Canadian writer Alice Munro once said that the complexity of things —— the things within things —— seems simply inexhaustible. With the advance of the digital world, individuals and government, business and social organizations have become immersed in a network that seems to have infinite connections and variables to consider. The causes that drive processes are becoming increasingly linked and seem impossible to fully understand. In this growing complexity, the pace of adoption of new technologies accelerates every decade: technological waves such as artificial intelligence or digital consumption habits hit us before we manage to fully assimilate the previous one.
In this new decade, we are going through partly incomprehensible and constantly changing contexts. Barack Obama, former president of the United States, said: ‘We are in strange and uncertain times. Each day's news cycle brings more head-spinning and disturbing headlines ...’ How do we plan when bewilderment is an intrinsic feature of our daily dealings?
Today's world puts unparalleled pressure on our behavior. Traditional accounts of work, freedom, and governance are weakened by globalization and technological disruptions, putting human beings in check. What skills will be needed to guide us through uncertainty?
The following texts delve into the main ideas of each of the subtopics of this edition.
On the Edge of Irrelevance
Traversing Times of Collaboration and Individualism