Bill Gates says the world is getting better not worse. Should you believe him?

“I woke up this morning,”  writes Bill Gate  “and, like most days, I read the news. It’s grim. Hurricanes in the Americas have killed dozens of people and displaced far more. Mexico is recovering from its most powerful earthquake in a century. North Korea is threatening its neighbors. The civil war in Syria seems to […]

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Some stunningly disruptive demographic stats about the world population by 2060

Disruptive forces are growing in complexity, velocity and impact. One of the slower moving forces is demographics and this force is now a growing tsunami which will crash on the shores of both developed and developing economies. No region or country will be immune to the impact of demographic disruption over the next 50 years. […]

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There is compelling evidence to suggest we are witnessing the end of meaningful innovation and the death of growth

As disruptive forces go, the end of economic growth, would have a tsunami impact  on businesses, organisations and countries. We tend to think of economic growth as normal, something we’ve lived with forever and we expect its continued benefit. Downturns are seen as blips in the inevitable upwards progress. But increasing economists are arguing that […]

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Quests have advanced societies since the dawning of civilisation, here’s how you can benefit today.

ESPN Coach of the Century Vince Lombardi said: “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour ““ his greatest fulfilment to all he holds dear ““ is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he’s exhausted on the field of battle ““ victorious.” Here, Lombardi captures the […]

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Will you still have a job in 2025?

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. Erik Brynjolfsson And Andrew Mcfee call this the “great decoupling” of productivity and employment. Historical trends show that as […]

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The Future of Theft

According to the website Stolen Bike Statistics over 500,000 bikes were stolen in the UK over the past five years. This figure is also understated. According to John Moss who compiled these stat  “It is largely accepted that only 1 in 5 bike thefts are reported to the police, therefore the bike thefts figures can […]

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No fracking please we are British

The heat surrounding the debate, protesting and exploration for Shale Gas in the UK is on the rise. On the 10th January last year, I posted a blog predicted that shale gas would revolutionise the world and that the UK and it’s European partners needed to act quickly or they world be left behind as […]

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“Minority Report” type marketing misses the point of the Connection Economy

Scanning cameras lock onto John Anderton’s  face as he walks through a shopping mall.  Using facial recognition technology advertisers clock his presence and begin an invasive barrage of “personalised” advertisements designed to entice, cajole and convince him to purchase the must have products on promotion. In this a scene from the 2002 movie Minority Report […]

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Bitcoin has the power to disrupt the most powerful institutions

“It is clear that policymakers and those who advise them do not have a satisfactory conceptual framework for dealing with [this] disruptive impact”  says  Alec Ross the former senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and; Jonathan Luff a former international affairs adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron. They make an […]

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What is your industry’s iceberg?

There are numerous forces changing the shape and face of business today. We call the most important ones the TIDES of Change. TIDES is an acronym standing for Technology, Institutions, Demographics, Environment and Social values. Each forces has numerous, let’s call them “icebergs” disrupting the normal flow of business and changing business models and entire […]

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