FROM THE 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.