Trends for 2013 and beyond

by Jörgen Eriksson on January 1, 2013

Happy New YearI like predictability because I know what I’m getting into.”
– Katherine Heigl

2012 was a year of Big Data, Connected Consumers and Social Media, Co-innovation, Multi-dimensional Innovation and according to the Economist, the rise of Shared Value.

Shared Value may have been the most important newcomer. Rather than simply doling out checks to good causes, some corporations are starting to shift their business models, integrating social issues into their core strategies. Not surprising, Michael Porter was a pioneer in launching the term shared value, in a Harvard Business Review article. The concept reflects the growing belief that generating a profit and achieving social progress are not mutually exclusive goals. In other words, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Impact Investment.

Trends do not happen in isolation. They tend to intersect and work in tandem with each other. And many are extensions or outgrowths of trends we have seen for years. After all, trends with real significance cannot be assigned to just one calendar year.

What does 2013 have in store? The Economist have published a blog post that (not surprising) names continued economic global power shift, social “everything”, redefinition of value and “the next industrial revolution” as some global trends for the new year.

The Futurist Ross Dawson has published a map of what he thinks will appear and disappear in our lives in the new year and beyond. Click on the map below if you would like to see a larger version. The map is published on a on a Creative Commons license so it is free to download and share. Enjoy!

Life next year and beyond

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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