The Great Reset is our attempt to describe the world as it emerges from the fog of the current crisis. Specifically, we look at where and what the nature of global demand will be like. Demand is king, not supply.
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Niall Fergusons describes Chimerica as the driving engine of the worlds economy. One half did the spending, one half did the saving. In all fairness, it wasnt just the US that did the spending, so did the UK, Spain and other countries now left with burst housing bubbles. Likewise, it wasnt just China that saved and accumulated huge amounts of US dollars to lend back to the USA to further fuel the cycle of Chimerica. So did Japan, Korea, Germany and the oil producing Middle East countries. But Fergusons Chimerica captured the essence of the imbalances nicely.
As these imbalances unwind, the way they unwind will send the world down several possible futures which weve termed Wounded Beast, Chasm and Abyss. Each possible future is a mixture of resource volatility, demand and political (un)stability that demands different responses and preparations. This is not a prediction of how the world will go of course, but rather something to ask yourself or your company how should I ready myself for a post-Chimerica world?
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In this game the player has to manage a worldwide outbreak of a new influenza virus, before it turns into a pandemic. In cooperation with one of the worlds leading virologists Dr. Ab Osterhaus from the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, Ranj is developing a serious health game with the goal to increase the awareness and the level of knowledge about viruses and the complex way viruses spread and evolve. Play the game at: www.thegreatflu.com
Posted here because it is highly topical.
If pigs could fly .... ? I, for one, am glad the Mexican variety cannot!
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Earth Week is an important event for increasing awareness of the issues and the virtual world is a great example of "green" communications technology. Fitting then, that many events during the week are happening there.
This film by Geo Meek shows an extract of one such.
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Second Life Quickstart Guide
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What is the Goverati? Mark Drapeau defines it as made up of people with first-hand knowledge of how the government operates, who understand how to use social software to accomplish a variety of government missions, and who want to use that knowledge for the benefit of all.
Today our society faces numerous challenges from the economy to the climate. As a democratic society we must engage the general public and crowd source the solutions. That said, we have a long way to go and the Goverati can not do it alone. Do you want to be part of the solution? Moreover, how can your government enable you to execute on your ideas?
The Smart Grid involves the use of communications and computing technology to transmit and distribute energy more efficiently. This video describes the smart grid and how it will reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency and the integration of renewable sources of energy.
Although concerned with US infrastructure here, there is a similar revolution needed in both the UK and elsewhere.