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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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.

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: http://2015.futureagenda.org/locations/  

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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Future Agenda announces the launch of Future Agenda 2.0, the cross disciplinary programme which brings together experts from around the world to address the greatest challenges of the next decade. The aim is to gain a more informed view of the key changes facing society. Supported by a number of businesses, academic institutions and government organisations, it is the world’s largest open foresight initiative providing a platform for collective innovation at a higher level than has been previously achieved.   Future Agenda 2.0 builds on the results of the first programme that ran from 2010 – 2015.   It begins by offering 20 expert perspectives addressing everything from the future of energy, data and health to water, transport and privacy.  Over the next six months these points of view will be shared and challenged in over 100 workshops spread across five continents. Contributions will also be made through numerous online debates.…

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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: http://www.priestmangoode.com Host profile: http://2015.futureagenda.org/priestman-goode/

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.

For more information: http://www.theclimategroup.org/

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 http://www.wbs.ac.uk/news/warwick-seals-deal-for-campus-at-the-shard/

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.