During a recent podcast episode, I mentioned that while climate change is one of the threats facing humanity, there are many others, including artificial intelligence, exponential technology, authoritarianism, pandemics, nuclear winter and many more. This week’s episode is another in this series of ‘public service announcement’ conversations, this time with one of my favourite twitter-follows, Vinay Gupta.
Here’s the back story. Last year, I heard a podcast episode with a chap called Vinay Gupta and started following him on twitter (his handle is @leashless).
He’s proved to be one of my more fascinating follows, and has a unique perspective on a number of things (including the environment / climate change, the future of money, modern-day slavery, the rise of warlord entrepreneurs and more).
Just to provide some bona fides, Vinay helped organise the launch of the crypto-currency Ethereum a few years back, is the designer of Dubai’s national blockchain strategy and is the inventor of the hexayurts you may have used / seen if you’ve ever been to the Burning Man festival.
Among other things, he’s introduced me to the idea of ‘goat rodeos’ (an explanation of why certain national-level problems prove resistant to resolution, and what you can do about it).
So I reached out to him and said this:
“I find your perspective on the whole ‘welcome to the world of the people who grow your coffee’ overlap with racism / modern slavery / environment / meditation and fairness super-important. Would you be up for being interviewed on my podcast? (It’s called the Get Clarity Podcast). It only has a few thousand listeners but they’re mostly people who want to make a difference in the world.”
He said, “Yes”, and what you’re about to hear is the conversation that followed.
By the way, SCIM stands for Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps; an approach for planning for survival in the case of societal collapse
Follow Vinay Gupta on twitter: @leashless
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Learn more about Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps at http://resiliencemaps.org/