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What the Future May Bring

What the Future May Bring | Megatrends | Scoop.it
In his latest book, sustainable development expert Jorgen Randers offers an analysis of what the world will be like in the year 2052. It’s not a pretty picture.
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This fresh interview from MIT Sloan Management Review relates to the book "2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years" by Jorgen Randers, which was published in July 2012. 

 

You can find other related interviews here:

 

1. http://transitionculture.org/2012/08/17/an-interview-with-jorgen-randers-its-the-story-of-humanity-not-rising-to-the-occasion/

 

2. http://www.utne.com/environment/2052-global-forecast-ze0z1208zsie.aspx

 

3. http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/05/what-will-the-world-look-like-in-2052.html

 

You can buy the book on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Jørgen-Randers/e/B00884JUGK

 

 

 

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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 Future Associates, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethmikkelsen

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KennethMikkelsen

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth

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At the 'End of History' Still Stands Democracy

At the 'End of History' Still Stands Democracy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Twenty-five years after Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall's fall, liberal democracy still has no real competitors, writes Francis Fukuyama.


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The problem in today's world isn't just that authoritarian powers are on the move but that many existing democracies aren't doing well either.


Francis Fukuyama's new book will be published late September 2014.


You can find the book here: The Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 18, 12:32 AM

Fukuyama's "End of History" 2.0... 25 years later...

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The Rise of Robotics

The Rise of Robotics | Megatrends | Scoop.it

When people think “robots,” they often envision vaguely humanoid sci-fi-movie beings with strange speech patterns. But today’s state-of-the-art robots are a far cry from that outdated stereotype. And they are showing up for work. Increasingly flexible, responsive, sensing—even humanlike—robots are beginning to augment and replace labor in a wide range of industries: a megatrend that is transforming the economics of manufacturing and reshaping the business landscape.

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  • Robots are beginning to augment and replace labor in many industries—a megatrend that is transforming the economics of manufacturing and reshaping the business landscape.
  • As robots become cheaper, smaller, and more energy efficient, they gain flexibility and finesse, increasing the breadth of potential applications.
  • The rise and expanding reach of this megatrend raise a set of strategic issues that companies must address.
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 5, 9:49 AM

Sure... more and more area of work will be taken over... practically all which is more or less easy to be algorithmised... already lots of people has no chance to find really necessary work doable only by human resources... OK, it might be not so quick but just check the trend in the diagram in the post and think... 

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Top 10 USA Business Future Trends 2015

How will the waves of the future impact your business?


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The Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing

The Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Manufacturing cost structures around the world have changed so dramatically in a decade that many old perceptions of low-cost and high-cost nations no longer hold.

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To understand the shifting economics of global manufacturing, The Boston Consulting Group analyzed manufacturing costs for the world’s 25 leading exporting economies along four key dimensions: manufacturing wages, labor productivity, energy costs, and exchange rates. These 25 economies account for nearly 90 percent of global exports of manufactured goods.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 22, 1:27 AM

Good to know...

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The British tradition that Thatcher could not destroy

The British tradition that Thatcher could not destroy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A powerful new film celebrates cooperation, solidarity and selflessness.


Although many of our rulers would prefer us to believe otherwise, progress is not handed down as an act of munificence by the powerful, generously granting, say, women the vote or workers some basic rights.

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Change has never come from the top down, it comes from ordinary people, not so-called politicians or leaders.

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The Promise of Digital Entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs are the driving force behind job creation in the G20 countries, powered by their relentless efforts to innovate and embrace digital technologies: social media, mobile computing, big data, cloud and ‘the internet of things’.


New Accenture research concludes that lifting existing barriers: digital skills shortage, logistics at scale, policy and regulation, access to local markets and access to finance, with the help of large companies and other bridgemakers, could help young entrepreneurs to create 10 million more youth jobs in G20 countries.

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Five Ways 3-D Printing Technology Can Change Your Life

Five Ways 3-D Printing Technology Can Change Your Life | Megatrends | Scoop.it

3-D printing technology could change how we do everything from packing for trips to what’s made in our kitchens.Take a look at how five 3-D printed products can change your life.

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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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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, August 25, 3:26 AM

Interesting trend report on 10 High-Impact Innovations that will shape the World in 2025 by Thomson Reuters.

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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 7, 11:32 PM

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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The Rise of the Digital Bank

The Rise of the Digital Bank | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As European consumers move online, retail banks will have to follow. The problem is that most banks aren’t ready. 


Neither customers nor digital upstarts are likely to wait for retail banks to catch up. Recent analysis shows that over the next five years, more than two-thirds of banking customers in Europe are likely to be “self-directed” and highly adapted to the online world. In fact, these same consumers already take great advantage of digital technologies in other industries—booking flights and holidays, buying books and music, and increasingly shopping for groceries and other goods via digital channels. Once a credible digital-banking proposition exists, customer adoption will be breathtakingly fast and digital laggards will be left exposed.


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Across Europe, retail banks have digitized only 20 to 40 percent of their processes; 90 percent of European banks invest less than 0.5 percent of their total spending on digital. As a result, most have relatively shallow digital offerings focused on enabling basic customer transactions.

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14 Tech Predictions For Our World in 2020

14 Tech Predictions For Our World in 2020 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Technology Pioneers gives their views on how technology will change the world. From printable organs to the “internet of everywhere”, here are their predictions for our near-term future.

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Interesting insights from The World Economic Forum blog. 

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Want to Innovate? Become a "Now-ist"

Want to Innovate? Become a "Now-ist" | Megatrends | Scoop.it

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. "Remember when people used to try to predict the future?”


In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea.


This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.

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I also encourage you to read this article on Big Think: I'm Not a Futurist, I'm a Nowist


Besides from that Joi Ito has one of the coolest Twitter handles - follow him here@Joi



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Gary Bamford's curator insight, September 2, 11:33 PM

Excellent - well worth 12 minutes of your time!

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Humans Need Not Apply

The list of things that machines can do better than humans continues to grow, confounding our predictions. The jobs we think are safe may not be, and the ones we fear we’ll lose may be safer than we think.


This is a must-watch video on job automation. 

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I also encourage you to read The Second Machine Age, by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.

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The Internet of Things 2014

The Internet of Things 2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things (IoT) is simply a concept wherein machines and everyday objects are connected via the Internet. Within the IoT, devices are controlled and monitored remotely and usually wirelessly. IDC predicts that the IoT will include 212 billion things globally by the end of 2020.

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Karen Kerski's curator insight, August 22, 10:46 AM

You have to work this channel to be successful even if your market is local or regional.

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'The Internet Of Things' Will Change Virtually Everything About How Large Companies Operate

'The Internet Of Things' Will Change Virtually Everything About How Large Companies Operate | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The Internet Of Things will reshuffle priorities and costs for global enterprises. 


The IoT will be a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays entire business-to-business, consumer-facing and government industries. The IoT will account for an increasingly huge number of connections: 1.9 billion devices today, and 9 billion by 2018. That year, it will be roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers, and PCs combined.




Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis, Fred Zimny
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The Internet of Things will create new priorities, costs, and opportunities in virtually every industry.

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David Collet's curator insight, August 14, 12:16 AM

I think this is something to be concerned about.

Michael Allenberg's curator insight, August 15, 9:36 AM

... And about how ALL Experiences are both designed and consumed! #InnovateorDie #ConnectedBrain

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The End of the Internet?

The End of the Internet? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the world.


Yet all of this growth and increasing connectedness, which can seem both effortless and unstoppable, is now creating enormous friction, as yet largely invisible to the average surfer. It might not remain that way for much longer.


Fierce and rising geopolitical conflict over control of the global network threatens to create a balkanized system - what some technorati, including Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, have called “the splinternet.”

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 3, 9:41 AM

Oh well - it was good while it lasted!

Karen Kerski's curator insight, August 8, 7:21 AM

We are still creating this new world of shopping, sharing and innovating. I don't see an end - it is still in its infancy.

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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, 11:35 AM

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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Karlos Svoboda's curator insight, September 5, 2:33 AM

Digital health revolution does mean lose my privacy now. 

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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, 1:48 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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