The Morning Briefing: The state of food in 2012 | SmartPlanet

4.) Enough to go round but millions still starve. Food has never been such a global issue. Some 1.5bn overweight and obese adults share the planet with 870m chronically hungry people, and governments are grappling with the same challenges: how to produce more food from less land, slash waste and reduce price volatility, while battling erratic climate patterns.

Skift Report: 13 Global Trends That Will Define Travel in 2013 by Skift

We believe these 13 trends, by no means exhaustive, will help define travel and many other interconnected sectors:

Everyone wants a Chinese tourist
Ancillary fees are the new normal
Last-minute mobile hotel booking
The rise of price transparency
Travelers are hungry for food tourism
Airports as destinations
Destination branding through movies
Digital maps are one of travel’s key battlegrounds
Personal in-flight entertainment through mobile devices
Affordable design at hotels
Blurring of business and leisure travel
Cementing of the Gulf as the next great global aviation hub
Lure of the last unknown: The rise of Myanmar

Gerd adds: nice report ( and free;)

The Morning Briefing: The state of food in 2012 | SmartPlanet

4.) Enough to go round but millions still starve. Food has never been such a global issue. Some 1.5bn overweight and obese adults share the planet with 870m chronically hungry people, and governments are grappling with the same challenges: how to produce more food from less land, slash waste and reduce price volatility, while battling erratic climate patterns.

Airbnb, Coursera, and Uber: The Rise of the Disruption Economy - Businessweek

the writing is already on the wall: Service businesses that don’t use social features to lower barriers and increase efficiency will likely not survive long.
Gerd adds: but it’s not either / or, it’s both!

Meet Gerd Leonhard Nov 5 in Sao Paulo:Evento vai discutir novas mídias e economia sustentável

“Ou qualquer pessoa que queira mudar o mundo”, brinca Gerd Leonhard, um ex-músico profissional que virou empreendedor de mídia digital, CEO de startup de internet e futurista. “Nossa ideia é atingir gente interessada no futuro da mídia e que deseje desenhar, nos próximos cinco anos, o papel que o Brasil pode ter nesse novo mundo.” O tópico-chave de sua palestra será “do ego ao eco”. Leonhard explica: “Estamos nos transformando em uma nova sociedade, onde todos estão globalmente conectados. É uma ‘network-society’. E a economia também está mudando, do ego, que significa o lucro a qualquer preço, para o eco, uma economia sustentável”.

Wikipedia's Dark Side: Censorship, Revenge Editing & Bribes

"Ever wanted to thoroughly discredit someone who has wronged you? How about doing so under the banner of reputable (and hence, almost untouchable) publishing platform, through which you can alter all manner of facts concerning your enemies to fit your vengeful needs? Journalist and author Johann Hari did precisely that when making alterations to Wikipedia articles related to persons that had given him grief. Hari did all this while masquerading under the pseudonym – or sockpuppet – of David Rose"

Gerd adds: this is exactly what happened to my own “gerd Leonhard” entry. Deleted for some bizarre reason ! Only explanation I have is that I pissed someone off that has internal wiki juice

How to succeed in emerging markets McKinsey report confirms scary attitude towards growth at all costs

By 2025, more than half of the world’s population will have joined the consuming class, driving annual consumption in emerging markets to $30 trillion, from $12 trillion. Emerging markets could account for more than 70 percent of global economic growth during this period

Gerd comments: reading this report made me think: if the so called developing countries grow I the same way that we did - ie turbo capitalism at all costs - our planet will explode. What to do about this ?

Data Baron: Why data is the gold rush of the 21st century | Comment | LondonlovesBusiness.com

Respected Media Futurist, Gerd Leonhard, asks (and answers) the question: “If data is the new oil, how do we avoid wars and global conflicts fought over it?” His presentations and blogs give an excellent insight into how data transparency will benefit mankind and stop that from happening.

Stop Publishing Web Pages - Anil Dash

Stream-based content naturally flows across different devices and media, from tiny phones to tablets to giant desktop monitors, with an adaptivity that works naturally hand-in-hand with responsive design. Page based ads basically have to be reimagined on each platform, and fundamentally don’t work in mobile form factors.
Gerd Leonhard adds: very interesting piece -have been wondering about this for some time, as well. So, are pages “ego” and streams “Eco” ….? Read more on this theme at http://bit.ly/OB31nh

The Guardian: Why nations need intelligent, differentiated strategies for investing in broadband | Trends in the Living Networks

Humanity is in the process of transitioning into a world in which we can be better understood as a richly connected collective than a set of individuals.

PDFs, audio and video from the July 17 2012 webinar on the Future of Media (Futurists Gerd Leonhard and Ross Dawson)

futuristgerd:

gerdandross:

Today’s webinar on The Future of Media was a really fun event. We reveived many great questions from the audience (roughly 50 people were online), and had some very much ad-hoc and real-time interactions using the pretty cool GoToMeeting tools (even thought we would have liked a live video feed that feature is almost always very problematic and instabil)

You can download the MP3 file (iPhone, iTunes etc) with the entire conversation here. Gerd’s PDF is available for download here (20 MB high res), and Ross’s PDF is here.  Both are provided under creative commons attribution non-commercial license, as usual.

Update: we now have full video and audio versions available via Gerd’s MediaFuturist blog, here, and on Youtube.

Here is the complete video:

Find out more about Ross Dawson:

http://rossdawson.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/rossdawson
http://www.youtube.com/user/rossdaht2/videos

Find out more about Gerd Leonhard
http://www.mediafuturist.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/gleonhard
http://www.youtube.com/gleonhard

Source: gerdandross