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Foresight, Technology, Change

Amy Lynn Fletcher

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Freelance Articles

Improving communities by extending L&D benefits

Learning and development (L&D) is no longer simply about in-house training and productivity gains but also requires a commitment to continuous learning and employability. Extending L&D options to employees’ family members is an innovative way to build a culture of equitable learning and support meaningful advances in diversity & inclusion in both the workplace and the community. The workplace is changing at a rapid pace not seen since the late 19th century. The Covid-19 pandemic reset concepts s

Exploring Appalachia In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - ROVA

In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee-located less than half an hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—a large, white cross sits serenely on a hillside, visible from multiple vantage points in the town. Designed by the Reverend James Potter, the structure is 110 feet high and weighs an estimated 60,000 pounds. I visit Pigeon Forge frequently, and the cross always makes me think of the contradictions embedded in this small town, where a lively mix of amusement parks, thrill rides, clubs, and CBD/

Playboy Magazine Was a Model of Reporting on HIV/AIDS in the 1980s

In an analog era, newspapers and magazines provided much of the essential HIV/AIDS reporting in the United States by disseminating updates on the evolving medical consensus that shaped an emergent pandemic politics.

Among the popular magazines of the 1980s, Playboy had a unique vantage point on the crisis. The AIDS epidemic―and the moral panic it engendered—threatened not only the magazine’s business model but its worldview. The magazine’s focus on sexual liberation, tolerance, and civil libert

City of Gold: Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway

Molly Tuttle, born in Santa Clara, California, in January 1993, proves that a gifted musician can be steeped in tradition but of her own era. Tuttle recorded her first cd (The Old Apple Tree) with her father Jack Tuttle—a renowned bluegrass performer and expert—at the age of 13. She joined the all-female Goodbye Girls while at the Berklee College of music and has since won the International Bluegrass Association’s Best Guitarist of the Year award twice, in 2017 and 2018.

She is a multi-instrume

Understanding Venture Capital and Vendor Management

Apple TV’s WeCrashed dramatizes the real-life story of the spectacular rise and fall of WeWork, a company that promised to disrupt the co-op office industry and whose momentum depended primarily upon charismatic founder, Adam Neumann, and his gnomic pronouncements about people following “their superpowers.” WeWork burned through billions of dollars of venture capital and orchestrated a disastrous initial public offering in 2021. The streaming series lets the viewer in on the reasons why the desi

Walking Leads to Longer Life, Better Outcomes

Logging more steps per day as a systematic approach to health has an intuitive appeal, especially in light of the obesity epidemic in the United States. Though the fitness industry is worth an estimated $35 billion per year, approximately 41.9 percent of the population is classified as obese. Obesity contributes to stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, among other serious conditions, and consumes an estimated $173 billion in annual medical costs.

Scientific research clearly shows that reg

Public Presentations

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Navigating the future of food: Insights for bio-governance and transformation from New Zealand and Australia

This presentation compares New Zealand and Australia and the foresight tools each is using to develop new forms of anticipatory governance that can mitigate agricultural risk while maximizing opportunities and incorporating stakeholder perspectives. Initial results suggest that cellular agriculture poses new governance challenges and indicate a significant shift towards adaptive bio-governance regimes that leverage the power of foresight
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Lethal Autonomous Weapons and Future Warfare

Christchurch NZIIA is delighted to welcome Amy Fletcher, PhD.

Amy Fletcher is a freelance writer and independent scholar based in the United States. Prior to returning to the USA, she achieved the rank of Associate Professor at The University of Canterbury in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. She is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at UC and a co-investigator on a Marsden grant (RSNZ) awarded to evaluate the global debate regarding the ethics and use of lethal
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Death Matters 2020

In 2020 the second Death Matters Conference was held in Christchurch, New Zealand. As with the first, a wide variety of professionals, academics and specialists broadened our understanding of aging, dying and grief through a mix of presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions

Dr. Ann Charlotte Valentin is an N.M.D., author, evidential medium, psychic, spiritual educator, as well as a dynamic inspirational public speaker.

‘I knew I was dying. The first thing I noticed was that I was still aliv

Media and Commentary

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Resurrection: Bringing Back Extinct Animals - Anthropomania (פודקסט)

Imagine if Jurassic Park came to life...ACTUAL REAL LIFE. It wouldn't be the first time science fiction became reality. (Hello .space travel) But, this time, instead of T-Rex and Velociraptors, you've got long-extinct woolly mammoths roaming the arctic tundra, and the more recently extinct passenger pigeons filling the skies. This is the ambitious dream of scientists George Church (Harvard, MIT) and Ben Novak (Revive & Restore)... but is it even remotely possible? Not everyone thinks so, includi

Government use of Artificial Intelligence - Expert Reaction

New Zealand is a leader in government use of artificial intelligence, but regulation is needed to ensure it is used safely, researchers say.

A University of Otago-led study, funded by the Law Foundation, looks at predictive algorithms – including machine learning and data mining techniques – and considers whether issues around accuracy, bias and discrimination, transparency, human control, and privacy have been accounted for.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and E-Books

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Asteroid Futures: The United States of America, Space Mining, and Sovereignty in Space 2.0

(With Nicholas Baldwin). Space 2.0 refers to the emerging era of twenty-first century space exploration in which not only national governments but commercial entities, such as Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos, founder) and SpaceX (Elon Musk, founder) hope to establish a viable space economy that encompasses activities ranging from space tourism to rocket launches and even astro-burials, asteroid mining, and the colonization of Mars. Other major players seeking to monetize outer space include China, which plans to launch a space-
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De-Extinction and the Genomics Revolution

This book considers the cultural history and politics of de-extinction, an approach to wildlife conservation that seeks to use advanced biotechnologies for genetic rescue, crisis interventions, and even species resurrections. It demonstrates how the genomic revolution creates new possibilities for human transformation of nature and accelerates the arrival of the era of life-on demand. Fletcher combines a summative overview of the modern progress in biology and biotechnology that has brought us t
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Field of genes: the politics of science and identity in the Estonian Genome Project

This case study of the Estonian Genome Project (EGP) analyses the Estonian policy decision to construct a national human gene bank. Drawing upon qualitative data from newspaper articles and public policy documents, it focuses on how proponents use discourse to link the EGP to the broader political goal of securing Estonia's position within the Western/European scientific and cultural space. This dominant narrative is then situated within the analytical notion of the "brand state", which raises p
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Make Up your Own Mind: The Politics of Cognitive Freedom | Emerald Insight

Purpose – To consider the issues of cognitive freedom and neuropolitics via a comparison of d-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) use in the 1960s and the emerging twenty-first century debate about nootropics.

Design/methodology/approach – Drawing upon theoretical concepts from the study of biopolitics and on the tools of narrative policy analysis, this qualitative analysis uses multiple sources from scientific, mass media, regulatory, and the secondary literature.

Findings – LSD use in the 1950s
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Clearing the air: the contribution of frame analysis to understanding climate policy in the United States

Frame analysis illuminates the politics of climate change and generates ideas about discursive strategies that can assist national governments to take effective action on climate change. The nature of frame analysis and its links to discourse theory and social constructivist epistemology are discussed, and this framework used to show how climate change politics in the USA under the second Bush Presidency (2001–2008) have been viewed through at least three contrasting frames: scientific scepticis

Bring ‘Em back alive: Taming the Tasmanian tiger cloning project

In September 1999, the Australian Museum in Sydney launched a high-profile research project to use ancient DNA in an attempt to clone the extinct thylacine (colloquially known as the Tasmanian tiger). A carnivorous marsupial indigenous to Australia, the last documented thylacine died in Beaumaris Private Zoo, Hobart, Tasmania, in 1936. The Australian colonial government of the late 19th century accelerated its demise by offering a bounty of 1 pound per dead thylacine in order to cull what landow
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Field of genes: The politics of science and identity in the Estonian Genome Project

This case study of the Estonian Genome Project (EGP) analyses the Estonian policy decision to construct a national human gene bank. Drawing upon qualitative data from newspaper articles and public policy documents, it focuses on how proponents use discourse to link the EGP to the broader political goal of securing Estonia’s position within the Western/European scientific and cultural space.
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Never Say Die: The Techno-Politics of Radical Life Extension

The Last Exit: Science And Immortality

The anti-aging sector can be divided into four distinct subsectors: 1) established researchers who want to make the normal lifespan of approximately eighty-five years healthier; 2) the moderate life extensionists, who hope to push the average human lifespan to one hundred and twenty-five years; 3) the radical age extensionists, led by figures such as Aubrey de Grey, who envision future lifespans of at least three hundred years; and 4) the immortalists (Sta
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Smart city visions: pathways to participatory planning in two American cities | Emerald Insight

This paper aims to evaluate the use of community visioning in Montgomery, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee, as each municipality seeks to become a globally competitive 21st century smart city while also fostering participatory and inclusive planning processes.

This research is qualitative, drawing upon discourse analysis of relevant mass media and public documents to map the consultation process and identify the key themes and challenges arising in the two visioning projects.

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