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The top 12 tech trends of the next five years

The top 12 tech trends of the next five years | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Patrick Stafford for Smartcompany. I selected it because it has great news for entrepreneurs, who will be further enabled by upcoming technological advances which free them from many of their current time constraints.


"Technology has completely changed the way entrepreneurs live and work over the course of SmartCompany’s five years – and the revolution won’t stop soon.

**So where is technology going next? SmartCompany has assembled a team of experts to gaze into the crystal ball and find out what technology will look like in 2017.

****Happily, according to Google Australia engineering director Alan Noble, the technology future is a bright one for entrepreneurs".

This is what caught my attention:

****“There has never been a better time to start a company because you can outsource everything that’s non-core: your ad marketing, your design, your eCommerce,” Noble says.

**What you’re left to do is focus on that core value proposition.

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Questions: The Bedrock of Change and Creativity

Questions: The Bedrock of Change and Creativity | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This article by Polly LaBarre for Harvard Business Review is aimed at the Business Community but is really a lesson for everyone, no matter what their interest.

The gist is:

Don't enter a conversation with only answers.  The questions you ask could be the catalyst for your next or biggest leap forward. 

Questions value and empower those you are asking, and create conversation, as opposed to the boundaries which are set when people come into a conversation with only answers.

The big question referred to in the article was asked in 1999 by IBM Director Jane Harper

***In an era when every young, gifted programmer, engineer, or entrepreneur's first instinct was to write their own business plan or head to a fast-growing startup, she asked:

***"Why would really great people — the best technical and managerial talent in the world — want to come work at IBM?"

**This question spawned Extreme Blue in Cambridge, Mass., which has since grown into a thriving platform for innovation and talent acquisition.  That this type of talent would go to Big Blue, was previously unthinkable.

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Conscience is the Knowledge That Someone is Watching

Conscience is the Knowledge That Someone is Watching | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This was posted by Daniel Honen on Big Think

Very interesting series of videos on the discussion by Larry Summers of Big Think and the Nantucket Project a festival of ideas held on Nantucket, Massachusetts this month. The comments at the bottom are worth reading as well.


The panel was stacked with financial heavyweights Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Larry Summers, Former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, Hedge Fund Manager Eddie Lampert, venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry and Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments. The panel was moderated by Tom Stewart, Chief Knowledge Officer at Booz and Company

****The question of short-termism was the subject of a lively panel at  Stewart, Chief Knowledge Officer at Booz and Company. The full panel can be viewed here.

The highlights in this post bellow follow an exchange between

****Larry Summers and Eric Schmidt, in response to Tom Stewart's question about

*****whether it is difficult for a CEO to embrace the long view if he has to live and die quarter-by-quarter.

****Schmidt immediately turned this question back to the panel and audience, by posing the rhetorical question,

****"How long is the future?"

Watch Eric Schmidt here:

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The Question: What is the most interesting thing you came across today?

The Question: What is the most interesting thing you came across today? | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Great piece by Ross Dawson about Twitter, and how people can add something to what he refers to as the "global brain" which is a knowledge network that he says will become Twitter News Network.

Very interesting links to other discussions with Gerd Leonhard and the future of Twitter.

Twitter has moved from asking ‘what are you doing now?’ to ‘what’s happening?’, and now describes itself as an ‘information network‘.

**The Twitter News Network is a manifestation of the global brain, in which we create value for others by contributing to the visibility and availability of high-value information.

While many contribute nothing of value to Twitter,

****many extraordinarily talented and interesting contributors are doing what they can to add value to others. It is a choice we make, by how we engage in our social networks.

****If we consider what we can best contrbute to global consciousness, it is very likely the most interesting things we come across.

**The most intriguing, through-provoking, stimulating ideas, whether they be in the form of an article, a video, a conversation, or anything else from the vastness of media and ideas we encounter each day.

**If everyone just shared the single most interesting thing they came across each day, we would all be so much better off.

****This tiny effort would add value to everyone. We could all ask ourselves: What is the most interesting thing I saw today?, and share it, since it would very likely be of interest to many others.


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Why canalising the collective intelligence turns us into leaders

Why canalising the collective intelligence turns us into leaders | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

I found this fascinating article about collective intelligence on Howard Rhinegold's topics, right here in the scoopit community. He has several amazing pieces in his topic infotention, take a look around, this will expand your mind and usher you into the future......thank you Howard for continually bringing us quality content that makes us think!!


"I have recently finished reading the book 'The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few' by James Surowiecki and I can strongly recommend it to anyone that is interested in how opinions are conformed, and why self-organisation might...


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Generation Flux: The Pioneers Of The New Chaotic Frontier Of Business

Generation Flux: The Pioneers Of The New Chaotic Frontier Of Business | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This timely and relevant article was written by Robert Safien a staff writer for Fast Company

"The future of business is pure chaos. Here’s how you can survive--and perhaps even thrive".

My commentary:

Reading this is unsettling, exciting, challenging and most of all, there are no concrete answers, no formula, no roadmap. Those people and/or organizations that are comfortable with ambiguity and chaos will survive.  Lots to digest, worth your time. If you don't have time to read the whole article, I've captured the key points and what you should pay attention to.

The author refers to Generation Flux who are the pioneers leading the way in this era of chaos.  People that fall into this category can be any age and from any industry.

The following quote from

At age 19, Pete Cashmore founded a tech blog in Scotland which grew into a monster site for social news.  Now 26 and CEO of that site, Mashable, he  sets the tone for the mindset of this group and what this article is all about with the following quote:

"I don't have any personal challenges about throwing away the past. If you're not changing, you're giving others a chance to catch up."

Mashable has more than 2 million Twitter followers.

Here's a synopsis:

Any business that ignores these transformations does so at its own peril. Despite recession, currency crises, and tremors of financial instability, the pace of disruption is roaring ahead.

**The frictionless spread of information and the expansion of personal, corporate, and global networks have plenty of room to run. And here's the conundrum:

**When business people search for the right forecast--the road map and model that will define the next era--no credible long-term picture emerges.

**There is one certainty, however. The next decade or two will be defined more by fluidity than by any new, settled paradigm

**if there is a pattern to all this, it is that there is no pattern. The most valuable insight is that we are, in a critical sense, in a time of chaos.


To flourish requires a new kind of openness. More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin foreshadowed this era in his description of natural selection: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent that survives.

****"It is the one that is most adaptable to change." As we traverse this treacherous, exciting bridge to tomorrow, there is no clearer message than that.

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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/AeiVf6]

Karen Dietz's comment, January 9, 2012 10:05 PM
Great article Jan! Thanks for curating it. I very much enjoyed the read -- it's an accurate description of today and the future.
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Networked Society 'On the Brink' - Emerging Opportunities Enabled by Technology [Video]

On The Brink is a discussion the past, present and future of connectivity with a mix of people including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud.

**Each of the interviewees discusses the emerging opportunities being enabled by technology as we enter the Networked Society.

**Concepts such as borderless opportunities and creativity, new open business models, and today's 'dumb society' are brought up and discussed.

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Click here to see the video: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7cuatm_bqw&feature=youtu.be]

janlgordon's comment, November 7, 2011 2:41 PM
Hi Oliver, Pretty amazing stuff right? It really gets one thinking about at all the possibilities, innovation and things that haven't even been created yet. Exciting times to say the least:-)
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Video: Do You Want to Change the World?

Video: Do You Want to Change the World? | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Very inspiring!!

Thoughts from an 8pm WarriorLeadership, marketing, and social media for limitless warriors

If you really want to change the world, you must do it publicly.

**Declare it.

Your closest friends may laugh. Your family will think you’re crazy. Your team members might roll their eyes.

Trust me.

Many will call you crazy, but along the way you’ll attract fellow Warriors who are waiting to follow someone with a vision.

People are waiting for you.

Let them know.

I want to change the world and after Steve Jobs died, this video brought tears to my eyes. He narrated it.


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The emergence of Talents Networks

Absolutely fascinating - this is the future and it's happening now.......

by Didier Marlier


In the true spirit of P.F.E. (Proudly Found Elsewhere), so typical of the Open Source Economy, I borrowed the title (and a lot of the content) of this post to Neil Perkin, one of my colleagues in Gerd Leonhard’s “Futures Agency”. I’d like to thank him for the source of inspiration his article was for me and hopefully will be for many of you.

Neil enthusiastically describes the emergence of Talent Networks and the way these start to organize and work. One of them is a new New-York based advertising agency named “Co”. “The name deliberately evokes their business model of co-creation, collaboration and co-venturing, of a small, agile organizational hub that works with and draws from a list of 40 agencies, businesses and consultancies that are specialists in particular services ranging from digital marketing, to PR, Social Media, Design, technology, gaming, events and media” writes Neil.

**This to him is symptomatic of a broader trend: the rise of Talent Networks.

The principal causes for that emergence is to be found in the digitization and the recession (which) have combined to create en environment in which the value of much of what we know is depreciating, and which increasingly requires a culture and a pace of innovation that is consistent with start-ups (…) Corporate down-sizing and technology have combined to create an influx of highly talemted individuals into the market with the ready means to turnthat talent into real value (…)


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Cities Are Immortal; Companies Die

Fascinating post by John Hagel from Silicon Valley @jhagel! Great insights, food for thought...........


Here's an excerpt:


All companies die. All cities are nearly immortal.

Both are type of networks, with different destinies. There are two basic network forms: organisms or ecosystems. Companies are like organisms, while cities are like ecosystems.


All organisms (and companies) have share many universal laws of growth. Creatures age in the same way, whether they are small animals, large mammals, starfish, bacteria, and even cells. They share similar metabolic rates. Similar distributions. All ecosystems (and cities) also share universal laws. They evolve and scale in a similar fashion among themselves — whether they are forests, meadows, coral reefs, or grasslands, or villages.


Geoff West from the Santa Fe Institute has piles of data to prove these universal and predictive laws of life. For instance, organisms scale in a 3/4 law. For every doubling in size, they increase in other factors by less than one, or .75. The bigger the organism, the slower it goes. Both elephants and mice have the same number of heartbeats per lifespan, but he elephant beats slower.


Ecosystems and cities, on the other hand, scale by greater than one, or 1.15. Every year cities increase in wealth, crime, traffic, patents, pollution, disease, infrastructure, and per capita by 15%. The bigger the city, the faster it goes.

A less than one rate of exponential growth inevitably leads to an s-curve of stagnation. All organisms and companies eventually stagnate and die. A greater than one rate of exponential leads to a hockey stick upshot of seemingly unlimited growth. All cities keep growing. As West remarked: We can drop an atom bomb on a city and 30 years later it will be thriving.



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