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Monthly Archives: October 2012
We argue in The Fourth Revolution book that representative democracy is a remnant of the Industrial Age travel limitations and that forms of direct democracy will emerge as a result of the Fourth Revolution. Some hints of that shift can … Continue reading
Recently another perverse effect of the fixed mindset became obvious to me as I was in the US watching a presidential election debate (but this can be observed in any country). Commentators and debaters alike spent their time referring to … Continue reading
This summer for the first time the ‘summer hit’ in the US came out of nowhere. That’s “Call me maybe” an infectious song (250 million views on YouTube). Well, that’s not exactly true: it came out of YouTube and social … Continue reading
Working in the field of large, complex projects, I can’t see a project file nowadays without great pictures coming from Google Maps adorning the file: pictures of the site, of the present facilities… And indeed it is so easy from … Continue reading
Following the outcry about the poor quality of the new Apple mapping application that came out with the iPhone 5, let’s investigate how the best electronic maps around have been created. No surprises, there’s a lot of human work, sweat … Continue reading
One of the most difficult tasks it seems is to define what your Purpose is. What is your goal in life, what is your vocation, what would your Future Perfect look like? It is difficult, and it is necessary if … Continue reading
A town is being built in New Mexico to test all sorts of new technologies that will apply in towns and cities. At a cost of several hundred million US$, the plan is to create a replica of an actual … Continue reading
In a previous post we explained Carol Dweck’s approach to “fixed” versus “growth” mindset. Carol Dweck’s considerations are at the personal level. But what about the national or collective mindset? The Industrial Age mindset is very much a “fixed mindset”. … Continue reading
I read a great book lately: “Mindset” by Carol Dweck. She is a renowned researcher in the field of motivation. She explains that there is a significant difference between achievers and others: it all depends whether you have a “fixed … Continue reading
As a follow-up of our post on Openness Alone Cannot Drive Change and the fantastic video by Margaret Heffernan, let’s reflect a bit about what this means for the leader in the Fourth Revolution context. Indeed, as Margaret Heffernan explains, … Continue reading
Take 6mins and watch this video of the Quirky manifesto – one of the most enlightening videos on the Fourth Revolution’s process and possibilities: Quirky Manifesto from Quirky on Vimeo. Quirky is a successful startup that thrives on social invention. … Continue reading
Following our posts on the Fourth Revolution being the realm of the exponential, this nice blog by Paul Graham (a famous Venture Capitalist investor), “Black Swan Farming”, brings closer the related issue of the fact that today, success is extremely … Continue reading