By Rob Schuham, Co-Founder of Undercurrent.

Up until Covid struck, popular culture felt like a gigantic immersion into the land of the fabulous. The fashion and entertainment industries were on a hot streak, celebrities luxuriated in exotic destinations, music and art festivals thrived, real estate was booming, corporations enjoyed outsized market valuations, and restaurants, bars and cultural attractions overflowed. Startups were rocking, and even failure was considered a badge of courage as you could easily get funding to try all over again. Unemployment was at record lows. It was a “workers market.”

Or was it? Were people’s real lives the…


Using a giant flamethrower attached to a tractor, organic farmers manage to control weeds without synthetic chemicals. Image from Interesting Engineering.

by Rob Schuham, Co-founder of Undercurrent

Continuation from Part 2: (part 1 is here to start from the beginning)

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Phase 3: Circularity and Regeneration:

Undercurrent partner, and Founder of Natural Capital Solutions, Hunter Lovins and her co-authors identify in their recent book, A Finer Future, that humanity is in a race with catastrophe. She inquires as to whether or not “the future is one of global warming, 68 million migrants fleeing failed states, soaring inequality, and grid-locked politics? Or one of empowered entrepreneurs and innovators working towards social change, leveling the playing field, and building a world that works…


by hunter lovins, member of Undercurrent and founder of Natural Capital Solutions

The great physicist Niels Bohr is reported to have to have uttered this observation when asked his opinion of what might happen.

Nessim Taleb’s best seller, Black Swan, argues that everything that matters, in history, in your personal life, and in business is like that — you didn’t think of it until it happened, and it changed everything. These low probability, high impact events, Taleb argues are increasing.

Few, today, would be inclined to argue with him.

How is a leader to manage, then? Predictions are risky, and…


by rob schuham, co-founder of Undercurrent

Songar drone system, equipped with computer-assisted automatic machine guns, will soon enter service with a deal signed between Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency and the drones’ manufacturer, Asis Elektronik. This and other technologies could easily be replicated by bad actors.

I had originally written this article as part a larger series called “From the Gilded Age of Capitalism to a Golden OnePart Two” as I simply can’t “un-see” all that I’ve seen in this space. Both the good, as well as the lack of ethical foresight. After receiving feedback, I decided to publish this separately. I feel it’s critical to understand what’s happening beneath the surface of all the technology platforms and instruments that run our world. …


Women welders making stirrup pump handles during the war effort, circa 1939. IWM/Getty Images

by Rob Schuham, Co-founder of Undercurrent

Continuation from introduction in Part 1:

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“…..So the next question is the “how?” Here’s where it starts getting good. We are already doing it.

Never before have we seen a global consortium of corporations radically collaborating with each other as they are now. In this case, it’s to solve a problem of the commons. Companies have stepped up in incredible ways. …


By Dagny Scott, Co-Founder of Fearless Unlimited, and Undercurrent Partner

Virtually overnight the world finds itself in survival mode.

It is a mode more familiar to some than others. Plenty in the developing world and in the less fortunate sectors of the American economic machine are used to scraping by, to making the food last as long as possible, to wondering where they would go should they become ill.

The rest of us seem astonished to find ourselves in some bad movie version of life, where jobs and entire industries evaporate overnight. Where the news runs in a narrow lane…


Introduction to a Three-Part Series.

By Rob Schuham, Co-Founder of Undercurrent.

Up until Covid struck, popular culture felt like a gigantic immersion into the land of the fabulous. The fashion and entertainment industries were on a hot streak, celebrities luxuriated in exotic destinations, music and art festivals thrived, real estate was booming, corporations enjoyed outsized market valuations, and restaurants, bars and cultural attractions overflowed. Startups were rocking, and even failure was considered a badge of courage as you could easily get funding to try all over again. Unemployment was at record lows. It was a “workers market.”

Or was it? Were people’s real lives the…


3D illustration of Coronavirus (© istock.com/Dr_Microbe)

by Rob Schuham, co-founder of Undercurrent

It’s truly a holy shit moment for the world. COVID-19 is a pandemic. Entire countries are in lockdown. The stock market is gyrating and down considerably. Uncertainty has led to panic and hoarding. And we are in a state of fear that I can only recall feeling after September 11. Not quite as scary, but very unnerving to say the least.

So what’s the move here? Are we actually experiencing a true liminal event? Is this how it all begins? …

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