Population Tinkering: Why China Abandoned its One Child Policy

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November 3, 2015 - When China decided to implement a one-child per family policy in 1979 it was seen by some as the first serious attempt by a government to stop runaway global population growth (see picture below). At the time China contained 20% of the world's people.

The Danube Trip Has Made Me Think About How Nations Need to Adapt to the 21st Century

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September 8, 2015 - We started in the Czech Republic, then Germany, Austria and Hungary. Because we did more highway than river we got to see not just urban centres but the countryside. And we also got to hear local guides describe their perspectives on their own countries, not just the sites, but opinions and feelings from a historic and contemporary perspective. None talked about the future.

Save your Business by Destroying it

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The military have long used “red teams” to test their battle strategies and defenses. Corporations have used this technique more recently to test IT infrastructure against cyber-attacks. But what if you created a team to figure out ways to put the entire company out of business? Would your leadership appreciate your ideas and move quickly to counter these potential threats, or would they toss the report, bury their heads, and maintain the status quo?

Trends at Work: An Overview of Tomorrow’s Employment Ecosystem

Where will work be in the future? And where will workers be? The economic, social, and technological landscape is shifting rapidly. Here are some of the major trends altering the future workplace.

For China, More Men Means More Problems

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With nearly 118 boys born for every 100 girls, China now has the world’s greatest imbalance of the sexes. The country's general preference for boys over girls carries with it a host of social and economic consequences.

SUPERMONEY: The New Wealth Beyond Banks and Bitcoin

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Bigger bucks ahead …because money itself is being re-invented! But it’s not really about the money; material wealth may be a secondary motivator. The new money is 100% Internet-based. It flows free and fast like electrons, and it comes with superpowers.

Spectacular "Supersociety" Possible Thanks to Highly-Human Shift?

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An unprecedented global "supersociety" may be emerging -- in spite of resource depletion, pollution and conflict that seem to be driving us to dystopia.

This surprisingly positive prospect is the fruition of key developments that are now germinating and sending out their first tentative shoots. They all engage a vastly underutilized resource: the best that is in people.

Viewing the Future through Youth-Colored Glasses

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In a recent piece on Forbes, Jason Nazar speculates on the future of business and entrepreneurship. I agree with many of his points, but I think his biases color his judgment on some points, particularly regarding age.

His fourth point reveals how ingrained ageism is in our society, to the point where stereotypes linger despite evidence to the contrary. He says:

When the Economy Transcends Humanity

What will our economy, workplaces, and society look like when we can copy our brains and build virtual workers to do our jobs? An economist looks at the next great era, a world dominated by robots.

Game Plan for a Future-Ready Workforce

The author of Future Jobs discusses the book’s mission to upgrade education systems and to connect skilled workers with new job prospects.

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