How to Think Like a Civilization

The endless swirl of surprises in the present moment are mere waves on a vast ocean of deep forces passing unnoticed through the zeitgeist. Media is at the center of the shift that is afoot. Digital technology is the solvent leaching the glue out of our global institutions, but digital technology also presents us with the means to meet both our current challenges – and to shape a new planetary order.


Paul Saffo is a Silicon Valley-based forecaster with three decades experience helping corporate and governmental clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He teaches forecasting in the Engineering School at Stanford, and is chair of Future Studies at Singularity University. Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.