Technology change and innovation affect every domain of business, changing the face of the industry at an accelerating pace. With the start of a new year, it is often customary to look to the future and try and plan how we can become a better version of ourselves. To help share insights on the future we held a discussion with an INSEAD MBA alumnus who has dedicated his professional life to engineering, the global economy and futuristic fields like transhumanism and life extension. Join us as we discuss the future of work, life, innovation and mindsets.

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José Luis Cordeiro is a Venezuelan-Spanish engineer, economist, futurist, and transhumanist, who has worked in different areas including economic development, international relations, and life extension. José is an international fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, vicechair of HumanityPlus, and director of The Millennium Project and graduated from the INSEAD MBA programme in 1991.

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INSEAD MBA José Luis Cordeiro

If our listeners could do one thing to prepare themselves for the future of work what would it be?

José Luis Cordeiro: To be flexible, and to do whatever you love, you need to be passionate about your work and about the future. Because you can only be the best version of yourself if you do what you love best. So, I think this is a top priority.

If you don't want to be a lawyer, don't be a lawyer. If you don't want to be an economist, don't be an economist.

You need to do what gets you excited because then you will be able to get the most out of your work, yourself and those you love. So get excited and passionate about the future!


What is one piece of advice can you give our listeners who are considering studying at INSEAD?

José Luis Cordeiro: You need to have a global mindset which includes people speaking different languages and travelling to different places. It is part of the INSEAD experience. After all, INSEAD is a global business school with campuses in Fontainebleau and Singapore and also some operations in San Francisco, and the United Arab Emirates.

Also, do whatever you feel passionate about because this is what the future is about - to do what you like, what you enjoy, and to change the world in a positive way.



Talk with Google Forget flying cars and robot butlers. If José Cordeiro MBA'91J has it his way the future will be a far more interesting place.

Singularity Group We help leaders create positive impact by understanding the future direction and convergence of technologies and how they will transform business.

TransVision Future Summit 2021 collaborates with leading organizations working on futurist concepts such as life extension, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, space travel, human enhancement, blockchain and other future technologies and trends. 

Work/Technology 2050: Scenarios and Actions Report on a three-year international study that produced three detailed scenarios, conducted 30 national workshops in 29 countries, identified hundreds of action distilled to 93 that were assessed by hundreds of futurists and related experts in over 50 countries.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. April 3, 2018 by Hans Rosling  (Author), Anna Rosling Rönnlund  (Author), Ola Rosling (Author).

La Muerte de la Muerte (The death of death): La posibilidad científica de la inmortalidad física y su defensa moral Paperback – April 10, 2018 Spanish Edition  by José Luis Cordeiro Mateo (Author), David William Wood (Author)



01:40 - Tell us who you are, where do you come from and how did you get to where you are today.

02:45 - How did you progress from engineering to studying and predicting the future?

05:14 - Tell us about some of the key highlights in your career.

07:04 -  How do you view the future of the world and what are some of the activities that excite you in the pursuit of a better future for humanity.

11:12 - At a Talk with Google event in 2014 you said to Forget flying cars and robot butlers. The future will be a far more interesting place. Many people may be thinking they cant even imagine a world with flying cars so how can we prepare our lives and our careers for a largely unknown future?

15:29 - How can we find out more about these technologies and future trends? 

17:41 - What changes have you observed over the last couple of years that might signal the future of the workplace?

21:12 - What are some of the skills and mindsets businesses and leaders should be discussing to help themselves prepare for the future?

24:33 - You are also one of the founders of the recent TransVision Future Summit that occurred in Madrid in October. Can you tell us about some of the key topics discussed at the summit and what insights our listeners can take away from these concepts?  

28:56 - How can our listeners prepare for unpredictable change, and learn to lead in tomorrow’s world and understand the future direction of technology?

30:18 - What have you changed your mind about in the last few years? Why?

35:23 - What is the worst advice you see or hear being dispensed in your world?

40:08 - What resources can listeners use to discover more about the future of work?

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