The Word Café Podcast with Amax

S1 Ep. 69 Unpacking The Future With John Sanei

April 20, 2022 Amachree Isoboye Afanyaa Season 1 Episode 69
The Word Café Podcast with Amax
S1 Ep. 69 Unpacking The Future With John Sanei
Show Notes

Human life is expressed on the scale of time, and those who have come to understand this tend to bend time to their advantage. 

Humanity is a native of time, and on that strength, you will think all of us should understand this and take advantage of time; obviously, this is not the case. 

Within this nativity, only a given few have, through discerning and practice, come to make time work for them in making their living count and profitable.

Our perception and the interpretation of time have come under two categories looking at the journey of time; Kairos and Chronos. One describes the quality of time, while the other points to its quantity, all set within the framework of purpose.

From the history books, the Sumerians have been known to have done so much on the concept of time.

Sumerians Looked to the Heavens as They Invented the System of Time, And We Still Use it today.

 One might find it curious that we divide the hours into 60 minutes and the days into 24 hours - why not a multiple of 10 or 12? Put quite simply, the answer is because the inventors of time did not operate on a decimal (base-10) or duodecimal (base-12) system but on a sexagesimal (base-60) system.

 For the ancient Sumerian innovators who first divided the heavens' movements into countable intervals, 60 was the perfect number.

 The number 60 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 30 equal parts. Moreover, ancient astronomers believed there were 360 ​​days in a year, a number which 60 fits neatly into six times. The Sumerian Empire did not last.

 However, for more than 5,000 years, the world has remained committed to its delineation of time. (@Emine Fougner International Best Selling Author: Romance Genre in English & Portuguese - Echoes in Eternity.)

Undeniably, we are bound by time and are subject to its leadership. One unique expression of the concept of time in human civilization is the differentiation of time into the frame of past, present, and future based on experiences.
This differentiation of time has come to guide how decisions are made in planning and executing programs. 

We see how people describe their lives in this sequence, I am walking from the past, using the buffer of now, the present, to run into my future. I just can't wait for the future. 

So I ask, is the future a place, an event, or something we are yet to become. 

The above is the focus of this episode of the Word Café. I am so happy to be discussing this with John Sanei.

John Sanei is Africa's first-ever Singularity University faculty member, Associate Partner at Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, and a faculty member at Duke CE. He is a futures strategist and globally-acclaimed keynote speaker. He doesn't just think, write and talk about the future. He empowers executives, leaders, and organisations to do the same, using a dynamic mix of psychology, quantum technology, business strategy, and futurism to drive lasting change.

 A 4x bestselling author and co-host at The Expansive - one of SA's top business podcasts, John's helped countless executives, entrepreneurs, and go-getters to transform fear and uncertainty into excitement and action.

 John's masterclasses and keynotes are a must for future-forward leaders who are ready to lean into uncertainty and doubt, to rise with courage, clarity, and power.

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