Coronavirus, The Gray Rhino of the New Decade

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This article is part of a series of articles on design thinking and thought leaders that transform into what we at CLC Advisors call “i.e.,” the “idea economy.” Where ideas become and transform into widgets for those who choose to dare mighty things to build something bigger than themselves. We are explorers of the universe.

“A gray rhino is a massive two-ton thing with its horn pointed at you, stomping the ground and getting ready to charge — and, most important, giving you the chance to act. It’s the thing we avoid calling what it is, like the so-called “black” and “white” rhino species that in reality are both gray. Paying attention to the gray rhino — that is, working to head off the things we can see in front of us.” — Michele Wucker, author “The Gray Rhino”

During these uncertain times as the world is changing daily in front us. Our way of living has been deeply impacted as the Coronavirus global pandemic spreads. Public health officials, scientists, futurists, strategists, and critics for years have stated the next global dilemma or crisis would not be weapons, but an outbreak of a health epidemic and infectious disease. On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization officially declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, classifying COVID-19 as a disease that has spread over many countries and continents. The outbreak was not an unforeseen problem, but a recurrence. The world witnessed the SARS, MERS, and H1N1 outbreaks almost two decades ago and epidemiologists and security experts had been warning for some time that the US was unprepared. And when the pandemic caused global financial markets to crash, it merely was the catalyst that sent a house of cards tumbling after many warnings.

Author Michele Wucker calls obvious but ignored problems “gray rhinos,” a metaphor for “the massive two-ton thing with its horn pointed at you, stomping the ground and getting ready to charge — and, most important, giving you the chance to act. It’s the thing we avoid calling what it is, like the so-called “black” and “white” rhino species that in reality are both gray. Paying attention to the gray rhino — that is, working to head off the
things we can see in front of us.”

Michele Wucker coined the term gray rhino and introduced it in 2013 at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos to draw attention to the highly probable risks that don’t get their due. Her third book is the international bestseller, THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We IgnoreShe speaks to high level audiences and has written for and been interviewed by publications around the world and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, among other honors.

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International Women’s Day 2020: Women of NASA Social Antares CRS-13

By Cindy Chin, CEO CLC Advisors

On February 8, 2020, a group of space enthusiasts, professional and amateur photographers, budding rocket scientists, engineers, scientists, and educators gathered at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops, VA to visit the Antares and sound rocket factories as well as mission control centers and launch facilities for the mid-atlantic rocket launches in the United States. For years, NASA Social has been convening people from all walks of life in order to share their experience of visiting a NASA site facility and observing the different stages of development in NASA missions.


In celebration of Women’s History Month, this article highlights a few of the future generations of women in the space industry today who are making critical footprints towards the first woman on the moon, deep space exploration, and Mars from impossible to possible and not just a dream.

“Apollo had a twin sister and her name was Artemis. She was hunter and her best friend and favorite companion was Orion. ALL astronauts in their return voyage to the moon will fly under the Artemis Mission inside the Orion capsule and this week, we will witness history in the making where women for the first time intentionally right in the forefront of the journey from Moon to Mars. Their stories will be told from the beginning this time and not hidden in the shadows.” — Cindy Chin, NASA Datanaut & CEO CLC Advisors

Meet the women who inspired us on this International Women’s Day in 2020.

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Sunday Reads: Favorite Books in 2019

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By Cindy Chin, CEO CLC Advisors

This article first appeared on Medium. You can read the full list here: Read Here

As 2019 draws to a close and we are surrounded by friends and family, it is also a time for meaningful reflection and something to do whilst lounging on the proverbial family sofa. This is my last Sunday Reads for 2019 and this decade. Part of my planning process for a new year includes a selection list of books I’d like to read in 2020. There is already 25 books on my new “Books to Read” list for 2020, but before we go there here are my favorites from this past year in no particular order: https://bit.ly/2ZwCMG9

You may recognize a few of these names on the list. Follow them if you don’t already. Happy reading in 2020!