How Blockchains Could Change the World

Ignore Bitcoin’s challenges. In this interview, Don Tapscott explains why blockchains, the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency, have the potential to revolutionize the world economy.

The Economic Essentials of Digital Strategy

A supply-and-demand guide to digital disruption.

A Return, Not to Normal, but to Reality

In trying to make sense of economic uncertainty, it pays to look beyond conventional wisdom for an explanatory theory of the hidden fundamentals that can drive or hinder growth. Hence this interview.

Mark Anderson is the editor, publisher, and chief correspondent of the Strategic News Service newsletter, one of the most incisive publications in its field. Ostensibly about the future of the computer and communications industries, … [ Read more ]

Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder

Human beings are information omnivores: we are constantly collecting, labeling, and organizing data. But today, the shift from the physical to the digital is mixing, burning, and ripping our lives apart. In the past, everything had its one place–the physical world demanded it–but now everything has its places: multiple categories, multiple shelves. Simply put, everything is suddenly miscellaneous.

In Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger charts the … [ Read more ]

Global Migration Patterns and Job Creation

Gallup’s World Poll reveals new findings on the “great global dream” and how it will affect the rise of the next economic empire.

Learning from the Future: Competitive Foresight Scenarios

Scenarios are now a part of every successful manager’s toolkit. This book is the first comprehensive guide to the latest developments in scenario thinking written by today’s leading practitioners in the field. -Napier Collyns.

From Reciprocity to Reputation

The basis of trust may be changing. It used to be based on reciprocity and as such was fragile and personal. Because of technology, trust is now based on reputation among people who don’t know each. It is both less personal and more robust.

Why there’s no such thing as Web 2.0

Marc Andreessen discusses the difference between “spaces” (or trends) and markets, focusing on the Web 2.0 trend.

Eight Trends that are Redefining IT

Converging trends are creating a new technology ecosystem that will address concerns ranging from hardware, applications and infrastructure to systems development and worker enablement. Net result: Enterprise agility will be the next basis of competition.

The Ignorance of Crowds

The open source model can play an important role in innovation, but know its limitations.

Regulation That’s Good for Competition

Market economies need regulation to facilitate fair competition and to protect consumers, the environment, and vulnerable workers from unfair practices. Too often, however, regulation has the opposite effect: hindering competition and protecting some groups at the expense of others, which is what happens when, for example, minimum-wage regulations limit the creation of jobs for low-skilled workers. A report by the McKinsey Global Institute highlights the … [ Read more ]

Nilofer Merchant

When this [Web 2.0] model allows many new ideas, then the cost of solving problems and of generating content will go down. It also means the cost and the need for filtering will go up. You will need to filter not only for what’s good versus what’s bad but also for what fits your strategy. Not every idea will work given your asset base, your … [ Read more ]

Creating a More Meaningful Market

Where is the intersection between personal meaning and business value? Unless we engage in a conversation about what meaning is, we can’t hope to integrate it into our work processes, goals, or solutions.

‘Edge’ Technologies Go Mainstream

Over the past five years, companies invested a lot in IT just to stay in place. Although CRM, ERP, inventory control, and other applications generated huge efficiencies in core processes and practices, businesses are seeing diminishing financial returns from these improvements as competitors race to match incremental gains and customers reap most of the value in lower prices or improved service. As a result, strategic … [ Read more ]

The Long Tail

Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.

Engineering Challenges of the Hydrogen Economy

The term “hydrogen economy” is the title of a recent book [Rifkin, 2002], but the concept of using hydrogen as fuel for transportation systems has been advocated by environmentalists and others for at least three decades. There is no universally accepted definition of the “hydrogen economy,” but it is generally viewed as the replacement of the vast majority of petroleum fuels used by transportation vehicles … [ Read more ]

Why Good Companies Fail

It’s not just weak organisations that spiral into decline and fail. Managerial arrogance and inflexibility can bring even great companies to their knees.