A New Baby Has Been Born!

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Finally, my long awaited, arduously crafted book is published and the first copies just arrived at my door to overwhelm me. ”Patterns of the Future: Understanding the Next Wave of Global Change” is published by London-based World Scientific, known for its quality non-fiction supply and its global reach. Found on Amazon, for example, my new book is a complete update and an internationally adapted version of Tulevaisuuskirja, which I published almost two years ago in Finnish. In the book, I offer an update on what I think is ahead of us next. By next I mean in the next few decades. However, my viewpoint is very much systemic, which means that the future doesn’t exist without the past. The present serves as a platform for what is created in the future.

Thus, I discuss patterns and waves. I also give a lot of focus to discussing risks and opportunities. In other words, my focus is on dynamic, rather than static features of our societies.

The content of the book is roughly the following:

The introduction and first chapter explain why my particular futures studies standpoint is useful for deeply understanding what is currently going on in our societies.

The second chapter deals with our perception of risk and helps the reader understand why we keep getting surprised at our doorstep. It aims to clarify why we are so poor at assessing risks and opportunities.

The third chapter explores the fertile ground of long-term technological/socio-economic/cultural waves. Why are the waves I’ve described just as useful in

predicting the future as they are in understanding the past? Why is the wave theory the best way to obtain a big picture view of our endeavor to achieve sustainable societies in the future?

The fourth chapter is all about the planet Earth and our relationship to it. It explores why it is so important to evaluate human activities from the perspective of our relationship with nature. Why is our technology now becoming more nature-orientated? In other words, I explore the reasons behind technology mimicking nature more and more and examine some new ways we are learning to intelligently harness natural sources of energy.

The fifth chapter gives a geopolitical account of where we are heading from the present and why. The multi-polarized world we are about to see to emerge differs greatly from what we saw unfold during the past century.

The sixth chapter deals with the global market economy, the elephant in the living room. Why has economic talk invaded our communication systems? Why are economists the modern priests in our societies? In this chapter, I propose a way our market economies can be put back into useful service to create increased human well-being.

The seventh chapter dives into the reasons why humanity needs to move from activities that merely support individual survival and satisfy basic individual needs to activities utilizing our skills to promote a better future for humanity as a whole. We need more entrepreneurship and more active and creative people to propel our economies and our societies.

The eighth chapter focuses on the leadership revolution surfacing right now. Previous management doctrines are about to get discarded and replaced with fresh ideas on properly engaging and empowering employees.

The ninth chapter turns our attention to education and culture, the cornerstones of our civilization. How should we reconsider their role and significance in our societies? What are the skills and knowledge we actually need most as we head towards the future?

The tenth chapter deals with our consciousness. How is awareness changing, why are we turning more inward for new potential to grow as human beings? Why is mindfulness not just a trend to be washed away with the next trend?

The eleventh chapter takes Finland as a case study of a country that could be pioneering the emerging sixth wave but is not necessarily going to succeed with that. What is the potential, what are the pitfalls for my country? What is actually going on here?

The twelfth chapter proposes what I think needs to be done in order to steer our planet Earth into a more viable direction. The next ten years are crucial for reaching the balance we need. I suggest what our focus should be.

The epilogue turns our thinking back to our modes of being and acting. The more cooperatively and earnestly we humans behave, the more we develop spiritually. Our true progress can be measured only in those terms.

The book is just over 200 pages long, which I find a suitable read in our busy world. You will find a great many references, although I’ve generally sought a reader-friendly style in my prose. I hope you will find it a pleasant read; please let me know if you ever reach for the book.

I am so grateful for all people that helped me on the way. Thanks Merit, Jane, Mary, Kalpana, Irja, Eva, Sofi, Laura, Nick, Anne-Mari, Anne, Krista, Peter Paul, Christopher and countless others and of course my wife Aamu for helping make this miracle happen!