Innovation Inspiration : Reads on the Future

21 Dec 2010|Added Value

The holiday season is upon us, and what better time to look to the future at what may be some of most important drivers of change over the next decade.

1. A futurologist’s view:
Future Files – A brief history of the next 50 years’ Richards Watson

Understand which trends are likely to dominate the next 50 years, how they may change the world, and how this could affect you.

2. Innovation redefined:
The Global economy is increasingly service driven. (80% US and 40% of Chinese GDP). Read more about how companies like IBM, GE and PetSmart have made the shift into more profitable service offerings, from their traditional foundations as product providers:
Read more: example of companies who have made the shift from product creation to service provision

The Future of Innovation’ Bettina von Stamm and Anna Trifilova

The thoughts and ideas of over 200 of the most creative innovators from business, professional practice and academia from nearly 60 countries.”

Cradle to cradle’ Michael Braungart and William McDonough

A thought-provoking account of consumption today, packed with visionary ideas about how design and ecology can align to create innovation for the good of the world.

3. Integrated technology:
Much is written about the rapid embedding of the internet into day-to-day life, but what if this is just the beginning? Read more about science fictions portrayal of integrated technology in this months Joseph Kosinski’s remake of Steven Lisberger’s Tron:
Read more about science fiction portrayal about integrated technology in this mont Joseph Kosinski’s remake of Steven Lisberger’s Tron

What Technology Wants’ Kevin Kelly

This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies.”

The Future of the Internet’ Jonathan Zittrain

A superb and alarming discussion, from one of the most astute and forward-looking analysts of the Internet.”

4. Shifting global economic dynamics:
Post recession, and with dramatic shifts of economic dominance from West to East, the Global economy is being reinvented.
Capitalism 4.0: The birth of a new economy’ Anatole Kaletsky

The global financial crisis of 2007 to 2009 ruined businesses and banks, individuals and even nations, and seemed to land a mortal blow to the capitalist system. But capitalism has not been destroyed, rather it has been irrevocably altered…”

Uprising: Will Emerging Markets Shape or Shake the Global Economy’ George Magnus

“Emerging markets are big news. But after the financial crisis, what does the future really hold for them? And what does this future mean for global business?”

China Shakes the World: The Rise of a Hungry Nation’ James Kynge

“Unlike most books on China, this one does not concentrate on how to do business there, but rather on how Chinese business practices and economic prospects are affecting the whole world.”

When China Rules the World’ Martin Jacques

For well over two hundred years we have lived in a western-made world, one where the very notion of being modern is inextricably bound up with being western. The twenty-first century will be different.”

Enjoy the holiday season, and we’ll look forward to discussing how Added Value can help you with the challenges you’re facing in 2011 and beyond.

Written by Jonathan Hall, CEO, Added Value France

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