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What's Changing? - Fear



Please see below selected recent fear-related change.


See also: Halcyon Fear Headlines


February 2019

  • For The School of Life, many of us are daily tortured by a feeling of imminent catastrophe. Something terrible seems about to happen to us: we’re going to be abandoned, shamed and humiliated, publicly mocked, lose physical control over ourselves or be seen as a loser. The fear of such imminent catastrophes leads to a state of hypervigilance: where we are permanently on the alert, permanently worried, permanently scared, and permanently really very unhappy. People may try to reassure us, but reassurance goes nowhere; the terror remains.


December 2018

Imagining values-driven businesses Halcyon Imagines 24 July 2013

A professor and former dean at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University argued in a 2013 book that corporations should restructure around three key principles:

  • First, articulate clear values: why does the company exist, and what does it believe in?
  • Second, appoint “trustees” to protect the interests of stakeholders and uphold the values of the corporation.
  • Third, restrict voting shares to long-term investors - and he also believes that governments should use the corporate tax system to encourage “public values by private corporations”.
Imagining new forms of currency Halcyon Imagines 18 April 2013

Does Bitcoin herald a revolution in how we will create, exchange and spend money? Launched in 2009 by an anonymous developer, Bitcoin saw a c.1300% spike in value since the beginning of 2013, before recent steep falls suggested it might be a bubble. The Atlantic noted that starting your own currency is "not as complicated as it sounds.

Imagining fairy tales as minimalist posters
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Halcyon Imagines 12 June 2012

A leading web curator noted that children’s books, especially classic ones with timeless wisdom for grown-ups, can be combined with minimalist posters that show complex stories or ideas in clean graphics.

Imagining a "circular economy" Halcyon Imagines 3 June 2012

"Cradle-to-cradle" organisations claim to be able to dramatically lower their environmental impact and increase their "eco-effectiveness".  This forms part of a wider drive towards a "circular economy", which imagines ways to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff and re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powered by renewable energy.