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A smattering of disparate developments that have the potential to change the world we live in.
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Exponential Organizations Are The Future Of Global Business And Innovation

Exponential Organizations Are The Future Of Global Business And Innovation | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Here’s a strange thought: Not very long ago, vertical integration was the cutting edge of global business. Indeed, well into the last century, the companies..
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This article summarizes the shift from an economy based on scarcity (resulting in vertically integrated organizations that own all components of the process but which are cumbersome and hard to change quickly) to an economy of abundance (think AirBnB, with its millions of listings and Billions in revenue with no ownership of property, able to instantly change its policies, pricing and offerings). 

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The Trade Delusion - Project Syndicate

The Trade Delusion - Project Syndicate | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
The Trade Delusion Project Syndicate But, though many experts fear that protectionism is undermining globalization, threatening to impede global economic growth, slower growth in global trade may be inevitable, and trade liberalization is...
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Piketty's Exploration of Modern Capital - Consortium News

Piketty's Exploration of Modern Capital - Consortium News | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Consortium News Piketty's Exploration of Modern Capital Consortium News It is a far-flung database spreading as far away as India and Indonesia, since Piketty was not just interested in mature, post-industrial economies; he also wanted to examine...
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Great summary of a great work: Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty. If you can't make your way through the whole tome, at least read this precis to understand why this book has ignited such heated debate between left and right wing ideologues. 

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Human cause of global warming is near certainty, UN reports

Human cause of global warming is near certainty, UN reports | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Global warming is unequivocal, human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, already at levels not seen in at least 800,000 years, will persist for many centuries, the...
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The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society? - The Guardian

The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society? - The Guardian | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
The Guardian
The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society?
The Guardian
To get a better sense of the impact of technology on our labour market we don't need to rely entirely on frothy speculation about the future.
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Implications of robot technology on wealth, sharing of resources is a fascinating read. 

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IDC Energy Insights Releases Top 10 Predictions for Worldwide Utilities in 2014 - Business Wire (press release)

IDC Energy Insights Releases Top 10 Predictions for Worldwide Utilities in 2014 - Business Wire (press release) | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
IDC Energy Insights Releases Top 10 Predictions for Worldwide Utilities in 2014 Business Wire (press release) Featuring analysts Robert Parker, Roberta Bigliani, Jill Feblowitz, Gaia Gallotti, and Marcus Torchia, the session provided organizations...
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Smart Grid innovation, distributed generation to lead the way; exactly the OPPOSITE of the direction the Alberta Government has taken. 

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Saving the Great Plains water supply - Phys.org

Saving the Great Plains water supply - Phys.org | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
In the current issue of Earth's Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, Michigan State University scientists are proposing alternatives that will halt and hopefully reverse the unsustainable use of water drawdown in the aquifer.
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Follow the water: warning signs ahead. 

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$16.1 Billion Big Data Market: 2014 Predictions From IDC And IIA - Forbes

$16.1 Billion Big Data Market: 2014 Predictions From IDC And IIA - Forbes | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
$16.1 Billion Big Data Market: 2014 Predictions From IDC And IIA
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Both IDC and The International Institute of Analytics (IIA) discussed their big data and analytics predictions for 2014 in separate webcasts earlier this week.
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Big data to grow 6X faster than IT services

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13 Major Marketing Trends For 2013

13 Major Marketing Trends For 2013 | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
A few slides on the shifting trends in marketing http://t.co/i5Vjo1LN4W (surprise surprise Big Data has a feature) #marketing
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Understanding (through metrics and data analysis) the interconnection of social media, mobile communications and traditional media is essential to marketing success. 

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All the evidence so far suggests that MH17 was accidentally shot down by pro ... - Deutsche Welle

All the evidence so far suggests that MH17 was accidentally shot down by pro ... - Deutsche Welle | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
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All the evidence so far suggests that MH17 was accidentally shot down by pro ...
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"Immense implications" for peace in Europe. Putin will be forced to pull back support for the rebels or risk economic isolation; the West will have to choose whether to support Ukraine against the Russian backed rebels with on the ground military support. 

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The Intrigue Lying Behind Iraq's Jihadist Uprising

The Intrigue Lying Behind Iraq's Jihadist Uprising | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
There are as many winners as there are losers in the Iraq game.
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Borders are being forcibly re-drawn in Iraq and Syria by Islamic fundamentalists, upending the arbitrary borders agreed to in secret by British and French governments in 1916 (know as the Sykes-Picot agreement). The region, so crucial to world oil markets,  could devolve back into tribal groupings of Shias in the south, Sunnis in the centre-west and Kurds to the north. 

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Why Europe and America don't want an independent Scotland run by shape-shifting Alex Salmond – Telegraph Blogs

Why Europe and America don't want an independent Scotland run by shape-shifting Alex Salmond – Telegraph Blogs | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
The prospect of an independent Scotland is unsettling even normally laid-back leaders like President Barack Obama and Carl Bildt of Sweden, a foreign minister with experience of post-Cold War tensions that no current British decision-maker can claim.
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Funny, but heavily biased, pro Union view of the growing alarm regarding Scottish Independence, with SNP leader Alex Salmond cast as the Norse God Loki, cunning trickster and shape shifter. 

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Solar Energy Employment and Growth | The Energy Collective

Solar Energy Employment and Growth | The Energy Collective | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
While the looming solar trade case casts a shadow over future job growth in the industry, the general consensus is that employment figures will continue moving in a positive direction. The Solar Foundation projects 15.6 ...
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Renewables are an increasing part of the energy mix: 20% growth in employment in solar industry since 2012; most new users cite cost savings, not environment as reason for installing solar. 

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Will the World Grow More Authoritarian in 2014? - The Atlantic

Will the World Grow More Authoritarian in 2014? - The Atlantic | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
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Will the World Grow More Authoritarian in 2014?
The Atlantic
Freedom House reported a worldwide decline in Internet freedom, noting, amid Edward Snowden's revelations about U.S.
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Percentage of free (45%) versus partly free (30%) and not free (25%) countries in the world remained static in last few years. 

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Development of New U.S. Weapons Technology Could Have 'Apocalyptic ... - The Moscow Times

Development of New U.S. Weapons Technology Could Have 'Apocalyptic ... - The Moscow Times | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
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Sign of the times in Moscow: the Moscow Times quotes Russian Deputy Foreign Minister worried about new US "hypersoic missiles". 

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Decarbonising energy is only way to reach global growth ambitions - RenewEconomy

Decarbonising energy is only way to reach global growth ambitions - RenewEconomy | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Decarbonising energy is only way to reach global growth ambitions RenewEconomy As a recent report from McKinsey on resource productivity has highlighted, future growth will require substantial increases in the efficiency with which capital, energy...
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Next "New Deal" to stimulate growth could be to "de-carbonise" energy. 

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The American-made Stuxnet virus has infected the International Space Station | ExtremeTech

The American-made Stuxnet virus has infected the International Space Station | ExtremeTech | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Last year, news broke that a virus sabotaged the Iranian uranium enrichment program. It seemed all too convenient at the time, which was because it turned out the virus, Stuxnet, was engineering by the United States and Israel.
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