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 | January 2nd, 2022 | 30 mins 1 sec
future, history, myth, narrative, progress
One of history's biggest myths is the story of progress. Challenging that myth can widen our capacity to see new futures.
Episode | December 22nd, 2021 | 1 hr 5 mins
holidays, most valuable questions, year in review
If you're looking for original conversation-starters for your holiday party or feast, here's our Top 3. What would you add to the list?
1/ How far out IS the future? This month: COVID? this decade: Climate Change? this century: China? Are we horizon makers or horizon takers?
2/ Who is the "WE"? My political tribe? My nation? My human race? What challenges am I facing alone, and what challenges are you facing with me?
3/ Can we make blessings powerful too? We've now got great tools to sling mud and turn crypto-hype into gold. What about spreading goodwill? Can we work good magic on each other?
4/ [Reserved for listeners!]
We look forward to hearing from you. Happy Holidays!
Episode | July 31st, 2021 | 1 hr 7 mins
climate change, community, innovators, society
Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna ask: who are the innovators in our strained society? Building on Merton’s Strain Theory, Scott and Chris explore our relationships to the mainstream from climate to cryptocurrency.
Episode | July 1st, 2021 | 1 hr 10 mins
dnd, geeks, marvel, productivity, work-life balance
Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna have a frank conversation about work and play. From sports to the Marvel Universe, Scott and Chris chat about what play can tell us about society and ourselves.
Episode | June 16th, 2021 | 58 mins 18 secs
economic inequality, economics, history, politics, social inequality
Hosts Scott Jones and Chris Kutarna explore the timeless question of. In this episode, they dig into: “What’s the nature of equality?” In the context of the tax rate revelations from Pro Publica, Scott and Chris explore the history of equality and what it means today.
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?