Welcome to the
THE PAST IS IN YOUR HEAD
the future is in your hands
There is something innately human about anticipating the future. Throughout history, to know what's coming has been to have the upper hand. Without foresight, we are vulnerable.
But in recent decades, something has changed: thanks to huge leaps forward in science and technology, we can now predict the future with more accuracy than at any time in history. Not just the next year - but the next 500. We can spot threats and, in some cases, fend them off. From climate to biotech, AI to astronomy, experts are now able to speak with unprecedented authority about what will actually happen.
That's where the Y TREE Futureverse comes in. This series of events, with accompanying podcasts, video and social content, will help you make up your own mind about what lies ahead.
5 JULY 2022 | DIGITAL EVENT
The Value Revolution
There has been a global consensus about what constitutes value ever since the Industrial Revolution. Products and services can be exchanged for money, which in turn pays for other products and services. This basic principle, determined by the mechanics of supply and demand, has underpinned the transactions and structures that make up our complex global financial system. And the twin goals of humankind, as we suddenly begin to enjoy greater lifespans and exponentially higher standards of living, seem to be captured neatly by a sci-fi TV character named Spock: we want to Live long and prosper.
But we are now in an era of disruption. Technology, disease and climate change are some of the key factors that have recently caused us to pause and re-examine our lives – and those same factors have detonated a cognitive bomb under hundreds of years of global consensus about the very meaning of value and the economic foundations of it.
We have entered the Value Revolution.
Is that a reason to be fearful or a cause of celebration? How will it change our daily lives? Is this revolution happening only at the upper tiers of the global economy – with everyone else still constrained by old-fashioned currencies and earning enough to cover household expenses and put something aside for the future? Will a new consensus form once the Value Revolution has ended or have we entered an era of permanent disruption? And how has the definition of value itself expanded to mean more than just economic value? Health, our relationships with those around us, and preserving our planet – all of these things are as, if not more, important than the number in our bank account.