Here’s one for you: what’s the world going to look like in 20 years? By the time 2037 rolls around, we might have colonised Mars, eradicated illness and finally ensured that you’ll be able to get a seat on the 7.22 from Orpington. Okay, so the last one is always going to be a pipe dream, but if you want to get a head start on things to come, you’d do well to listen to Future Visions, the new podcast from Virgin.
Host Natalie Campbell, who also presents the must-listen Badass Women’s Hour, wants to explore the surreal world of tomorrow through the finest minds of today. With Richard Branson’s epic address book at the ready, she’s assembled a team of thinkers, experts and futurologists to help us conceive of a time in which flying cars and brain transplants are the norm.
Having already peered into subjects such as remotely operated surgery and virtual reality shopping, the latest instalment of Future Visions sees Campbell joined by sex-tech entrepreneur Cindy Gallop to ask: is the future female?
With a forthright vision of what the future entails for women, Gallop – an educator, activist and founder of pioneering feminist adult entertainment site, Make Love Not Porn – sets out a radical rethinking of society, and it’s one that looks pretty attractive.
If Gallop has things right, 2037 will see the most successful businesses adopting a female-first policy, disrupting male-dominated fields and ensuring that the top roles are predominately held by women. She also believes that we’ll witness a shift towards a working world in which females will finally be employed and valued for the unique qualities each individual brings to a role – and gender won’t even come into play. To get there, women need to change how they think about work and redesign it according to their values, rather than those of the white, male corporate world.
If you’ve ever wanted to get to grips with the idea of a female-focused future, this is the podcast for you. Now, where’s our time machine?