2013 will be a year, where we will not return back you ‘normal’, as many people hope for. Unless you consider a lot of change to be the new normal!
Please find below a small overview of areas, which will (need to) capture your attention.
As the amount of information is growing every second, it is very hard to focus your attention on what information is worthwhile. So, the story that you tell (as an individual and/or organization) is increasingly important. The stories that match my interests and are awesome will capture my attention. The rest of the information will not reach me.
The information, which is already available, covers almost all levels of our being, from my heart rate, to places visited, to products sold. More and more organizations are analyzing this data and producing useful reports out of this. This analysis will give them very useful information for the (potential) impact of their actions.
As more and more products almost exactly look the same, it is also in this area key to differentiate yourself. This can be done by your story and your personal craftsmanship. I can still recall a story from a jeans manufacturer in the UK, who started up a new company, while using the old machines from the 50’s and also re-employing the craftsmen who had these special skills. On another level, look at what the possibilities are of 3D printing. Now you can design everything, from human organs to your personal teacup and make it your self. This is the Maker- Movement.
Globalization has brought a lot of benefits, but also a lot of problems. Many people in western countries have lost their jobs to countries, who could provide cheap labor. This impact is being felt in the cities. Look at a city, like Detroit, which has been hugely impacted by the economic crisis. As a response, many people in cities are taking back control. Activities, which used to be outsourced (nationally or internationally) are now insourced again. Examples are local food markets and local renewable energy companies.
The Internet of Things
Many of the products and utilities, which we use on a daily basis, will be connected with the Internet via sensors etc. This is already happening, like with our cars and thermostats. Soon, our refrigerator will order new supplies from the grocery if they are out of stock and these products will automatically be shipped to our homes.
We have just seen the beginning of Massive Open, Online Courses (MOOC’s). They have had huge success already, if you look at the number of participants. I think that they will become a standard in education and/or training. There will be MOOC’s for any kind of subject and any kind of level.
According to the World Economic Forum (http://bit.ly/WI3YIJ) climate change, debt and inequality 'threaten financial stability'. As many crises are already converging, a new perspective and approach is needed to tackle these challenges. Creative generalist can provide this new way of looking and ‘connect the dots’.
Enthusiasm drives Excellence!