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    5 Reasons Sustainability Drives Innovation

    February 20, 2017 | By:

    Sustainability is one of the key emerging trends in recent years. But much like innovation, it is a maturing discipline with few established business practices and lots of evolving methodologies. Sustainability champions at organizations often face the same challenges that innovation champions do: lack of senior level buy-in, lack of process, lack of resources. The benefits of successful sustainability and successful innovation are similar, as well: a competitive advantage, improved profit margins, and better brand sentiment from employees and customers.

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    The Future of Civic Engagement and Innovation

    February 6, 2017 | By:

    Numerous leaders and community organizers have been talking about public service lately, especially in the US – mostly encouraging the public to take place in ongoing dialogues and to volunteer in their communities in order to create positive change at local and national levels.

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    As Self-Driving Cars Hit the Road; Innovation Is Outpacing Insurance

    December 22, 2016 | By:

    The revolution in self-driving vehicles has advanced faster than insurance companies can react to it. These cars introduce unique factors that must be integrated into the models that are used to set insurance premiums. At this time, coverage for self-driving cars is set using the same formulas as for traditional cars. Not long ago, there was a fatality involving the Tesla Model S. This occurred while the vehicle’s Autopilot mode was active. The case brought new attention to the risks of using self-driving cars on the road, and insurance companies noticed.

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    How the IoT can Change your Workplace

    November 16, 2016 | By:

    The IoT (or “Internet Of Things”) is becoming a more popular topic of conversation these days. Many have already realized this with regard to individual use (say, through fitness trackers) or “smart homes.” But the IoT can also have a huge effect on the workplace – here’s how.

  • Cost of health care

    Cut Costs in Health Care by Treating it Like Pollution

    July 27, 2015 | By:

    We seem to have a problem. Health care costs are doubling every thirteen years in the US, (Regalado 2013). By 2030 they will devour a third of the US federal budget (Regalado 2013). In spite of this, the US was ranked last in 2011 by the Commonwealth Fund in quality of health care among similar countries (Wikipedia 2013). We can sense the impending disaster and it seems the hope is that our usual panaceas for all problems, policy, technology or better education, will someday deliver us from our pains. But how?

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    Drones To Deliver and Rescue

    November 29, 2013 | By:

    Drones have until now been primarily used for military purposes and while they are extraordinarily accurate on one level, all too often there are innocent deaths. Drones are however moving into other sectors – rescue and delivery so far. They could revolutionise the cost base of deliveries to remote regions, not to mention search and rescue services.

  • Expanding Immersive Experiences

    Expanding Immersive Experiences

    June 7, 2013 | By:

    Virtual reality is back with better graphics, better hardware, and more applications. Several technologies will soon be released to the general market to further immerse mainstream users in their digital experiences while expanding the applications of virtual reality.

  • Politics In Crisis?

    Politics In Crisis?

    May 24, 2013 | By:

    Traditional politics in western countries have been facing growing challenges for many years. A combination of economic circumstances and austerity measures plus new technology is giving rise to very different political realities, new parties and new approaches; but also disenchantment and loss of faith. Should we be worried about an emerging political crisis having as big or even greater impacts than the financial crisis?

  • Synthetic biology begins to deliver

    Synthetic Biology Begins To Deliver

    May 17, 2013 | By:

    Synthetic biology moves us from reading to writing DNA, allowing us to design biological systems from scratch for any number of applications. Its capabilities are becoming clearer, its first products and processes emerging. Synthetic biology’s reach already extends from reducing our dependence on oil to transforming how we develop medicines and food crops. It is being heralded as the next big thing; whether it fulfils that expectation remains to be seen. It will require collaboration and multi-disciplinary approaches to development, application and regulation. Interesting times ahead!

  • Asian Aviation Takes Off

    Asian Aviation Takes Off

    May 10, 2013 | By:

    While most of the world’s airlines and markets suffer low growth rates, Asia stands out with growth rates of 9% in 2012. Asia is one of the most competitive aviation markets with 75% of routes serviced by 3 or more carriers. Seven of the ten busiest global air routes are in Asia.

  • Pain and the power of distraction

    Pain and the power of distraction

    May 2, 2013 | By:

    Chronic pain affects millions of people’s lives; millions more have operations every year, needing anaesthetics and pain relief. New approaches to managing pain ranging from watching films during operations to playing with inflated rubber gloves or virtual reality games are proving powerful tools in managing pain. While drug companies may face a challenge to their markets, patients could benefit, suffering fewer adverse side effects and healing better; and health care services may be able to reduce costs. Opportunities for home based approaches may also grow.

  • Ocean Mining – a race to the bottom

    Ocean Mining – a race to the bottom

    April 17, 2013 | By:

    The blue economy, the term ascribed to a wide range of activities such as fishing, shipping, coastal tourism, energy, cable laying and mining, presents huge opportunities. Estimates of the current value vary from $6-$21trillion; a recent study put the value added arising from the EU opportunity alone at €500 billion, rising to €600 billion by 2020. Investment is growing, but also environmental concern. Deep sea mining is at present a small but increasingly significant element of that economy.

  • Keeping Nano Safe at Work

    Keeping Nano Safe at Work

    April 10, 2013 | By:

    Nanotechnologies offer a myriad of benefits and applications with more than 1300 nanotech-enabled consumer products from hair straighteners to cleaning fluids, but they also present several uncertainties and lack extensive regulation. As more products enabled by nanomaterials are released to the market, more workers risk exposure to potentially harmful materials—whether in a lab, a factory, or a construction site. Now, occupational safety and health agencies and researchers are providing more substantial guidance for handling nanomaterials at the workplace.

  • Parking: the Future has Arrived

    Parking: the Future has Arrived

    April 3, 2013 | By:

    Parking can be one of life’s frustrating experiences- trying to find a spot, hunting for change or an attendant to pay, or the ever infuriating experience of receiving a ticket. The “internet of things” (IoT), a combination of sensors, analytics, and communications infrastructure is transforming parking and many other everyday tasks.

  • SoLoMo – Capturing Hyper-connected Consumers

    SoLoMo – Capturing Hyper-connected Consumers

    March 27, 2013 | By:

    2013 has been heralded as the year of SoLoMo – Social, Local, Mobile – really takes off. SoLoMo could bring a revolution in retailing, marketing, consumer research, public relations – to name a few, as it becomes the ultimate loyalty card, direct mailshot, secret shopper, and feedback loop. Companies will need to be more agile, able to provide real-time relevance to hyper-connected consumers.

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