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4 Ways Technology Is Transforming Business Strategy

4 Ways Technology Is Transforming Business Strategy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

In the future, we can expect technology cycles to continue to shorten, making planning cycles less and less realistic and tenable. History, it seems, ain’t what it used to be.

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John Michel's curator insight, June 16, 2013 10:42 AM

Those who subscribe to the great man theory believe that history’s course is determined by the impact of highly capable individuals.  While many disagree, it’s hard to argue that talented individuals have not played a part.  However, by now it’s clear that intelligence has evolved, partly through the global networks mentioned above. While many still focus on great individuals, in fact, it’s the network not the nodes that create real change.  Teams, not stars.  Platforms, not brands. Movements, not messiahs.

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Financing the Next Development Agenda

Financing the Next Development Agenda | Megatrends | Scoop.it
As the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, the challenge lies in identifying and financing creative solutions to support further gains.
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How You Will Work In The Future

How You Will Work In The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The job as we understood it is disappearing. People are more frequently working in shorter gigs, rather than being tied down in an office. How will this gig economy increase? Why will dental assistants explode as a potential career path? What will the jobs be and how can one best prepare?

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Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation.

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Jim Gritton's curator insight, June 11, 2013 3:59 AM

Great use of "augmented reality animation" to tell the history of 200 years of global health in less than 5 minutes. Highly recommended viewing.

Natalie Stewart's curator insight, June 13, 2013 7:58 PM

A superb presentation :-)

Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, January 28, 2014 6:26 AM

Exceptional presentation!

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The Internet Destroyed the Middle Class

The Internet Destroyed the Middle Class | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Kodak employed 140,000 people. Instagram, 13. A digital visionary says the Web kills jobs, wealth - even democracy. "Who Owns the Future?" by Jaron Lanier is a breathtaking new book. 

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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:39 AM

Interesting interview with the author of "Who Owns The Future?". Several topics are discussed like the dangers of the informal economy, the impact of technology on jobs, the distribution of wealth versus democracy, the destruction of the middle-class by the rise of internet companies, his passion for music and more...

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African Economic Outlook 2013

African Economic Outlook 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The African Economic Outlook is the only annual report that monitors in detail the economic performance of 53 individual countries on the continent, using a strictly comparable analytical framework. The focus of the 2013 edition if structural transformation and natural resources in Africa.

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The five digital marketing megatrends you can't ignore

The five digital marketing megatrends you can't ignore | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Five major internet trends that will benefit your business.  

 

1. Nanopayments

2. Real money

3. Knowing customers

4. Browser upgrades

5. Growing focus on trust

 

 

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MTD's curator insight, May 21, 2013 8:37 AM

The trends affecting marketing are hugely varied and are affecting the wider world. What will you use - and what do you need to be aware of? Take a look at these five key trends, add to them and shape a strategy. 

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5 Trends That Will Drive The Future of Technology

5 Trends That Will Drive The Future of Technology | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Today, we’re on the brink of a new digital paradigm, where the capabilities of our technology are beginning to outstrip our own. Computers are deciding which products to stock on shelves, doing legal research and even winning game shows.
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Charting Technology’s New Directions

Charting Technology’s New Directions | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A leading expert explores the new relationship between man and machine and the challenges that emerge when innovation is decoupled from growth in jobs and incomes. 

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Will Mobile Break The Bank?

Will Mobile Break The Bank? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

If money is the quintessential social symbol, and the mobile phone is the quintessential social platform, what innovations will the mobile age bring to financial services?

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Michio Kaku: What does the future look like?

Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at City University of New York shares his vision of mankind's future as part of The Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Forum for New Ideas.

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Tom Hood's curator insight, June 23, 2013 6:59 PM

Saw Dr. Kaku at the DigitalNow conference this past April. He had some mindblowing predictions about the future...

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Generation Jobless: A warning to us all

Generation Jobless: A warning to us all | Megatrends | Scoop.it
The April 27th Economist ran a cover story about the ‘generation jobless’ – the global rise of youth unemployment.
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Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, June 9, 2013 1:58 PM

An apt title and article re. the current crisis in youth unemployment.. 

Robert Boutang's comment, July 4, 2013 5:50 PM
Economist ran a cover story about the ‘generation jobless’ – the global rise of youth unemployment. This is a serious concern that could have long-lasting implications for both the global economy and political stability. This was a generation that had only just arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed in the work environment only to be told there was no place for them. It was a generation determined to make their mark, to make a real difference and they were more than up for the challenge of restoring some sort of global and environmental equilibrium. In this regard they were unlike their predecessors – The depression that accompanies being without work will impact on this generation more than most. Exactly how this will play out – a greater distrust for the ‘institution’ and for national politics to name but two things, is hard to predict. But put yourself in their place and ask how can it not have enormous consequences? Unhappy, disempowered populace – especially one with youth and energy on their side, fuels social revolutions. Add into that volatile mix the connectivity this generation enjoys through social media and you have all the raw ingredients of social upheaval. Generation Jobless’…it is a headline that is chilling in its implications and one that serves as a stark warning to us all.
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Scenarios as a warning: Limits to growth

Scenarios as a warning: Limits to growth | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Probably the most controversial scenario study is the Limits to Growth report. It launched a world wide debate on the future of our planet and humankind.
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The Wearable, Implantable, Personalized Future Of Medicine

The Wearable, Implantable, Personalized Future Of Medicine | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As doctors and scientists continue to make huge leaps in terms of genome sequencing and scanning devices, everything about your medical treatment is going to change.

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Six 'Megatrends' That Will Shape The Future Of Digital Media

Six 'Megatrends' That Will Shape The Future Of Digital Media | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A careful look at the forces shaping how people are creating and sharing digital media today, and perhaps even more importantly, what the world of digital media will look like in the coming years.

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Nick Peperell's curator insight, May 3, 2013 3:28 AM

Now we are both content creators and consumers so how do we create standout for greater reach?

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Megatrends boosting imagination and innovation

How to use megatrends to trigger innovations, select strategic opportunities and define future visions.

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MTD's comment, May 13, 2013 6:38 AM
Really nice presentation. Thanks so much for sharing. A way of using and deploying insight from the biggest trends - in a coherent and planned way - is vital to everything we do. Thanks again.
MTD's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:44 AM

It often seems like the biggest trends are impossible to conceive, let alone answer. This presentation posits a practical framework for understanding and using them. 

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NextGen: A global generational study

NextGen: A global generational study | Megatrends | Scoop.it

GREAT study by PwC, the University of Southern California, and London Business School looks at millennials' attitudes toward work, how they will impact workplace dynamics, and how companies should adjust their talent strategy to accommodate this new reality.

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Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it's simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us ... if we think of computers as our teammates.


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Szabolcs Kósa's curator insight, April 23, 2013 5:28 PM

Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon at http://youtu.be/PYHd7rpOTe8

and then a quick debate :http://youtu.be/ofWK5WglgiI

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The Future Of Work? Or An Unworkable Fantasy?

The Future Of Work? Or An Unworkable Fantasy? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

ROWE - Results Only Work Environment - is an attempt to test the limits of workplace flexibility, and, in the process, redefine them.


What’s clear is that the way Americans work is overdue for a change: gone are the days of pink “While You Were Out” slips, nine-to-five schedules, telephones anchored to desks, and secretaries to type letters for bosses who didn’t know their way around a keyboard.


Less clear, however, is what we want to change the system to. What is the purpose of an office when so much of modern work can be done from just about anywhere? In a 24/7 economy, how much work is enough work? To whom does your time belong when you are getting a paycheck? How do you manage employees when you can’t actually see them?

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David Hain's curator insight, April 18, 2013 2:33 PM

Some really intersting questions here.

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Four global megatrends forcing the travel industry to adapt or die

Four global megatrends forcing the travel industry to adapt or die | Megatrends | Scoop.it
The tourism industry does not work alone. It simultaneously touches and is impacted by world events, technology, green energy, the economy, and, of course, people.
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The Human Project

Our unprecedented connectivity and access to knowledge makes it easier than ever. So let’s look as far into the future as our knowledge allows. Let’s lay out all the known challenges to our existence and opportunities for our evolution. Then, let’s step back and think: Where do we want to take the ongoing human project and why? What are the most important contributions our generation can make during our brief window of existence? And how do we get going?

 

These are the questions we take head on in this book.

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This is truely an amazing project. Highly recommended. I salute the contributors. 

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The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Massive Open Online Courses might seem like best way to use the Internet to open up education, but you’re thinking too small. Technology can turn our entire lives into learning experiences.

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5 Trends Driving the Future of Human Services

5 Trends Driving the Future of Human Services | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Whatever the future of human services innovation looks like, the key for organizations is in making the most of the forces of change in alignment with their unique circumstances.
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3 Reasons Why Your Predictions Of The Future Will Go Wrong

3 Reasons Why Your Predictions Of The Future Will Go Wrong | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Futurism is a richly metaphorical body of thought. It has to be; much of what we talk about is on the verge of unimaginable, so we have to resort to metaphors for it to make any kind of sense.
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What does the future look like?

What does the future look like? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Visions of the future, on everything from cars to the Internet to the human species. Here's a compilation of 11 of the best TED Talks about the future. Insight guaranteed. 

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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.