Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.
In Exponential Minds’ The Future of Work in 2020 we look at a discussion on how work will change, engineering the future of cities, the New World Order, the future of food, and Hydrogel.
How we will work in 2020 | Inspirefest 2017
Adrienne Gormley (Dropbox), Colin Graham (Facebook) and Thomas Jelley (Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life) discuss the near future of our working life with Silicon Republic managing editor Elaine Burke at Inspirefest 2017.
Engineering the Future of Cities
Robert Muggah says that cities take up three percent of the world’s surface area but are responsible for 80 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Three million people move to cities every week, and the cities are responsible for 75 percent of the world’s energy consumption. In his Ted Talk The biggest risks facing cities – and some solutions, Muggah lays out his plans to engineer cities into the 22nd century.
Read more at Engineering.com
The New World Order Is Ruled By Global Corporations And Megacities—Not Countries
We all know that quite a few corporations or terrorist groups have more influence in the world than many states do, but have yet to place them all in a single framework that measures them according to their reach and relevance. And yet such a “Mindshare Matrix” is precisely what we need to properly understand the 21st century landscape of power. Rather than comparing only apples to apples (countries to countries, companies to companies) in silos–as all existing rankings of power, wealth, brand recognition, or other assets do–this matrix would place countries, cities, companies, cyber-communities, and other contenders on the same playing field.
Read more at Fast Company
Future of Food: Farming in the age of climate change
Hydrogel Treats Wounds with Stored Medications