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Wonder Material Ignites Scientific Gold Rush

Wonder Material Ignites Scientific Gold Rush | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A race is on among universities and companies like Apple, IBM and Samsung to patent graphene for mobile devices, wearable electronics, airplanes and every other imaginable use.

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Graphene is the thinnest material known. But it is exceedingly strong, light and flexible. It is exceptional at conducting electricity and heat, and at absorbing and emitting light.


"Graphene is the same sort of material, like steel or plastic or silicon that can really change society," says Dr. Ferrari, who leads a band of about 40 graphene researchers at the University of Cambridge.

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 26, 2013 10:10 AM

Born in Manchester - University that is!

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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: 

 

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I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

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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, 3:24 PM

Via Kenneth Mikke

Andrew Wilson's curator insight, December 13, 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, 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. 


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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, 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, 7:57 AM

Bring on the 'breakthroughs' ...

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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.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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, 3:53 AM

The New Year draws close!

Marketing Partners LLC's curator insight, November 29, 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, 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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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.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

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.



Via Global Trends Team
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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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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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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.

pat kennedy's curator insight, December 7, 12:45 PM

Porter accurately describes the "Internet of Things" - noting that this phrase is not particularly useful as it is neither the Internet nor is it things.  It is the explosive growth of "smart, connected devices."  The obvious extrapolation of this is that the real value is created by the back ends that create the value - i.e. the value of Uber is not the mobile display, it is the back end that locates, dispatches, schedules rides and bills for them.

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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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