Chris Kutarna is co-author of Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance, a best-selling, internationally acclaimed book published by Bloomsbury and St Martin’s Press in eight languages. Among other predictions, Chris publicly foresaw the outcome of the United Kingdom’s 2016 referendum on EU membership (Brexit) and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
He has been a two-time Governor General’s Medallist, a Sauvé Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, and is now a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School and an Adjunct at the Oxford Saïd Business School. Chris was formerly a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in New Zealand, Australia and China. Chris’ writing appears everywhere from The Guardian to TIME Magazine to Vogue. His weekly letters (samples of which appear at www.kutarna.net) are read by thousands of senior executives, journalists, academics, policy makers, business leaders…and Sharon Stone, somehow.
Chris holds a doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford. He speaks fluent Mandarin, and in 2018, he was named a Global Top Ten Speaker on the Future of Work by London Speaker Bureau.
Episode | June 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
cryptocurrency, economy, politics, us budget
Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna explore the timeless question of money & value. In this episode, they dig into: “What does money mean now?” In the context of record-breaking federal budgets, crypto currency, meme stocks and more, Scott and Chris explore money and value from the 6th century Hebrew prophets to Chris’ childhood allowance.
Episode | May 30th, 2021 | 1 hr 9 mins
climate change, environment, politics
Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna explore the timeless question of sustainability. Scott and Chris ask, “Are we part of nature?” In the context of Ford’s big announcement about their move to electric for the classic F150 (and Biden’s excitement after a test drive), Scott and Chris explore the environment and our relationship to it through politics, philosophy, religion, and pop culture references.
Episode | May 20th, 2021 | 1 hr 15 mins
Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna explore the timeless question of religious impact on society. Asking “Is religion oppressive?” in the context of the escalating Israel/Palestine conflict, Scott and Chris explore this universal piece of human existence through political and social evolution.
Episode | May 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 23 mins
In this episode we talk about our stories and who owns them. In the age of big tech and social media, who has ownership of the stories we tell on the platforms they provide? How does telling our story in a digital world shape our identities and inform what it means to be human?
Episode | March 12th, 2021 | 43 mins 9 secs
In this episode we keep reflecting on the frames that shape how we see the world. This will be the theme for our upcoming Basecamp meeting on March 21st.
Episode | March 4th, 2021 | 31 mins 41 secs
In this episode we talk about frames and what they allow us or prevent us from seeing. It will be the topic for the March Basecamp meeting.
Episode | March 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 13 mins
In this episode we look back at the most recent Basecamp conversation. The theme was Build, Back, Better.
Episode | February 14th, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
In this episode we talk about this month's Basecamp theme: Build Back Better.
Episode | December 15th, 2020 | 35 mins 50 secs
We recorded this episode right after the January Basecamp meeting. We took the time to unpack the same question all of our campers grappled with together. It was a really fun, engaging, and revealing conversation. We hope you enjoy it!
Episode | November 18th, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
In this episode we ask about the enduring power of western style democracy. Does it have a long shelf life? What threat does China pose to it's claims to being a healthy, robust structure for social order and human flourishing?
Episode | October 31st, 2020 | 35 mins 17 secs
In this episode we return from our summer break to consider what it means to live in "the new normal." Is the idea of a new normal even helpful or is it misleading?
Episode | July 24th, 2020 | 26 mins 59 secs
In this episode we talk about what we've had to give up in the midst of the Covid Pandemic. Then we ask, what would we be willing to give up in the future to make the world a better place?
Episode | July 11th, 2020 | 54 mins 9 secs
In this episode we talk about risk. When there's a pandemic and you have choices of what to do and where to go, how do you make them? Are we good at assessing risk? What kind of factors influence what kind of risks we're willing to take? As things begin to slowly open up, can we be trusted to make good decisions in the age of Covid-19?
Episode | July 3rd, 2020 | 49 mins 43 secs
In this episode we talk about the Us/Them dynamic in the world right now amidst a pandemic and racial and societal unrest.
Episode | June 18th, 2020 | 49 mins 18 secs
We live in intense times right now. How do we negotiate pandemics, systemic racism, police brutality and a host of other important and urgent issues? Does call out culture stop constructive conversation too quickly? Inspired by a piece from Andrew Sullivan we talk about the nature of the public square in a liberal society. What ideas get boxed out of the conversation and why? How do we listen to the voices of the marginal and acknowledge the effects of racism in the public square at the same time allowing for robust debate about those same systemic realities? Can the liberal democratic handle all of this, or is liberalism ready to be put on the dust bin of history?
Episode | June 11th, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
In this episode we talk about complex systems and the Corona virus with Michael Garfield. Michael is host of the Future Fossils podcast and the social media strategist and podcast producer for the Santa Fe Institute. He recently wrote a piece entitled "We Will Fight Diseases of Our Networks By Realizing We Are Networks."