In 2021, with a newly empowered and decidedly more coherent political leadership, America will make an astonishing turnaround (cross-posted from Gerd’s blog)

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Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying “You can always count on the United States to do the right thing — after they have tried everything else”.

The last 4 years in the United States were, well…quite terrifying

It’s safe to say that in the past 4 years the United States under the ‘leadership’ of President Trump have indeed tried pretty much any and all wrong options, with disastrous consequences nationally, regionally and globally — many of which have recently been brought into sharp focus by the Covid-19 crisis. …

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This is a make it or break it moment for AirBnB: WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?

To Brian Chesky (CEO), the board and the investors of AirBnB

I am dismayed about your policies and your behaviour in regards to Covid19- related refunds, and generally your stance on what you call ‘extenuating circumstances’ for cancelling bookings because of Covid19.

I think your position on these issues is ill-guided, unsustainable and unconscionable; and if you want to be able to count on people’s trust ever again when/if the corona-crisis is over you’ll need to do a lot better than this. …

Adapted from my original post at

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Last week, I was greatly inspired by a post published by fellow German Futurist Matthias Horx, describing a possible post-corona world, looking backwards from the future.

I often use a very similar approach (sometimes referred to as backcasting) — the idea of using one’s insights and intuition about what is certain to happen, in order to deal with the realities at hand, and be better equipped to create one’s desirable future.

This reminded me of an often-used Milton Friedman quote:

“Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically…


Futurist Gerd Leonhard

Futurist & Humanist, top-rated Keynote Speaker, Author of “Technology vs. Humanity”, CEO of @FuturesAgency

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