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Ready for Tomorrow’s World: 22 Topics You Should Know About for 2022

The Blinkist knowledge app has explainers for the biggest ideas of the future. Here are 22 that you should know about for 2022.
by Rob Gillham | Jan 7 2022

Before the global pandemic began, it would have been hard to imagine that masks, vaccines, and lockdowns would dominate our lives and conversation for more than two years. Now with the new year beginning, it’s time to take a look forward to new topics that might shape our lives.

No matter what the future brings, you can be sure that the Blinkist knowledge app will be there to give you the information you need. The app breaks down bestselling nonfiction books into bite-sized audio and text explainers that can be enjoyed anytime.

Plus, over 40 new titles are added to the library every month, with 5,000 explainers to learn from right now. Each new title is chosen from the bestseller lists of major publications like The New York Times, so you can be sure to stay in the know.

“When we started, most apps were for social media or gaming. We wanted to do something different and build an app that would add genuine value to someone’s life.”
– Holger Seim, CEO of Blinkist

Blinkist has assembled a collection of powerful explainers from their app that cover 22 topics that you should know about before 2022 starts changing our lives. Let’s take a closer look at a selection of 10 issues from the 22 and how Blinkist can help you learn about them.

1. The Climate Crisis

In 2021, a heatwave melted power lines across North America, and massive floods destroyed hundreds of homes in Europe. At this point, it’s an undeniable fact that the Climate Crisis will affect all our lives in 2022 and beyond. But, don’t despair, you can learn practical solutions to the problems facing us all with this Blinkist explainer.

In his New York Times bestseller, Bill Gates shares the knowledge he’s gained through his role on international climate commissions and as a go-to source of funding for climate solution startups. He pinpoints the ideas that show the most promise and explains the work that still needs to be done.

2. The Future of Energy

We need to find new ways to power our planet with the world heating up. This book takes a look at today’s most promising renewable energy sources. It explains why it is inevitable that humanity will switch to green energy sources, regardless of opinions on controversial topics like climate change or peak oil.

3. Work in 2022

This year saw a massive shift in the way people approach the concept of “work.” We are no longer confined to an office or even having just one full-time job. Evidently, a lot can change in a year.

Get ready for 2022 with The Future of Work. The Blinkist explainer contains insights about what to expect when—as experts predict—automation and artificial intelligence change the face of the global workforce.

4. The Fragile Nature of Democracy

It’s hard to believe that at the start of this year, democracy faced an unimaginable test with a deadly attack on the US Capitol Building. So, how did we get here, and what is to come in 2022? Edge of Chaos examines the key challenges that liberal democracies worldwide are facing today.

5. A Post-Pandemic World?

Dive into a ruthless analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped our world with Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity. In 2022, take stock of how the world dealt with the COVID-19 crisis and learn valuable lessons with Post Corona. This survey of the post-pandemic business landscape shows who’s benefited and who’s been harmed by the virus.

6. Crypto Goes Cultural

With digital art entering the picture, it will become a more significant part of our lives in 2022. In this Blinkist Shortcast, John Crain, the founder of the digital art market SuperRare, joins Upside podcast hosts Jay Clouse and Eric Hornung to discuss the role of cryptocurrency in the art world.

7. Mental Health Matters

During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem or seen a loved one struggle. Miles Adcox pivoted his career towards mental health and is now CEO of Onsite, which provides retreats and emotional treatment. In this Shortcast, Adcox shows you how creating a “margin” in your schedule can lead to achieving more by doing less.

8. Ukraine and Russia: Renewed Conflict?

In the latter half of this year, NATO, the US, and the Ukrainian government warned the world that Russia is preparing a military invasion for the start of 2022. How did we get here, and what is the context of this crisis?

Ukraine Crisis takes a look at the events surrounding the Maidan uprising, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and the ongoing conflict in the Donbas. Notably, the crisis is put into context not just for the future of Ukraine but also how it affects Russia, the European Union, and the world.

9. The Threat of AI

Are the dance moves of the Boston Dynamics robots making you nervous? Then, check out the explainer for Superintelligence, a book that investigates how creating a machine more intelligent than a human would change humanity.

10. Where’s the beef? Lab-Grown Meat

Lab-grown meat is better for the environment and ethically more acceptable than the farm-raised variety. With huge investments across the lab-grown meat industry, 2022 is set to be a juicy year for conscious carnivores. Dig into The Third Plate, a book about food, the way we cook, eat, and produce it, and how this will have to change.

It’s Backed by Science

How does Blinkist explain the powerful ideas from nonfiction books that cover complex topics like the Climate Crisis, Geopolitics, and Mental Health? The answer is a learning method backed by science.

Every Blinkist explainer pack breaks down big ideas using relatable anecdotes, examples, and stories to connect you to complicated concepts. Let’s take a look at the explainer for How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates.

To make the terms kilowatt, megawatt, and gigawatt more relatable, the content team uses the following example: A kilowatt can power a house, a megawatt can power a small town, and a gigawatt can power a city. And, a whole country needs 1000 gigawatts to stay running.

For every book in our app’s 27 categories of content, such as psychology or parenting, you can expect relatable examples like this that help you grasp new ideas and remember them long afterward.

Get Ready for 2022

Here we have just a selection of the 22 essential topics you need to know about before 2022. Check out the rest and take the Blinkist app for a test drive today.

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