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Inside Africa’s Consumer Revolution

Inside Africa’s Consumer Revolution | Megatrends | Scoop.it

 

Nowadays, Africa’s economic potential – and the business opportunities that go with it – is widely acknowledged. Poverty and unemployment are still more widespread than in other emerging markets, but accelerating growth since 2000 has made Africa the world’s second-fastest-growing region.



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About Megatrends

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Megatrends are our knowledge about the probable future.

 

Megatrends are the forces social, economic, political, environmental or technological change that define our present and future worlds.

 

The purpose of this site - Megatrends - is to highlight some of my favorite articles, videos, graphics and audio about megatrends influencing the future of business. 


My personal aim is to provide you with stories you can learn and grow from. The kind of stories that provokes personal reflection and constructive action. 


As Yogi Berra was reported to have said, "The future ain't what it used to be."

 

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10 Breakthrough Innovations That Will Shape The World In 2025

10 Breakthrough Innovations That Will Shape The World In 2025 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

What world-changing scientific discoveries might we see by 2025? Will we have more energy technologies that move us away from fossil fuels? Will there be cures for cancer and other diseases? How will we get around and communicate?


To make some predictions, the Thomson Reuters IP & Science unit looked at two sorts of data: current scientific journal literature and patent applications. Counting citations and other measures of buzz, they identified 10 hot fields, then made specific forecasts for each.


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A world where food is plentiful and drugs are personalized may not be as far off as it seems.


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The World in 2025

This paper is a compilation of 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025, based on research done by Thomson Reuters analysts using the company’s patent and scientific literature solutions. 

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What will be the major innovations

impacting our world in 2025? Read on to find out. 

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The Future of Newspapers

Dominique Delport, Chairman Havas Media Group points at the rise of the global middle class and asks journalists, before all, to please stop talking about the fall of newspapers.

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Five reasons to place your bets on a better future:


  • The rise of the global middle class
  • Mobile first
  • Most popular writing
  • Data exploitation driving business
  • Innovation & agility


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The Future Is about People

The Future Is about People | Megatrends | Scoop.it

We are in the midst of a complex, rapidly changing and uncertain landscape where we must consider how society, the economy, and the environment will collide in unexpected ways to shape the future.


Ultimately, the future will differ greatly from today with shifts in society, advancements in technology, and the creation of new forms of government. The one thing that will remain the same is the central role of people in defining the landscape of the future. Whether it is through enabling exploration through a mindset of abundance, enhancing robotics for interpersonal relationships, or connecting virtual and physical worlds for better sense making, any useful vision of the future must be human centric.


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A fine white paper from The Futurist in advance of the author's session at WorldFuture 2014.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 8, 2:32 AM

Future uncertain, but people will define it!

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Project #LIVE

Live storytelling is changing our definition of who and what is “creative.” It’s no longer the rarefied skill of a few people. Everyone can be creative nowadays, everyone is their own media company, everyone can participate in stories and ideas are constantly bubbling up from the audience.

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Amazing video: The power of networks and in-the-moment connectivity. 

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Preparing for the Future

Talk at Deloitte's EMEA Global 'Exploring the Horizons of Global Mobility' conference. Describing how exponential growth in technology and information demands that we shift into a new era of extreme clarity, focus and mindfulness.


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Ivo Kleber's curator insight, June 30, 12:53 PM

Talk at Deloitte's EMEA Global 'Exploring the Horizons of Global Mobility' conference. Describing how exponential growth in technology and information demands …

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Five Tech Megatrends that are Changing the Game

Five Tech Megatrends that are Changing the Game | Megatrends | Scoop.it

In 10 years, over 40 percent of the Fortune 500 will no longer be around. By 2020, more than three fourths of the S&P 500 will be organizations that we have not heard of yet. Predictions like these are common these days. What if they turn out to be correct?


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Fouad Bendris's curator insight, June 21, 5:51 AM

The Five Technology Megatrends will create new winners and take out laggards faster than ever before. The discoveries and innovations you develop in response to these trends could change your game, but only if you seize the day !

Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 22, 4:02 AM

New times - new ways of organize things too? Or at least time to?

maralma's curator insight, June 22, 12:53 PM

THE FUTURE STARTS NOW!

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The Corporation For the Future

The Corporation For the Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The great institutions of our age are global corporations. Their power and influence touch every life on earth. But how can we shape the corporations the world needs for the future? 


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The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized

For years, the internet's biggest players have hoarded your personal data and sold it for billions. Now, a band of angry startups is demanding privacy and aiming to overhaul the social-media business forever.

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A World To Conquer

A World To Conquer | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Asian business is reforming. Its emerging multinationals will change the way we all live.


For Western firms, Asia’s shortcomings have been a relief. The iPhone shows why: although it is made by the hands of Chinese workers, it is the brains behind it, at Apple and at high-tech component-makers in the rich world, that take nearly all the profits. Now, however, the rules that have governed Asian capitalism for the past two decades are changing. Asian firms are having to become brainier, more nimble and more global.

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A Simple Tool for Making Better Forecasts

A Simple Tool for Making Better Forecasts | Megatrends | Scoop.it

One of the most basic keys to good decision-making is accurate forecasting of the future. In order to bring about the best outcomes, a company must correctly anticipate the most likely future states of the world. Yet despite its importance, companies not only routinely make basic forecasting mistakes, they also shoot themselves in the foot by applying procedures that make accurate predictions harder to achieve.


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The New York Times Innovation Report

The New York Times Innovation Report | Megatrends | Scoop.it

It's an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital — even in one of the world's greatest newsrooms. Read it.


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Olivier Arnould's curator insight, May 20, 2:13 AM

About change management and transformation...

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How the Next Generation Is Approaching Society’s Biggest Problems

How the Next Generation Is Approaching Society’s Biggest Problems | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Younger people, are choosing different types of career paths. The old model — get a job, earn money, pay back — is being replaced by an earlier commitment to change.


We need to encourage the trends we’re witnessing ­— the continued commitment of human and financial capital and the use of technology in new and innovative ways — if we are going to help future generations create an affordable and equitable society.


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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, August 1, 2:35 PM

These all are getting away from the traditional top-down monolithic approach, especially toward education.  I've been working in an education niche for 30 years, and the dynamic people this decentralized approach attracts to the schools I work with are impressive and doing great experimentation with good results. -Lon

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The Digital Disruption in Banking

Results of Accenture's survey indicate that customers want a bank that’s nimble and proactive, one that can be a part of their daily lives. The idea of “convenience” in banking is undergoing a shift away from branch locations and toward digital products and services that mesh with consumers’ “smart” mobile-empowered lives. Also, banks that cling to the status quo risk being viewed over time more like utilities that conduct financial transactions. 

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I also recommend that you read these resources on digital disruption and the future of banking: 


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10 Digital Health Trends for the Next 20 Years

The Digital Health Revolution is upon us. Here are the ten trends that will impact each and everyone of us in the coming years to help us live healthier, stronger and smarter lives. 

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Fine Slideshare presentation by Stephen Davies.


Follow Stephen on Twitter here: @stedavies


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How to thrive in a world where change is constant

How to thrive in a world where change is constant | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito is constantly thinking about what the future might hold. But, he says, an obsession with what's to come is unhealthy and unhelpful.

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8 tips to help you thrive in a changing world. Excellent TED Talk by Joi Ito. 

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The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

In just six years time, the skills you'll be looking for in star employees will be vastly different from those ideal in today's workers. Consider this your crystal ball.

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Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, July 7, 4:48 PM

organisations who start thinking in this space will have the competitive edge. It's all  about being ready for the future.

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Internet of Things and Wearables Will Dominate by 2025

Internet of Things and Wearables Will Dominate by 2025 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Experts believe the Internet of Things — the concept that all devices, objects and systems could be web connected and share information in the future — will have a widespread effect on the way we live our everyday lives by 2025.


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Robot Doctors, Online Lawyers and Automated Architects: The Future of the Professions?

Robot Doctors, Online Lawyers and Automated Architects: The Future of the Professions? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. Now highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs that were once regarded as safe could be at risk. How will these professions adapt to the digital age?

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The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1%

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Nafeez Ahmed: The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth.


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12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World

12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could be run in the future.

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Urbanization and the evolution of cities across 10,000 years

About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary agriculture, moved to semi-permanent villages and never looked back. With further developments came food surpluses, leading to commerce, specialization and, many years later with the Industrial Revolution, the modern city.


Vance Kite plots our urban past and how we can expect future cities to adapt to our growing populations.


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7 Predictions for Your Brain in 2050

What can we expect in terms of innovations based on their research in the next, say, 35 years? That was the topic of a discussion at New York City's Hunter College Thursday night as part of the World Science Festival. Host Robert Krulwich, a longtime reporter who's perhaps best known as one of the silvery voices behind the Radiolab podcast, asked a panel of researchers and neuroscientists how, based on current research and the trajectory of neuroscience, we might expect innovations in terms of the human brain to logically progress. These are their predictions.
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Predicting Uncertain Events on a Global Scale

Predicting Uncertain Events on a Global Scale | Megatrends | Scoop.it

When it comes to predicting world events, some of the most influential decisions are fraught with a significant amount of uncertainty: Will this national economy stabilize or crash? Will that country follow through with their promises to halt production of WMDs? Will these public demonstrations lead to democratic change or violent revolt?


“Governments rely routinely and heavily on intuitive beliefs about high-stakes outcomes,” write psychology researchers Barbara Mellers, Philip Tetlock, Don Moore, and colleagues.


Despite this, training the people who make these intuitive judgments is difficult, because there is little scientific research available that can shed light on the issue.


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Crippled by Connectivity?

Crippled by Connectivity? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Every time you install a new app, it gives you a list of 100 things it wants total authority to do for evermore. How can you possibly keep track of all those? There are far more windows and doors to check before you go out.


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