Trillions - - News - Tim Lon­car­ich, Publisher

Wel­come to the April is­sue of Tril­lions. Our theme this month is risk man­age­ment.

One of my jobs when I worked in the construction in­dus­try was safety of­fi­cer. It was my re­spon­si­bil­ity to iden­tify, as­sess and man­age risks to worker safety and train work­ers to be safe. I en­joyed help­ing to cre­ate a safe work en­vi­ron­ment and felt anx­i­ety when I knew that it wasn't.

I never stopped think­ing like a safety of­fi­cer and have re­mained sen­si­tive to risks. And as a CEO with staff and cus­tomers spread around the world, my safety fo­cus goes far be­yond the work place and en­com­passes much more than just work­place safety.

As our civ­i­liza­tion faces dis­rup­tion from rapid en­vi­ron­men­tal, tech­no­log­i­cal and cul­tural change, we face new and more extreme chal­lenges.

Our abil­ity to iden­tify, asses and man­age risks will help deter­mine who suc­ceeds and who fails and even who lives and who dies.

For most of last cen­tury, life in North Amer­ica has been rel­a­tively easy com­pared to the era be­fore tech­nol­ogy and mod­ern medicine. Un­til re­cently, we were gen­er­ally bet­ter off than our an­ces­tors.

Now, ev­ery­thing is chang­ing, in­clud­ing us. Few of us have to worry about get­ting at­tacked by wolves any more but more of us will soon have to worry about our job be­ing given to a ro­bot, who might just be smarter than we are.

It used to be that the po­lice kept us safe from the bad guys but now cops are of­ten far more dan­ger­ous than the rob­bers.

We used to put our money in the bank to keep it safe but now all of the big banks reg­u­larly steal from their cus­tomers and let gov­ern­ment steal from cus­tomers with­out any due process.

We used to even know who our en­e­mies were and how to fight them. Boy has that changed.

Amer­i­cans are es­pe­cially at risk and are rapidly los­ing what was once great about their coun­try.

Sur­viv­ing and thriv­ing in the fu­ture will re­quire new ways of think­ing about our­selves, each other and the world around us.

In this is­sue we will ex­plore some of these big deep is­sues and of­fer help in nav­i­gat­ing the per­ilous shoals of the fu­ture and as­sess­ing the risks of a strange new world.

Photo by Rick Alo­nis, CC

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