The Disruption of Slavery Unveils Fastest Path to End Wars (The Pattern of Disruption, Part 4)

Fence in the colours of the national flag of Ukraine, photo by Tina Hartung on Unsplash

The steam engine enslaved before it liberated

We have been through similar situations before, where disruptions have had major geopolitical consequences — sometimes negative, sometimes positive. Understanding this complex relationship can help us to navigate the risks and opportunities today.

The unexpectedly rapid demise of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery

Speaking before the UK Parliament in 2019, environmentalist and TV presenter David Attenborough said:

Number of People Transported per Year in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Data from SlaveVoyages.org

Ukraine war as a precursor to the Age of Freedom?

The steam-engine, of course, ended up doing a lot more than just disrupting slavery. By ushering in the industrial mechanisms of production and manufacturing, it also led us into the age of fossil fuels — and with it, of course, climate change.

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RethinkX is an independent think tank that analyzes and forecasts the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its implications across society.