Tagged: trends

Key Technology Trends in Tertiary Education - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 07, 2014

A recent report has outlined significant upcoming trends, challenges and developments in the tertiary sector (none of which unfortunately offer 3D interactive holograms as shown in the picture above – damn!) The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition is the latest in a series of reports prepared by an international body of experts in education, technology and other … Read More

Dr Seuss, futurist? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 27, 2013

Once you’ve read one mega trend report, you’ve read ’em all. Or so it often seems. This is a point succinctly made by Spencer & Salvatico. They suggest that the popularity of publications on trends is because “… many people believe trends to be the beating heart of futures thinking and foresight.” You can go to town analyzing … Read More

A sufficiency of trends - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 21, 2013

Two recent reports highlight a range of trends affecting governments, but they take different approaches. The report from IBM – Six Trends Driving Change in Government – has a focus on the US but the trends are generally applicable. Their six (some more accurately considered drivers rather than trends) relate to: Performance – using data to inform “real-time” … Read More

A Futures Periodic Table - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 15, 2012

I’ve been playing around with a graphic to make it easier to keep track of important trends and drivers influencing the future. This Table of Elements is what I have come up with.  It arranges the elements into the basic Futures Framework of Social, Technological, Political, Economic and Environmental trends (or other drivers/influencers of change). I have loaded a PowerPoint … Read More

12 Trends post-Christmas (Part 2) - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jan 12, 2012

Finally Part 2 of some key trends to think about for the longer term. 700 quadrillion 770 actually. The amount of energy (in British Thermal Units) the planet may be using in 2035, up from 505 quadrillion Btu in 2008, according to the Energy Information Administration’s International Energy Outlook 2011 Reference Case projection. A quadrillion is 10 … Read More

12 Trends post-Christmas (Part 1) - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 21, 2011

Here’s (part 1 of) my seasonal selection of some trends to keep an eye on, not just in the New Year but over the longer term. In 2012 I’ll spend more time on exploring implications of such trends rather than the easier job of just describing them. A stagnating economy Whether the Euro and/or the European Union shatter or shrink … Read More

The Future of Healthcare - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Dec 16, 2011

I’m still preparing my end of year trend posting, so for now I’ll just point you in the direction of a short article on the future of healthcare that I wrote for  Pharmac’s (the New Zealand government’s pharmaceutical purchasing agency) Annual Review (PDF, 1.5 MB). The Pharmaceutical industry is in an interesting period of change. About US$100 Billion “patent dividend” … Read More

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