Bec Hill

Comedian. Presenter. Dork.

The Future Starts Here: V&A Exhibition

The Future Starts Here

This exhibition asks a lot of important questions, and certainly has its share of "doom and gloom" bits. But I came away feeling strangely inspired and excited. If it's no longer running by the time you read this, I strongly recommend you Google "Antanas Mockus". He was Mayor of Bogotá in the 90s and did all sorts of awesome stuff, including hiring mimes to make fun of traffic violators.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

 

Kurzgesagt

– In a Nutshell

If you've ever found philosophical ideas, global isues, history, etc a little too much to handle and you wish you had your very own "Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy" to explain it with cute, simple animations, then THIS is the YouTube channel for you!

While some of the content can still be about scary future stuff, they often provide helpful and hopeful solutions at the end. The sheer volume of views on each video alone makes me feel better that others are also hearing these messages.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Ok, ok, so I know the guy isn't perfect. In fact, I know this because of this biography, written by Ashlee Vance. But I like how Musk used capitalism to make energy alternatives sexy. Plus I very much identify with this quote from his TED Talk: "I’m not trying to be anyone’s saviour. I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad."

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson

 

"An Optimist's Tour of the Future" (also available on Audible) and "We Do Things Differently" were exactly the books I needed to remind me that all hope for humanity is not lost.

This isn't Chicken Soup for the Soul. This is systematic change which will make the world a better place.

The best part is - many of these systems, techniques and inventions are already being adopted by companies, leaders and governments. Treat yourself to some hope!