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Blindspots – SCENARIO 06:2015

Democratic discourse seems to be doing well in the Western world. But there are blindspots. In this issue's main article, we focus on the developments and technologies that change the world - while we talk about something else.

Other topics and articles in this issue: The Inspiration of Imitation / Future of Libraries / Re-writing Extinction / George Zarkadakis and the Future of Artificial Intelligence / Wildcard: Alexandria Burning / Futures Past: The Age of Space Flight / Fully Automated Retail / What, me worry? / Life on Mars / Photo Series: Collages by Emily Niland / Ideas, visions, trends and much more...

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Global Scanning Review – 05:2015

In this issue we look at robo-monks, billion dollar drones, virtual mindfulness, metro travelators, tinderesque consumerism, halal economy, externships, micro-grids and grid neutrality, urban refrigerators, time-use diaries, future of dieting, felinotherapy, new retail placemaking and much more.

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The War Issue – SCENARIO 05:2015

In this issue’s main article, we look at warfare in the future, where decision-making will be increasingly automated by advanced technology. Expert in modern war, P.W. Singer, shares his perspectives on automated weapons and the dangers of cyber war.

Other topics and articles in this issue: Backup.exe / Is the Internet of the Future Wireless? / Attack of the Big Data Positivists / Photo Series: Per / Wildcard: The Fall of Universities / Futures Past: The Life Digital / Will Religion Disappear? / Russia’s Future: Scenarios for Peace and Conflict / News in tech and science / Ideas, visions, trends and much more…

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Global Scanning Review – 04:2015

In this issue we look at underground farming, tourist caps, sea glue, commodity constellations, purposeful darwinism in HR, seeing by feeling, devalued degrees, chemputers, wilderness wifi, virtual pop- ups, consumer crowd control, printer to plate, web junkies and much more. 

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The Internet Issue – SCENARIO 04:2015

In this issue’s main article, we explore the predictive and proactive internet of the future, which will become as integrated a part of our lives as electricity is today. We interviewed the CEO of Google in the Nordics and Benelux, Peter Friis, about what’s in store for the world of online technology.

Other topics and articles in this issue: Manifesto for an intelligent future / Heirloom design / Sex parties & the return of eroticism / The 21st century company town / PUSH MUTE: Urban Exploration / Wildcard: The death of bees / Twentieth century motor car corporation / Batteries included / The Cassandra complex / Ideas, visions, trends and much more... 

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Global Scanning Review – 03:2015

In this third issue, we look at augmenting creativity, collecting algorithms, regressive innovation, biological concrete, knowledge multipliers, crayon therapy, unfinishedness, digital hygiene, micro-moments, earthscrapers and the underground, the smell of security, sentient workspaces and much more. 

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The Materials Issue – SCENARIO 03:2015

In the main article for this issue, we interview material scientist Mark Miodownik about the close connection between human and material development, about future materials such as graphene, carbon nanotubes and biodegradable polymers, and about why glass may be the single most important material for the development of modern science... Other topics and articles in this issue: Young Blood / Wildcard: The Age of Leisure / Photo Series: Afghan Tales / Waiting for Doomsday / Things placed inside other things where they don’t normally belong / Digital Black Market Economy / Future of Vintage / Techtalk / Ideas, visions, trends and much more...

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Global Scanning Review – 02:2015

This issue looks at city-level leadership, the entrepreneurial state, commuter trampolines, the de-growth economy, the monitored office, neuromanagement in organisations, the R&D mall, post-menuism, streamlined shopping, the future of mood, internet therapy and much more. Become a member of CIFS to receive this regular briefing.

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NEW / CIFS Summer University, The Future Consumer and Marketplace 12-14 August, 2015

The financial crisis seems to be at its end, and we are facing a new reality. It is very uncertain what this new reality will be like, but it is quite certain that now is the time to prepare. You need to make decisions today that will decide if your company will be successful in the years to come, because the change is starting right now. The major questions are: Will consumption return, and how? What will we buy from whom and where?

CIFS’s Summer University 2015 provides you with the knowledge and the tools you need to be able to evaluate what opportunities your company have. This is pure need to know.

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Trust me I’m Not a Doctor – Health is changing with new technology

Medicine and treatment is becoming more expensive. Even in developed countries, the healthcare systems must prioritize who and what will be treated and how, but the world will soon witness the Gutenberg process of the healthcare system: Genetics and information technology that moves the focus from system to individual and gives the masses opportunities previously reserved for the elite of society.We examine two aspects of future health: opportunities and challenges in using new technology and the inspiration that can be found in how developing countries organize their health systems.

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NEW / Master of the Future, Future-driven Innovation 10-12 June, 2015

Master of the Future – Future-driven Innovation is a three-day course hosted by the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS), with a specific focus on trends, scenarios, and innovation. Master of the Future – Future-driven Innovation hosts a unique mix of input from CIFS experts in their field of specialisation, panel discussions, and workshop activities. The course is designed to promote the knowledge and tools that help foster innovation for the marketplace of the future.This course targets innovation managers, development managers and others responsible for developing and leading innovation programs in companies. Individuals with decision-making power, and those responsible for the strategy process.

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The Madsen Issue – SCENARIO 02:2015

In this issue’s main article, we interview award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Madsen. Madsen makes films that explore the human psyche through extreme scenarios like visits from outer space, life aboard a generation starship or how we may communicate the dangers of atomic waste to our descendents 100.000 years from now... Other topics and articles in this issue: Ben Wizner and Edward Snowden / Asleep at the Wheel / Future... Gifts / Egg-freezing: Yes or No? / Wildcard: China’s Collapse / Vladimir Suprun / Who are the russians and what do they want? / Roboutopia or robot dystopia? / SCENARIO-blog / Peter Pan-Syndrome / Behaviour / Techtalk / Lukas Renlund: Drive-by Shooting / Ideas, visions, trends and much more...

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Global Scannin Review – 01:2015

CIFS is happy to introduce the Global Scanning Review - a new, exclusive bi-monthly digital publication for members. This issue looks at the quantifiable liveable city, urban happiness meters, semantic intelligence, the personal data free market, the reciprocity advantage, the new financial literacy, inspiration corridors, hotel retail, web 3.0, big data and the creation of food, the age of loneliness and much more.

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Report: Trends for tomorrow

Trends are important since they bolster our understanding of the complexity that surrounds us and are helpful in guiding our descision-making by identifying emerging opportunities and threats. CIFS has identified a selection of eight diverse trends which we expect to have significant implications for governments and business alike. They all represent a general, observed change in society linked to individual empowerment, technological development, and, not least, demographic change and sustainability.

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White book ISS 2020 Vision: Future of Public Sector Outsourcing

Created in close collaboration with ISS, the new white book ISS 2020 Vision: Future of Public Sector Outsourcing addresses how the public sector can maintain a high level of welfare services to an aging population with more individual demands – at lower costs.

The future challenges of the public sector will be related to asset management and optimization of the infrastructure and services within that entity. There are more things today that can be considered Facility Management than ever before, offering unparalleled opportunities for establishing new collaborative models. Tomorrows Facility Management solutions will no longer be limited to servicing buildings and infrastructure. Rather, Facility Management will be required to play an increasingly important and integral role in enabling the free flow of information, people, and objects, while creating a high quality experience for citizens.

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New initiative: "BIG FUTURE 2025 – business with sustainable growth"


SydEnergi, headed by Niels Duedahl, has initiated in collaboration with Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, a think tank with the name “BIG FUTURE 2025 – business with sustainable growth. The initiative, consisting of a vision study and an independent Advisory Board, will focus on how companies strategically and tactically prepare as best they can for a future where economic growth e.g. needs to walk hand in hand with sustainability in climate and resources. Several weighty business profiles have accepted becoming part of the initiative, including Ditlev Engel, who will head the Advisory Board.

BIG FUTURE is an independent vision study that will be facilitated by Senior Futurist Carsten Beck from the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, and he points out: “No matter what we do, there are a range of megatrends and tendencies that the Danish business community needs to consider. However, the potential is vast, and hence growth will follow the ones who most rapidly are able to adapt their companies to the new market opportunities.

The BIG FUTURE study, which will run the next 12 months, consists of workshops, interviews, a growth seminar and conference, and advisory board meetings. The study will culminate in a comprehensive report with a management presentation that can be used strategically and inspire more Danish companies to create sustainable growth.

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New report: Harnessing European Labour Mobility

The Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies has for the German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung worked on the project Harnessing European Labour Mobility, and the results was just launched in new report in Brussels.

The free movement of workers, while being one of the EU’s key success stories, remains the topic of heated debates. The project Harnessing European Labour Mobility aims to re-orientate the debate about free movement to the essential question: What can the European Union and individual Member States do in order to facilitate intra-EU labour mobility and maximize its potential for growth and employment?

The Institute has among other things contributed with workshop facilitation and scenario analysis for the project.


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