has demonstrated that empathy and insight are powerful leadership qualities.”

Relational Systems Architect, Leadership Development & Impact Coach, and creator of Mycelium Collab Alessandra Marazzi posed the question, “What would the world look if we all wanted to be remembered, as someone who always tried to be kind?” Which in turn begs the question, “Is kindness the leadership competence of the future?”

To consider this question, I am delighted to welcome Alessandra back to the podcast.

You can learn more about Alessandra and her work by contacting and connecting with her as follows:


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Feb 07, 202315:30
Human Adaptation to be Always Human with Joana Lenkova
Jan 19, 202312:14
Extending Our Reality with Sylvia Gallusser

Extending Our Reality with Sylvia Gallusser

Like a number of what we have come to consider as transformative technologies, the metaverse offers incredible potential to change how we access experiences, conduct business, respond to marketing messages, and fight gigantic battles to save the earth! It relies on the effective combination of multiple technologies to enable truly immersive experiences almost anywhere, blurring the boundaries between science and technology and magic.

To explore the opportunities presented by the metaverse, I am joined by Global Futurist & Metaverse Strategist at Accenture, Sylvia Gallusser.

You can learn more about Sylvia and her work by connecting with her as follows:

LinkedIn in/sylviagallusser
Twitter @SGallusser

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Jan 17, 202313:15
Fungi & Mycelium to the Rescue with Gina Clifford
Jan 12, 202313:24
Convergence of Trends in the Future Workplace with Rob Caldera
Jan 10, 202316:16
Broadening & Combining AI with David Wood
Jan 05, 202312:40
Connected Stores with Alexandra Whittington

Connected Stores with Alexandra Whittington

To start the New Year, I am speaking to 6 futurist friends of the podcast - Alex Whittington, David Wood, Gina Clifford, Joana Lenkova, Rob Caldera, and Sylvia Gallusser to explore their thoughts on the new technologies, ideas, and developments that may emerge in 2023 that will have proven to be significant when we look back from 2033 – in 10 years’ time.

The convergence of digital technology and habits formed through the pandemic have changed how we shop. Click and collect, scan and pay, and pay-and-go – the Amazon style concept – have added choice to the options of online shopping and the brick-and-mortar store.

According to Modor Intelligence, the North American Retail Automation Market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 10.2% (2021-2026). The retail automation market in the United States is anticipated to be driven by the growing adoption of automation technologies by the major players, such as Amazon and Walmart; to cut down costs and drive efficiency and enhance the customer experience.

McKinsey say that the United Kingdom has gone further in adopting online shopping than any of its Western peers with 20% of UK consumers shop entirely or mostly online.

So what are the implications as these tech enabled options are implemented widely?

In this first episode of the New Year 2023 Mini-Series, I am joined by leading futurist Alexandra Whittington to consider this question.

You can learn more about Alex and her work by connecting with her as follows:


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Jan 03, 202308:14
2023 Developments We’ll Look Back on in 2033 - Mini-Series Introduction
Jan 02, 202302:52
The Future of Christmas with Steve Wells and Friends

The Future of Christmas with Steve Wells and Friends

Here’s a question: How has the way you plan to spend Christmas this year, changed from 10 or 20 years ago, and how might it change in the future?

Last year, together with six futurists, we explored how Christmas and the holiday season more broadly might change in the future, and we are going to tap into their ideas again for this festive episode of the Informing Choices Mini-Pod.

The combination of social, technological, and environmental trends in particular are driving change in everyday life, society, and business. The way we celebrate traditional cultural, spiritual, and family events continues to evolve. Technology offers new ways to celebrate and reminisce about Christmases long in the past and create new traditions. And the environment and sustainability agenda more broadly shape how we use resources to help us celebrate.


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Dec 17, 202218:22
Metaverse and the Future of Play with Alexandra Whittington
Dec 06, 202215:28
The World Cup in 2038 with Steve Wells
Nov 20, 202210:27
Reinventing Government with Michael Mascioni
Nov 02, 202210:56
Is the Future of Intelligence AGI? with David Wood
Oct 09, 202223:52
Humanity in Future Organisations with Alessandra Marazzi
Sep 06, 202220:59
Future Workplaces and Work with Steve Wells
Jul 27, 202208:54
Humanity's Relationship With the Natural World with Liselotte Lyngsø
Jun 28, 202220:33
Is the Future of Hotels Physical or Virtual? with Simone Puorto
Jun 14, 202224:17
Empowering Women Through FEMTECH with Dr. Hynd Bouhia
Jun 07, 202220:40
Artificial Uterus and the End of Childbirth? with Alexandra Whittington

Artificial Uterus and the End of Childbirth? with Alexandra Whittington

Scientists believe babies could be nurtured in external - artificial - wombs in the future. If so, what might the implications be? For some people, the very thought may conjure ideas of Frankenstein’s monster. For others, it could represent an opportunity to save more extreme pre-term babies in a significantly safer environment than that afforded by conventional incubators, when babies’ organs are not developed well enough to survive. Premature birth, before 37 weeks, is globally the biggest cause of death among newborns. The technology could also provide a safe way for couples to have children where other interventions are not possible. It might even allow mother’s to keep working throughout their pregnancy experiencing physical symptoms.

Does all this seem far-fetched? To date, experiments have been conducted on rodents and sheep with human trials anticipated in 10 years.

The big questions about these technologies revolve around the social and ethical implications, and I am delighted to welcome back to the podcast leading female futurist and member of Tata Consulting Services Future of Business team Alexandra Whittington to discuss these issues.

You can learn more about Alex and her work by connecting with her as follows:


This episode of the podcast was inspired by these BBC reports about the development of artificial wombs:
What if women never had to give birth again?
BBC News / World TV: Artificial wombs 

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May 31, 202217:24
The Death of Death with José Cordeiro
May 24, 202217:42
Recruitment in a Digitised World with Cathryn Barnard

Recruitment in a Digitised World with Cathryn Barnard

The BBC 3 programme, Computer Says No (may not be available in your country due to copyright) explores the use of algorithm and computer-automated hiring. The automated process could be used to screen CVs and even conduct video interviews. In one example, the programme also looks into the alleged use of automated systems in letting people go.

Questions raised by the programme include the impact on accuracy – and therefore the decisions taken by the systems - of race, gender, emotion, and regional UK accents.

So what’s wrong with traditional recruitment processes and how might we see recruitment evolve in the future? To discuss this question, I am delighted to welcome back Director and Co-Founder of Working the Future, Cat Barnard to the podcast.

You can learn more about Cat and her work by connecting with her as follows:


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May 17, 202221:27
Opportunities and Threats of a Jobless World with Gina Clifford
May 10, 202220:38
Geopolitical Fall-out from the Russia / Ukraine Conflict with Max Stucki
May 04, 202216:54
Optimising Healthcare by Optimising People with Pétur Haraldsson
Apr 20, 202216:58
The New Future of Dining Experiences with Steve Wells
Mar 17, 202213:54
The Future of Food in 2035 with Steve Wells
Mar 09, 202211:58
Future of Commodity Markets with Noah Healy
Mar 01, 202218:38
Insurance in the Post-Pandemic World with David Smith
Feb 22, 202218:01
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies—A Platform for Transformation? with Kapil Gupta
Feb 15, 202217:60
The Prospects for a Post-pandemic Society with Patrick van der Duin
Feb 08, 202215:02
Post-Covid Future: A New Renaissance? with José Cordeiro
Feb 02, 202216:41
Christmas 2040 with Rohit Talwar
Dec 25, 202110:00
Christmas 2040 with Gina Clifford
Dec 24, 202110:09
Christmas 2040 with Sylvia Gallusser
Dec 23, 202111:19
Christmas 2040 with Joana Lenkova
Dec 22, 202108:26
Christmas 2040 with Alexandra Whittington
Dec 21, 202108:09
Christmas 2040 with Rob Caldera
Dec 20, 202106:20
Introducing Christmas 2040 with Steve Wells
Dec 15, 202104:45
Personal Resilience in a VUCA World with Cathryn Barnard
Dec 07, 202117:23
Leading Change with Foresight for Growth with Jennifer Bryan and Steve Wells
Nov 30, 202114:28
Extended Reality Possibilities with Ross Edwards
Nov 23, 202116:21
Political Entrepreneurship with Michael Mascioni
Nov 14, 202116:51
Navigating the Future—Critical Questions with Rohit Talwar
Nov 05, 202119:20
The Future of Retirement in the Post-Pandemic Era with Michael Nuschke

The Future of Retirement in the Post-Pandemic Era with Michael Nuschke

Population ageing is a global phenomenon and a well-established trend. Back in 2015, it was estimated that there were 901 million people aged 60 years and over worldwide - 12.3% of the global population. By 2030, it is predicted that this will have increased to 1.4 billion or 16.4% and by 2050, to 2.1 billion or 21.3% of the global population. (Source As the population ages, the ratio of non-workers to workers increases. For example, in the early 2000’s in the UK there were approximately four working age individuals (aged 20-64) for every person aged 65 and over. By 2056 this ratio is predicted to fall to about 2:1.

So what are the financial, lifestyle, and health implications for retirement in the post-Covid world?

Michael Nuschke is a retirement futurist, writer, speaker, and a contributor to the Fast Future book, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 - Navigating the Next Horizon.

You can learn more about Michael and his work by connecting with him as follows:
Website and Blog:
Facebook: RetirementSingularity
LinkedIn: michael-nuschke-b3993b13
Twitter: MichaelN_RS

For information about the book Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon see the Fast Future website.  

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Nov 02, 202118:51
Post-Pandemic Geopolitics with Max Stucki
Oct 29, 202117:11
Three Possible Futures—Choose Your Preferred Story with Joana Lenkova
Oct 26, 202117:16
Life Next: How Our World Could Change Post-Pandemic with Marian Salzman
Oct 22, 202118:25
Business Leadership Skills—Navigating a New Landscape with Steve Wells
Oct 19, 202115:38
The Digital Health Passport
Oct 15, 202114:60
Technologies Shaping the Post-Pandemic Future of Food with Tony Hunter
Oct 12, 202116:20
Post-Traumatic Growth: How Might Business Change for the Better? with Richard Freeman
Oct 08, 202116:08
The Reinvention of Travel with Hjörtur Smárason
Oct 05, 202116:58
Nowhere to Hide in 2025 with Gina Clifford
Oct 01, 202115:00
Shifts on the Path to 2030 with Rohit Talwar
Sep 28, 202115:24
The Future of Homes Through the 2020s with Alex Whittington
Jul 03, 202124:43
The Future of Fake News with Islay O’Hara
Jun 26, 202125:45
The Future of Active Transhumanism with David Wood
Jun 19, 202124:53
The Future Five Grand Challenges with Rohit Talwar
May 22, 202136:49
The Future of Childhood with Alexandra Whittington and Joana Lenkova
May 15, 202127:51
The Future of Place with Toby Rhodes
May 03, 202123:40
The Future of the Crypto-Economy with Rohit Talwar
Apr 25, 202121:20
The Future of Sustainable Packaging with Tracy Sutton
Apr 18, 202121:50
The Future of Meat Production and Consumption with Diana Davidson
Apr 11, 202121:31
The Future of Coaching in a Digitised World with Craig Forster
Mar 28, 202119:31
The Future of Continuous Change on Work with Cathryn Barnard
Mar 21, 202116:58
The Future of Social Separation with Bronwyn Williams
Mar 14, 202126:58
The Future of Recruitment with Ron Mayne
Mar 07, 202120:05
The Future of Ethics in PR with Islay O’Hara
Feb 28, 202117:48
The Future of Agricultural Efficiency with Adam Greenberg
Feb 21, 202122:51
The Future of Intelligent Foresight Systems with Panu Kause
Feb 12, 202118:60
The Future of Ageing with David Wood

The Future of Ageing with David Wood

The recent BBC Ideas video “How safe is it to hack the ageing process?” is an interesting indication that the notion of managing, delaying, or even stopping the ageing process is becoming mainstream. The idea of immortality has been a dream for many people for as long as humanity has existed, but what is the reality of anti-ageing approaches and technologies? Are we really on the cusp of being able to cure ageing?

To talk about The Future of Ageing, I am delighted to welcome futurist speaker, analyst, commentator, and writer David Wood to the podcast.

You can learn more about David and his work on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and

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Feb 04, 202120:25
The Future Post-Pandemic Home with Alex Whittington and Sylvia Gallusser
Jan 28, 202123:40
The Future of Digital Media with Michael Mascioni
Jan 22, 202117:25
The Future Classroom in 2030 - Integrating Organic Education with Santiago Figueroa Diaz

The Future Classroom in 2030 - Integrating Organic Education with Santiago Figueroa Diaz

Five episodes ago, we managed to scratch the surface of the future of education on the Informing Choices Mini-Pod. So my guest on that day, educator Santiago Figueroa Diaz agreed to come back and share more of his thoughts. This time, we are going to focus on the future classroom in 2030 and on integrating organic education.

You can learn more about Santiago by connecting with him on LinkedIn, by email on and via his website 

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Jan 19, 202118:46
The Future of Sustainable Urban Agriculture with Diana Davidson
Jan 07, 202117:44
The Future of Internet Entrepreneurship with Suraj Sodha
Dec 21, 202016:18
The Future of the Way we Work with Rob Caldera
Dec 14, 202015:57
The Future of Wellbeing with Tayyaba Jordan
Dec 07, 202017:48
The Future of Education with Santiago Figueroa Diaz
Dec 03, 202017:02
The Future of Public Speaking with Chris Murphy
Nov 26, 202016:42
The Future of PR with Islay O'Hara
Nov 20, 202018:15
The Future of Women in Life Society and Business with Alex Whittington
Nov 18, 202015:55
The Future of Change with Jennifer Bryan
Nov 16, 202016:48
The Future of Coaching with Marie Wright
Nov 10, 202013:60
Introduction to the Informing Choices Mini-pod
Nov 05, 202001:21