Future Squared Episode #50: The Age of Discovery with Chris Kutarna

August 8, 2023

Future Squared Episode #50: The Age of Discovery with Chris Kutarna


In milestone episode #50, I speak to Chris Kutarna, a two-time Governor General’s Medallist, a Sauvé Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, and a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School with a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford.

A former consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, then entrepreneur, Chris lived in China for several years, speaks Mandarin, and remains a regular op-ed contributor to one of China’s top-ranked news magazines. (He lived in Australia and New Zealand for several years, and still cannot surf.)

He is the co-author of the The Age of Discovery – Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our Reneissance, which shows how we can draw courage and wisdom from the last Renaissance in order to fashion our own golden age out of this New Renaissance.

Whether we’re seized by Gutenberg or Zuckerberg; the discovery of the Americas or the rise of China; copperplate or silicon etching; —a Renaissance moment, we’re told, then and now, forces humanity to give its best just when the stakes are highest.

Age of Discovery navigates the crises of our time and helps us all define a legacy that the world will still celebrate half a millennium from now.

Topics discussed:

  • Will artificial intelligence liberate us or destroy us?
  • What is the role of Government in a rapidly changing technological and economic landscape?
  • What happens when the world’s concentration of wealth becomes centralized in one place such as Silicon Valley?
  • What the implications of an increasingly connected world are?
  • What Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump really mean?
  • What we, as a people, need to do to ensure our longevity as a species?
  • Does policy need to be re-written to adapt to these changing times?
  • Are we facing a productivity paradox whereby the next generation will need to suffer and adjust to changes in order for subsequent generations to reap the rewards?

Show notes: 

Chris’ Twitter – @chriskutarna

Chris’ LinkedIn – uk.linkedin.com/in/moniker

Ian Goldin’s Twitter – @ian_goldin

Get the book – www.amazon.com/Age-Discovery-Nav…nce/dp/1250085098

Listen on iTunes: goo.gl/sMnEa0

Listen on Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/future

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Steve Glaveski

Steve Glaveski is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus which he established to help companies and their employees to create more meaningful impact in the world in an age of rapid change and increasing uncertainty. Steve also founded Lemonade Stand – a children’s entrepreneurship program, wrote the Innovation Manager’s Handbook vol 1 and 2, hosts Future², an iTunes chart topping podcast on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship and is a keynote speaker. He previously founded HOTDESK, an office sharing platform and has worked for the likes of Westpac, Dun & Bradstreet, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank. Follow him at @steveglaveski and Book a free 15-minute call with Steve to talk through your innovation objectives.

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