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Lady Gaga World President by 2030? Why the forecasters so often get it wrong

Lady Gaga World President by 2030? Why the forecasters so often get it wrong | Megatrends | Scoop.it

There is no denying that imagining possible futures is interesting. The problem, however, is that despite the fact scenario planning has been with us for nearly forty years now, we’re still not very good at forecasting the future.

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The Middle East Challenge in 2013

The Middle East Challenge in 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

After the Arab Spring of 2011, is the Middle East now facing the winter of discontent? Many Arab nations are tasked with rebuilding infrastructure, revitalising industry and finding jobs for the growing mass of unemployed.

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Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2013

Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Game-changing ideas that could break out in the new year.
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Mammon’s new monarchs

Mammon’s new monarchs | Megatrends | Scoop.it

INTELLIGENCE agencies seldom take a sunny view of the world. Yet the latest report from America’s National Intelligence Council (“Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds”) is rather cheerful.

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Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years

Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As we begin a new year, BBC Future has compiled 40 intriguing predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150.

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5 Megatrends That Shaped 2012 Education

5 Megatrends That Shaped 2012 Education | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Five big trends that will shape education for the next decade became fully evident this year.
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20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013

20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

FROM AUTOMATED CARS TO SMARTER SMARTPHONES, HERE ARE THE IDEAS THAT WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE.

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Megatrends That Matter For Business

Megatrends That Matter For Business | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The U.S. National Intelligence Council’s new assessment of what the world will look like in 2030 shows significant business risks and opportunities from resource scarcity, urbanization, technology, and more.

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Eight Shocking Quotes from 2012 that will Redefine Our Future

Eight Shocking Quotes from 2012 that will Redefine Our Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it
When is the last time you heard a statement that caused you to stop dead in your tracks? It doesn’t happen very often, but for each of us, there are a few unusual sound bites that will permeate our senses and sway our thinking.
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What a Big-Data Business Model Looks Like

What a Big-Data Business Model Looks Like | Megatrends | Scoop.it
The rise of big data is an exciting — if in some cases scary — development for business. Organizations that truly embrace big data can create new opportunities for strategic differentiation in this era of engagement. Those that don't fully engage, or that misunderstand the opportunities, can lose out.
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10 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2013

10 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it
2013 will be the perfect storm of necessity and opportunity: some economies will do OK(-ish), others will be shaky, but whatever market or industry you're in, those who understand & cater to changing consumer needs, desires and expectations will forever have plenty of opportunity to profit. A remapped global economy, new technologies (or 'old' technologies applied in new ways), new business models...

Hence this overview of 10 crucial consumer trends for you to run with in the next 12 months.
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Fred Zimny's curator insight, December 1, 2012 12:14 AM

I already included the slideshare.

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The Age of Financial Repression

The Age of Financial Repression | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Given low economic growth and the unpopularity of tax hikes and spending cuts, many Western governments are seeking alternative solutions to rein in rising national debt.
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The Top 10 Smartest European Cities

The Top 10 Smartest European Cities | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Which city in Europe is working the hardest to be the most advanced urban landscape?


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Are robots hurting job growth?

Are robots hurting job growth? | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Technological advances, especially robotics, are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs. A story from 60 Minutes - Includes interview with Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.

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What’s Ahead For 2013?

What’s Ahead For 2013? | Megatrends | Scoop.it
No one fell off the fiscal cliff. The euro didn’t collapse. Greece is still in the European Union. The stock markets are rebounding. But are we still in the Twilight Zone?
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World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2013

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World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2013 is out - Get it here. 

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Predicting 2013: 9 Mega-Trends that will shape the next 12 months

Predicting 2013: 9 Mega-Trends that will shape the next 12 months | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Innovation helps to create the future, but the context in which a new idea exists is key to its success. So we combined thinking from ‘Blink’ and the ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ and asked colleagues from a wide range of different industries and markets to give us their top of mind predictions for 2013.

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John Michel's curator insight, April 25, 2013 3:45 AM

An insightful look into what experts believe will be key trends in the future.

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Innovation helps to create the future, but the context in which a new idea exists is key to its success. So we combined thinking from ‘Blink’ and the ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ and asked colleagues from a wide range of different industries and markets to give us their top of mind predictions for 2013.

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What the Future May Bring

What the Future May Bring | Megatrends | Scoop.it
In his latest book, sustainable development expert Jorgen Randers offers an analysis of what the world will be like in the year 2052. It’s not a pretty picture.
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This fresh interview from MIT Sloan Management Review relates to the book "2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years" by Jorgen Randers, which was published in July 2012. 

 

You can find other related interviews here:

 

1. http://transitionculture.org/2012/08/17/an-interview-with-jorgen-randers-its-the-story-of-humanity-not-rising-to-the-occasion/

 

2. http://www.utne.com/environment/2052-global-forecast-ze0z1208zsie.aspx

 

3. http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/05/what-will-the-world-look-like-in-2052.html

 

You can buy the book on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Jørgen-Randers/e/B00884JUGK

 

 

 

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The lottery of life

The lottery of life | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist, attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.

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Rise of the African consumer

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Africa’s consumer-facing industries are expected to grow by more than $400 billion by 2020.

 

That would account for more than half the total revenue increase that all businesses are expected to generate in Africa by the end of the decade. The world has caught on to the potential of this surging consumer market. But many companies, particularly those new to the continent, have little idea how to translate the opportunity into action. It’s not their fault—there has been a lack of research about African consumers’ attitudes, behavior, and needs historically.

 

But that’s changing: in one of the first studies of its kind, the McKinsey Africa Consumer Insights Center surveyed 13,000 consumers in ten countries in 2011 and 2012, concentrating on the largest African cities.

 

The survey generated a range of insights, including these findings:

 

1. Africans are exceptionally optimistic about their economic future; 84 percent say they will be better off in two years.

 

2. Internet use is far greater than anticipated—more than 50 percent of urban Africans say they have accessed the Internet in the last four weeks, on par with reported usage in Brazil and China.

 

3. African consumers demand quality products and are brand conscious, belying the view that the continent is a backwater where companies can sell second-rate merchandise.

 

4. African consumers want the latest fashions and a modern shopping experience. 

 

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2013 and beyond – What will appear and disappear in our lives??

2013 and beyond – What will appear and disappear in our lives?? | Megatrends | Scoop.it
As a futurist, the end of the year means it is once again time to release a structured look at the future.
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David Hain's curator insight, December 17, 2012 11:01 PM

From Ross Dawson - always interesting aand thought provoking.

Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, December 17, 2012 11:57 PM

Love the simplicity of this, yet the complexity of the concepts covered.

Wonderful summary, thanks.

 

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America’s Hope Against Hope

America’s Hope Against Hope | Megatrends | Scoop.it
After a hard-fought campaign, it seems that not much has changed in American politics. The main cause for celebration is that America has avoided policies that would have pushed it closer to recession and increased inequality further.
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Forces that Shape New Industries

Forces that Shape New Industries | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Jean-Phillippe Vergne, coauthor of The Pirate Organization, explains how the edge of capitalism is driven by outlaws.
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The Future of Shopping

The Future of Shopping | Megatrends | Scoop.it
Successful companies will engage customers through "omnichannel" retailing: a mashup of digital and physical experiences. Soon it will be hard even to define e-commerce, let alone measure it.
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Creating a Global Language Archive

Creating a Global Language Archive | Megatrends | Scoop.it

 

This is an excellent blog post by futurist Thomas Fey, whom I can warmly recommend following. He writes about the decline of local languages.

 

By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will disappear, as young people abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.

 

For most of us, the language we speak is like the air we breathe. But what happens when we wake up and find that our air is going extinct?

 

According to Oregon’s Living Tongues Institute, one of the world’s languages dies every 14 days.

 

You can find Thomas Frey on Twitter here: @ThomasFrey.

 

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