the rise of the modern economy

journey through the disruption decade
'The balance point—often called the edge of chaos—is where the components of a system never quite lock into place, and yet never quite dissolve into turbulence either…where life has enough stability to sustain itself and enough creativity to deserve the name of life…and where new ideas and innovative genotypes are forever nibbling away at the edges of the status quo; it is the one place where a complex system can be spontaneous, adaptive and alive.'
Mitchell Waldrop
Author of Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos (2019, Open Road, New York)


Ushering in a period of economic transformation unprecedented in speed, scale and scope.

Yet from where we stand today, not everyone sees the decade ahead in the same way.

Many of us view it through an industrial lens, whereby we recognise the urgent nature of the challenges we face, but nevertheless anticipate a continuation of our way of life—a way of life that is deeply intertwined with the industrial economy. Whereas others of us view it through a modern lens, one revealing the disruptive rise of a modern economy along with a new way of life in the 2020s and beyond.


You’re warmly invited to explore the answer in a multi-part journey through the Disruption Decade.

Pictures: (Top) dominating the flow of energy, materials and information beyond the bounds of the Earth’s atmosphere is key to unlocking the next level of human progress; pictured here is the SpaceX Starship vehicle in R&D; (Middle) quantum computing qubits are exponentially expanding our ability to control information beyond classical computing bits and bytes; pictured here is an optical quantum computer developed by a team of Chinese researchers including those from the University of Science and Technology of China, courtesy of Han-Sen Zhong of the research group; (Bottom) advances in genome sequencing and editing, sensors, drones, data visualisation software and more are unlocking the secrets of the soil, underpinning the quality of life at the most basic level; in the 2020s these modern capabilities will not only prove key for supporting a vibrant food system, but also for rebalancing disrupted climatic and hydrologic cycles; pictured here is mycorrhizal fungus growing on a corn root, aiding in the plant’s absorption of minerals in exchange for sugars (USDA; photo by Sara Wright).


Journey through the Disruption Decade

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5 June 2021

What does the future hold for the iconic industrial cheeseburger? Will it survive the wave of disruption transforming the food system? Click to read Laura Rance’s summary of the Tale of Three Cheeseburgers featured in the Winnipeg Free Press.


3 June 2021

Cities and regions around the world are competing to be the leaders in modern food. What areas will come out on top and what will this mean for modern food? This 20-minute opening talk for CityAge explores answers.


9 April 2021

In this transformative moment in time, we are testing the bounds of what food means—its very essence—and the role it plays in our lives and all lives. How might we define food at the level of first principles? This content aims to forever change the way you might answer this question.​

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11 March 2021

How do you see the decade ahead and what role do you aspire to play? You’re invited on a 10-minute adventure through the Disruption Decade to explore the answer, while also examining why the next 10-years will usher in a period of economic transformation unprecedented in speed, scale and scope.

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21 January 2021

Clean Energy Revolution and Pandemic Relief: the Biden Administration makes its first two moves. Which one will we remember looking back on the term ahead? Hannah Tucker joins four leading women in climate to explore this question and others on For a Richer Life.

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16 September 2020

Are you thinking inside or outside of the ‘Industrial Box’ when it comes to Responsible and ESG investing? This article produced in collaboration with Insight Investment makes a case for why truly sustainable investing requires a systems-lens revealing the disruptive nature of the decade ahead.

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10 March 2020

Disruption Dinner was delighted to host a culinary adventure into a warmer world at the Grove Hotel in Watford, UK. Click here to watch the 15-minute warm welcome and crash course to learn how disruptive changes in climate and technology are reshaping our food system and lives more broadly.​

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15 February 2020

What is driving ‘meat-free mania’? Hannah Tucker and Catherine Tubb explored this question with the Exponential View community. Click here to read Diana Fox Carney’s commentary on the presentation.