Zero Emission Trucking

Nan Nelson, Economic Transformation Signals Team

In late 2023, Schneider President and CEO Mark Rourke noted that the biggest problem to solve along the way to becoming the first carrier with one million zero-emission miles was high capacity, high speed charging for the battery-electric fleet based in California.  The range is only about 200 miles, and weather is a big factor in holding a charge. Now the company is exploring a move to hydrogen fuel. Read about Schneider’s progress.

How a Vast Demographic Shift Will Reshape the World

(Excerpts from Leatherby, Lauren.  “How a Vast Demographic Shift Will Reshape the World,” New York Times, July 16, 2023.)

Excerpted by Phil Hauck, Envision Board and Economic Transformation Signals Team

The world’s demographics have already been transformed. Europe is shrinking. China is shrinking, with India, a much younger country, overtaking it this year as the world’s most populous nation.

Click here for Phil’s complete article.

Turning Signals into Scenarios: That’s Science Fiction

Nan Nelson, Envision Board Member

As you explore creating scenarios to introduce possible, plausible futures to your organization, consider how award-winning professionals — science fiction writers — do this. Not the folks who write Star Wars-type space operas or the sword and sorcery fiction of novels like Game of Thrones. Rather, consider Horizon 3, near-future “hard” science fiction like Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry For the Future or Neal Stephenson’s Termination Shock (both about climate change). These “world-building” science fiction writers take trends you are following in areas such as artificial intelligence, gene therapy or cybersecurity and create mind-expanding scenarios that are entertaining and sometimes alarming.