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China's Megacities-to-Be

China's Megacities-to-Be | Megatrends | Scoop.it

In its 2011 Urban World report, the McKinsey Global Institute projected that by 2025, 13 of the world’s 25 fastest-growing cities would be in mainland China, and that between 2007 and 2025, the country’s top 225 cities would be responsible for 30 percent of global economic growth.

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Launching new framework: The Future of Work

Launching new framework: The Future of Work | Megatrends | Scoop.it
I have been working with one of the world’s largest private companies, which is engaged in a strategy project looking at the future out to 2025.
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Ross Dawson's keynote on The Future of Crowds

Video of Ross Dawson's keynote on The Future of Crowds at TheNextWeb 2012 in Amsterdam...

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Megatrends in Global Health Care - Harvard Business Review

Megatrends in Global Health Care - Harvard Business Review | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Powerful trends are at work — all around the world — forcing changes in how health care will be conceived and delivered in the decades ahead.

 

The editors of HBR have compiled a list of 12 megatrends that will dramatically change how we must think about the issue and some of the largely unrecognized consequences.

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Data: What the Fortune Global 100 are doing (and not doing) on social media

Data: What the Fortune Global 100 are doing (and not doing) on social media | Megatrends | Scoop.it
A recent study from Burson-Marsteller looks in depth at what the Fortune Global 100 are currently doing on social media.
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2012: 12 Themes - What to expect in the year ahead

12 Themes for 2012 from futurist Ross Dawson and future think-tank Future Exploration Network.
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Digital Megatrends 2015

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Digital Megatrends 2015 – There was no denying that business today is the fastest growing businesses in the area of creative technology.

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The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 billion people

The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 billion people | Megatrends | Scoop.it

McKinsey Global Institute's new research on global labor markets, "The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 billion people."

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Megachange: The World in 2050

Megachange: The World in 2050 (The Economist)

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This is a link to an interesting book published by The Economist.

 

The book takes a look at the fundamental trends that are changing the world. 

 

"Megatrends" are great forces in societal development that have profound impacts on states, markets, and civil society in the now and for the years to come. They can effectively be employed as a starting point for analyzing our world. Megachange: The World in 2050 looks at these sweeping, fundamental trends that are changing the world faster than at any time in human history.

 

Including chapters on approximately twenty of these "megatrends," outlined by contributors from The Economist, and rich in supporting facts and graphics, the book is a compelling read as well as a valuable research and reference tool

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32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow

32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The New York Times Presents 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow. 

 

This piece contains an abridged guide to the many ways that your day is about to get better. 

 

 

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10 Big Mistakes People Make in Thinking About the Future

10 Big Mistakes People Make in Thinking About the Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it
In a time of huge change and uncertainty, we need to think about the future as clearly as possible. Here's where we most often get it wrong.
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Spotting Futurists Along The Freeway

Spotting Futurists Along The Freeway | Megatrends | Scoop.it

 

A blog post by Adam Rothstein, who elaborates on the Gonzo Futurist Manifesto. 

 

Start out by reading the Manifesto on Megatrends - and continue here....

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The Global Middle Class Is Bigger Than We Thought

The Global Middle Class Is Bigger Than We Thought | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A new way of measuring prosperity has enormous implications for geopolitics and economics.

 

The swelling middle class in emerging economies is transforming the economic balance of power across the globe.

 

Measuring it, however, is no easy task. There is no widely accepted definition of what constitutes the middle class, and the most common ways of measuring its growth -- through looking at rises in income -- suffer from a number of flaws.

 

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The Roots of Chinese/Japanese Rivalry

The Roots of Chinese/Japanese Rivalry | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Much like in Germany in the 1840’s, when appeals to private enterprise converted the entire middle class to nationalism, China’s capitalist restoration has awakened mass nationalism.
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Here Are The Skills You Need To Succeed In The Job Market Of The Future

Here Are The Skills You Need To Succeed In The Job Market Of The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

For the 2012 class of freshmen, planning an academic path that syncs up with the working world they’ll be faced with upon graduation is a crucial task if they want to buffer themselves against the specter of low-wage, high-turnover work haunting those only a few years older....

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How China's Approach Beats the West's in Africa

How China's Approach Beats the West's in Africa | Megatrends | Scoop.it

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent 10-day tour across Africa represented a strategic caving-in of sorts. In many of the places she visited, the Chinese had gotten there first. In fact, China is everywhere in Africa these days, both exploiting the continent's vast natural riches and pursuing infrastructure projects long promised but never quite delivered by the West.

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The Top Five Crowdsourcing Mega-trends

The Top Five Crowdsourcing Mega-trends | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Crowdsourcing - using the Internet to find people to help with projects - has come a long way quickly. Here are five trends you need to know!

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The Internet of Things and Change - Will You Be Ready For The M2M World?

The Internet of Things and Change - Will You Be Ready For The M2M World? | Megatrends | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things, the Connected World, the Smart Planet… All these terms indicate that the number of devices connected to, communicating through, and building relationships on the Internet has exceeded the number of humans using the Internet.
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The Future of Futures

The Future of Futures | Megatrends | Scoop.it

"The Future Of Futures" is a fine new book that look at the past, present, and future state of futures practise.

 

Contributors include Wendy Schultz, on the brief history of futures, Andrew Curry on scenarios methods, Noah Raford on crowdsourced & design futures, Richard Slaughter on integral futures, and Riel Miller on futures as a discipline.

 

Other contributions are on the future of the city, Africa’s futures, and the rise, and limits, of crowd-sourcing as a futures practice.

 

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The weaknesses and threats of SWOT analysis

The weaknesses and threats of SWOT analysis | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Used in the typical way, SWOT analysis can do more harm than good. Why? Because the tool too easily forces thinking that ignores the future.
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5 Global Megatrends- an Update from McKinsey

5 Global Megatrends- an Update from McKinsey | Megatrends | Scoop.it

At the Global Summit of Women in Athens, Michael Halbye, Regional Leader, Europe Middle East & Africa at McKinsey & Co shared the latest information on 5 key Global Megatrends.

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The Top Trends That Is Shaping 2012

THE TOP TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE THE COMING YEAR    

 

2012 will be characterized by a cacophony of trends that will converge, explode and create outstanding opportunities for organizations and individuals ready to thrive in velocity. Are you ready to thrive? Velocity is change at warp speed. The winners will be those agile organizations that don’t drink the World is Ending Kool‐Aid and know how to monetize volality for value, invest in innovation, learn fast, understand their competitive advantage and how to benefit the customer and their organization.

 

Get ready now. 

 

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European Exodus in Search of Jobs

European Exodus in Search of Jobs | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The financial crisis in Europe creates a new wave of emigrants, who leaves their homeland behind. 

 

Especially young people from Greece, Spain and Ireland flock to new markets in search of jobs.

 

Spain was net exporter of people in 2011 for first time since 1990.

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Thinking Futures – Understanding Foresight – A Missing Element?

Thinking Futures – Understanding Foresight – A Missing Element? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

While you can certainly capture a process that uses foresight, you can’t capture foresight. It’s something that goes on inside our brains and that has a lot to do with how we think about the future.

 

If you don’t change the way you think about the future, you might think you are changing the way you think about the business to respond to change, but you aren’t. Your unquestioned assumptions usually generate a business as usual future, because they constrain what you think is feasible for the business in 3, 5, 10, 20 years time.

 

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Gonzo Futurist Manifesto

 

Designer, writer and researcher Justin Pickard is a self-described ‘gonzo futurist’, freelance researcher, and associate at London-based design practice Superflux.  

 

He has written the GONZO FUTURIST MANIFESTO about much needed skills and capabilities in future workplaces.

 

A gonzo futurist is resilient. She works smart, not hard. She has one eye on the ‘adjacent possible’, switches codes, and contributes to the commons. She may be privileged, but has no time for competition, alpha male dick-waving, or beggar-thy-neighbour. Her success does not come at your expense.

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