2015 will be the year that society will start to realize that talking, planning and organizing isn’t sufficient to change the world; work needs to be done, responsibilities have to be taken and dogma has to be dealt with.
We have been in the process of change for a long time. Although it doesn’t come overnight, we have to conclude that most initiatives fail in hiding behind structures overdue and a lack of guts and vision to make the future happen.
To update ourselves we eagerly read the latest articles, blogs or books, not to mention keeping track of all the New Year’s lists informing us about upcoming trends.
Yet, by the end of the first week of January we have forgotten about Christmas reflections, New Year’s resolutions dissolve and innovative initiatives are fast considered to be too expensive.
Still 2015, will be an amazing and challenging year, since society will become conscious of the fact that new ideas and visions have to be set into motion.
We can’t postpone anymore considering the implications of 3D printing, robotics, the aging population, crowdfunding, self-sufficiency, and not in the last place the destined end of quantitative economic growth.
Society has to adapt to a new mindset:
3D printing isn’t just another minor development, but could be the beginning of the disruption of mass production as we have known it so far.
Putting off robotics as, “it means loss of manual labor, but on the other hand we’ll need more skilled IT people”, is denying the fact that there won’t be jobs for millions of people on the workplace in the near future. Society should consider to discuss new social systems. Several countries are studying the feasibility of introducing a basic income for all. Switzerland is even preparing a referendum on the subject in 2015.
The aging population shouldn’t be considered down and out, but valuable in passing on craftsmanship and experience. From an economic point of view they are largely ignored as an interesting - often financially strong - target market. Being older than seventy in 2015 doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to society anymore or live a pleasant life. On top of that, being part of a community longer is better for one’s mental health, not unlikely to result in lower healthcare costs in general.
Crowdfunding will continue to take over the role of banks in lending money to individuals and small business. A self-sufficiency we see happening with a growing group of people who due to modern techniques for instance are able to generate sufficient energy to produce their own food.
In the former century large scale brought us prosperity, in the 21st century the opposite might be true. What if "the next big thing" might be small? ... Or, what if an intelligent use of natural resources delivers more energy than exhausting them, and what if the output of a smart collaboration is better than from a competition model?
Let’s try to think differently in 2015 and adapt to a new mindset that fits the current age.
Wishing you fun and happiness, but especially enlightening ideas and smart success that will last longer than the old school next big thing.
The fullinsight team.
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