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2018 will be the best year yet • Changes of Tomorrow

It's easy to start the year being optimistic. Yes, many important problems remain unsolved and most of our political leaders are not measuring up to the challenges of our time, but optimism is, like most things in life, a choice and we have good reasons to look at 2018 with hopeful eyes.

The world is enjoying global synchronized growth of historic levels. We've never before had access to so many options to learn something useful and transforming. Alternative energy continues to grow in popularity, robotics rock, and we can cure cancer.

Photo: What Apple’s New Office Chairs Reveal About Work In 2018. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Courtesy Barber Osgerby.

What's changing: Friday, January 5th, 2018

  1. When? It turns out that selecting when you want to change your behavior increases your chances of being successful. Learn the science behind this timing discovery from Daniel Pink. And, since we are just starting the year, you have 86 ideal days for change ahead.

  2. How to change? The first option could be just learning something new. But apparently the best way to learn something is when we teach it to a child. Or try asking yourself these 12 questions.

  3. It seems that nowadays every area of our lives is being questioned, reinvented or hacked in search of possibly better futures. A new chair is inspiring the future of work, venture capitalists are betting on genetics, autonomy, and smart cities, The future of TV is already here, there is new and better advice to give our kids, and the battle for the latest health fad has already begun. It's going to be a fascinating year!

Mental Energizer

"Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame."  

-- Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Reflection (i)

Find somewhere quiet, grab a pen and paper, and set a timer for five minutes. During this time, reflect on the following question: Why are you optimistic about this year? And how can you help others to share your optimism?

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Check out (i)

Neuralink. Elon Musk's latest company will create a "whole-brain interface," or a magical wizard hat -- a brain interface so complete, so smooth, so biocompatible, and so high-bandwidth that it feels as much a part of you as your brain.

Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero

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