Many of the problems the world faces today pre-date the latest conflicts and related refugee crises. Five years ago already...
1. Google asked the global public for ideas to address the following societal issues:
The Royal Society of Arts gathered a high-profile panel of speakers to explore the hidden agendas behind our values and attitudes toward the place of ‘the human’ in today’s societies, and debate what must now be a key issue for the 21st century.
In the last months of his life, a physically weakened Christopher Hitchens travelled to the Texas Freethought Convention and while there, an eight-year-old girl asked Hitchens what books she should consider reading. Intrigued, Hitchens spent 15 minutes chatting with the youngster and sketching out a reading list (below). His last words to her? "Lots of love...remember the love bit..."
"The really happy man is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour." - Anon
MI Forecasts 2012 brought together high quality internal intelligence and external forecasts that provide important insights into what might happen for the rest of this year.
In Top Risks 2012, Eurasia Group noted that political risks dominate global headlines in a way we've not experienced in decades.Everywhere you look in today's global economy, concerns over insular, gridlocked, or fractured politics affecting markets stare back at you. (To assess Eurasia's likely accuracy, please see the group's 2011 forecasts below.)
According to research, the British think they bin almost 10% of their weekly shop. With 8% wasting as much as a quarter of the food regularly bought, the research identified six types of people, each of whom wastes food in a different way.
2011 saw the first baby-boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, reach 65. Over the next 20 years, what has been called the "most numerous, most successful and luckiest generation ever" will gradually move into retirement. Indeed, most wealth is owned by the over 65s, and increasingly, most of that wealth will be owned by women (see video) - a business opportunity many organisations don't seem to have woken up to yet.
PwC's Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2011-2015: The collaborative future: reshaping for consumer relevance and engagement puts a spotlight on the digitally empowered consumer, the involved advertiser and transforming business for digital.