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Futureorientation - 2008

FO 6/2008: Global futures

Currently, we are facing so many global and complex challenges, that prioritizing is an increasingly delicate matter. Urgent crises require insightful planning if we are to solve issues such as securing future resources like food, water and energy. Among other perspectives, we present a variety of facts about the challenges facing the world, companies and people. Read about the phosphorus shortage, global awareness and consumption, waste, renewable energy, nuclear power and greenwashing.

FO 5/2008: Happy Capitalism

We have heard and know that it is people who create value in the knowledge society. Humans are the most important production factor. That people and their talent are every organization’s greatest asset. It is not only about acknowledging that human beings are the most important resource, but also about how we organize our business overall, about cooperation, about sharing and about developing new desirable business models. How can we again become happy capitalists, or happier capitalists, in the future?

FO 4/2008: The Multicultural Futures issue

The world is already integrated: Capital, markets, products and production are all integrated. Patented in the US, made in China, bought in Sweden, consumed in Denmark and recycled in Mozambique. By now, the only things not integrated are we humans. We are each composed of every possible and impossible element and story from and about our lives. Some have more in common than others, but, regardless, each person a unique whole.

FO 3/2008: Possibilities and growth

Far too many companies and organizations waste opportunities. They stream out of the company, and a big part of the explanation lies, perhaps, in poor management and the lack of courage to think and act differently. When we think only of solutions to existing problems, we become “past-oriented” and reactive. But if we think about opportunities, we become future-oriented and active. Possible futures always exist outside you and your company, while opportunities are something you and your company have and do.

FO 2/2008: Communication & acknowledgement

Do you acknowledge others? The question is fairly simple, and yet many companies and organizations find it hard to answer if they acknowledge their employees and customers. Many would say they do, but in reality they do not. Studies show that half of Danish wage earners do not feel acknowledged for good work, even though we know acknowledgement reduces absenteeism and stress. Why aren’t employees acknowledged? You will have to ask yourself.

FO 1/2008: The Next Generation issue

Growing up online. “How old were you when you got a mobile phone when you were young, Mom?”. The question was asked by my oldest daughter, nine years old, who very soon will have her first mobile phone. Mobile telephony and all the other new communication technologies offer so many opportunities. Over the long term – and maybe before we adults know it – we will recreate physical space with a base in the virtual world, because it is more and more there that young people grow up.


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