It was Sir Winston Churchill who once said the: “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” Whilst history does not neatly repeat itself and nor will looking backwards give you 20/20 vision looking into the future, the astute leader is resolute in refining their ability to look […]Read More How to look backwards in order to see the future
“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 […]Read More Bill Gates says the world is getting better not worse. Should you believe him?
Whichever company’s vision wins out will shape the future of the economy The dilemma for the C-Suite at the helm as they look towards a rapidly changing future is this: Seek out promising new space to escape ever crowded markets, or face ever tighter margins and get replaced. But new is unproven and numerous experiments […]Read More Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way
Studies by Oxford University suggest robotics and automation will replace 47% of knowledge worker jobs over the next two decades. So if you are not planning on retiring in the next ten to twenty years, and let’s face it with average lifespan on the up and pension pots on the down many of us may […]Read More 6 ways to protect yourself from robotic replacement
This century should be rather remarkable. We have the potential to end disease and poverty. We might decode ageing and live forever-young. Through the ever-growing power of genetic technology and bioengineering we could revive extinct species like the woolly mammoth. Intercity travel at the speed-of-sound in hyper-loop, vacuum sealed tubes may become the norm. We […]Read More We live in a remarkable century, but here is the problem
PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE STEINMETZ Quests begin with a simple question: What can we do better? By 2050 we’ll need to feed 10 billion, that is 2.5 billion more people. How can we do that without overwhelming the planet? Caleb Harper is an innovator and hacker operating out of MIT Media Lab OpenAg who has […]Read More How to feed 10 billion people by 2050
The 21st Century has the potential to be humankind’s greatest century. Indeed, innovations over the next four decades have the potential to dwarf the innovations of the past 200 years. But this version of the future will only become true if leaders are courageous enough to take giant leaps forward. According to the New York […]Read More Want to proactively create your future? Here is how Major Tom
In my TIDES of Change presentation I suggest that digital and mobile technology is not the real revolution and that there is something even more powerful driving disruptive change. The real revolution – and it explains most of the ground-breaking technology innovations we are seeing – is this: We now have the ability to gather […]Read More Now you can Speak a foreign language, without ever having to learn it
A recent study shows that the dinosaurs were already in decline 50 million years before the meteor strike that finally wiped them out. “We were not expecting this result,” says Dr Manabu Sakamoto, a palaeontologist from the University of Reading, who led the research. “Even though they were wiped out ultimately by the impact of […]Read More Don’t wait for a meteor to wipe you out, Re/Evolve and adapt now.
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. […]Read More Some stunningly disruptive demographic stats about the world population by 2060
“We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the […]Read More The Fourth Industrial Revolution is an Age of Quests
The Rise of the Benefit Corporation Small changes in the corporate code can change the world and on April 13, 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley made history in the US State of Maryland when he passed a law creating a new type of for-profit corporation ““ the Benefit Corporation. With a stroke of his pen O’Malley […]Read More Here’s why Benefit Corporations will be the business model of the future?
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 […]Read More There is compelling evidence to suggest we are witnessing the end of meaningful innovation and the death of growth
“Many business leaders will realise, soon, that they are underinvesting in North America” says Joel Kurtzman a leading figure in the U.S. on the future of business. Joel founded the Booz & Co magazine Strategy+Business and is also a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, an economic and finance think tank. This is an interesting […]Read More Why the U.S. has an optimistic future. And, it is not what you think
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 […]Read More Quests have advanced societies since the dawning of civilisation, here’s how you can benefit today.
“These devices are only going to get smaller and more powerful” say Om Malik of Fast Company. You can buy a Raspberry Pi with a 700MHz processor and 256 MB of memory for about $25. In 2001, a Mac with 450 MHz and 64MB of RAM cost $1,800.” Apple dominates the personal and mobile computer […]Read More Disrupting the world of everything
In the future the workforce will be more connected, workers will be virtual, mobile and temporary, they will be global, multi-generational and diverse ““ older and younger, different sexes, cultures and beliefs working side by side. We know this, it is happening already. But will the future of work be more innovative? Will it be […]Read More What will the future of work look like? Here is an eye-watering preview
Steve Mann graduated from MIT in 1994 and began wearing a wireless camera that recorded images of the world, from his Point of View (POV) and displayed them online. The now professor at Toronto University has been campaigning for wearable technology as a human right. Another early “life-logger” Gordon Bell began collecting as much digital […]Read More Here’s why everyone will be a Life-Logger in the future
1. Increasing global integration and growing diversity The outlook for global growth is strong for 2015 and will continue to accelerate for the remaining decade and more. This is due to sustained growth in emerging markets, the falling cost of oil and growing consumer confidence and demand. Economic power will shift from the West to […]Read More Five workplace trends impacting the future of work in 2015
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 […]Read More Will you still have a job in 2025?
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 […]Read More The Future of Theft
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 […]Read More No fracking please we are British
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 […]Read More “Minority Report” type marketing misses the point of the Connection Economy
Here are our top thirteen predictions for 2013: 1.It’s going to get more personal: Social media is no longer a fad, senior leaders have realised that they can not ignore this powerful trend and companies are fast learning how to embrace having a dialogue with their customers rather than just pushing products. 2.Marketing communications will […]Read More Thirteen trends for successful business leaders in 2013
“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 […]Read More Bitcoin has the power to disrupt the most powerful institutions
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 […]Read More What is your industry’s iceberg?