The DMCC, a leader in global trade, teamed up with the Future Agenda programme to explore the future of trade during 2015. Expert workshops were held in the UK, South Africa, Hong Kong and Dubai. The results, including additional research examining how technology will affect trade, will be presented simultaneously at the Google Campus in London and Google AstroLabs in Dubai on March 17, 2016. An expert panel chaired by Ian King of Sky News will examine how the digitisation of trade around the world will unlock future opportunity and change the global flow of goods, talent and finance while considering the impact on supply chain efficiency and international regulation. The panelists will include Gautam Sashittal, chief executive officer of DMCC, Baroness Wheatcroft, non-executive director of Fiat Chrysler and former editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe and Simon Williams, Chief Economist Middle East, Africa and Europe at HSBC. If…

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Sara Moulton of the Human Capital Leadership Institute in Singapore has just authored a good article in HQ Asia. Looking at some of the issues driving change in and around work over the next decade or so, it highlights some examples raised in a Future Agenda event in Singapore in November. Many thanks to Sara for sharing the piece.

In two weeks time we will be running another workshop at Singapore Management University. Following the success of a similar event in November, we are repeating the format but with some additional fresh insights from the new Future Agenda website. Hosted by the SMU Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, this event promises to again attract a superb mix of talent who together will identify a number of emerging global innovation opportunities and then build potential new business concepts around them. Adopting an accelerated innovation lab approach used with other leading organisations, it will be an immersive, fast paced experience where we cover several weeks of usual activity in less than 48 hours. As well as SMU faculty and alumni, this workshop is also open to the public via the website.

Last night our UK hosts for the Future of Health discussions very kindly held another event in London. Strategic North and the partners, Raise the Bar, had an evening reception where we shared some of the key insights from the Future of Health and other discussions last year. Looking at a wide range of issues, this talk covered public health issues, changes in health care funding, the increasingly significant role of data, the ageing challenge and the need to ensure better healthcare for all. A short video of the evening is available here.  

As we move towards the launch of the new future agenda website, we are sharing some of the 1000 word summaries of all of the key cross topic / regional insights to have come out of last year’s 120 workshops. Several people have been asking for previews of what is coming so several have been published via LInkedIn. Here are the first few: Africa Growth –  a perspective on Africa and how it may be seen as more and more significant over the next decade or so. Still being Stupid – why we individually and collectively continue to make decisions that may make sense in the short-term – but do not lead to better longer-term consequences Food Waste – looks at food waste and some of the opportunities we have to make far better use of the food we have available – without needing to use more land and fresh water. Built-in Flexibility – exploring…

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Building on insights from last year’s multiple discussions on the future of health, we have a special event taking place in Frankfurt on March 8th – looking at the future of surgery. 25 Experts from around the world are coming together to explore what will be the key shifts taking place in and around surgery over the next decade. We will be discussing changes in patient power, greater collaboration within theatre, key technologies that will potentially transform surgery, the role of robotics and systemic pressures from insurance, healthcare costs, regulation and changing cultural expectations. Hosted by Aesculap, this promises to be an excellent event with a host of new insights being shared. We have a great mix of people coming from many different fields of expertise – but still have space for a couple more so if you are interested do get in touch.

The first of several Future Agenda articles has just been published in Vision Magazine in Dubai. Focused on how we may need teach students to be ready for the modern world, it is the front piece for a whole section on the future of education. Here are a few key views included in Disruption by Degrees the digital version of which can be easily accessed online and via the Vision App: Given the increasingly international, thus competitive, nature of education we can expect a more rigorous process to emerge over the next decade allowing employers to understand the knowledge students have gained, increasing transparency for the governments and private organisations investing in it and ensuring students make better use of their study time. Few college leavers now expect to have a job for life and many are hazy about what their future career will be. They are right to be so speculative.…

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Having completed the 120th and final Future Agenda workshop of 2015 on December 15th, we are now busy writing up all the key insights ready for sharing in a couple of weeks time. The new Future Agenda website is in development and will provide all with access to a host of different materials.

Workshop #100 – Future of Health in Bangalore is done and dusted with great extra insights in the mix from experts hosted by Ashoka. Our thanks go to all who have supported this project since the first event on Feb 10th in London. Approximately 4000 workshop / event participants have collectively given around 10 years of their time to sharing their thoughts with over 25 Future Agenda team members around the world. To date, we have visited 34 cities in 23 countries and discussed the future of 25 different topics with a host of informed people to who we are hugely grateful. What’s next? Over the next couple of weeks the Future Agenda team will work on the core synthesis of nearly 700 insights to identify the major issues for the next decade that we will share via in print, on our website and via an app. Then a few…

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The final few weeks of the core Future Agenda programme research activities are drawing near and we are very pleased to announce that the India events in July are all now being finalised. With many thanks to Alka, Anupam, Bhupendra, Rima and Shailaja for all the great support, we are planning 10 workshops plus a couple of dinners. The final few hosts and venues are being agreed at the moment so we will update on those next week, but for now here is a list of topics and locations for the core workshops: Delhi: Future of Food (20th July) Future of Cities (21st July) Future of Energy (22nd July) – hosted by The Climate Group Mumbai: Future of Digital (24th July) – hosted by TCS Future of Health (28th July) TBC are Future of Education / Future of Wealth / Future of Retail Bengaluru: Future of Education (29th July) hosted by the National Institute for…

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AARP is hosting the Washington DC Future of Ageing discussions.


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Aging2.0 is co-hosting the global Future of Ageing discussions.

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The Future of Privacy – Proposed Way Forward

That the technology mega-trends predicted for 2020 and beyond will continue on their march seems to me to be inevitable; we’re just left debating the timeframe. But it’s the counter-trends that I believe will determine whether privacy is a winner or a loser.

Business models that put the individual in control: Today, data about people is almost exclusively controlled by organisations, whether public or private sector. People have very little control over their own personal data. If data is power, then the scales are tipped heavily in favour of corporations and governments against the individual.

But the cost and complexity of processing, storing, transferring, computing and analysing data are such that it is perfectly feasible for individuals to control their own data – in fact, billions of people now do this daily in a rudimentary form, as they manage profiles on social media, and use smartphones to capture, manipulate and share data. There is no longer any reason why the organisation should be the default point of control of personal data.

What’s more, where organisations function as the default data controllers, the economic potential for personal data is limited, because data remains locked up in corporate silos (even silos as big as those controlled by Google are still silos). The utility of much of this data cannot be unleashed because it cannot easily, legitimately or lawfully be connected with other data from other sources. This data only becomes really valuable when it can be combined with relevant data across all services that relate to a person’s life – online, retail, financial, governmental and the myriad other sources coming available.

New entrepreneurs recognise this and are developing solutions that put the individual back in control. By making the individual “the single point of control and integration of data about their lives”[1], they are able to aggregate data about an individual from all sources and services. In doing so, they are creating an entirely new, and enormously valuable, asset class[2] that is currently diminished by being spread across the myriad data silos owned by the many hundreds of corporations and government agencies we interact with. And there is good evidence that this will enable entirely new services, and significant new economic growth and value[3].

Aside from enabling economic growth, these new models also happen to offer a market-driven solution to many of the privacy problems we are facing with the onward march of data-generating technology where the organisation is the default controller of that data. Shifting the balance of power back towards the individual must produce a positive outcome for privacy. And because it also offers the possibility of enabling innovation and economic growth, privacy is no longer trapped in one–sided conflict with forces it cannot hope to defeat. It does not require a balance, or a trade-off, between privacy and growth – it enables both.

A typical example of the sort of new service provider that is beginning to emerge is the personal data vault or bank[4]. A personal data bank provides the single point of integration for personal data under the control of the individual, and provides related services (much like a normal bank does with your money) that enables the individual to get value from their data – from eliminating repetitive form filling (providing address, delivery and payment data to online merchants), to monetising one’s own data through purchase preference and ‘intent-casting’, to enabling new, complex ‘decision support’ services[5].  In this model, the individual becomes the curator of their own personal data, able to volunteer more, or more relevant, data and manage that data to ensure it is relevant, accurate and as comprehensive as they want it to be.

Once consumers have realistic alternatives, we can expect to see an end to the ‘privacy paradox’, i.e. individuals’ actual behaviours defying their expressed attitudes, as it becomes possible, without disproportionate consequences, to act upon those attitudes by making meaningful choices.

While the emergence of personal data banks and similar business models do not in and of themselves prevent organizations from collecting and exercising control over personal data regardless, they have the potential to disrupt this simply by being inherently more valuable. Because the value of personal data is closely connected to its relevance and currency – think of personal data as having a ‘half-life’[6] –  ‘personally curated’ sources of data will have higher value simply due to the fact that they will represent the actual wishes and desires of an individual, rather than the presumed wishes and desires based on derived data. Plus, our personal data changes all the time (think of musical tastes, favourite bars or hangouts, travel interests, and, for many people, even where they live, or the job they are doing). Maintaining personal data at the level of accuracy and currency needed for many applications to be optimally effective is an impossible task for an organization without the individual’s direct involvement. Conversely, for the individual it is practically impossible to manage and keep up-to-date and accurate their own personal data when it is spread across hundreds of organisations, each with their own interfaces and approaches[7].

Technology development that supports social norms and values; It’s a cliché that technology is disruptive. And too often we hear that we should accept disruption to our sense of privacy because technology has made it an outdated and redundant concept, and we can’t turn back the clock. Not infrequently the people who express these views are the very people who helped to create the technology that has brought these things to pass in the first place. This is simply a form of technological determinism.

But technology should and can develop in a way that reflects and supports social norms and values. Since technology is created by people, we are perfectly capable of creating it in ways that take account of privacy and other values. Urban architects have learnt to do this with our physical environment – concerning themselves not just about function and aesthetics, but also with broader environmental impacts, the need for building communal living spaces and creating a sense of community[8].

More significantly, technology is largely the product of private enterprise. To understand why technology has developed the way it has, or how it will develop in future, we need to understand the economic motivations and drivers of those who create it, and the business models that justify investment.

Early applications for data processing technology were focused on efficiency – replacing manual processes with automated processes. Automated data processing requires data as input, but once used, remained surplus to requirements. Personal data was relatively scarce, and even though it was recognised that data needed to flow across borders, it was not seen as a valuable asset in and of itself. But it was recognised that automated data processing had the potential to cause harm to people’s privacy, and so new codes and regulations[9] were created that essentially treated personal data like ‘toxic waste’, to be contained and made safe. Now, today, rather than being a mere by-product of digitisation, data is a resource defined by superabundance, and has become perhaps the most important driver of economic growth in the digital economy. This will become even more so as we move towards 2020. Organisations are therefore incentivised to create and capture personal data and exercise control over it.

In short, technology continuously causes friction with privacy because commercial organisations haven’t really tried to address the problem. While “Privacy Enhancing Technologies” have a reasonably long history, particularly within academia, they have failed to be adopted commercially or at sufficient scale[10]. For instance, cryptographic tools have not been adopted by the general user due to a lack of commercial investment in embedding them seamlessly into products that consumers want[11]. This is because, beyond mere legal compliance, privacy hasn’t featured as a strategic priority, and correspondingly there has been insufficient investment by organisations in developing the broader range of skills and expertise needed to create and deploy privacy-enhancing products or services, such as in product marketing, engineering or user experience. There simply hasn’t been a sufficient incentive to do so. And now there is precisely the opposite incentive – to generate and use data as a revenue driver in and of itself.

However, if the individual begins to become the point of control, businesses that want to leverage the vast pool of personal data assets available will need to compete with each other to provide the most attractive destination for people’s data. And if businesses are competing to provide individuals with the best ‘personal data banks’ and other tools that enable them to gain control of their own data, and ‘invest’ it on their own terms, then it will become a business imperative to find innovative and attractive approaches to issues such as individual control and permission, transparency and usability, data portability and ownership, as well as data protection, anonymisation and other counter-surveillance measures. There will be an economic incentive to encourage technology development where personal data control and privacy are functional necessities, not regulatory pipe dreams.

This in turn will create a demand by organisations for new skills from technologists and service designers that enable them to create products that embed respect for privacy- related values from the outset. Universities and colleges will seek to meet this demand by providing courses and modules on the fundamentals of what privacy is and why it’s important, but also qualifications in new fields like privacy engineering and privacy design.

The contrast in this respect between privacy and security couldn’t be greater. One the one hand, the security industry has been estimated to be worth $350 Billion in the US alone[12]; security is a sophisticated and maturing market. The ‘privacy industry’ by contrast is hardly recognizable at all. The reason is simple – in an organisation-centric world, where data is valuable and where corporations control data, it is in their self-interest to secure that data. Hence, supply meets demand. But in the privacy arena, there has simply been insufficient demand to stimulate a supply.

But this is changing. Something approximating a privacy marketplace is now becoming a reality[13], consisting of tools that prevent tracking[14] and other counter-surveillance services on the one hand[15], and personal data vaults and banks that enable the curation and management of one’s own data on the other[16]. Major players in the internet and communications space have also already begun to lay down their markers[17]. As this market develops, consumers will benefit from the greater control over their personal data that results.

Second generation regulation: Nevertheless, we must be wary of substituting technological utopianism with economic utopianism. These competitive forces can be harnessed, but are unlikely to create change for the good all by themselves. Regulation has an important role to play. But we need a different type of regulation to the existing data protection and privacy regulation we have today.

Existing data protection regulation emerged in the 1970s and 1980s in response to computing and data processing developments beginning in the 1960s. The underlying assumption was that data processing would always be a complex and resource intensive activity, and hence would always be the preserve of large, well-resourced organizations. Individuals needed the protection of regulation against the impacts of automated data processing and the decisions it enabled. The regulatory frameworks were generally “command and control” style frameworks that provided rules that regulated the behaviour of large, static organization (the ‘data controller’), and were designed to protect the individual who lacked any means to exercise control themselves (the ‘data subject’).

This assumption that the organization is the natural point of control for personal data no longer holds. Yet our current data protection frameworks are built upon this assumption. Even the latest EU proposals are still essentially based on this model[18]. But with the real possibility for personal control over personal data, and business models emerging to support this, policy makers need to focus on helping this nascent market develop, rather than trying to stem the tide of technology with rules and guidelines.

What’s more, policy makers have struggled to find ways to effectively regulate technology in a way that produces commercially deployed technologies that reflect or support privacy norms and values, rather than disturbing them. While there are regulatory restrictions surrounding the use of personal data, this has predominantly resulted in legalistic methods of compliance. I would contend that these haven’t had any significant impact on the design of technologies themselves, how they generate data, or how they make that data available.

Issuing decisions and guidelines after technology has already been commercially adopted and has started to negatively impact privacy is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted[19]. And yet while concepts like data protection or privacy ‘by design’ are constructive ideas, they are unlikely to translate into better technology design on a large scale simply because they happen to appear in a regulatory instrument[20]. What is so often needed on many aspects of privacy is creativity and innovation, and you cannot command an organization to innovate.

But you can incentivize it to innovate. If a market is encouraged to develop where individuals are placed in a controlling position at the centre of a personal data market and ecosystem, there will be economic incentives to look for better solutions to issues people care about. The role of regulation should then become less about issuing detailed rules and requirements (e.g. telling companies what to include in their privacy statements, or specifically how they should capture consent, or whether they need to seek regulatory approval to use data for certain purposes), and more about ensuring that fair and open competition develops and operates to produce beneficial privacy outcomes for individuals, while also allowing innovation and growth with data. This type of regulation has been called “second generation” regulation, a term coined by Professor Dennis Hirsch in the context of evolving environmental regulation[21]. Hirsh describes the evolution from the not-so-effective early post-war environmental “command and control” regulation to the more sophisticated and effective frameworks we see today that embrace a broad understanding of how economic incentives can stimulate innovation. Hirsch sees a parallel between regulating information privacy and environmental degradation – both require innovation if they are to achieve satisfactory and effective outcomes without stifling economic growth.

However, one very important principle that has emerged within Europe’s attempt to modernize its data protection regime is “data portability”[22]. This principle will require organisations to allow personal data to be exported to another entity at an individual’s request. While the mechanisms for achieving this are by no means trivial (look at how long it took the mobile industry to implement mobile number portability[23], which is a far simpler undertaking), this is the sort of measure that will facilitate a personal data market to develop and grow. It is both a typical “second generation” form of regulation, and an essential component of an individual taking control of their personal data.

[1] Alan Mitchell, Strategy Director, Ctrl-Shift, speaking on “The Business and Economic Case” at Personal Information Economy 2014, available at: (accessed 17/11/2014)
[2] World Economic Forum, “Personal Data: The emergence of a new asset class”, available at: (accessed 10/12/2014)
[3] Ctrl Shift, “Personal Information Management Services: An analysis of an emerging market”, available at: (accessed 12/12/2014)
[4] Some examples are You Technology (, ( and QIY (
[5]  An example of a complex decision support service would, for instance, enable a household to recalibrate its domestic energy consumption needs. For more information, see “Personal Information Management Services: An analysis of an emerging market”, supra note 27.
[6] Martin Doyle, “The Half Life of Data”, available at: (accessed 10/12/2014)
[7] Online contact books, like Plaxo (, and social networking services like Facebook ( and LinkedIn ( are good examples of how there has already been a shift of control to the individual. In these cases, the process of giving out contact information (e.g. via business cards) and allowing others to manage one’s contact data is replaced with the individual managing their own contact information and creating stable connections online with people they want to stay in touch with.
[8] Somewhat ironically, urban architecture is also concerned with other social issues, such as how to reduce crime in urban planning and design through ‘natural surveillance’.
[9] The 1980 OCED Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data (, 1981 Council of Europe  Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal (, and the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (
[10] As this recent academic paper illustrates, solutions are available to many of the privacy problems highlighted with pervasive technologies - “A Roadmap for IoT/Cloud/Distributed Sensor Net Privacy Mechanisms”, available at:  (accessed 15/12/2014)
[11] Justin Troutman, “People Want Safe Communications, Not Usable Cryptography”, MIT Technology Review, available at: (accessed 12/12/2014)
[12] ASIS International, “Groundbreaking Study Finds US Security Industry to be Worth $350 Billion Market”, available at:$350-Billion-Market.aspx (accessed 17/12/2014)
[13] Mark Little, Ovum, “Personal Data and the Big Trust Opportunity”, available at: (accessed 10/12/2014)
[14] For example, Ghostery, Inc. Website available at:
[15] For example, devices like the Blackphone are designed to ensure highly secure and encrypted mobile communications. Website available at:
[16] Supra note 27
[17] CNET, “Google to encrypt data on new version of Android by default”, available at: (accessed 17/12/2014); and see supra note 14.
[18] The current draft of the EU Data Protection Regulation is available at: (accessed 17/12/2014)
[19] The controversy over the European Court of Justice decision in the so-called ‘right-to-be-forgotten’ case against Google is illustrative of this, where traditional data protection rules are applied to a technology, i.e. search engines, that was never designed to ‘forget’, to ‘age’ search results, or otherwise address the privacy issues with indexing against individuals’ names. The European Commission’s Factsheet on the case is available at:  (accessed 12/12/2014)
[20] Article 23 (Data Protection by Design and Default) in the Draft Data Protection Regulation, available at:  (accessed 17/12/2014)
[21] Dennis D. Hirsch, “Protecting the Inner Environment: what Privacy Regulation can Learn from Environmental Law”, available at: (accessed 01/12/2104)
[22] Article 18 (Right to Data Portability), available at:  (accessed 17/12/2014)
[23] For a general description of mobile number portability - (accessed 15/12/2014)

The Future Agenda project is very pleased to be partnering with the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) hold a series of workshops on the Future of Trade. We are adding trade in to the mix as our 21st topic for discussion around the world. The DMCC is the largest and fastest growing free-zone in the UAE and understanding what the future may hold is fundamental to their ongoing success. Trade is key to economic growth and as a result the value of international commerce has grown almost tenfold in the past 30 years. More people need and have access to more products so, to satisfy their demand, we are now transporting more raw materials around the world than we have ever done before.  In addition new trading patterns and markets are growing and increasingly  traders  are using technology to adapt to their requirements. Understanding the impact of these changes over next ten years will…

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Dear All As we pass the halfway point of the Future Agenda project for 2015, we wanted to send a big thank you to everyone who has participated in workshops, acted as hosts and contributed on-line. Since February we have run over 50 events in 21 cities in 19 countries and, due largely to everyone sharing their time and views we have over 400 new insights on the changes in the world over the next decade. Without this input none of this could work so well so, on behalf of the whole project team, many thanks for all the support. As we continue this week with more events in Australia and India with the aim of completing all 100 by the end of the summer, I thought that you might appreciate a ‘half-way through’ update on progress and insights to date as well as plans for the next couple of…

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As we start to see common issues coming up in different discussions we are tagging these on both flickr and slideshare and collating some interim emerging views for wider sharing: Where appropriate, on Flickr we are now putting common insights into two or more albums so that you can easily see related issues. So, for example, the Future of Data album now has 44 insights of which 12 have come from other discussions on the future of privacy, payments, loyalty and health. Going forward as we add more to the current 400 plus insights all will be tagged on multiple topics so that you can access as rich a view as possible during the next couple of months ahead of the major synthesis session in August. On Slideshare, as well as updated views within topic areas which appear after each workshop, we have also started to pull together a number of…

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As we reach the half-way mark of global workshops, we have started to share some of the emerging insights from the future agenda programme via different formats including speeches, interviews and other events. During the past couple of weeks some of these have gained coverage on TV and online. Here are three: Astro Awani – Kuala Lumpur: TV interview with Patrick Harris and Suraya Sulaiman following the Future of Company event on May 14 Vodafone Turkey – Istanbul: Also on May 14, as part of the Vodafone Dijital Dönüşüm event, Tim Jones gave a speech on future data shifts and opportunities which was covered by several articles including this one. Tata Consulting Services – Pune: Blog by Tim Jones on the future impact of digital ahead of an event in London on May 28 as part of the TCS Innovation Forum As we move into the final two months of workshops, we will be sharing…

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After 34 of the planned 100 Future Agenda events now completed, we have had many excellent discussions and a host of new views added into the mix. With workshops now underway on nearly all of our 20 topics we are building not only great richness around each, but also are adding in many insights that cut across several areas. While we are updating all of the pdfs on slideshare as we go, most people are finding that the flickr site is the easiest way to see everything in one place and also view insights by topic. Some of the team are now in Singapore where we have 7 events taking place over the next week or so (while others are running workshops in London, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Toronto) By the end of May we will have reached the half way mark and passed the number of events we…

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Great action in past week or so on events in India at the end of the programme. The aim is focus on 7 to 8 topics in India during the last two weeks of July while the final US based events are also taking place. Hosts are now being agreed but the topics in the mix are the future of data / privacy, energy, cities, food, health, wealth and transport. Locations will be Delhi, Mumbai and Bengalaru. Great to be working again with Anupam, Bhupendra and Shailaja on these events which will be a wonderful finale for the programme of 100 workshops.

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AMP is hosting the Sydney Future of Ageing discussion


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Another exciting week of activity around the world running and preparing for future events has been rounded off with three more newly confirmed hosts / events.   Vodacom is hosting a future of work event in Johannesburg in April Tata Consultancy Services is hosting a future of data and privacy event in London in May and AMP is hosting the future of ageing event in Sydney in June as part of the 2015 Amplify Festival   In addition, we are now doing two events on April 20 in Quito with the IDE Business School and are planning a second visit to South Africa in July to hopefully address the future of health and wealth. So many thanks to all. We are now around 20% of the way through the project and over 90 events now all confirmed!

We are delighted to announce a number of new hosts and partners around the world: Ten more organisations have recently joined in with the Future Agenda programme: Herman Miller is hosting the UK Future of Work event on April 16th and also providing a great venue for future Dubai events Biomin is hosting two Future of Food events – one in Singapore in May and another in Austria in July Anthesis is hosting the UK Future of Resources event on April 14th Manchester Business School is providing venues for events in both Singapore and Shanghai in May Les Clefs d’Or is hosting a Future of Travel event in Argentina on April 13th CSR Turkey is hosting a Future of Education event in Istanbul on May 13th De Baak is hosting a Future of Learning event in the Netherlands in May Strategic North is hosting the UK Future of Health event in June…

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With 10 of the 100 events now under the belt, we are also clear on most of the key dates and locations for the rest. Alongside regular European and North American events between now and the end of July, this is when the other core locations are being addressed: South America – April Africa – Early April UAE – Late April Singapore / Malaysia – Early May Turkey – Mid May China – Late May Australia – Early June India – Late June / Early July For more specific details please see:  

We are very pleased to announce that all 20 initial perspectives across the full range of topics are now live on the Future Agenda site. The Future of Food and Future of Cities points of view were added into the mix this week and now join with the other 18 being discussed at events, dinners around the world as well as online. In his view of The Future of Food, Professor Wayne Bryden, the Foundation Chair in Animal Science at the University of Queensland covers a number of key issues. Driven by the increasing global population driving greater demand for food from the same land and water resources, some of the core provocations include the increasing competition for grains, the need for more efficient production and the potential of a second Green Revolution as well as our need to better manage food waste and reinvent diets. In the perspective on The Future…

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With the first UK events taking place next week at The Shard, we are pleased to also confirm forthcoming workshops in the UAE, the US, New Zealand and South America over the next couple of months. Two events are taking place in Dubai on February 24 and 26, the first one looking at the future of loyalty and the second at the future of data. Hosts for these two workshops are Collinson Group and YouGov respectively. The following week, in parallel with future of loyalty and future of transport events in London we have the future future of privacy event taking place in Washington DC – hosted by IAPP on March 2nd. On the other side of the planet, we have the future of cities in Christchurch on the 24th Match and future of transport all set with the New Zealand Government on the 26th. Moving ahead into April in South…

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Really pleased to announce that UK and China based designers Priestman Goode are partnering on the Future of Transport stream with an initial event at The Shard in March. PriestmanGoode is a design consultancy that delivers exceptional brand experiences for a roster of leading international companies including Transport for London, United Airlines and Airbus. With a portfolio ranging from aircraft interiors, airports, public transport and high speed trains to hotels and consumer products, the London-based studio uses design as a strategic tool to transform businesses and delivers solutions that are tailored to place brands and cultures on the world stage. Many thanks to Kirsty and Paul for the support in this very interesting space. For more information: Host profile:

We welcome The Climate Group as hosts of The Future of Energy. The Climate Group is an award winning, international non-profit whose goal is a prosperous, low carbon future. With operations in China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Europe, India and North America and partnerships with a coalition of the world’s most powerful companies, states, regions, cities and public figures they bring expertise, neutrality and extra passion to the Future Agenda programme.

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We are delighted to announce that many of the UK based Future Agenda events will be taking place at Warwick Business School’s superb new facility at The Shard in London. Working in partnership with the University of Warwick around 15 of the planned expert discussions will take place on the 17th floor of The Shard and will include input from leading Warwick academics and researchers.

For more information on the Warwick Business School facility at The Shard see

After several months of preparation we are very pleased to launch the new future agenda website that it the core platform the for Future Agenda 2.0 programme. Running throughout 2015, this site is providing the forum for sharing the initial expert perspectives on the 20 topics being addressed – everything from the future of energy, data and health to water, transport and privacy. Going forward this will also be the main means of sharing public feedback as well as the views from the 100 workshops that are being run around the world.

The Future of Food

The massive increase in the human population that has occurred over the last century is precipitating a cascade of environmental, economic, political and cultural changes that have far-reaching implications for the provision of an adequate global food supply.