It is difficult to predict specific global risks for 2023, as many factors can influence global risks, including government policies, natural disasters, and unexpected events. However, some potential risks to watch for this year may include:

  • Continued spread of COVID-19: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on global health and economies, and the possibility of new variants or ongoing transmission could continue to pose a risk in 2023.
  • Cybersecurity threats: Cybersecurity threats, including hacking, data breaches, and ransomware attacks, are becoming increasingly common and sophisticated, and are likely to continue to pose a risk in 2023.
  • Climate change: Climate change is expected to continue to cause more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and other environmental changes, which could lead to economic and societal disruptions.
  • Political instability: Tensions between nations, ethnic and religious conflicts, and civil unrest could continue to cause instability in certain regions and affect global peace.
  • Economic inequality: Increasing economic inequality is a risk that could lead to social unrest and political instability.
  • Nuclear and WMDs: The proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the fear of their use, remains a significant risk to global security.

It's worth noting that the predictions are uncertain and will be influenced by the actions of governments and other actors.



The World Economic Forum released its annual report on short- and long-term global risks.  For those that would like to read about these specific issues in more detail. 



In this vulnerable and funny TED talk, Dan Harris shares how brutal feedback made him realise that he was still a jerk, despite years of meditation and work on himself.  He explains that it is only possible to be kind and generous toward others if you are kind and generous toward yourself. 



Have you heard of ChatGPT yet? Here is a brief explanation from its developers, OpenAI:

“We’ve trained a model called ChatGPT which interacts conversationally. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer follow-up questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.”

This video explains how this artificial Intelligence will forever change the way we work.  

ChatGPT is MIND BLOWING, exciting and it scares the living daylights out of me. Never has there been AI technology so accessible and easy to use. And this is just the start, as billions of dollars flood this space in a race to provide us with everyday AI-powered tools. The extent of disruption for copywriters, schools, universities, and businesses, in general, is unknown.   If you haven’t tried ChatGPT yet, I would encourage everyone reading this to give it a go and see for yourself!

P.S.  The first section of this newsletter (LOOK) was written entirely by ChatGPT 😊.



When I think of this wine, I think of my friends, connection, and the ocean. This holiday we spent a week with close friends in a tiny private estate close to Eersterivier.  The days were spent swimming in rockpools, braaiing on the beach, listening to music, and watching the sunset - always with a glass of Bartho Eksteen’s BLOM in hand.  This is an easy-drinking Provencal-style dry rosé made from Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. 

As we head into the new year, I hope we can all rekindle the memories of our summer holidays, with a glass of friendship-favourite in hand.




I hope you enjoyed this month’s edition.  Wishing you a happy New Year.

Stay curious,

Elke Zeki