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2014: The age of injustice, the era of opportunities

As the year 2013 draws to a close, many organisations unveil their predictions for the year ahead. After the financial crisis everybody asks what will be next. Somehow, people do not trust any public or multinational organisation. Everybody is very careful and re-thinks their next step. What should be the next step? Maybe I should re-frame the question, why should we make the next step? And what does “next” mean?

Lately, I have become a fan of opinions on global economic developments based on the principles set forth in the book “Econoshock 2.0” written by Geert Noels.

On the basis of six major shocks Geert Noels explains in Econoshock 2.0 in detail where we stand and what we can expect from the future. His conclusion: only if we learn to cope with our resources sustainably, employ new technologies, preserve our prosperity, and avoid unsustainable growth, maybe then will we be able to overcome the crisis of our own identity.


Trend #1: The Finance shock


Trend #2: The Demographic shock


Trend #3: The New Continental Drift shock

Trend #4: The Communication shock

Trend #5: The New Energy shock


Trend #6: The Climate shock

You will find more about the book here  (in NL) and about the Belgium TV – Canvas – documentaries.

Besides the Mega Trends movements there are plenty of interesting consumer behaviours trends that we should be aware of for the near future. The new generation is re-discovering the idea of past traditions and old-good values. They are searching their own recipes for what feels right. As part of this trend, young people are coming to a new appreciation of old conventions—whether from their own or other cultures—as they look to balance out rapidly changing social norms and customs.

Visit my blog soon to see more posts about different reports regarding near future predictions.



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