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Why Predicting Trends Doesn't Help Prepare For The Future

Why Predicting Trends Doesn't Help Prepare For The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

It's easy to say that some piece of tech will take off next year, but that keeps us grounded into a linear idea of progress instead of reaching for true innovation.


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Trends tend to keep us connected to what is immediate and surrounding us, but fail to stretch us to see what is changing.

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Lions Go Digital: The Internet’s Transformative Potential In Africa

Lions Go Digital: The Internet’s Transformative Potential In Africa | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Following a decade of rapid urbanization and strong economic growth, Africa is going digital. While just 16 percent of the continent’s one billion people are online, that picture is changing rapidly.


As the continent grows more connected, it is already producing innovative web-based applications and dynamic new business models.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

According to their newly released report, today the continent’s iGDP (the contribution to overall GDP by the Internet) is at 1.1%.


Africa’s iGDP should grow to at least 5 to 6% by 2025, meeting that of leading economies including Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.


  • If Internet reaches the scale and impact that mobile phones have in Africa, iGDP could potentially account for 10% of the total GDP ($300bn) and produce a jump forward in both economic and social developments.
  • The top three countries leading the way in Africa are Senegal (3.3% iGDP), Kenya (2.9% iGDP) and Morocco (2.3% iGDP).
  • The Internet’s biggest impact on Africa seems to be concentrated in six key sectors: financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture, and government.
  • For companies working on these industries, that means having great opportunities if they are decisive and move fast.
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Science Fiction is Swiftly Becoming Fact

Science Fiction is Swiftly Becoming Fact | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Exponential technologies, from artificial intelligence to digital manufacturing to synthetic biology, are set to “digitise, dematerialise, demonetise and democratise” entire industries, disrupting old business models and giving rise to new breakthroughs.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Synthesis of last week's Singularity University Summit in Budapest. 

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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, January 31, 2014 5:49 AM

"The future is coming much faster than we think." Good piece on how technologies swiftly disrupt old business models.

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Consumer Technology adoption Down the Ages : From TV to Smartphones

Consumer Technology adoption Down the Ages : From TV to Smartphones | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The chart compares the adoption of technology across the consumer goods space and  shows the timeline of technology adoption.

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Creative Living 's curator insight, November 20, 2013 2:05 PM

Fax machines holding it down nice and steady!

Michael Wilcox's curator insight, November 21, 2013 9:07 AM

Rapid smartphone adoption is helping to drive process automation by providing a common platform for business app development.

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Future State 2030: The Global Megatrends Shaping Governments

Future State 2030: The Global Megatrends Shaping Governments | Megatrends | Scoop.it

KPMG in collaboration with the Mowat Centre at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, has published the report “Future State 2030: The global megatrends shaping governments”.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Recommendations for strategic actions are clear: governments need to take a long term view on accelerating social and environmental challenges. Their advice boils down in three categories: needs, structures and skills.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 19, 2013 12:37 PM

How we need a long term view, yet politicians focus is on the next election...!

FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, February 25, 2014 6:24 PM

Interesting set of scenarios for the future of government.

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These 10 Countries Are The Most Prosperous In The World

These 10 Countries Are The Most Prosperous In The World | Megatrends | Scoop.it

If you were to look at one measure of a country’s economic health, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) alone leaves out plenty of the factors that make a country a pleasant - or prosperous - place to live.


That’s why, in the depths of a global recession five years ago, the Legatum Institute, a U.K. nonprofit thinktank, made a list of 89 factors to measure a country’s prosperity. Last week, the Institute put out its Prosperity Index rankings for 2013. 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Interesting to see four Nordic countries on the list. 

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Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, December 28, 2013 12:31 PM

Europe leads! Let's go forward Europe! 

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Ford's futurist: Ten game-changing trends on the horizon

Ford's futurist: Ten game-changing trends on the horizon | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Whether you are growing a business, raising a family or planning for retirement, there is a need to keep an eye on social, economic and political movements that will shape the future. 

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99 Quotes on The Future of Innovation

Business Innovation is the key ingredient for growth. Changes in technology, new customer expectations, a re-defined contract between employees and employers, strained resources, and business and social networks are requiring businesses to become insight-driven businesses. 


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MTD's curator insight, November 8, 2013 5:35 AM

SAP's curated and presented some nice think pieces here on the importance and relevance of innovation now.

 

Innovation isn't everything, but it's a darn fine place to begin. As the economy hyperaccelerates and differentiation becomes critical, the emphasis you place on innovation, not just in terms of investment but in terms of how embedded innovation is into your business, brand and marketing strategy, defines and sharpens your edge. 

 

Some nice thoughts here to inspire you, provoke you and help you provoke others. 

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15 Trends That Are Shaping The Future

15 Trends That Are Shaping The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Your life is about to change in massive ways. Companies need to pay attention to the changing ways consumers act and think, because if they don't adapt, they'll be left behind.

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SoftwareScreen's curator insight, November 21, 2013 12:57 PM

Some really amazing trends for you to consider in regards to your business.  The stat on video alone is pretty astounding.

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EFMD Global Focus - See the Future

This is the 21st issue of European Foundation for Management Development's magazine: Global Focus. A highly recommended read. 

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Future State 2030

Future State 2030 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Find out more about KPMG’s Future State 2030 series on the global megatrends driving change into 2030 and how governments must respond.

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Africa's Next Boom

The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa's about to boom.

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Chip Souza's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:29 AM

It's a big continent!

Oliver Savage's curator insight, November 6, 2013 4:51 PM

i think this shows chinas power is waning and africas power is waxing

 

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Four Major Changes in Global Prosperity

Four Major Changes in Global Prosperity | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The annual Prosperity Index measures national prosperity based on eight core pillars that combine “hard” data with survey data. The result is the most comprehensive assessment of national prosperity of its kind.

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Jerome Raymond's curator insight, November 3, 2013 1:14 AM

The UAE has jumped from its 33 postion in 2009 Position to 13 Position in a span of less than 4 years, this momentum of increase would be more faster in the next few years given that major projects would be live in the couple of years. May be in top 5... great new year news..

Melissa Mackal's curator insight, November 3, 2013 9:16 PM

Would love to see if there was any correlation between global prosperity and Hofstede's Dimensions of Culture Model.

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The Tacit-Knowledge Economy

The Tacit-Knowledge Economy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Knowhow resides in brains, and emerging and developing countries should focus on attracting them, instead of erecting barriers to skilled immigration.

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Your Organization is at Risk

Your Organization is at Risk | Megatrends | Scoop.it
This is the first of a multi-part series on the trends creating significant impacts on society and creating a digital revolution which may turn out to be the 'new industrial revolution.'
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Gisele HELOU's curator insight, October 29, 2013 4:15 AM

customer oriented changes

from transactions to experiencesfrom selling TO customers to creating outcomes FOR customersfrom one size fits all to mass customizationfrom push to pull through
LLUCH&JUELICH BROKER's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:54 AM

¿En riesgo o ante una oportunidad?

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Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development

Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Development | Megatrends | Scoop.it

How nations harness their knowledge-economies and entrepreneurs to invent and innovate will continue to shape the dynamics of global business and international development.

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Wim Naudé (Maastricht School of Management) and Adam Szirmai (Maastricht Graduate School of Governance) discuss the relationship between technological innovation, entrepreneurship and development.

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Fishtree Education's curator insight, October 25, 2013 12:43 PM

"In conclusion, technological innovation is a core driver of development. How nations harness their knowledge-economies and entrepreneurs to invent and innovate will continue to shape the dynamics of global business and international development in the decades to come, just as it has in the past."

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The Future Of Cities

This report examines 28 key trends that are driving the sustainable development and efficient operation of modern cities as they respond to the unique challenges posed by rapid urbanization. ustainable and growing future businesses.

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Peter E. Pflaum's curator insight, November 14, 2013 7:42 AM

The Problem: Western countries are at a competitive disadvantage to China, Korea and SE Asia. The high wage low skill jobs supported by cartels, protectionism and unions are gone or going. Technology replaces telephone operators, bank clerks, many manual workers, journalist by the internet and many others.

The Analysis: the Seneca as a model of what happens. Some die from drink, (drugs) violence, some go mad, there is a outbreak of social pathology, doomsday and ghost cults flourish, and the culture sickens and dies.

The solutions (or policy that helps and does no harm) are in human resources. An intelligent educated population is key to everything. The national interest require that the educational budget greater than the defense budget. National collapse is a much greater threat than armed enemies, terrorists, immigration, the important national debt is in human resources and infrastructure.

 

Death and Rebirth of Seneca The story of Paradigm, gestalt death and rebirth
Anthony Wallace
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 1, 2010 -
Then Handsome Lake had his vision. A revival began.

Vicki Steer's curator insight, January 18, 2014 2:30 AM

Challenging and fascinating ideas about the future of cities - food for thought about the organization and location of schools. 

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99 Facts on the Future of Business

SAP has  gathered 99 facts that represent the changes taking place in the world today. Each facts represents a key insight and suggests where we need to focus and change to become viable, sustainable and growing future businesses.

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How Digital Technologies Are Changing the Way We Work

How Digital Technologies Are Changing the Way We Work | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Intelligent processes, enabled by digital technology, create a virtuous cycle of constant improvement fed by continuous feedback. And they are set to soon reinvent much of the way that businesses are run - in as soon as the next five years.
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Glimpse of Your Life in 2020 Thanks to the Internet of Things

Glimpse of Your Life in 2020 Thanks to the Internet of Things | Megatrends | Scoop.it

What if 50 billion objects were interconnected and started to sense their surroundings and communicate with each other? Here’s a glimpse of our possible future.

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The 2020 Network: How Our Communications Infrastructure Will Evolve

The 2020 Network: How Our Communications Infrastructure Will Evolve | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The 2020 network: How our communications infrastructure will evolve. What are the technology building blocks that will make up a network?

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Nat Sones's curator insight, October 10, 2013 6:16 AM

The nature of future networks will be both infrastructure and personal at once. This will transform us, our societies and our businesses - and the world around us. 

 

As our culture increasingly becomes defined by communications, the nature of those communications, the networks that drive our interaction, is becoming more and more important. 

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Eight Trends in the Business Environment that will Shape Strategy

Eight Trends in the Business Environment that will Shape Strategy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The need for bold strategies to capitalise on the dynamism of our times has never been greater. Mike Canning and Eamonn Kelly outline eight trends that are shaping the competitive futures of firms.

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Excerpt from article: 


A CEO we were helping recently shared a disconcerting but all too frequent observation. It was clear to him that the success factors in his industry were shifting and that his firm’s strategy needed to be reexamined. But it was hard to even begin that process. As he put it, ‘Not only do I lack the right answers, my team and I can’t even figure out the right questions!’


He’s not alone; many executives worry that they don’t have a good handle on the unfamiliar dynamics confronting them today – technology-driven transformations, new global contours, changing regulatory requirements and societal expectations – each creating wave upon wave of confounding new issues.


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Future Value Framework

Working Draft of the Future Value Framework, a practical integration of Future Studies, Innovation and Strategy.

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You can follow Daniel's great work via Twitter here: @Daniel_Egger

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Carlo A. Zanaboni's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:05 AM

One of the most inspiring strategy canvas I've come across since Business Model Canvas and Blue Ocean.

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Book Review: Digital Disruption

Book Review: Digital Disruption | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A 12-year-old who builds smartphone apps. A company that fights blood disorders without a physical office. Meet your new competitors.

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Alan Murray reviews James McQuivey's Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation.

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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.