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Part consultancy, part thinktank, part social enterprise, Halcyon helps you prepare for and respond to personal, organisational and societal change.

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To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they control it, wish to influence its direction - Theodore Zeldin


What's Changing? - Artificial Intelligence



Artificial Intelligence (AI) is typically defined as the ability of a machine to perform cognitive functions we associate with human minds, such as perceiving, reasoning, learning, interacting with the environment, problem solving, and even exercising creativity. Examples of technologies that enable AI to solve business problems are robotics and autonomous vehicles, computer vision, language, virtual agents, and machine learning.

Please see below recent artificial intelligence (AI)-related change.


June 2018

What's Changing? - Economics



Please see below selected recent economic developments.


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June 2018

What's Changing? - Trade



Please see below key recent developments concerning trade:


June 2018

  • President Trump announced on 01 June that Mexico, Canada and Europe face tariffs on steel and aluminum exports destined for the U.S. The G7 leaders’ meeting on Friday 08 June in Quebec saw clear resistance to President Trump’s plans. They aim to push back via countervailing tariffs and by uniting against the president's policies. They may also seek redress through legal action at the WTO.


May 2018

What's Changing? - Emerging Markets



Please see below selected recent emerging markets-related change. (Until mid-2018 the focus has been primarily on Africa.)


June 2018

What's Changing? - Energy



Please see below selected recent energy-related change.


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June 2018


May 2018

What's Changing? - Identity



Please see below selected recent identity-related change.


See also: Halcyon Identity Headlines



Identities are always at some level imagined, believes Eurasia Group, arguing that what people choose to focus on differs widely from country to country, according to a 2017 study by Pew Research. A few findings:

  • 52% of Hungarians see place of birth as the most important attribute of national identity, while only 13% of Germans say the same.

What's Changing? - Privacy



Please see below selected recent privacy-related change.


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May 2018

  • A rapidly growing proportion of human activities - professional, social and personal - are now mediated by digital devices and services, noted Chatham House. The users of these devices are producing an inconceivable quantity of digital footprints that can be used to reveal intimate traits and emotions and predict future behaviour. Often these services are free at the point of use but in recent months, particularly in light of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story, consumers have become increasingly aware of the value of their data and the price they might be paying in terms of their privacy.


April 2018