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Richard Hames
Bangkok, Thailand
Corporate Philosopher, Strategic Futurist & Author
Interests: Intentionally evolving a more benign, less exploitative, global worldview and praxis
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Sorry for the Inconvenience... I am just trying to imagine a better, more affluent yet transparent, world. One that works for everyone. I know that does not necessarily suit some people. Particularly those who are content with the way things... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at The Hames Report
As we enter the final quarter of 2019 the world economic outlook remains sluggish. Increasingly, another financial crash looks likely. This should not come as a surprise. It is entirely predictable. Since the crash of 2008, we have ignored the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at The Hames Report
I am most commonly known for my work as a strategist. Others took it upon themselves to label me a futurist - considered to be a far more seminal profession. I am not sure what I did to deserve such... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at The Hames Report
It seems we are all grappling to understand the emergence of a new world order where interactions between democracy, capitalism, technology & social media are generating an emotional fog - driven in large part by fear and deception. At the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at The Hames Report
I was with my mother the day my father left. It was just before his birthday. We had gone to Brighton to get him a present. Each week I had saved some of my pocket money so that I could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at The Hames Report
After waiting patiently, the Thai people finally returned to the ballot box in March, 2019, hopeful of electing a democratic administration after five years of military rule. Let us not be too hasty and see this as a return to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at The Hames Report
Whispers Borne on the Breeze - Intimations of Mortality from Katowice 2018 Stop what you are doing. Pause your tedious routines for a few brief moments. These tasks cannot be so important. Your distractions are amusing you to death Please... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at The Hames Report
Despotism may be the only organizational alternative to the political structure that we observe ~ James Buchanan Since around 1945 at least, an increasingly disturbing part of the human condition has been the irresistible fixation we have acquired for exploiting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at The Hames Report
I have spent the past few months reviewing as many peer-reviewed analyses of our changing climate as I could get my hands on, from a broad variety of perspectives. I have also watched in the region of 60 videos. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at The Hames Report
Recently the citizens of Brazil, the world's fourth largest democracy, flirted with a despot by electing Jair Bolsonaro as their President. He is the latest to join the ranks of an extreme right-wing political axis whose influence now girdles the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at The Hames Report
Act One: The Gift As a woman whose demands are relatively modest and uncomplicated it was never anything more than a simple dream. The future health and well-being of her son was what mattered. Like doting mothers everywhere Suna only... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at The Hames Report
From an early age I have been a practicing Buddhist. First it was simply a comforting form of spiritual discipline to which I turned when pure reason inspired an utter rejection of the three great monotheistic traditions. Later in life... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at The Hames Report
Over the past few decades, in many of the world’s oldest and most esteemed parliamentary systems, the principles underpinning democracy, have soured. Corruption, populist policies aimed at placating those who feel abandoned by the establishment, and the brazen abuse of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at The Hames Report
These days it is not unusual for the elderly to retire from a lifetime in one occupation and embark upon entirely new ventures. What is rare, and possibly unique, is for that venture to be so challenging that it will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at The Hames Report
I have observed these few days leading up to my 73rd birthday by writing. Breaking a self-imposed silence that lasted for several months, and after a torrent of somewhat confessional texts over the past two years, I felt the need... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at The Hames Report
How can we make the world a better place? Many think we are already doing just that. Some might even believe we have reached the pinnacle of human civilisation. I am not one of them. In fact I truly believe... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at The Hames Report
The fear we all harbour when we are old enough to understand our own mortality is an open secret. It is the suddenness with which disease can strike us down, and the terrible ways it ravages the body. Cancer has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at The Hames Report
Speaking as a panellist last year, on the subject of democracy and personal freedoms, I was momentarily side-tracked and mentioned the damage I believed some aspects of radical feminism had done to men generally, explicitly in terms of our identity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at The Hames Report
The world turns on its dark side. The fabric of society is shredding. Many of our most life-critical systems no longer work. A few have already collapsed. No, this is not about Star Wars, nor am I referring to Geostorm,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at The Hames Report
Several years ago, Manfred Kets de Vries, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organisational Change at INSEAD, a psychoanalyst by profession and a scholar I greatly admired, suggested that a majority of leaders he had encountered exhibit some kind... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at The Hames Report
We were mid-flight between Bangkok and Melbourne. With cabin lights dimmed, and Suna and Nico asleep beside me, I settled down to watch a movie. Goodbye Christopher Robin is about the strained relationship between the writer A. A. Milne and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at The Hames Report
In 1517 Martin Luther, a professor of theology in the German town of Wittenberg, caused a stir by publishing his Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences. In a tract comprising 95 theses Luther strongly disputed the Catholic view... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at The Hames Report
For increasing numbers of people today life can seem relentlessly challenging, confusing, raucous, fast and joyless. I am sure we all experience those moments where reality seems so sterile and engineered that it becomes a struggle to relax, idle the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at The Hames Report
Across millennia diverse civilisations have come and gone. Usually the only record of their existence are the relics and ruins we find buried deep in the earth or enmeshed within the darkest jungle vines. It would be rash indeed to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at The Hames Report
In a world increasingly prone to dumbed-down provocations, uninformed retorts, opinions dressed up as facts, unsubstantiated claims and counterclaims, blatant deceitfulness, and systems that are collapsing in full view, it is increasingly common to hear assertions that democracy is under... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at The Hames Report