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18 Top International Trend Sites

18 Top International Trend Sites | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As innovator you need to look ahead and prepare your organization for the future. Not an easy job, knowing the world is changing at an increasing pace. What’s going to happen? How will my market change?

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The Rise and Fall of Civilizations

The Rise and Fall of Civilizations | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Around 1932, John Sparks made a real-world chart for our actual historic civilizations for McNally, and it stood more than six feet tall! 

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This is a great historical illustration of the rise and fall of civilizations.


I suggest you supplement it with reading Ian Morris' excellent book: Why the West Rules - for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future


You'll find a book review on The New York Times here: The Final Conflict.


In this video Ian Morris talks about his book.  

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Megatrends: Shaping Work and Working Lives

Megatrends: Shaping Work and Working Lives | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Megatrends report on the key trends in the world of work from The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - the world's largest Chartered HR and development professional body. 

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The Megatrends Shaping Work and Working Lives

Based on the Megatrends report, this video highlights some of the key trends that have been shaping our economies and the world of work.

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:15 PM

And now we see the corporate model in tesion with what learners need. As a trend the learners may be on the backfoot for some time as the corporates contiue to deliver in ways which suit them (MOOCs, online and campus based) rather then put the Learner first (free downloadable courses on mobile devices).

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Digital Trends 2013

Digital Trends 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

How consumer relationships with technology are changing through space and time, and what this means for brands and advertisers.

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The trends being highlighted on the site are:


  • Value me – my online identity is a commodity that has value; you need to pay me for my data
  • Creator culture – Chris Anderson’s “Makers”
  • My analytics – using the power of big data analysis to analyse me; especially my health
  • The right to anonymity – privacy is vital
  • IntelligentlyON – when to be “on” and when to “off”
  • Niche networks
  • Enhancing the real – bringing more senses to digital
  • Age of serendipity – find answers to questions we didn’t know to ask; find the right people 
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Future Thinking Isn’t About The Future, It’s About The Present

Future Thinking Isn’t About The Future, It’s About The Present | Megatrends | Scoop.it

We can only hope to have some vague idea of what the future will hold, but we can always use predictions of what it will be to shape our behavior today.

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The Future is Here

The Future is Here | Megatrends | Scoop.it

If you're interested in future trends and you're in London between 24 July – 29 October 2013 you should go see this exhibition: THE FUTURE IS HERE: A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. 


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Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London SE1 2YD

OPENING HOURS

Daily 10am - 5.45pm
Last admission 5.15pm



PS: The ticket is cheaper if you book in advance.

Check it out: http://the-future-is-here.com/about/

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Where Can Technology Take Us?

In this new RSA Insights video, Matthew Taylor explores how new technologies are enabling us to create, collaborate and share as never before. 

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:07 PM

In education, the tablet will have a profound impact. It's relationship to the ednduring and endearing book is significant. 

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, July 18, 2013 6:47 PM
This is good.
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The Future of Learning, Networked Society

In the Networked Society, connectivity will be the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socializing. AMAZING VIDEO. 

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As technology continues to transform our society, those responsible for our current systems of learning and education are facing overwhelming pressure to adapt. Education technology, connected learning and the rise of the Networked Society is transforming the established concept of learning, teachers’ roles and even the nature of knowledge itself.

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Will you still have a job in 2025? The alarming rate at which jobs are being disrupted

Will you still have a job in 2025? The alarming rate at which jobs are being disrupted | Megatrends | Scoop.it
A recent MIT Technology Review reveals an alarming trend. Since the early 2000′s and increasingly since the financial crisis of 2008, the levels of employment have decreased even though productivity has increased over the same period.
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The Logic of the Informal Economy

The Logic of the Informal Economy | Megatrends | Scoop.it
In developing countries, an unusually large number of small, unproductive firms coexist with a small number of large, productive firms, which, according to economic theory, is inefficient.
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Social Banker v2.0

Social Banker v2.0 | Megatrends | Scoop.it
This year, the Social Banker v2.0 will go further by shining a spotlight on some of the new approaches that are emerging from the social sphere - gamification, virtual currencies, crowd-funding and more.
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VISION 2050: A New Political and Economic Map of the World

Recently, I was asked to participate in a survey: VISION 2050: A NEW POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC MAP OF THE WORLD.  You'll find the report via this link. For anyone with an interest in global megatrends. 

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How Mobile Technology is Transforming Africa

Presentation by Rudy De Waele from Mobile Innovations event in Toronto in May 2013.

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Recommended TED Talk about how mobile is changing the African continent: http://www.ted.com/talks/juliana_rotich_meet_brck_internet_access_built_for_africa.html

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10 Mindblowingly Futuristic Technologies That Will Appear By The 2030s

10 Mindblowingly Futuristic Technologies That Will Appear By The 2030s | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Two decades is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but owing to accelerating change we can expect to see the emergence of some fairly disruptive technological innovations in the coming years.
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Should We Fear the Future of Work?

Should We Fear the Future of Work? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Extremely relevant and interesting report. This article and video will provide you with comprehensive overview and valuable insight into the future of work. 

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John Lasschuit ®™'s comment, July 4, 2013 1:40 PM
Good piece!
Ricard Lloria's comment, July 5, 2013 12:59 AM
Great!!! TYSM David
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5 Ways That Today’s Culture Will Impact Product Designs Of The Future

5 Ways That Today’s Culture Will Impact Product Designs Of The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

From molecular design to circular economies, things that are on the cutting edge now will be built in to things we buy every day in the future.

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The Future of Work

The Future of Work | Megatrends | Scoop.it

For the past 50 years, organisations have essentially been variations of a hierarchical model. This will change fundamentally this decade.

 

The future organisation will be all about people, in the context of factors like globalisation, the economy, technology and a growing individualistic society.

 

Four factors will impact future organisations. They are globalisation, the economy, technology and growing individualism.

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The March of Protest

The March of Protest | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A wave of anger is sweeping the cities of the world. The rhythm of protests is accelerated by technology. Protest is organised through social networks, which spread information, encourage imitation and make causes fashionable.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, June 30, 2013 5:22 AM
Technology makes protests more likely, but not yet more effective. Read also this article from The Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/international/21580190-technology-makes-protests-more-likely-not-yet-more-effective-digital-demo
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Crowds and the future of creativity and innovation

Crowds and the future of creativity and innovation | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Ross Dawson's opening keynote at Crowdsourcing Week on Connecting the Crowd: The Future of Creativity and Innovation.

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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work

Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work | Megatrends | Scoop.it

When it comes to the future of work there are a few key trends which business leaders need to pay attention to. Understanding these trends will allow organizations to better prepare and adapt to the changes which are impacting the way we work.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:11 AM

The article seems to focus on digital technologies. We need to make sure healthy relationships and communities continue to emerge.

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Cities of the Future

Cities of the Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Globalisation has meant urbanisation, and by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. What should we do to survive and thrive in this brave new world?

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Marco Bertolini's curator insight, June 21, 2013 4:03 AM

En 2050, 70 % de la population vivront en ville.  Quelles sont les conditions de notre survie dans un tel monde urbanisé ?

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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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Great, free webinar from Fast Company's Future Forum. 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.