The rate of change is accelerating, and Covid-19 just pushed the world into overdrive. In this article we discuss what the future holds for SF and the valley.


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Firstly, thank you to Allison for asking me to contribute to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s cover story on the future of life in the valley post Covid-19 as many of the areas businesses and residents start to wonder whether life in Silicon Valley and downtown San Francisco will ever be the same again as people stay away, and as businesses in the area teeter on the brink or fail. And all of that, of course, is just the tip of the rapidly melting iceberg as fires light up California’s skies and companies in the area begin to rethink their workforces – from how they automate them through to how they enable truly mobile Work From Anywhere HR practises.


Futurist in the press: Tech giants and Trust in the dock, Associated Press


To say that it’s been a crazy year is an understatement – so far we’ve seen over half the world’s population placed in some form of lockdown as the world, to all intents and purposes, appeared to shut down. Furthermore, while before the pandemic companies were talking about the New Normal, where in that case the new normal was the accelerating rate of global disruption and digitisation, now all of a sudden they’re trying to get their heads around the so called “New New Normal” – a term that is in serious danger of becoming this decade’s over used buzz word.


A warning of things to come? Or just cool viral video footage?


In the SVBJ’s cover story, which you can read below, I, and four random people who I’ve never met, discuss the futures impact on the area, it’s people and its businesses, and Covid-19’s lingering legacy – for better and worse.

You can read the final article below:


About author

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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