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World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2013

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World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2013 is out - Get it here. 

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About Megatrends

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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: 

 

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

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10 Ways Humans Are Likely To Evolve

Will we get taller, will we start to grow bigger eyes, will our brains get smaller and will we one day be able to live forever?


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윤애진's curator insight, November 16, 10:18 AM

that's so interesting

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26 ideas from the future

26 ideas from the future | Megatrends | Scoop.it
What does the future hold? Some predictions from some very smart people.
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Lars Kjeldsen's curator insight, November 7, 11:45 AM

from conceptualization to implementation with social and responsible leadership.

Anne Esquelisse's curator insight, November 10, 3:27 AM

terrifiant ? passionnant ? à vous de voir

Amena Capital's curator insight, November 11, 12:42 AM

http://amenacapital5.wordpress.com/tag/amena-capital/

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The Global Innovation 1000: Proven Paths to Innovation Success

The Global Innovation 1000: Proven Paths to Innovation Success | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The success of corporate R&D is on every C-suite agenda. Yet wide disparities persist in how well innovation investments actually pay off. As a consequence, R&D is often seen as a black box, where large sums of money go in and innovative products and services only sometimes come out.


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Strategy&’s Global Innovation 1000 study 2014. The research reveal the best R&D strategies for the decade ahead.

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What’s next? The Six Technologies that will Shape Our Future

What’s next? The Six Technologies that will Shape Our Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Some inventions have become so widespread it’s easy to take them for granted. For instance, you never think twice about turning the lights on when we enter a darkened room. But think back to the last power cut you lived through, and you’ll get an idea of the difference that technology makes.

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In Munich and at the other eight GE Global Research Centers, 2,650 of the world’s best scientists, engineers and technologists are working on breakthrough innovation in critical areas like health, energy, manufacturing and advanced analytics that will help the world work better. These technologies could solve big societal challenges and capitalize on huge technology shifts in cloud, mobile, big data, and connected machines.

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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, October 20, 6:14 AM

The future of industry and technology according to GE's 'Next List': Brilliant Factories, Extreme Machines, Energy Everywhere, Mapped Minds, Super Materials and Industrial Internet.

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Future of Business School Illustrated Online Over 100 Days

Future of Business School Illustrated Online Over 100 Days | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The website posting looks at campus greening, innovative classes and crowd sourcing as tools for transforming the MBA experience.



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Future MBA is a website that re-imagines the business school experience, aiming to developing corporate leaders who understand and value social responsibility and sustainability.


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The End of Power Market Liberalization?

The End of Power Market Liberalization? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Germany’s ongoing transformation of its power sector has met both successes and challenges. What are the implications for the country and European power markets broadly?

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One of the report’s key findings: Germany’s efforts may indeed transform the country’s energy profile as intended. But they will also likely lead to the end of power market liberalization in Germany and, very possibly, elsewhere in Europe.

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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, 3:32 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.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:
  • 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, 12:49 PM

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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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, 4:27 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.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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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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.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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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101 Endangered Jobs by 2030

101 Endangered Jobs by 2030 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.


If you’ve not heard the phrase “technological unemployment,” brace yourself; you’ll be hearing it a lot over the coming years.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Excellent blog post by Thomas Frey. Thomas looks at the jobs that are likely to be automated in the coming years. 


I also encourage you to follow Thomas on Twitter: @ThomasFrey

 

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The Future of Online Learning

The Future of Online Learning | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The increasingly disparate needs and expectations of individual learners are fueling the growth of a rich ecosystem of semi-structured, unorthodox learning providers at the “edges” of the traditional higher educational system.


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This profound report from Dupress University Press highlights that Individuals increasingly face the prospect of not just multiple jobs but multiple careers over a lifetime, and of constantly changing technology and environments within a job.


The shelf life and relevance of skills are decreasing, while new occupations, roles, titles, and functions are being created at a rapidly accelerating pace.


Educational institutions will need to decide where to compete and where to cede the floor, but those that succeed will find ways to remain relevant, embrace the forces shifting the broader global environment, and begin building their own futures now, before it gets harder to claim a meaningful space in this emerging landscape.


The report can be accessed directly here: http://dupress.com/articles/future-of-online-learning


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David Hain's curator insight, October 29, 5:01 AM

Career life will be a series of gigs - fortunately  there will be many places to learn how to master them!

BILL ROSS's curator insight, October 30, 12:48 PM

You have to see this awesome video and see how this completely FREE system  will work for you like it did for me.

 

http://www.foryoursuccessonline101.com/

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Digital Ubiquity: How Connections, Sensors, and Data Are Revolutionizing Business

Digital transformation—the digitization of previously analog machine and service operations, organizational tasks, and managerial processes—is pushing both established and start-up players in many industries to compete in new ways.

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To compete, companies will have to rethink their business

models, identifying new opportunities for creating and capturing value.


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How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways. These “smart, connected products”—made possible by vast improvements in processing power and device miniaturization and by the network benefits of ubiquitous wireless connectivity—have unleashed a new era of competition.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Connected products are changing how value is created for customers, how companies compete, and the boundaries of competition itself. 

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David Hain's curator insight, October 16, 1:41 AM

How will the 'internet of things' change our competitive environment (and therefore our lives and careers)? Good provocation form Michael Porter.

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Which Technologies Will Dominate in 2022?

The IEEE CS 2022 Report outlines future disruptive technologies.


The report provides people with an idea of how technology is evolving, along with its implications for society.


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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.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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 3, 2:33 AM

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. 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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, 1:46 PM

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, 3:16 AM

I think this is something to be concerned about.

Michael Allenberg's curator insight, August 15, 12:36 PM

... 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, 12:41 PM

Oh well - it was good while it lasted!

Karen Kerski's curator insight, August 8, 10:21 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.