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Richard David Hames
Bangkok, Thailand
Philosopher-Activist, Futurist, Mentor & Author
Interests: Intentionally evolving a more benign, less exploitative, global worldview and praxis
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For at least as long as I can remember, pundits in the West have been predicting the imminent collapse of the Chinese miracle. If the speed of reform is not sufficient, then the unintended impacts of the one child policy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at The Hames Report
There is something about the human mind and about the way we use it that is at once quirky and persistently primitive: seriously out-of-kilter with contemporary reality. Of particular interest to me in this regard is the way we try... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at The Hames Report
In 2007, after ten years of intensive practical research, I published my third book - The Five Literacies of Global Leadership. Several critical breakthroughs in this work overturned much conventional wisdom. Yet today – a further 14 years down the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at The Hames Report
For the past 25 years (at least) I have been trying to make sense of one paramount issue. How is it possible that Homo sapiens, possibly the smartest species to have inhabited this planet, is consciously hastening its own extinction... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
The Machine That Made Too Much From about 2000 BC until the dawn of the 18th century the quality of life for most people remained pretty much the same. Discounting artistic and cultural endeavors, about four millennia passed during which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
The Fate of Two Entangled Empires Scenes being beamed around the world today, of police officers apparently opening the barricades to allow right-wing supporters of President Donald Trump to storm the Capitol, incited by their champion in a lengthy speech,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
The year 2020 will certainly be remembered by those of us who lived through this extraordinary moment in human history. If it was not the rampant respiratory virus itself, it was the intermittent lockdowns that brought everything to a halt.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
A Deeper Look at Innovation & Entrepreneurship Innovation and entrepreneurship have become the new ‘in’ things. Fads par excellence. Some suggest they may be the prime source of future competitive advantage in business and, as a consequence, an imperative no... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
It really only struck me a few days ago how devoid of hope our predicament actually is. I was having a late breakfast, scanning the online pages of the Straits Times, Melbourne Age, and Washington Post. I had just spent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
Universities have endured for centuries. Why should they need to change today? This was the question put to me just last month by the Vice Chancellor [Research] of one of Asia’s top-ranking business schools. After drawing in my breath sharply,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
My Mother's Wisdom & Other Sagas My mother was relatively uneducated. This is not a judgement but just a fact. She left school at the age of eleven to go into domestic service. But she was shrewd, not on any... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
The righteous quest of misrepresenting reality Concurrently, I found myself contemplating the catchphrase, Don't Be Evil, a motto firmly entrenched in Google's corporate code of conduct, rather like a zombie refusing to die, while watching spellbound the US Senate's grilling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
What we already believe prevents us from knowing any differently. Yet knowing differently is the only way to design the future we need. I have loitered around the sidelines of academia pretty much all my life. Occasionally I was seduced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Hames Report
My generation was not taken by surprise. There was no sudden shock. It happened so slowly, and with such little fuss – accumulating fictions secreted under the surface of normality. Well under the radar of any collective consciousness. The manner... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at The Hames Report
In October 2019 I was invited to speak at a private function in Shanghai - a city where I always feel among friends. The audience was a mix of party and city bureaucrats, senior academics, journalists and entrepreneurs, including one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2020 at The Hames Report
Nothing is what it seems, which is why I routinely interrogate my every thought and belief. To be capable of seeing the truth we must first shed all of the accrued garbage within our minds. And in my case, there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at The Hames Report
1. Memories Old age brings certain gifts, as long as we are open to receiving them. For me, one of these gifts is sudden and unexpected recollections from a past fast-receding from temporal view. Now and again, yet increasingly with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at The Hames Report
Knowledge is the condition of understanding something which is personally meaningful, and potentially useful in some capacity. As such it is deeply subjective. What may count as knowledge for one sentient being may not have the same meaning for another.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at The Hames Report
In natural systems, physical matter flows in cycles. Nutrients from one form of life become food for another. Organisms live and die, eventually returning to the soil or the sea where the cycle starts again. During the industrial revolution, we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at The Hames Report
For us billionaires it was always about playing and winning. Winning is the main game. And money - that goes without saying. While winning is our passion, money is our addiction. An adrenalin hit. We are good at winning, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at The Hames Report
In case you hadn’t noticed, although I am not at all sure how you could miss it, many of our most life-critical systems are rapidly unravelling. The current pandemic has exposed some very deep fault lines in our civilisational model.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at The Hames Report
I have skulked around the sidelines of the education industry all my life. Occasionally I have ventured into its alluring orbit only to beat a hasty retreat as I apprehended, again and again, how unaffected by its own product [that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at The Hames Report
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light ~ Plato Honest, sensitive, overpowering. His words leapt off the page - etched into my... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at The Hames Report
The Fool on the Hill is a song by the Beatles which appeared on their 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour. The words describe the titular "fool" - a solitary figure who is not understood or appreciated by others, although on... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at The Hames Report
When the Centre for the Future was established a little over five years ago, we released a 100-year agenda. Mindful Uprising projected a philosophy of 2nd and 3rd order global change. In doing so it pointed to a range of... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at The Hames Report