CIFS has collaborated with engineering and electronics firm Brüel & Kjær to develop three reports that look at key trends in future product development, with a focus on sound and vibration. The reports are the results of a larger, ongoing project that looks at how new technology and changing value sets and business models change product design across sectors and how organisations must adapt to these changes. The reports’ conclusions are based on extensive megatrend analysis and interviews with leading experts from a number of global companies that have product design as a central part of their business. Read the reports if you are interested in product design or for inspiration about how futurist methods can be relevant for your organisation.
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A successful workplace strategy aligns organisational strategy, workplace design, and the needs of the workforce. It increases productivity and innovation and supports the organisation as it moves from its present position to its desired future state. The report examines the key elements in a good workplace strategy and offers recommendations as to how they can be implemented.
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Pussyhats, and T-shirts with feminist catchphrases have in recent years been a part of the street scene in the US, and the Western public in general, and more and more people are wearing their activist messages on their clothes. We examine how political fashion has become ammunition in the identitypolitical tribal war that has erupted across the West.
Other themes and articles in this issue: In the Church of the Transhumanists / Prophets of Progress / Is eSports About to Take Over the World? / Space Belongs to the Robots / Wildcard: The Decline of Al Saud / The World is Heading for a Meltdown / Photo Series: The Buffalo That Could Not Dream / Rule 34 / Futures Past: The Asbestos Cigarette / News About Science & Technology / Trends / Ideas, Visions and Possible Futures
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CIFS is organising a conference on leadership, technology, and innovation on December 18 2017, titled "Provide & Pray is Not Enough – How to Lead, Organise & Innovate in the Digital 21st Century". The conference is aimed at leaders and experts in digital transformation, HR, organisational strategy, innovation, R&D, and foresight. The day offers best-practice insights supported by industry case studies and talks by notable experts in innovation and leadership.
Place and date: DGI-byen, Tietgensgade 65, 1704 Copenhagen V, December 18 2017
This issue looks at 6 hour work days, smog-eating bicycles, blockchain verifying identity, anti-corruption AI, monetising health data, crypto debit cards, organ transportation, geocoding, a birth-control app and much more...
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Within 50 years, British gerontologist Aubrey de Grey believes we will have biomedical therapies capable of prolonging life indefinitely. The only barrier against this major breakthrough, he says, is if we lock ourselves into a so-called ‘pro-ageing trance’, where we accept ageing as a natural part of life. Read the interview with Aubrey de Grey in this issue’s main article.
Other themes and articles in this issue: What Six Million Years of Human Evolution Can Tell Us About the Future / Alvar Aalto’s Skate Pool / Evaluating the Hype: Electric Cars / The Uncanny Valley of the Mind / Company Towns are Back! News About Technology and Science / Futures Past: The Whale Farm / Magazines, Books, Podcasts / Behaviour / Tech / Trends / Ideas, Visions, Possible Futures and much more...
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The report looks at three areas where robots and artificial intelligence will have a critical impact: infrastructure, information and governance. The report provides and overview of the technological development as well as inspiration for how you, as a decision-maker in a company or organisation, can use it to your advantage.
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This issue looks at floating cities, information warfare, the future of tax, earning eternal life, mixed realities, drone hives, unmanned aerial aid, AI predicting lifespan, automated shipping and much more…
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Wrestlers are emotion inducers in a theatre of violence; a form of body populists. When they succeed, they make you suspend your disbelief and make your emotions stronger than your rationality. With a basis in the coverage of a live wrestling event, this issue’s main article asks the question: Are we heading towards a state of society where the value of actions is primarily measured by the emotional effect they can produce?
Other topics and articles in this issue: Sham Science on the Rise / Wildcard: A Closed Internet / The Medical Gutenberg Moment / Bitcoin: Evaluating the Hype / When Humans Become Machines / Is Our Biological Clock About to Expire? / VR and Lucid Dreaming / Photo Series: What Sort of Life is This by Albert Elm / 4chan / Futures Past: The Radiofax / News About Technology and Science / Blogs, Books, Podcasts / Tech / Trends / Ideas, Visions and more…
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See the video with highlights from our latest members’ event at ISS’ headquarter, co-hosted by ISS, Steelcase and AmCham. The theme is Employee Engagement and the Role of Space. The video is in English. Around 80 members participated in the event, and several hundred watched the live stream.
The nature of work will change in the future. As a result, the workplace and the workforce will change, too. New technologies enable agile and hybrid ways of working, which gives rise to a number of challenges and opportunities for companies and organisations.
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This issue looks at singularity investments, a new treatment for HIV, “digiceuticals”, ambulance drones, a post-West international order, UAE in the race to conquer mars, the first Chinese digital currency and much more…
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Be inspired by the best when CIFS, Roskilde Festival and the Danish Cancer Society present an exciting seminar backstage at this year's festival. Hear keynote talks on how to foster passion, enthusiasm and engagement on the workplace of the future and experience the passion "live" on a tour around the festival site and in conversation with the festival's volunteers. Follow the link to read more.
There is a limited number of tickets available! For registration or questions, contact Anne Dencker Bædkel, +45 20 64 98 18 // firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer: Simon Frøsig Christensen
Towards the year 2100, 75 percent of the world’s population growth will occur in Africa. For a continent with a history of political war, instability and poverty, the high population growth is worrisome. Yet, there are also signs that point to a more positive future, for instance when it comes to economic growth. How Africa manages the coming population boom will have consequences that reach far beyond the continent’s borders.
Other topics and articles in this issue: The Porcupine Dilemma / The Privacy Paradox Explained /The Post-Reality Society / Trappist Planets / A Third World War / Daniel Dennett’s Machine Mind / Future Banking / Hyperreality and the Virtual Borderlands / 3D Printing: Evaluating the Hype / Creepypasta / Photo Series: Blind Photography by Gerardo Nigenda / Futures Past: The King’s Oak / Blogs, Books, Podcasts / Tech / Trends, Ideas, Visions and more…
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This issue looks at MOOCs for jihadists, The Melania Trump bump, India’s leap towards a cashless society, Cyborgs at the workplace, China’s Silk Road put to EU test, Advances
in insurtech, Data driven beauty, Smartphone zombies and much more…
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The strongest brands of the future will have to regard the relationship between brand and consumer as almost identical to the relationships formed between people. In this way, brands can ensure that they remain relevant to the consumer.
The battle for future mindspace – a place in the consumer's mind - is won through consistent communication in a world characterised by ongoing consumer journeys and the breakdown of silos across industries, where personification, affection, and co-creation of brand stories form the premise for remaining relevant.
The media coverage of new technology is often characterized by exaggerated optimism without consideration for the barriers the technology must overcome before it can live up to the hype.
We evaluate three technologies that over the past several years have received significant media attention: 3D printing, Bitcoin, and electric cars. How much is hype, and how much is reality?
The future is an enormous and overwhelming subject matter that requires a systematic and methodical approach to research and writing. In this issue, we offer an insight into some of the methods that lay the groundwork for much of the content that fills the pages of SCENARIO.
Other topics and articles in this issue: What is the Purpose of Growth? / The Anti-Technology Wave will hit us / It’s not a Bug, it’s a Feature: The Post-It Note / Rites for ‘Nones’ / Technoporn / The Health Revolution / A Farewell to Routine Work? / YES or NO: Twitter Bots / Photo Series: Les Damas des Autres by Poline Harbali / Sociotech: Talking to Tech / Q&A: BISSE / Futures Past: The Atomic Train / Blogs, Books, Podcasts / Tech / Trends, Ideas, Visions and more…
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This issue looks at universal basic income, populism takes root in Canada, making CO2 a marketable product, rethinking advertisement, intelligent assistants on smartphones, massage therapy crime, hackers and pace-makers, organ shortages, designer vaginas and much more…
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Interested in learning about how to create best in class workplaces that put the end-user in focus? Check out this free webinar held by Peter Ankerstjerne (CMO, ISS A/S) and Jeffrey Saunders (Director & Futurist, CIFS).
In the post-factual society, things like truth and credibility are of little value and voters hardly care if politicians lie to them or not. How did this state of affairs come to be? Some claim that the post-factual society is a consequence of online filter... bubbles that confine us to information and news delivered in accordance with our pre-existing political views and cultural leanings. Others say that the post-modernists’ lack of interest in definite truths is to blame. We provide the full picture in this issue’s main article...
Other topics and articles in this issue: You Can Now Eat This Magazine / Homo Deus – Man as God / Wildcard: Motherhood Unlimited / Sociotech: Your Digital Footprint / Photo Series: Thrashers by Sacha Maric / The Neo-Generalist / Individual Resilience / Citizen Nature / News on Technology and Science / Futures Past: Sant’Elia and the Italian Futurists / Blogs / Books / Podcasts / Trends, Ideas, Visions and more...
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This issue looks at ad-supported travel, Tinder for cities, ransomeware, online voting, artifcial neural networks, Chinese trade war, shoppingspree on Instagram, weed in the USA, IKEA innovation, genetically modified mosquitoes and much more…
This issue looks at Robot Cops in Dubai, Space Nations, Nigerian Politics, Twitterbots, Virtual Reality Justice, Typhoon Power, Capsule Collections, Urban Traffic, AI Innovation, Transient Technology, Smart Sewage Systems and much more...
The 1970s are back and they can be seen in everything from clothing styles and home furnishings to TV shows and music. However, is our longing for this carefree decade limited to aesthetics and a love of all things retro, or does it run deeper? In this issue’s main article, we take a look at how the 70s is a decade that in many ways reflects our own reality. Other articles and topics in this issue include: Are we Living in a Simulation? / Automation – The Perfect Storm or a Storm in a Tea Cup? / The End of Globalisation? / ”There is so much Shit on the Internet” / Jetsoning: When the Future is as now / Photo Series: Portraits of Self by Marco Scozzaro / Futures Past: The ’Man-From-Mars’ Radio Hat / Blogs / Books / Podcasts / Tech / Trends, Ideas, Visions and more...
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Automation will undoubtedly lead to massive changes in our society in the coming years – but in which areas will these changes be most evident and to what extent? This members’ report takes a deep dive into the debate on automation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
We examine how business models must adapt to these changes. Numerous jobs will disappear, come into being, or evolve; this in order to understand what consequences automation has already had and may have in years to come. Finally we examine how you, a decision-maker, will need to understand and handle the challenges and opportunities that arise from the new wave of automation.
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It is with deep regret that we inform you that our colleague and CIFS’s former director Axel Olesen has passed away. Axel was 52 years old and died after a short illness.
Axel Olesen started at CIFS in 1989, was head of research from 1995 to 2004, and then CEO from 2004 to 2011. From 2011 to 2016, Axel worked as associated partner. Axel will be remembered as a colleague and CEO who lived for futures studies, had time and energy for everyone, and contributed to developing methods and ideas – all of it while puffing his pipe and with great humour and humility. Axel will be missed by all who are or have been working with or for CIFS. We honour his memory.
Present and past colleagues at CIFS.
CIFS is proud to launch the 5th and final white book in the ISS 2020 Vision series: The future of Service Management. Together with ISS A/S, IFMA and CoreNet Global plus 12 subject matter experts, we have created a unique piece of research which provide insights into where Service Management is heading in the future. A must read for anybody involved in Service...
In this issue's main article, we explore the Anthropocene, one of the most hotly debated concepts of our time. It signifies a new man-made geological age, which more and more scientists now agree we are living in. We interviewed author Roy Scranton, who is among the most significant voices in the debate about mankind’s future in the Anthropocene. Other articles and topics in this issue include: Lost in Big Data? / A Conversation with Judy Wajcman / Wildcard: Supercurrency / Marijuana Rush: The New Wild Frontier / Planned Obsolescence / Hacktivism and Slacktivism / Photo Series: 5 Hours Later / News on Technology and Science / Futures Past: The Binishell Dome Home / Blogs / Books / Podcast / Tech / Trends, ideas, vision and more...
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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?
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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?
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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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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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.
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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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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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.
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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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.