The Future Is Up For Grabs

There are competing versions of the future. Will people continue to battle each other for limited resources, or will we build an abundant environment for all?

In these times of conflict, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the future. But optimists have a weapon that’s becoming increasingly powerful — an open abundance of resources delivered online.

The open internet offers a collective knowledge that can be leveraged by anyone to share ideas and connect with distant strangers. New science and technology now seeks to bring that abundance to physical resources too.

There are forces that are threatened by this abundance. These villains profit from conflict and gain power through fear.

Villains are having a successful decade. This essay is my plan for how we can work together to defeat them and build The Good Future.

Summary:

  1. The key to The Good Future is an open society with abundant resources.
  2. The internet provides open abundance of information. This gives us the power to instantly amplify and share good ideas.
  3. We need bolder scientific, technological, sociological, and political solutions to achieve open abundance of physical resources.
  4. Many of the world’s smartest people are wasting their talent chasing money or power.
  5. With our potential superheroes distracted, the villains are running the show.
  6. Villains use the internet to generate and amplify fear and anger. The internet needs watchdogs and safety mechanisms to protect our privacy and information access online.
  7. The Good Future needs leaders, evangelists, and millions of workers.
  8. I’m on a mission to convince millions of people to fight for The Good Future.

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  3. Tweet me your ideas for The Good Future: @neilthanedar

Evernote Is My Pensieve

I have a ton of business ideas. More than I could ever launch in a lifetime. It’s a running joke in my family that I have a new startup idea every day.

This is why I have always thought that the trope that “all the good startup ideas have already been created” is so ridiculous. Whenever someone claims this to me, I always try to give them one of my business ideas. They never end up pursuing the idea.

When people ask me how I come up with so many ideas and what I do with those ideas, I always show them my Evernote journal.

“It is called a Pensieve. I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.”

— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I have just under 100 notebooks and well over 2,000 notes in my journal. About 100 of those notes could be classified as Business Ideas that could be their own startups. Many more notes contain fragments of ideas or notes from books or articles that I’ve read on my favorite topics.

Some of these ideas have already become a reality through my first two startups Avomeen and Labdoor, while others have been published on my blog to share with the world in the hopes that someone else will pick up the torch and complete that mission.

Either way, I find the process of constantly writing and refining my ideas in print as a cathartic experience that frees my mind to come up with more ideas. The point isn’t to make every idea good. The goal is to build a writing system that is so fluid that you’re writing every day and becoming more creative as your ideas evolve through future feedback from yourself and other people.

“A long line of revered Headmasters and Headmistresses of Hogwarts have left behind memories from their tenure and thus contributed to the creation of an invaluable library of reference for headmasters and headmistresses yet to come.

— Hogwarts Pensieve, Harry Potter Wiki

A memory by itself is just a point in time. It gains meaning when it is connected to other experiences. I make a habit of returning to my old writing regularly and refining my ideas based on my new knowledge. Evernote has a great feature that lets you link in-line to other notes, creating a web of interconnected ideas over time.

I am now pushing myself to publish more of my writing and to refine it in public. This makes my writing a reference library for others and gives me a way to resonate with other people and collect more information that I can add to my Pensieve.

Do you have your own version of a Pensieve? Let me know @neilthanedar.

The Good Future

There are two versions of the future.

  • The Bad Future, described in shows like Black Mirror, is the realistic to cynical take on where the world is going.
  • The Good Future, presented in shows like Star Trek, is the realistic to optimistic take on where the world is going.

It’s easy to be cynical today. You might feel like we’re living in the Bad Future now.

I still believe in the Good Future. The one with abundant resources and opportunities for all. The time and place where humanity becomes a multi planetary species and Earth is carefully preserved as our Home Planet.

I also believe that the way to win the Good Future isn’t any one Silver Bullet. It’s a lot of Lead Bullets. That’s why many of my ideas are presented in the form of startups or organizations that need to be built to solve specific problems. I am always looking for partners to build teams to chase these missions.

There are many people who profit today from the idea of the Bad Future. The Good Future needs its own leaders. We have to organize. We need to fight back. We each have the power to change and influence every part of our lives.

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. And the minute that you understand that you can poke life… and something will pop out the other side. You can change it, you can mold it… that’s maybe the most important thing.” — Steve Jobs

This blog is about studying life as it exists today and recruiting people together to change the world and ensure a Good Future for all.