If a catastrophe is an event which causes the loss of most expected value, a eucatastrophe is an event which causes there to be much more expected value after the event than before (source).
Currently, there may be a few unique opportunities to steer the COVID-19 crisis away from catastrophe toward eucatastrophe.
Some demand urgency given the speed with which the crisis is changing and the likely short time-window in which it will be possible to push for those ideas.
The earlier we start exploring options, the better.
On April 25, we’re starting the Foresight Hivemind, a three-week global online workshop to develop promising opportunities into action.
Kick-off the workshop with us, meet all focus group leaders and make sure you get the most of the following three weeks.
WEEK 1 : CULTIVATING A HUMANE LONG-TERM CULTURE
Monday 04/27/2020 11:00 AM
What hopeful long-term views for humanity can be birthed out of this crisis?
Eri Gentry, Institute for the Future, Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute, David Eagleman, LiveWired, David Pearce, The Hedonistic Imperative
Tuesday 04/28/2020 11:00 AM
How can we champion the emerging culture of civic responsibility and people stepping up ethically to “do the right thing”?
Mark Miller, Agoric, Loretta Whitesides, Virgin Galactic
Wednesday 04/29/2020 11:00 AM
How can we increase interest in psychological well-being and expansion that moves more into focus during isolation?
Nell Watson, COVID-19 Taskforce, David Pearce, The Hedonistic Imperative, Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter, Andres Gomez, Qualia Research Institute, Andrew Serazin, World Templeton Foundation
Thursday 04/30/2020 11:00 AM
What rituals, monuments and prizes, similar to FLI Unsung Hero Award, would help us remember, celebrate and incentivize long-termism in a positive post-covid-19 world?
Joon Yun, Longevity Prize, Creon Levit, Planet Labs
Friday 05/01/2020 11:00 AM
How can we use creative media and art to interpret and disseminate emerging norms in positive, cooperative ways instead of polarizing ways?
Lydia Laurenson, New Modality Magazine, Jake Harper, Artist
WEEK 2: ADVANCING HIGH-IMPACT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Monday 05/04/2020 11:00 AM
How can the current crisis convince mainstream investment and philanthropy to increase funding projects aimed at long-term resilience and scientific progress?
Jaan Tallinn, Future of Life Institute, Nils Regge, Apollo Ventures
Tuesday 05/05/2020 11:00 AM
How can current loosening of red tape around COVID-19 interventions be extended to ease the way for high-impact science?
Jim O’Neill, SENS Research Foundation, John Lewis, Aegis Biodefence
Wednesday 05/06/2020 11:00 AM
How can the current public focus on health be leveraged to promote a focus on prevention of disease, and aging as root cause for diseases?
Ole Mensching, Apollo Ventures, Aubrey de Grey, SENS Research Foundation, Sonia Arrison, 100 Plus Capital, Reason, FightAging
Thursday 05/07/2020 11:00 AM
How can current work on contact-tracing and other DLT cooperative tech that is privacy-preserving be expanded to increase coordination across people?
Peter Eckersley, Brian Behlendorf, Linux, Primavera de Filippi, Berkman Klein Center
Friday 05/08/2020 11:00 AM
How can we use the creativity around online experiences to jumpstart the economy and create innovative accessible virtual education, work, life?
Erica Frank, NextGenU, Michael Morgenstern, Everything is Film
WEEK 3: STRENGTHEN RESILIENT AND COOPERATIVE GLOBAL SYSTEMS
Monday 05/11/2020 11:00 AM
How can resilient and agile communities and orgs, in contrast to authoritarian regimes, emerge stronger as preferred global points for coordination?
Glen Weyl, RadicalXChange, Alex Gladstein, Human Rights Foundation, Zarinah Agnew, Beyond Return
Tuesday 05/12/2020 11:00 AM
How can the blatant brokenness of our institutional sense-making be used to promote evidence-driven global sense-making?
Anthony Aguirre, Metaculus, Phoebe Tickell, Beyond return, Aviv Ovadya, Thoughtful Technology Project, Kim Osborne, University of Georgia,
Wednesday 05/13/2020 11:00 AM
How can current unusual openings in policies, e.g. Trump’s UBI proposal, release of non-violent prisoners, be used to promote rational national and international policies?
Ruth Hickin, World Economic Forum, Sam Hilton, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Thursday 05/14/2020 11:00 AM
How can the spotlight on global fragility help promote resilience, peace and cooperation internationally?
Samo Burja, Bismarck Analysis, Shahar Avin, The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Friday 05/15/2020 11:00 AM
How can COVID-19 be used as model for leaders to prepare for risks of future disasters, esp. climate change?
Tom Chi, former Google X, Creon Levit, Planet Labs, Dave Denkenberger, ALLFED, David Brown, former ARPA-E
Existential Risk Opportunities from the COVID-19 Crisis
Jaan Tallinn, FLI, CSER, Skype
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