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Government Alone Can’t Solve Society’s Biggest Problems

Government Alone Can’t Solve Society’s Biggest Problems | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Rising obesity. Human Trafficking. Re-skilling the workforce. A lack of quality education and safe water for the poor in the developing world. Whose job is it to solve these problems?

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Mr. Brennan Coughlin's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:48 AM

Interesting read from the Harvard School of Business about the philantropic impact of private business.  Perhaps private business will be a more powerful force than Government aid in meeting the vast needs of the poor around the world.

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Predicting The Future

Predicting The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Visions of the future don't just have to come from science fiction. There's very real technology today giving us clues about how our future lives might be transformed. So what might our future look like?


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Javier Pagès López's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:39 AM

Un recopilatorio especial de conferencisa TED sobre las predicciones tecnológicas y su cumplimiento.

 

Áltamente recomendado.

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The Already Existent Future Of The Age of Context

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The Age of Context is a tour-de-force documentary of the state of technology in 2013 looking across a broad number of fields: healthcare, transportation, the electronic home, urbanization, mobile devices, marketing, and understanding customers.

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luiy's curator insight, October 10, 2013 6:18 AM

Pinpoint marketing is about right-time experiences, as described by mobile industry analyst Maribel Lopez of Lopez Research. There is not only a time and place for the experience but taking input from the situation of the environment beyond one’s self, their relationship network, preferences and the overlap with the possibilities of vendor offerings in that same space. It then follows with that negotiation of all this contextual information from the individual buyers viewpoint, and the sellers. There is a world of proxy agents coming for each side, consummated by the final purchase decision of the buyer.

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Learning from Lehman

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Five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world still needs a systemic approach to deal with systemic risks and system failures.

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The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014

The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 from World Economic Forum assesses the competitiveness landscape of 148 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.

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Switzerland remains on top, the United States reverses its four-year downward trend and Japan rises to ninth place in the Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014.

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The Billion-Dollar App That Might Get You Out of Traffic Jams

The Billion-Dollar App That Might Get You Out of Traffic Jams | Megatrends | Scoop.it

New “smart” traffic lights in Toronto adjust their signals to current traffic patterns, reducing people's travel times by 25% and lowering vehicles' carbon-dioxide emissions by 30%.

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Wonder Material Ignites Scientific Gold Rush

Wonder Material Ignites Scientific Gold Rush | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A race is on among universities and companies like Apple, IBM and Samsung to patent graphene for mobile devices, wearable electronics, airplanes and every other imaginable use.

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Graphene is the thinnest material known. But it is exceedingly strong, light and flexible. It is exceptional at conducting electricity and heat, and at absorbing and emitting light.


"Graphene is the same sort of material, like steel or plastic or silicon that can really change society," says Dr. Ferrari, who leads a band of about 40 graphene researchers at the University of Cambridge.

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 26, 2013 10:10 AM

Born in Manchester - University that is!

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China’s Corporate Crackdown

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In recent months, the Chinese government has leveled a series of allegations of corporate misconduct – ranging from food-product contamination to price rigging and bribery – against multinational firms.

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5 Priceless Lessons About The Future Of Business

5 Priceless Lessons About The Future Of Business | Megatrends | Scoop.it

In his forthcoming book Your Brand: The Media Company Michael Brito has a straightforward answer for brands struggling with how to adapt to the rising expectations of consumers and looking to capitalize on cutting edge social and mobile technologies.

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, August 25, 2013 8:26 PM

Thank you Kenneth for sharing this article.  I particularly agree that every brand has to tell a unique story, and must stay relevant to their target customer.

 

I will be purchasing this book this week.

 

 

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An End of Books

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Books, those bound paper documents, are part of an ecosystem, one that was perfect, and one that is dying, quickly.


Ideas aren’t going away soon, and neither are words. But, as the ecosystem dies, not only will the prevailing corporate systems around the paper book wither, but many of the treasured elements of its consumption will disappear as well.

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Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps Out Evolving Relationship Between Humans and Machines

Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps Out Evolving Relationship Between Humans and Machines | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The evolving relationship between humans and machines is the key theme of Gartner, Inc.'s "Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2013."

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Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle Special Report provides strategists and planners with an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of more than 2,000 technologies, grouped into 98 areas.

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Gary Bamford's comment, September 9, 2013 3:07 PM
Quantum computing will obviously tunnel through that barrier ;)
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8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

New technologies will change the kinds of jobs people have in the coming years. Don't be surprised if one day you've taken on the position of microbial balancer, corporate disorganizer, or urban shepherd.

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Visions of the Future - The Quantum Revolution

Visions of the Future: The Quantum Revolution. GREAT new show on BBC 4 with physicist and futurist, Michio Kaku. 

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Visions of the Future - The Biotech Revolution

Visions of the Future: The Biotech RevolutionGREAT new show on BBC 4 with physicist and futurist, Michio Kaku. 

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Visions of the Future - The Intelligence Revolution

Visions of the Future: The Intelligence Revolution. GREAT new show on BBC 4 with physicist and futurist, Michio Kaku. 

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Infrastructure and Urban Development

The world urbanises at a rate of a million people per week. What challenges does this create? Is there an optimal size for a city?

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The Technology Megatrends Changing the World

The Technology Megatrends Changing the World | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The pace and scale of technological progress is set to play a greater role than ever before in shaping the world we inhabit over the coming years. Here are the four significant technology 'game-changers'.

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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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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.