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Keynote slides: The New World of Business

Yesterday I gave two keynotes at the Congreso Internacional de Retail in Lima Peru. The first keynote provided a big picture view of the changing world of business, while the second keynote focused on the future of retail. Here are the slides to my first keynote. The slides to the second keynote are here. As

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I am in South America this week, giving keynotes at the sCRM-CEM y Redes Sociales conference in Bogota and the Congreso Internacional de Retail in Lima. Latin America is a fascinating and exciting region, both culturally and economically. However the region, while highly visible in North America, does not tend to get much attention from

Continue reading Latin America’s growth and development is as exciting as East Asia’s

The opportunities and risks of virtual reality

Today I was interviewed on the Daily Edition about virtual reality, in the wake of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift. You can click on the image below to watch a video of the segment. It is staggering that the very old idea of ‘virtual reality’ is finally about to reach its fruition with new technologies

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PewResearch Internet Project has just released a report on Digital Life in 2025 based on expert interviews. One of the interesting aspects of the report is the ‘theses‘ that they have distilled from the interviews, which they have divided into ‘more-hopeful and ‘less-hopeful’, concluding with one very important piece advice. These are:

Demographics will shape Asia’s future

Last week I gave the keynote at the Board Strategy Planning offsite of a major Philippino bank at a beautiful location a few hours outside Manila. The bank’s board and executive team recognize the need to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future, so themed their strategy offsite around the future, inviting me

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Today the ever-inspiring John Hagel spoke in Sydney today about passion at work as part of AMP’s Amplify series, organized by Annalie Killian. The story in summary, told at more length in the Unlock the passion of the Explorer report, is that: * Technological change is creating ever-increasing pressures and challenges for institutions and individuals;

Continue reading Do you have the passion of the explorer? If you do, what kind of employer could attract you away from entrepreneurship?

In the future we will have relationships with our homes

Today I was interviewed on The Daily Edition about the homes of the future. Click on the image to watch a video of the segment. The future of homes is a very rich topic that goes far beyond the usual chatter about internet-enabled refrigerators and integrated entertainment, and we weren’t able to cover much in

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One of my flurry of media appearances over New Year was on the Sunrise show, talking about what to expect in 2014. Click on the image to see a video of my interview. We discussed emerging consumer technology trends, shifts in retail, and the idea of “self-creation”, which was one of my 14 themes in

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Yesterday the West Australian newspaper began a five-part series on children and social media, beginning with a feature article introducing the topic. The article’s title, Get online or ‘be left behind’ quotes an interview with me. It is very easy for journalists to focus on the negative when covering children and social media, so I’m

Continue reading Why children (and adults) need to be on social media or get left behind

Today Show: What to expect in the year ahead

Early on January 1st this year, after a great New Year’s party and no sleep, I went into the studio to talk about what we should expect in the year ahead. The video is below A few notes from what I discussed:

This fabulous video brings together a succinct telling of the privacy story of today with some exceptional 3D graphic animations and great sound. Watch it! (preferably full screen) Transparent Machines™ from beeple on Vimeo. In the Privacy section of our 2014: Crunch Time report we wrote:

At the end of each year we share some thoughts about current trends and what to expect next year and beyond. Some of our past frameworks include Trend Blend 2007+, Trend Blend 2008+, Map of the Decade: 2010s, Zeitgeist 2011, 12 Themes for 2012, and 2013 – Life Next Year and Beyond: Appearing and Disappearing.

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Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author. He is Founding Chairman of AHT Group, which consists of 3 companies: consulting, publishing, and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, future and strategy firm Future Exploration Network, and events company The Insight Exchange.

Ross is author most recently of Getting Results From Crowds, the prescient Living Networks, which anticipated the social network revolution, the Amazon.com bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, and Implementing Enterprise 2.0. (click on the links for free chapter downloads). He is based in Sydney and San Francisco with his wife jewellery designer Victoria Buckley and two beautiful young daughters.

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