Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, 61 years ago. As Walt Disney remarkably said: “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” There is an endless supply of imagination out there because imagination is just intelligence having fun. Enjoy these important stories of the week:
Interesting perspective from the MIT Media Lab: The Fintech Bubble. “We are at an important moment where decisions will be made about whether everyone will trust a truly decentralized system and where irresponsible deployments could scare people away.”
Build a change platform, not a change program. “Guiding a process of socially constructed change is neither quick nor easy – but it is possible and effective. The biggest obstacles to creating robust change platforms aren’t technical. The challenge lies in shifting the role of the executive from change agent in chief to change enabler in chief. This means devoting leadership attention to the creation of an environment where deep, proactive change can happen anywhere – and at any time – and inspiring the entire organization to swarm the most pressing issues.”
Fintech is weaving charitable giving into everyday transactions. “Social purpose is continuing to evolve from a philanthropic niche to a key part of core business strategy, and this shift presents unique opportunities for technology companies, in particular. The next wave of technology innovation will require a paradigm shift – one that builds social purpose into the activities of our everyday lives.”
17 ways technology will change our lives by 2050. Ian Pearson, a futurist with an 85 percent accuracy record, was asked what new technology we can expect to see by 2050 and how it will change the way we live.
Selfishness is learned. “If you think seeing life as a set of economic games and cooperation as self-interest in disguise sounds dismal, it is actually not so distanced from what you might call virtue. “When I’m nice to other people, I’m not doing it because of some kind of calculation. I’m doing it because it feels good,” Randy says. “And the reason it feels good, I argue, is that it is actually payoff maximizing in the long run.”