Nov 28, 2021 • 6M

Revisiting the Ghost 👻 – Audio Version

Are we letting a unique chance to build a better future slip away?

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Welcome to New World Same Humans, a weekly newsletter on trends, technology, and society by David Mattin.

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While I plan the next evolution of NWSH, I’ve been looking over past instalments of this newsletter. A few days ago, I came to the first email of 2021.

In that instalment I wrote about the late British philosopher and cultural critic Mark Fisher. At the heart of his thinking was a ghost. Fisher believed that we inhabitants of the 21st-century are haunted by futures – of abundance, leisure, and equality – that were promised to us but never arrived.

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If you’d prefer to read this week’s instalment, go here for the text version of Revisiting the Ghost.

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1. In the first NWSH instalment of 2021 I wrote about the late British philosopher and cultural critic Mark Fisher.

2. All too often across this year, it’s felt as though the most powerful among us are only tightening their grip on our shared future.


4. So many of the futures imagined for us – whether inside virtual worlds or on distant planets – appear radical. But take a closer look, and you’ll find they’re only new ways to sustain the same old systems of technological capitalism.

In the room where it happens

The NWSH end of year event, New Year Same Humans: Five Trends to Supercharge Your 2022, is approaching fast.

Over 140 professionals – founders, designers, marketers, insight professionals and more – have already claimed their place. 🙌 🚀

On the December 14th at 16:00 UK time, I’ll be sharing five powerful trends set to reshape human behaviours and mindsets in 2022 and beyond. And afterwards, I’ll send attendees a full recording of the event, plus the 60+ slide trend report with even more insights and examples for you to apply.

Claim your early bird place!

Typically these pro-grade trend reports sell for hundreds; even thousands. I’m keeping this event accessible to all with a price that has led some friends to question my sanity.

Check it out, and see you on December 14th!

I’ll be back as usual on Wednesday. Until then, be well,


David Mattin is the founder of the Strategy and Futures Research Unit. He sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.