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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Not Your Status Quo: Cyborg Shamanism and Its Creator. A Conversation with Adah Parris

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

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.

Adah Parris is a storyteller and creator of Cyborg Shamanism. Through her storytelling, she empathetically subverts the status quo by encouraging her audiences to become critical thinkers, philosophers and immersive storytellers themselves.

With over 20 years experience in transforming cultures to create human blockchains, Parris has worked with businesses and individuals in advertising, education, entertainment, entrepreneurship, marketing, media and technology start-ups.

I met Adah last summer at Kinnernet Venice at H-Farm in Roncade, Italy. Needless to say, her exuberance, energy, and gift of storytelling transcended from the real world into the spiritual. Read on to learn more.

I use the word “cyborg” as a deliberate provocation and call for us to think about what it means to be human – the ethics, power, responsibility, boundaries and possibilities of what is possible, and what we are capable of.

How did Cyborg Shamanism come about and why is it relevant right now?

Cyborg Shamanism is a way to empathetically subvert that status quo. It is the result of 5 years of mind-mapping patterns that I saw across different ecosystems and worlds: digital and quantum technology, spirituality and mysticism, psychedelic studies, quantum physics and other areas that I have long had an interest in.

At the time, I was working as a futurist at The Friday Club, organising an event on Transhumanism and was speaking to Liviu Babitz from The North Sense. Liviu calls himself a Cyborg and has a piece of technological hardware inserted into his chest. The North Sense is a device which when it detects magnetic north vibrates. The device effectively turns you into a human compass. I asked him why he had the implant and he said that he felt that this was ‘future human’. The device helped him to develop senses that we as humans didn’t have but some other mammals such as birds do. Liviu talked about how the device helped him to connect and understand himself, his environment and because there were others who had the device they had formed a community.

To me, he was saying the same thing that some people from the psychedelic, plant medicine and shamanic communities were saying. That they journeyed down those paths because the medicine, shaman or psychedelic tool helped them to connect with themselves, their environment and with a particular community of fellow explorers.

I use the word “cyborg” as a deliberate provocation and call for us to think about what it means to be human – the ethics, power, responsibility, boundaries and possibilities of what is possible, and what we are capable of. I use the word “shamanism” as a call to actively seek and find other perspectives, other ways of knowing, and that could be shamanic, quantum, spiritual, algorithmic, or purely by a difference in life or professional experience. All are of equal relevance. I found a new connection between those seemingly juxtapositional worlds. The only difference was their means of exploration, the tool, the technology. And so, Cyborg Shamanism was born.

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