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“We are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future. But the complexity of modern life won’t provide that. History doesn’t repeat itself and even genetics won’t tell you everything you want to know. Ineradicable uncertainty is now a fact of life.”

Margaret Heffernan.

This event was held on Thursday 10 March. The recording is available below.

Margaret Heffernan is an academic, businesswoman and bestselling author. In her recent book Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together she explores the unavoidable role of uncertainty in the future.

We discussed how far the unpredictable nature of climate change is clouding our ability to foresight, and Margaret’s own projects that hope to alter the course of climate change. As we try to decipher the delicate future of our society and our planet, now is the time to consider: can we ever truly predict what’s to come?

For Margaret “what matters most is not the predictions themselves, but how we respond to them and whether we respond to them at all”. We need to be willing to explore, experiment in the moment and accept uncertainty.

Margaret Heffernan was joined by Nesta's Celia Hannon, Director, Discovery Hub on 10 March at 13:30 to find out more about how we map the future and the impact of the climate crisis.

Why you should watch the recording

This free online event is for those working in innovation, business, research, sustainability, climate mitigation, or anyone interested in learning more about the future of society and our planet.

Margaret Heffernan talked about how we can plan and prepare for the future, from forecasting in business, to predicting scientific advancement, to mapping out the path of climate change.

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