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Data & Genomics – Realising the Nordic "Data Goldmine"

On October 4th, CIFS invites you to a conference where we explore the genetic paradigm and its opportunities within health. The conference "Data & Genomics: Realising the Nordic 'Data Gold Mine" is being held as part of the Week of Health & Innovation (www.whinn.dk) in Odense, and examines the potential inherent in the enormous amounts of social and health data of the Nordic countries – a gold mine for research, development, and business. We do not see these data being used enough. Senior experts and other key stakeholders will gather together to address questions such as: what are the challenges and barriers that restrict the use of data with regard to personal and public health?

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The Rise and Fall of Future Culture – SCENARIO 04:2016

Many no longer see the future as something we shape positively through choices and insights, but rather as something threatening approaching us. Is this change in our perception of the future a temporary aberration from the norm or are we witnessing a more profound change in Western culture? Other topics and articles include: Slow Tea Moving Fast / The Age of Symbiosis / Fighting Crime Before It Happens / Nature and Technology – A False Dichotomy / News on Technology and Science / Empowerment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution / Wildcard: Corporate Intervention / Photo Series: Sleeping Boys by Ada Bligaard Søby / Futures Past: Return of ’The Isolator’ / Sociotech / Blogs / Books / Podcasts / Tech / Trends, ideas, visions and more...

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Global Scanning Review – 03:2016

In this issue we look at retail secrets, the skill box, food pharmacists, the church of virtual reality, emoji commerce, crowdsourcing democracy, natural learning, uber police, swarm intelligence, hyper-accountability, digital work marketplaces, memory manipulation, and much more.

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Individual Resilience – Survival Guide for the 21st Century

CIFS examines the skills humans will need to survive in a more demanding, globalised world that is characterised by high levels of technological interdependence and individualised, urban living. As social structures continue to be rebuilt throughout the 21st century, what competencies will be needed at the individual level in the future, in order to perform at work and succeed in life?

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Resilience at Roskilde Festival 2016

Come backstage, get inspiration, the latest knowledge and a unique learning experience with Roskilde Festival, Novozymes and the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Friday, July 1st at 9:00 to 17:00 at Roskilde Festival, you (and your colleagues) get unique insights into the resilient and dynamic Roskilde Festival.

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Why So Serious? – SCENARIO 03:2016

Several large-scale trends are shaping the future of languages and communication: Globalisation is pushing ‘Globish’ towards becoming history’s first global language, new technology makes real-time translation and robot journalism possible, and visual communication is making a comeback in the form of the emoji.

Other topics and articles include: What Will Human Beings Do in the Future? / A Quick Catfix / Diagnosis Culture: YES PLEASE or NO THANKS / Humane Computations / Future... Leaders / This is an Eggplant / EU Towards 2030 / Photo Series: Russian Dolls by Ekaterina Juskowski / Futures Past: The RCA Whirlpool Miracle Kitchen / Blogs / Books / Podcasts / Scenarios / Tech / Trends, Ideas, Visions, and more...

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Global Scanning Review – 02:2016

In this issue we look at cool mapping, gaming the city, skyfarms, employer banks, university 2.0, digital empires, new collective intelligence, anti-sales, interactive billboards, the future market, 72 seasons, the social ego, art gyms, virtual hugs, and much more.

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Radar, Shield, and Sword

In the face of natural disaster and economic turmoil RESILIENCE is moving up on the agenda of organizations and communities – and ultimately it matters to all of us: how do we as individuals cope with unexpected impacts in an increasingly uncertain reality?

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How to be Resilient in the 21st Century – The Radar, The Shield and The Sword

Resilience helps organizations and communities adapt before change occurs. This report builds awareness and understanding of resilience as a means for reducing long-term costs and creating opportunities. We provide insight into how organizations and communities can apply resilience with three tools called: “the radar, the shield and the sword”.


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Love – SCENARIO 02:2016

Women’s liberation, the educational gap between the genders, and online dating come together in these years to create a disruptive change in the conditions for love. In this issue, we take a closer look at the future of heterosexual love life, dating, and family formation.

Other topics and articles include: Locavorism: Picked Apart / Your Children's Jobs Have Yet To Be Invented / A Market for Pollution / Future... Dating / Return of the Car / Filter Bubbles / Mental Doping: YES PLEASE or NO THANKS / EU Towards 2030 / Futures Past: The Year of the Smoke-Free Cigarette / Photo Series: Philosophy in the Bedroom by Sofie Amalie Klougart / Blogs / Books / Scenarios / Tech / Trends, ideas, visions, and more...

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Global Scanning Review – 01:2016

In this issue we look at peak content, ocean business, universal service platforms, the death of digits, threat scores, the social supermarket, collective micro-entrepreneurs, sleep inequality, nascent objects, economics of happiness, immersive journalism, and much more.

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The Overlooked Consumers

In a time of tectonic demographic shifts, increasing polarisation and rapid acceleration, we witness changing consumer markets and consumer behaviours. We explore several different social trends and share insights on how such developments are leading to the emergence and continued development of underestimated and even seemingly forgotten consumer segments. By focusing in on more ignored segment groups we are opening up the field and mapping other global consumer opportunities for companies to address and pay attention to in order to better navigate the complex world of the future.

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Future of Europe

For many centuries, Europe was the dominant continent in the world, economically, culturally and politically. However, Europe currently faces a number of challenges with long shadows. These include the repercussions of the financial crisis, but also great demographic changes, and a growing number of refugees and migrants. This members’ report examines 5 central and comprehensive themes that will characterise Europe towards 2030 and present a vision of what Europe could look like in the future.

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ISS 2020 Vision: Future of Outsourcing and Perspectives for Facility Management

In close collaboration with CIFS, ISS has released their newest white book as part of the ISS 2020 Vision series. ISS 2020 Vision: The Future of Outsourcing and Perspectives for Facility Management is the fourth book in the series and provides tangible solutions to the changing outsourcing environment in the future. The white book presents the results based on a global survey conducted in collaboration with CoreNet Global combined with a number of in-depth interviews with international outsourcing experts.

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Global Scanning Review – 06:2015

In this issue we look at reality editors, promise trackers, maps from the mind, time and talent swapping, industry convergence, para-professionals, smart mirrors, niche membership retailing, passive buying, ethno-parenting, mood meals, forest baths, molecule scanners, and much more.

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Total Control – SCENARIO 01:2016

By 2020, the amount of devices connected to the web will have increased exponentially, perhaps reaching a total of as many as 50 billion objects online. In this issue's main article, we explore how the Internet of Things can be both a force for good governance and transparency and a tool for unprecedented social control.

Other topics and articles include: If You Want to Make Money Tomorrow, You Should Read Heidegger Today / The Genetic Revolution of the Future / The Internet of Animals / Wildcard: Life beyond Earth / Photo series: Tokyo Suits You by Tobias Selnaes Markussen / Futures Past: Chlorella and the End to World Hunger / Fully Automated Retail - YES or NO? / Ideas, visions, trends and more...

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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 / 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 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

In this issue we look 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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Trust Me, I’m Not a Doctor

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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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 Scanning 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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