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Growing Up, What a Pain!

Growing Up, What a Pain! Feel like you have new problems in your life? This could be good news! Do you feel like you have the same problems in your life over and over again? This could be bad news… Indeed, each progress or evolution in our life brings its share of problems to a […]

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Scale and Speed

My Mission When I meet a person who asks me what I do for a living, I usually answer: My mission is to convince people who are not yet convinced that we (humans) are going through an unprecedented transition in the history of humanity. And that this transition can be good news if we understand […]

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How to avoid becoming an old fart?

The fear of becoming an old fart I’ve always been afraid of becoming an old fart. I have always been afraid of oldfarting! That would indeed be the ultimate shame for a futurist… The warning signs The main warning signs of oldfarting are quite easily recognized and I identified them very early on: I began […]

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Emergence: More is Different

Emergence, The Universal Property That Shapes Us and our World! Two concepts work hand in hand: chaos, the scientific theory whereby unpredictability is the only predictable reality, and complexity, the process through which adaptation leads to evolution. Specifically, whereby chaos is about the unpredictable outcomes that develop when a butterfly flaps its wings in a remote area […]

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Three Challenges for a New Civilization

Collapse or Breakthrough? As I describe in this article, chaos “is not a mess”, there is a hidden order in chaos: what is called a strange attractor. The theories of chaos can thus help us to identify the “patterns”, the orders hidden in the events which sometimes seem to us “chaotic” or without having direction. […]

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Turbulent world

Why has the World Become Chaotic?

 Why Has the World Become Chaotic? A question I am often asked is, “Has the world become more chaotic? ” And besides, wasn’t it already before? The world, especially the natural world, has undoubtedly always presented chaotic aspects. Meteorology is a very good example. I observe that the human world has, on the other hand, […]

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The Butterfly Effect

The Gifts of Chaos Chaos theories offer us 3 totally new and innovative tools. These 3 tools are: The strange attractor The Butterfly Effect Fractal images Let’s take a closer look at the butterfly effect. Edward Lorenz and the Weather Forecast Edward Lorenz, a mathematician and meteorologist working at MIT in 1961, used state-of-the-art computers […]

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My Annual Review

Create or/and clarify your dreams! As I have shown in this article, to create breakthroughs and good surprises in your life rather than collapses and unpleasant surprises, the theories of chaos teach us that it is important to have a beacon in the storm, a dream, a strange attractor. This is especially true in times […]

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I Have a Dream! The strange attractor

The gifts of chaos Chaos theories offer us 3 totally new and innovative tools. These 3 tools are: The strange attractor The Butterfly Effect Fractal images Today I would like to come back to the importance of the strange attractor, the least known of the three, very useful especially in the crisis situations that we […]

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The 2 Mostly Asked Questions

The 2 Mostly Asked Questions The 2 mostly asked questions I hear during these times of COVID crisis are: Is it going to come back as before? Will it be better afterward? Let’s have a look at these 2 questions with the help of Chaos Theory. Why Chaos Theory? Why Chaos Theory? Because it is one […]

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Will it get better?

Will it get better? I have just been interviewed by Alex Hickman from Project Sovereign. We had a conversation about the COVID crisis, and how it can (or can’t) accelerate the emergence of a new world. Will our life go back to “normal”? Is it going to get better? How can we thrive in uncertainty and […]

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Processing Information in a Chaotic World

How Do I Process Information in a Chaotic World When I give a keynote, the public can usually ask questions after my talk. Questions fall into two types: Public questions asked when the public can speak and as a microphone goes from hand to hand Questions asked privately when the talk has ended and most attendees […]

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What’s Next? The Lighthouse in The Storm

What’s Next? The Lighthouse in The Storm In a previous article, I wrote that if the COVID crisis has started as a health crisis, the real crisis, partly still to come, will be social, political, and economic. It is also, like all crises, a question of meaning, that is to say also spiritual (in the […]

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The Yesbut and the Letstry, great time for leaders

The Yesbut and the Letstry. I made my first trip around the world at 26 years old… and I then traveled to many countries (note for the youngest ones: before there were in the sky what is called airplanes and we didn’t care about our carbon footprint ..) Strangely, I met in almost all the […]

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Coronavirus, Crisis? What Crisis?

Crisis, What Crisis? As a specialist in chaos, uncertainty, crises, and resilience, I have read, reflected, consulted, talked a lot about the situation following the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. I already shared my vision and insights with my family, extended family, and clients, and I decided to share with you my vision of the current situation as […]

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The Meaning Of Life: Five Shades Of Meaning

The Meaning Of Life: Five Shades Of Meaning What is the meaning of life? The question may seem abstract and somehow removed. Yet, as many philosophical questions, this one has very practical effects. Depending on your answer, if you have any, you will have different ideas on what the “good life” is, what the “bad” […]

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Who Are You? Where Do You Stand?

Who Are You? Where Do You Stand? A friend of mine told me an enlightening story. He was sharing a few beers with another friend of his. Suddenly, the pal asked: “who are you, where do you come from?” It was asked half-jokingly, half-seriously, as a sort of sh*t test—to borrow an Internet-spread expression. The […]

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Two Ways Of Adapting To Uncertainty

Two Ways Of Adapting To Uncertainty “What am I doing tonight?” “Is what I’m doing at work really useful?” “What is likely to happen on this or that market I have a keen interest in?” “What…?” A chaotic world is hugely characterized by uncertainty. If you start asking yourself some questions, even seemingly trivial ones […]

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The Future of Cryptography and Cryptocurrencies

The Future of Cryptography and Cryptocurrencies in a previous article, Jean-Baptiste Prunel spoke about the 42 IT school, a ground-breaking school with neither classes nor teachers yet teaching through projects, trainings and the willingness to get the job done. We also spoke about Poleon.co, Jean-Baptiste’s first startup venture, which tried to track and predict a number […]

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An Introduction To Chaos Engineering With Christophe Rochefolle

An Introduction To Chaos Engineering With Christophe Rochefolle Christophe and I have met for the first time in October 2017. He organized a meet-up on Chaos Engineering. To my delight, among the helpful reading list was my book Chaos, a User’s Guide, and Christophe was kind enough to invite me as well. He is a […]

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Go-Bag: Get Ready to Leave Home in a Minute

Go-Bag: Get Ready to Leave Home in a Minute A chaotic world means more potential catastrophes and black swans at your doorstep. To be resilient, be prepared. Having a secure hideout is great, and I did the video below in my resilient home, but first, everyone doesn’t have the means to buy one, and second, […]

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Come to Visit my Resilient Home

Come to Visit my Resilient Home In a chaotic world, fragility comes at too high a cost. If you are fragile, chances are you may get badly hurt. If another financial crisis comes in, a crisis so huge the banking system might tank, how will you pay for your expenses with a credit card and […]

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Fractal Ethics

Fractal Ethics This article draws from my book Chaos: a User’s Guide, chapter “The evolution of our cultures and our social relationships.” This article is the ultimate part of the “transcendental trilogy.” The two other parts allowed me to dwell on the True and the Beautiful. These three heads are more than predicates applied to […]

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Beauty and the Fractal

Beauty and the Fractal This article draws from my book Chaos, a User’s Guide, chapter “Our Species Is Evolving: And You? (Beauty)”. Remember assisting Beauty and the Beast when you were a child? Or, perhaps, as an adult? I do remember the 1991 Disney version. My smaller siblings enjoyed it, and they were right. Not […]

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The Evolution of Consciousness with John Perkins

The Evolution of Consciousness with John Perkins Today, on the occasion of the Meltingpot Forum where both of us were invited to speak, I met with John Perkins. He is a famous bestselling author in the US, and the least I can say is that he’s a colorful character. Referring to himself as an “economic […]

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Change and Deception: the Future of Magic

Change and Deception: the Future of Magic My guest is a young Frenchman who defines himself as an offbeat magician. His passion for sleights of the hand led him to become, not only a professional illusionist, but a keynote speaker on familiar themes such as change and creativity. Watch the Interview (in French) Off the […]

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The Futurist Monk’s Clothes

Discover The Futurist Monk’s Clothes The science-fiction tales of old were obsessed with going to space. In the 1950s, sci-fi writers imagined those of our times living in spacecrafts, bent on conquering the Milky Way. Men and women of the 2000s were supposed to stroll in shiny synthetic space suits. However, as enthralling as it […]

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Further and Faster with Agility

Go Further and Faster with Agility and Luc Taesch If you are into IT, you must have heard at least every now and then of the Agile development method. If your work is about something else, agility may sound unfamiliar—and perhaps it will come to you shortly. Unless you take a proactive approach to find […]

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