What Dan Doiron Taught me About the Economic Opportunity Ahead

In our minds, we trick ourselves into believing the future never comes. We speak as if the future is a physical thing and when it arrives we will know it.. Perhaps it is the anxiety that comes with change; the fear of having to decommission our old ways in favor of the new.  But then, how else could we make room for the new if we did not decommission and reinvent the old?

The Second Industrial Revolution has given way to the Third; a future that has very much arrived.

In 2006 Jeremy Rifkin began working with the leadership of the European Union drafting the economic game plan for the Third Industrial Revolution.  Estonia is becoming a nomadic-paradise by instituting an e-visa, foreshadowing the rapid rise of the internet-immigrant. Iceland’s geothermal belly and cool climate have facilitated an explosion of crypto-mining and Litecoin founders have recently purchased roughly 1/10 of a German bank.

The Third Industrial Revolution is built on the back of the end of the fossil fuel era. New forms of energy systems are expanding our ability to communicate and move in economic space.

“The democratization of energy will bring with it a fundamental reordering of human relationships, impacting the very way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life.” - Jeremy Rifkin

Some may lead you to believe it’s complicated and only they understand but all this is, is an attempt to hijack your need for certainty. Men like Trump want you to live in fear and look to them as your savior. Don’t fall for it, it’s simple. Dan’s easy manner and clear thinking make this obvious:

The Third Industrial Revolution: Life as we know it changes when these three technologies change at the same time:

  1. New forms of energy that we use to power our daily lives.

  2. New forms of communication that we use to coordinate our daily lives.

  3. New forms of mobility that people use to move around.

What this energy, communications and mobility revolution is doing is decompressing power and moving it out laterally. It is taking power that has historically been concentrated within small groups of people and is redistributing it to every single human on earth. The gravity of the opportunity is surreal; a world that has been built around closed, specific and central institutions reorganizing into institutions that are open, neutral and decentralized.

A glance around the industrial world reveals it's clues; the era of the central, homogenous classroom is over. The era of the central, homogenous business is over. The era of the central, homogenous community is over. The era of the central, homogenous government is over.

What does that change look like in real-time?  How do we operate successfully in a future that really doesn't look anything like the time we're in now?

How do we navigate the opportunity ahead in a region that will go through serious growing pains?

We tell the story. And we better be damn sure we tell it well.

Come aboard, won’t you?