Strategic Briefings

Our strategic briefings give you key insights in the technological and cultural developments that will shape tomorrow’s reality. Obtain one of our ‘off the shelf’ briefings or ask us to research the emerging trends or technologies that are on your strategic radar and present our findings in a bespoke briefing format. The Strategic Briefings are all about; what’s going on, who’s involved, what to expect, and when to expect it?

Strategic Technological Trends

Learn about key emerging technologies and what they mean for your organization or practice. What is actually being developed, by which companies, and with what customers in mind? What are technological, legal and ecological obstacles and what are industry expectations for when the first products will enter the market? What is the long-term promise of these new technologies and how will these new technologies change your industry or policy area?

Below, the three game-changing technologies of our near future. Contact us and find our what they can mean for you.

The Autonomous
Electric Vehicle

The autonomous electric vehicle is one of the greatest potential game changers of our time. It will transform how we life, work and experience time and space. It will be a powerful media platform with extensive sensing capabilities. It will change the way we produce, store and consume energy. It will change the urban fabric and the relationship between the urban, suburban and the rural. It will change how interact with coworkers, friends and family members.

The Blockchain

The Blockchain is a game-changer. It’s a foundational technology, like TCP/IP, which enables the Internet. The Blockchain is essentially a secure transaction ledger in a shared and distributed computer network. It safely records every transaction that occurs in the network, eliminating the need for “trusted” third parties. The transaction process is real-time, and incorruptible. The potential of disintermediating banks, brokerages, payment processors, auditors, journalistic and academic platforms and other record keeping organizations is very real.

Get your update on what’s going on, who’s involved, what to expect, and when to expect it.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is also called smart manufacturing and will be the result of combining and integrating digital developments like advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, advanced sensors, additive manufacturing and augmented reality into the manufacturing process. This will change how we design, produce, supply, consume and recycle. Digitally connecting machines, logistics, customers and other stakeholders businesses will create intelligent networks along the entire value chain. This opens up realistic possibilities of realizing mass customization and circular economics. It will also have massive effects on productivity and employment.

Strategic Socioeconomic Trends

Learn about the key strategic socioeconomic trends of today and what they will mean for your organization or practice tomorrow. What is happening and where, what are the policies and opinions involved, who formulates these policies and opinions and how do these trends affect the worldview and day-to-day experience of the individuals and communities concerned? What is the long-term effect of these policies? And how do these socioeconomic trends affect your customers, employees and stakeholders – today and tomorrow?

Below, the three major socioeconomic trends of our time. Contact us and find our what they may mean for you.

 

Growing inequality

There is a widening gap between haves and have-nots. This trend results in an emerging social class who lack job security and live in continuous precarious conditions. The effects are, among other things, shifting customer behaviors, changing worker attitudes, political disruptions, a diminishing civil society and an emerging debate on the merits of a universal basic income. The reasons for this growing divide are globalization and technological innovation, resulted in a shift in political bargaining power towards the corporate and financial elites. Today’s tilted economy heavily favors the needs of the globalized few.

Get your update on the statistics, the policies and politics involved, key thinkers, possible solutions and plausible long-term scenario’s.

Political Disruption

The old political narratives of today, whose logic stems from the Industrial Revolution and the formation of the nation-state, are less and less compatible with the globalized and digitalized economy and media landscape. There is a need for a renewed sense of belonging, one that fits the new socioeconomic, technological and ecological reality, and one that creates a new balance of power. Some political discourses, like those voiced by Trump or Wilders, return to old truths and try to revitalize nationalists and even racist sentiments. Others, like the Dutch Animal Party and the Pirate Party, try to formulate new post-industrial narratives that fit a new age – albeit with limited success. Find out the what the age of political disruption means for you.

Get your update on the statistics, the political discourses and the interests involved, the key thinkers and plausible long-term scenarios.

Global Cultural Alignment

More and more people from traditional cultural backgrounds are adopting Modern humanistic values and consumer lifestyles, although selectively and with a specific local flavor. This leads to a global cultural alignment in which academic, technological, artistic and consumer cultures and lifestyles are increasingly compatible with each other. This emerging global culture is simultaneously facing an immediate challenge to its core values. Modern culture is based on growth but climate change, shrinking biodiversity, soil degradation, and the massive pollution of earth’s ecosystems suggest that we need to search for radically different cultural contours to divert a global ecological collapse.

Get your update on the statistics, the values and lifestyles involved, the key thinkers and plausible long-term scenarios considering the ecological challenges.