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What role for foundations in a world of radical change?

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A presentation given to Swiss Foundation's annual symposium, to explore what role foundations could play to complement governments and businesses in the quest to reinvent society.

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What role for foundations in a world of radical change?

  1. 1. © Laurent Haug 2014 Investor @ Anthemis Entrepreneur (200ideas, Lift, coComment) Consultant, advisor, speaker Swiss correspondent @ Wired UK Lecturer @ University of Lausanne ! @laurenthaug hello@laurenthaug.com +41786966480 1
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  3. 3. a world of radical change
  4. 4. Laurent Haug Disruptive innovations
  5. 5. © Laurent Haug 2014 5 © Laurent Haug 2014 Audio tape CD MP3 Streaming
  6. 6. Laurent Haug 6 Wordcount from 30 million books - 1800-2000 New York London
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  10. 10. © Laurent Haug 2014 10 Aethon Inc.’s self-navigating TUG robots that transport soiled linens, drugs and meals in now more than 140 hospitals predominantly in the U.S.
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  16. 16. © Laurent Haug 2014 Yesterday ---> Today 16http://www.designboom.com/technology/3d-printed-organs-from-regenerative-living-cells/
  17. 17. Laurent Haug Innovation pushes ethical boundaries
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  19. 19. Laurent Haug Facebook knows you’re gay before your mother does Research shows that your Facebook Likes reveal a lot more about you than you think, including your age, race, politics, and sexual preference. 19
  20. 20. Laurent Haug In March 2014, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces announced that mobile robots would be standing guard over five ballistic missile installations. These robots can detect and destroy targets, without human involvement. 20 Armed Russian robocops to defend missile bases
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  23. 23. Laurent Haug Institutions protecting the past
  24. 24. Tim O’Reilly Policymakers have to choose between protecting the past from the future, or protecting the future from the past.
  25. 25. Uber, LeCab And Others Now Have To Wait 15 Minutes Before Picking You Up In France
  26. 26. More than seven years before Apple rolled out the iPhone, [the Nokia design team] showed a phone with a color touch screen set above a single button. The device was shown locating a restaurant, playing a racing game and ordering lipstick. In the late 1990s, Nokia secretly developed another alluring product: a tablet computer with a wireless connection and touch screen—all features today of the hot-selling Apple iPad. […] ! Consumers never saw either device. The gadgets were casualties of a corporate culture that lavished funds on research but squandered opportunities to bring the innovations it produced to market.
  27. 27. Laurent Haug Profit oriented, short term thinking
  28. 28. Laurent Haug Fast Company: Short-Term Thinking Is Our Biggest Problem While problems and issues, like the global- warming crisis and the energy-water nexus, become more complex and require longer time frames to solve, the West is becoming increasingly shortsighted. 28
  29. 29. Laurent Haug Resistance to inevitable changes
  30. 30. Laurent Haug History repeating
  31. 31. In 1862, Lincoln authorized sweeping control over the American telegraph infrastructure for Edwin Stanton, his secretary of war. Telegraphs were re- routed through his office, and Stanton used his power to spy on Americans, arrest journalists, and even control what was or wasn't sent. How Lincoln used the telegraph office to spy on citizens long before the NSA
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  33. 33. © Laurent Haug 2014 39 INNOVATION PUSHES ETHICAL BOUNDARIES ! Help society define the new normal • engage with the future to experience its promises and limits • point to issues raised by innovation • help define what is societally acceptable
  34. 34. © Laurent Haug 2014 40 INSTITUTIONS PROTECT THE PAST ! Protect the future • foundations’ different value set allows for openness and risk-taking • encourage future-oriented thinking • allow society to test new models in a safe environment
  35. 35. © Laurent Haug 2014 41 PROFIT-ORIENTED, SHORT-TERM THINKING ! Provide long-term thinking • foundations need to help long-term projects see the light of day • businesses quarterly thinking is unable to solve society’s largest issues
  36. 36. © Laurent Haug 2014 42 RESISTANCE TO INEVITABLE CHANGES ! Embrace the inevitable • identify key disruptions and help society reorganise around them
  37. 37. © Laurent Haug 2014 43 HISTORY REPEATING ! Reconnect us to our history • innovation is an endless cycle • the past is full of clues about how the future will unfold • we are in danger of forgetting what happened in the past and try to reinvent the wheel
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  39. 39. Laurent Haug Alan Kay The best way to predict the future is to invent it. hello@laurenthaug.com +41 78 696 64 80 @laurenthaug

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