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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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Genomics of the Future – The 360° Perspective

A wide range of megatrends are driving a change in our healthcare system and our approach to health in general. Today, Genomics is a diverse and complex field, but what can we expect from the future? In order to successfully discover the potential of Genomics, a gathering of different perspectives is key. The challenges are both big and broad and do require efforts from a wide range of actors...

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Global Scanning Review – 06:2015

In this sixth 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 fifth 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 fourth 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

In this second 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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