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Creating a Global Language Archive

Creating a Global Language Archive | Megatrends | Scoop.it

 

This is an excellent blog post by futurist Thomas Fey, whom I can warmly recommend following. He writes about the decline of local languages.

 

By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will disappear, as young people abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.

 

For most of us, the language we speak is like the air we breathe. But what happens when we wake up and find that our air is going extinct?

 

According to Oregon’s Living Tongues Institute, one of the world’s languages dies every 14 days.

 

You can find Thomas Frey on Twitter here: @ThomasFrey.

 

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About Megatrends

About Megatrends | Megatrends | Scoop.it

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. 


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.


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

 

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I believe that knowledge is everything. Knowledge is ideas. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is hope. 

But only if it is shared and applied.


That is why I created Megatrends on Scoop.it. 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. 

I'm co-founder of FutureShifts, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

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I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

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“The Future of Everything”

“The Future of Everything” | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Read 50 experts discuss their visions for the future of everything from technology to the music industry.



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In this collection, leading thinkers in fields from art to transportation offer their vision for what the decades ahead will look like.


  • Christopher Nolan, director of "Dark Knight" and "Inception," shares why he thinks movie theaters will survive
  • Lawrence Summers, former Treasury secretary, discusses the future challenges facing job creation
  • Alice Waters, renowned chef and author, outlines her vision for the future of food
  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, discusses bringing the internet to everyone globally
  • Linda Fried, Columbia dean and professor, shares her vision for the future of retirement in the U.S.
  • Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter, discusses the future of the music industry 


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The Trends You Need to Know to be Relevant

An A-Z glossary of the top must-know terms to be aware of to stay culturally relevant in 2015. 

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This A-to-Z-of-culture contains all the key words, concepts, and trends that will be topical in 2015 and can serve as a cultural crib sheet and conversation starter as you surf though 2015.


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Global Economic Outlook Q1 2015

Global Economic Outlook Q1 2015 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A sharp drop in the price of oil; a shift in US monetary policy; and weaker growth along with low inflation in the Eurozone, Japan, and China are significantly influencing the global economy. 

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Read the report online or download the PDF.


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25 Disruptive Technology Trends 2015 - 2016

Brian Solis explores some of the biggest technology trends and possible twists on the horizon for 2015 and 2016. Topics include cyber security, mobile payments, wearables, Internet of Things and The Sharing Economy. 


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Read also this related post on Brian Solis' blog.

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How To Imagine The Future(s) Of Your Business

How To Imagine The Future(s) Of Your Business | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Can seeing the future - of the economy, your company, the science world - be a skill anyone can learn?


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It isn’t enough to simply imagine the future. The future should include people with emotional stories. That’s what gives it a real-world context. There are many levels of detail you might think about. Consider at least the following three:

  1. WORLD VIEW. This is where we explain what the world we have imagined would actually look like. These are usually broad generalizations about what the future world is about. Is it utopian? Is it dystopian? Is there peace or war? What is the overall setting and mood of this world?


  2. SYSTEM VIEW. Here, we go even deeper, describing how the future world plays out in terms of political, social, ethnic, religious, and economic systems. It is not enough to just imagine a future world; we need to have some idea, albeit imaginary, of how the world might work in those dimensions.


  3. INTERACTION VIEW. This is the most emotional and personal level. Once we have imagined the world and described how it works, we now need to place a person in that world and tell a story about him. What does that person care about, what objects does he interact with, what does it mean to have a daily routine? For a full effect, create artifacts, sounds, and videos of what it means for that person to live in that world.
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, January 12, 6:10 AM

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Good points... e.g. now every training, every coaching session starts with the solicitation of the trainee/coachee to imagine how it will work in the future, what is the desired state, and i'ts - in its basic concepts - OK because "no wind is useful to a captain of a ship who does not know where he wants to go..." OK, we know well this tune... Why then still that it might be so hard to make it for not a few people especially in a business setting (beyond a very general statement that "yes, of course, everything will go well by then...") Then, the reaction of the trainers, coaches are sometimes incomprehension and they might see in this the "resistance" of the trainee/coachee in the process...

 

Well, let's face it, it happens more than once... this article tries to propose some practical elements how to turbo up the imegination in such a situation... Good...:-))

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The Tech Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2015

The Tech Trends You Can’t Ignore in 2015 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Is your company poised to build the next Uber? Have you started imagining how cryptocurrencies could be used to shore up your company’s digital security? Have you considered that the algorithms your company uses might inadvertently be lying to you?

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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, January 7, 5:52 PM

De acuerdo al portal Global Trends: “La única constante en el siglo 21 es el CAMBIO. La turbulencia geopolitica y los avances tecnológicos serán sólo algunos de los factores que determinan el 2015. El crearse un punto de vista sobre las tendencias actuales y futuras es cada vez más importante para prosperar en un mundo cada vez más complejo y competitivo”.

 

En éste artículo podrás encontrar:

Tendencias del comportamiento de los consumidores.Tendencias económicas.Tendencias de los mercados financieros y de inversión.Tendencias de las tecnologías de la información y comunicación.Tendencias sobre la seguridad informática.Tendencias de las redes sociales.Tendencias de la venta al por menor.Tendencias de las marcas.Tendencias de mercadotecnia.Tendencias de los SEO (Search Engine Optimization).Tendencias del diseño web.Tendencias del reclutamiento y empleo.Tendencias del diseño y la moda.Tendencias de la salud y el bienestar.Tendencias de los alimentos y bebidas.Tendencias de los viajes.
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Megatrends Collisions: Introducing the Sharing Economy

Megatrends Collisions: Introducing the Sharing Economy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The collisions between megatrends can create new and disruptive environments. Consumers increasingly value access over ownership. This trend is currently playing out in a dynamic collection of sectors that is often labelled “the sharing economy”.


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10 Trends for 2015

10 Trends for 2015 by Havas Worldwide. While two years ago, the report noted the coming rise in “co-” words (co-create, co-parent, copreneur), for 2015 “self-” is the overriding idea.

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Josie Gibson's curator insight, December 12, 2014 3:24 PM

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Andrew Wilson's curator insight, December 13, 2014 2:48 AM

http://richardverkley2.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/want-to-know-who-is-richard-verkley/

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 14, 2014 2:19 PM

Very interesting predictions.  Worth looking at if marketing and strategy are your interests.  

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Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015

World Economic Forum's Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015 features an analysis of the Top 10 trends which will preoccupy our experts for the next 12-18 months as well as the key challenges facing the world’s regions, an overview of global leadership and governance, and the emerging issues that will define our future. 

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The Age of Networked Matter

In the next ten years we will enter the Age of Networked Matter, in which the connections between biology and machinery are brought to the forefront and we begin to rethink our roles in the world. Robots will form their own social networks, chairs will be digitally-rights managed, microbes will talk to kitchens, and every object will be six degrees away from the rest of the world. 


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In the Age of Networked Matter, we must all become adept systems thinkers. Use this map to think systematically about the next decades of transformative change and anticipate the opportunities and challenges of a wholly linked world.


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, December 7, 2014 5:10 PM

Hmmm... don't know exactly how to handle this piece but it's definitely interesting "matter"...:-)))

Gary Bamford's curator insight, December 8, 2014 7:57 AM

Bring on the 'breakthroughs' ...

Elizabeth Kilroy's curator insight, January 21, 7:50 AM
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for oursenses to grow sharper,” wrote poet W. B.Yeats
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A Strategist’s Guide to the Internet of Things

A Strategist’s Guide to the Internet of Things | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Humanity has arrived at a critical threshold in the evolution of computing. By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the globe will be connected to the Internet. Perhaps a third of them will be computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. The remaining two-thirds will be other kinds of “things”: sensors, actuators, and newly invented intelligent devices that monitor, control, analyze, and optimize our world.


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The digital interconnection of billions of devices is today’s most dynamic business opportunity. This article questions how your company will build value in this new world. It will depend on the type of business you have today, the capabilities you can develop for tomorrow, and, most of all, your ability to understand the meaning of this new technology.


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10 Trends for 2015

10 trends for 2015. And 10 prime innovation opportunities to run with – and profit from – in 2015!

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, November 29, 2014 3:53 AM

The New Year draws close!

Marketing Partners LLC's curator insight, November 29, 2014 12:27 PM

You'll find loads of great information focused on local small business marketing at LocalMarketing.Today digital magazine

Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, November 30, 2014 4:36 PM

Knowing the possible trends in services in 2015, allows us to plan since late 2014 that we must make changes in our companies.

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RoboCorp

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Get ready for companies that run themselves. But will the autonomous economy set us all free, or just make the rich richer?

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This is a highly relevant topic, which will be covered by The Global Peter Drucker Forum in November 2015. The theme of this year's conference is: "Technology-Enhanced Humanism."

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Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos

Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos | Megatrends | Scoop.it
A decade ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen first suggested we were living in the “Anthropocene,” a new geological epoch in which humans had altered the planet. Now, in an article for Yale Environment 360, Crutzen and a coauthor explain why adopting this term could help transform the perception of our role as stewards of the Earth.


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For millennia, humans have behaved as rebels against a superpower we call “Nature.” In the 20th century, however, new technologies, fossil fuels, and a fast-growing population resulted in a “Great Acceleration” of our own powers.


Albeit clumsily, we are taking control of Nature’s realm, from climate to DNA. We humans are becoming the dominant force for change on Earth. A long-held religious and philosophical idea — humans as the masters of planet Earth — has turned into a stark reality. What we do now already affects the planet of the year 3000 or even 50,000.


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How Uber's Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs and Reshape the Economy by 2025

How Uber's Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs and Reshape the Economy by 2025 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Autonomous cars will be commonplace by 2025 and have a near monopoly by 2030, and the sweeping change they bring will eclipse every other innovation our society has experienced. They will cause unprecedented job loss and a fundamental restructuring of our economy, solve large portions of our environmental problems, prevent tens of thousands of deaths per year, save millions of hours with increased productivity, and create entire new industries that we cannot even imagine from our current vantage point.


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The Productivity Challenge of an Aging Global Workforce

The Productivity Challenge of an Aging Global Workforce | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The world is aging, and that matters for growth. In the past, an abundant and growing labor pool was a powerful engine of the world economy; today, the number of workers is starting to decline in many countries.

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Without an acceleration in productivity growth, the rate of global GDP growth is set to decline by 40% from 3.6% a year between 1964 and 2012 to only 2.1% over the next 50 years. It would take 80% faster productivity growth to fully compensate for the projected decline.


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wimi.pro's curator insight, January 25, 5:02 AM

A great reminder that despite the cloud productivity revolution, real challenges lie ahead!

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Are You Prepared to Wear a New Hat?

NEUROTiQ is brain animating fashion – a knitted, 3d printed, EEG brain sensor – that maps thoughts and exhibits brain states with color. 


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The rise of 3-D printing will make life as we know it today barely recognizable. Are you prepared to wear a new hat?


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Looking Ahead: The Best of 2015 Trends

Looking Ahead: The Best of 2015 Trends | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The only constant in the 21st century is change.


Geopolitical turbulence and technological advances will be just some of the factors shaping the year ahead. Creating a point of view about ongoing and future trends is increasingly important to thrive in an ever more complex and competitive world.


In 2011, when we typed Trends for 2011 into Google on January 1st 2011 it gave us around 46 million results. As we typed Trends for 2015 in January 1st 2015 it gave us 579 million results.


The number and diversity of opinions about what’s in store for the forthcoming year is exploding – making it harder to sift the important from the irrelevant, and to develop that critical point of view.


 


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The 14 Most Interesting Stories Of 2014

The 14 Most Interesting Stories Of 2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Better workplaces to environmental destruction, better diets to education reform, here are the stories from Fast Company's co.EXIST that created the most buzz in the last year.


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Top 15 Expert Tech Predictions for 2015

Based on findings from our annual survey of nearly 2,000 global technology professionals, the slideshare reveals data about increased usage in cloud computing, wearable tech, and localized apps. These findings will shed light on how this behavior is poised to transform business, culture and daily life in the coming months.


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The Qualified Self: Going Beyond Quantification

The Qualified Self: Going Beyond Quantification | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As humans, we are driven to seek ever-deeper understandings of both the world around us and 
the world within us. 
A growing number of us do just that by tracking the hours we sleep, the calories we eat, the miles we run, and many other types of inputs, states, and measures of performance.

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World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior

The World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior shows how a richer view of human behavior can help achieve development. It shows how a more subtle view of human behavior provides new tools for interventions.


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To inspire a fresh look at how development work is done, the report outlines three principles of human decision making: thinking automatically, thinking socially, and thinking with mental models. Much of human thinking is automatic and depends on whatever comes to mind most effortlessly. All people are deeply social and many will cooperate as long as others do too, and they are influenced by social networks and norms. Finally, most people do not invent new concepts; rather they use mental models drawn from their societies and shared histories to interpret their experiences.


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A Vision Of The Vertical Cities Of The Future

A Vision Of The Vertical Cities Of The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

We're talking more than skyscrapers, but rather a complete ecosystem in the sky that you never have to leave.


Cities will need to be denser and taller in the future. It's the only way to accommodate a global population of 9 billion-plus people and increasing demand for urban living (70% of us could live in cities by 2050, according to some projections). 

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What’s next in 3D printing

What’s next in 3D printing | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.

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What Ecology Can Teach Us About the Future of Education

What Ecology Can Teach Us About the Future of Education | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Many thought leaders in education, including Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Sir Ken Robinson, have suggested that the current education system is outdated and requires fundamental transformation to respond to the growing pressures of societal change. Often drawing on analogies to evolution and natural selection, leading thinkers have characterized the need for change as not just well-timed but inevitable.  Here, we draw upon the work of ecologists Lance Gunderson and C.S. Holling to compare the education system to other maladaptive human and natural systems in an attempt to understand the transformation ahead.


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Great writing by Jennifer Davis Poon. Check out Jennifer's blog.There are some good post there on the future of public education.


You can also follow Jennifer on Twitter here: @JDPoon.

 

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