Aftershocks and Opportunities

Fast Future CEO Rohit Talwar

Book Review

Overview – Aftershocks and Opportunities – Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future

An Opportunity for Fresh Perspectives

While the world grapples with the current unfolding crisis, as futurists we know how important it is to also be thinking about the next horizon and beyond. This can help ensure that the decisions we make today do not simply lay the foundation for a new set of problems over the horizon. Equally, understanding the types of future that might emerge post-crisis can help us plan and prepare for those possibilities as we reshape our strategies today. Finally, such future insights might help us spot, train for, and adapt to the new opportunities, risks, and challenges that could arise as a post-pandemic world unfolds.

A Global Collaboration

In response to the need for future perspectives, Fast Future wanted to create this fast track book, which draws on the expertise, insight, ambition, and vision of twenty five future thinkers from around the world. The goal is to provide individuals, leaders, and organizations with foresight, insight, challenge, visionary thinking, and navigational guidance on what lies ahead.

Scenarios for A Post-Pandemic Future

The common goal of this group of writers is to provide provocations that will take the public discourse beyond the current debate. The aim is to acknowledge their importance and think about how we can create a safer and more sustainable world beyond reproduction numbers, testing strategies, personal protective equipment, lockdown policies, vaccination, and economic support. As many have said, a crisis is an ideal time to reset our thinking, refocus our strategies and policies, and try new ideas designed to lay the foundation for the next the future and what comes after that. A future that the authors believe can be fairer, more inclusive, more transparent, and more sustainable for all.

Four Core Themes

The concise, insightful, and action enabling ideas and provocations in this book are presented as an exploration of possible scenarios and development paths across four key domains that we believe should be if interest politicians, business leaders, civil society activities, and most importantly, the ordinary citizens of this planet:

Critical shifts – exploring the developments taking place across every aspect of our collective thinking as a result of the pandemic experience.

Society and Social Policy – examining the implications and opportunities for the fabric and infrastructure of society  as we look to tackle both the existing persistent challenges and the new ones that have arisen through the crisis, framing an agenda for what could be developed in what many commentators are calling  the future “new normal”.

Government and Economy – assessing how governments are and should be grappling with the challenges and consequences of balancing health and economic protection and recovery during and post-pandemic.

Business and Technology – outlining the possible implications, opportunities, and choices for business and our use of technology. Exploring how we might solve critical questions posed by the pandemic and lay the foundation for the future across health, education, social structures, commerce, and the design of our organizations.

Aftershocks and Opportunities – Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future

Aftershocks and Opportunities 2: Navigating the Next Horizon 

A provocative, challenging, and inspiring book in which 37 world-class futurists, analysts, subject matter experts, and strategists explore the issues and opportunities that could arise in our post-pandemic world in a range of fiction and non-fiction chapters.

Authors from as far and wide as the UK, USA, Argentina, Australia, Egypt, Greenland, Kenya, and the UAE explore critical ‘future defining’ themes including exponential advances in science and technology, societal change, medical breakthroughs, economic volatility, and shifts in geopolitical power. How might these play out, and what impact could they have on our lives?

A wide variety of ideas, scenarios, and possible future paths are covered in a broad mix of topics that range from food sovereignty, retirement, the rise of the crypto economy, China-US relations, and leadership skills, through to physical wellbeing, education, insurance, and urban mobility. Essential reading for anyone shaping political, economic, or business decisions, this book will help individuals plan for a sustainable future and increase their resilience against future risks.

Editors: Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, and Alexandra Whittington

Authors: Adam Hawkey (UK), Alejandro Repetto (Argentina), Alexandra Whittington (USA), Alisha Bhagat (USA), Arthur Weiss (UK), Boyd Cohen (Spain), Brett Peppler (Australia), Caroline Figueres (Netherlands), Cathy Hackl (USA), Claire Nelson (USA), David Smith (UK), Doaa Alghalban (United Arab Emirates ), Epaminondas Christophilopoulos (Greece), Frederic Balmont (France), Gina Clifford (USA), Greg Wasowski (UK), Hans Stavleu (Netherlands), Hjörtur Smárason (Greenland), Jason Siko (USA), Joana Lenkova (UK), Jose Cordeiro (Spain), Kapil Gupta (UK), Karolina Dolatowska (Poland), Kevin Jae (Canada), Leland Shupp (USA), Leopold Mureithi (Kenya), Marian Salzman (Switzerland), Max Stucki (Finland), Michael Nuschke (Canada and Mexico), Nisreen Lahham (Egypt), Patrick van der Duin (Netherlands), Reza Jafari (USA), Richard Freeman (UK), Roger Camrass (UK), Rohit Talwar (UK), Steve Wells (UK), and Tony Hunter (Australia).

Seven Central Themes

Following the opening chapter which explores some of the critical shifts and disruptions shaping the next five to ten years, the book is divided into seven sections. Our hope is that they will provide insight, perspective, and the motivation to act for citizens, civil society, businesses, and governments across the globe:

Economics and Business—explores the new economic landscape, explains the rise of the crypto economy, discusses the potential for positive change and the value of foresight in business, outlines the leadership skills and organizational capabilities required to navigate a new landscape, and discusses how we can plan for retirement in the post-pandemic era.

The Global Operating Environment—examines scenarios for post-pandemic politics and conflicts, discusses the potential societal implication of this intense period of disruption, explores the paths that individuals, societies, and nations can choose to pursue, and examines the risks and opportunities that lie ahead as we make these choices.

Regional and National Futures—presents bold, fascinating, and truly inspiring perspectives on how to regenerate the regional economies of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, and highlights how the pandemic-ravaged and struggling Greek economy can reboot itself.

Society and Lifestyles—discusses what “new normal” futures might actually mean, how the pandemic has boosted individual responsibility for our physical wellbeing, and the generational impact of the disruption we’ve just experienced. The potential benefits and drawbacks of health passports are outlined along with the lasting impacts of social distancing and the downsides of increasing societal surveillance by governments.

Sectoral Futures—looks at the implications of the pandemic and post-disruption recovery strategies for insurance, sustainable agriculture, the broader food sector, urban mobility, travel, and education.

Innovation and Technology—lays out key dimensions of how science and technology can drive the accelerated pursuit opportunities and innovation in a world now more open to fundamental change and transformation. Particular focus is placed on digital architectures and ecosystems, developing digital mindsets, rethinking the innovation agenda, virtual presence, connected communities, and the link between technology and sustainability.

Conclusion: Future Frameworks—the book concludes with three practical frameworks that can act as reference guides and checklists. These explore a diverse range of emerging opportunities and risks and lay out a timeline of critical technologies that could enter the commercial environment in the next one to ten years and beyond. This section also provides a closing set of critical questions for individuals, civil society leaders, businesses, investors, and governments as we seek to plan our individual, societal, and organizational futures.

Aftershocks and Opportunities 2: Navigating the Next Horizon

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Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Future

Rohit Talwar, CEO: Fast Future

Rohit is the CEO of Fast Future which offers the travel, tourism, and aviation sectors speaking, consultancy support, and future proofing services. He is regarded as one of the leading travel and aviation sector futurists. 

The goal is to help organisations prepare for the critical trends, developments, shifts, risks, and opportunities on the horizon.

He has published many well received reports on these sectors including Hotels 2020; The Future of Travel and Tourism in the Middle East; Aviation 2035; and Reinventing the Airport Ecosystem.

His clients cover the full spectrum of the industry:

Tourism agencies and convention centres – Abu Dhabi, Adelaide, Athens, Copenhagen, Dubai, Durban, Finland, London, Melbourne, Norway, Qatar, QEII London, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney, Toronto, and Vancouver.  

Businesses – Accor, Aerovista, Air Plus, Amadeus, American Express Business Travel, CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation),BAE Systems, Boeing, Center Parcs, EADS / Airbus, EasyJet, Emirates, FCm Travel, Federal Aviation Authority, Genting, Hurel Hispano, Intercontinental Hotels, Preferred Hotels, Qatar Airways, Sabre, Travelex, Snecma, Travelodge, and Travelport.   

Airports – Aeroports de Paris, Christchurch, Denver, Dubai, Edmonton, Heathrow, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Quebec, Schiphol, Vancouver, and Wellington. 

Associations – ACI (Airport Council International), Airport Revenue News, AMAC, ASAE (Center for Association Leadership), AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators),  ATAG (Air Transport Action Group), CTW (Corporate Travel World), Future Travel Experience Europe / Asia / Global, Global Airport Development, Horesta, ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association), IMEX, International Luxury Hotels Association, IT&CMA (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings), ITB (International Tourism Bourse), MPI (Meeting Professionals International), PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association), Tax Free World Association, TTRA (Travel and Tourism Research Association), and World Travel Forum. 

Rohit Talwar

Fast Future

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