“Your biggest risks at this very moment are the ones that you don’t know about, have yet to emerge, but will be here sooner than you think!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I’m on stage in Chicago in this picture, speaking to the Chief Legal Officers of some of the world’s largest organizations on the unique topic of new, accelerating legal risk. And that’s the focus of trend #13 in my 19 Trends for 2019:
It’s kind of appropriate that it ended up with the number 13!
Other talks on legal risk? Over the last few years, 3 of the world’s largest global legal firms have asked me in for a talk for their partners meeting to outline the new risks and challenges they are faced with in the era of acceleration.
The acceleration of legal and other forms of new risk has been a component of my keynotes for several years – not just for legal firms, but for the many corporations and association events I speak at.
The challenge? Our new world of hyperchange, driven by technology, the Internet of Things, accelerating science and other issues is leading us quickly into a new world of unforeseen legal challenges. Somehow, we need to minimize our risk from legal issues which we do not yet know exist. That’s a pretty tall order.
How do you mitigate against risk when you don’t know what that risk might be? How do you guard against legal issues that don’t even yet exist? How do you guard intellectual property for products you don’t even yet know you will invent? That’s the challenging reality of our new world of risk today.
Want some fun? At one of these events, I put up a list of 40 new areas of legal risk management that did not exist 10 years ago. Protecting shared 3D printing models of your new products that could be easily counterfeited. Drone technology and surveillance law. Genetic counselling laws, LGBTQ issues, fantasy sports league management, organic certification, and laws involving cannabis use in the workplace and place of business.
That’s a short list. There’s lots more!