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The City As A Platform

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy on Sep 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Cities and regions have an abundance of options for marking themselves out as innovative. The problem is, most of their tactics are easy to copy and most are part of a trend. The creative cluster, the industrial cluster, the science park, an open data initiative, or the smart city. Glance at an inward investment document and you are likely to see one of these mentioned. In a world that now seems to be hovering between innovation, disruption or demise, cities need to think differently.

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

Harvesting Abundance in the Sharing Economy

Posted by Hutch Carpenter on Sep 10, 2014 7:00:00 AM

The amateurs are coming! Are you ready?

Over time, we have seen transitions in how goods and services are supplied to buyers. It used to be that you were limited to what you could buy in your local village. With the rise of industrialization and subsequent globalization, choices increased and costs went down. But inevitably, industries saw varying degrees of concentration of market share amongst a few mega firms. With the unfortunate - but understandable - consequence of reducing choices as firms focus on what sells  broadly. 

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

The Future of Education and Getting More From a Thesis

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Aug 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM

One of the questions that nagged on me during the nights was what I was giving back to society. Mind you, at the time I was a banker, but I know from many of my friends they have these kind of moments of contemplation as well. Some of them went into the field of humanitarian aid, others to sustainability. I decided to focus my attention to the field of education.

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

Corporate foresight: a tool to sustain innovation

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 13, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Hindsight, foresight, flash foresight, sensing systems, future thinking, chocolate futurists, open future approach, peripheral vision, clairvoyance or just an eerie premonition about what turn the virtual currency trend will take… the expressions used to describe probable and not-so-probable futures abound.

Fuzzy terminology aside, the ambition to sketch accurate portraits of the future sits high on corporate agendas. So high in fact, that it takes a seat next to “innovation”. From Hollywood blockbusters (remember the Epagogix algorithm?) to Pfizer drugs (unravelling taboos and foreseeing commercial success), and from Michelin’s PAX system tires (failing to predict how the ecosystem will react to radical innovation) to Hugo Boss’ psychedelic surfware & other next-level fashions, strategic hiccups are feared. Notably those labelled “future avenues for innovation”. Under these circumstances, studies and methods of studying the future become more relevant than ever. Let’s explore how.

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

Bitcoin - the big disruptive innovation in finance

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Aug 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM

As some of you might know, I have been a banker for many years. I still have a natural interest in financial systems, so why not look at the case of Bitcoin?

Systematic “money” is engrained into society and our livelihood. Without money people cannot function comfortably. Since the beginning of time, money has been used as a system to exchange goods and services for value. But the emergence of alternate currencies such as Bitcoin has recently broken established notions of payment, circulation and monetary policy, which have maintained monetary order for over 3 centuries. Last month, I moderated a bankers event around payment structures. On the one hand you saw people embracing the openness of Bitcoin, it’s protocol value. On the other hand, you saw people claiming Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme.

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

Cashless business models and the potential of modern barter

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 19, 2014 8:30:00 AM

April showers bring May flowers / That is what they say but if you are a business owner in Europe, the showers and flowers likely stand for the tax declarations that need filing before a fresh fiscal cycle can begin. Not surprisingly, whenever money matters are involved, taxpayers and tax authorities alike become creative and not necessarily in a bad way. Last month I stumbled upon a great story by Eva Hershaw of the The Atlantic describing an unusual payment in kind programme, Pago en Especie, in Mexico that allows prized artists to pay federal income taxes by donating some of their original artwork to the state. Initially devised in the late 1950s, the program has gained immense traction and is now enjoyed by more than 700 painters, sculptors, graphic artists - even performance art is pending as a means of payment too.

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

Hacking, data mining, algorithms, and other avenues for innovation

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 9, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Earlier this year The Economist analyzed a trend dubbed the onrushing wave – or the wave of technological progress expected to accelerate the automation of work. Adding some figures to their observations, the editors predicted that jobs in 47% occupational categories ran the risk of being automated in the near future. Jobs like: accountancy, legal work, technical writing... Thanks to LEGO enthusiasts, not even DJing is safe anymore.

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

Organizational ambidexterity – a glimpse at the state-of-the-art

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jun 4, 2014 8:30:00 AM

In an older post from February I argued that creativity had become a prevailing buzzword in the business literature and that, despite conflicting definitions, its strategic importance was hard to deny – chiefly in helping entities, large and small, survive.

Another trendy word with similar implications is ambidexterity. Not the property of being equally skillful with both hands, of course, but the organizational ambidexterity defined as the ability to pursue two disparate things at the same time; things like: efficiency vs. flexibility, exploitation vs. exploration, stability vs. adaptability or even short-term profit vs. long-term growth (source: FT’s Lexicon).

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

The ecosystem era - Apple, Google and AllTheWeb

Posted by Haydn Shaughnessy on May 5, 2014 3:11:37 PM

Innovation ecosystems are emerging as a topic of discussion in academic circles. I want to place them in context. For sure innovation managers need to know more about ecosystems and in my last post about social media, I made the point that social media skills are a necessity if companies are to attract people to their innovation efforts.

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

Privacy is the new black: the emerging trend that is disrupting the internet

Posted by Jaspar Roos on Apr 23, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Openness is over. Being closed or private is the new black. A shame for advertisers, really. And you may think this trend is so far from reality, especially taking into account the recent news of Facebook acquiring Whatsapp. Yet, it is definitely the emerging trend right now. I want to dialogue on the disruption of openness. With disruption I mean the changes of scale that are bound to happen in the near future.

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Topics: Trends & Future Thinking

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