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What is Life without Discovery? Static, stale, boring and ultimately lifeless!


Who impresses you as a modern pioneer? Anyone who is challenging the status quo but who underneath it all isn’t pushing their own barrow but are just compelled to offer a solution to the problem they are dealing with – biologist Jeremy Griffith is one who comes to mind.


What would you list as the top 5 innovations in recent times? I’ll stick to my area of professional expertise as my business is Sea to Summit and we develop and manufacture outdoor and adventure gear. First up I would say that modern fabrics which go into making clothing, tents and backpacks have become much, much lighter, stronger and better able to manage moisture. The re-emergence of wool due to finer and more consistent fibre thickness has made it an indispensable part of outdoor clothing – it works brilliantly in protecting us from cold, cushioning our feet and is sustainable. Lightweight lighting with the introduction of super efficient and bright LED technology has made running out of light due to flat batteries virtually a non-occurrence - and when you do run out now it’s easier to recharge your batteries with smart, portable solar chargers.


Predictably, other electronic devices also make this list, digital cameras mean you can take hundreds of images and don’t have to take rolls of expensive film, handheld GPS devices mean that there is no need to get lost if you have not mastered traditional navigation techniques and beacons ensure that a rescue is only a push of a button away. From left-field the use and acceptance of walking poles has improved the efficiency of walking and reduced long term injury rates.


Where do you see 21st century pioneers heading?


As a species and as sole custodians of fully conscious thought in our part of the universe, we’ve come a very long way but unless we urgently use our discoveries of our origins to understand the human condition and bring an end to our insecure state, we will not change our destructive and divisive ways.


Of course we have to preserve what is left of our natural world but only by rationally tackling our psychology can we emerge into a more mature, peaceful and truly cooperative state and finally take away the underlying cause of our destruction. So the modern pioneers who will make the biggest and most needed difference, will be those who venture into that inner realm.


What is your Pioneer Typology? Philanthrovists: solve global environmental, food and energy problems, and who see fortune and glory as a secondary by-product. Primitivists: strip adventuring back to its basics to recapture Scott’s no-tech approach and test their own physical and mental limits. Low-Pi Leaders: use laptops and open-source technology to solve society’s most intractable challenges from their own bedrooms. Symbiots: form collaborative pioneer teams that are more powerful than the sum of their parts. Bioneers/Paraneers: use nanotechnology and cybernetics to transcend physical limitations and even disabilities to meet new challenges. Extremophiles: seek to conquer the extreme environments of the deep oceans and space. Cybernauts: explore the outer limits of art and science through the web’s new and unique social, interactive and creative opportunities.


Ingenious, innovative, optimistic, brimming with technological savoir-faire and collaborative solidarity, the spirit of the pioneer promises to be a burning torch that leads us safely through the gloom of the young century into a brighter future, where humanity finally makes its peace with the planet without sacrificing the benefits of 300 years of Enlightenment progress.


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