Dec 15, 2022 • 1HR 9M

Message From The Future | Wendy Schultz

This futurist studies how to reshape our existing institutions

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“All along that spectrum of our human ability to fiddle with nature, there are moral and ethical questions, and also questions of responsibility and accountability for the impacts and consequences of what we do. All of which are, philosophically, what the law is our institution for handling in most societies, and some of which regulations in the law already cover.

“One of the points we were trying to make is that, first of all, we wanted to connect up the pieces of that evolving and expanding system of how we are interacting with life as human beings, and say to the law profession, you may be called upon to adjudicate or negotiate or protect different aspects of all of these activities. So let's keep an eye on how they're all changing.”

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Wendy Schultz is an academically trained futurist with over thirty-five years of global foresight practice. Director at Infinite Futures, she has designed futures research projects for NGOs, government agencies, and businesses.

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Wendy and I discuss the Law in the Emerging Bio-Age report she recently published, which asked how legal structures can support second chances at improving human relations with living systems and our planet. We also discuss how to bridle the finance industry to support a just transition, the role of activism, governments’ relationship to information, and, more generally, how to solve wicked problems.

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