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14 Trends Shaping Transportation

A trend is a technology which has increasing uptake. In the US, transportation is just getting interesting again, about 55 years after the interstate highway act. Using inductive reasoning, here are 14 Trends Shaping Transportation.

2012 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Global Commercialization & Development Update

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer a pathway to enable the use of clean energy systems to reduce emissions, enhance energy security, and stimulate the global economy.

The Troubled Future of Colleges and Universities

The American system of higher education appears poised for disruptive change of potentially historic
proportions due to massive new political, economic, and educational forces that threaten to undermine its business model, governmental support, and operating mission. These forces include dramatic new types of economic competition, difficulties in growing revenue streams as we had in the past, relative declines in

New economic models

In 20-30 years the world's economy may change significantly, driven by the advent of new technological and societal innovations.

Advanced robotics, automation, and manufacturing will bring most of today’s production back to a local sustainable dimension. 3D printers will make possible the self-production of many consumer items like clothes or furniture. Only large artefacts (e.g. aircraft) will still be produced in a few centralised plants.


UN: Informal settlers to reach 3B by 2050


Based on the UN World Economic and Social Survey 2013 […] those who are living in slum areas may increase from the current one billion to three billion in 2050 if there are no new strategies to address rapid urbanization.

The main challenge is to increase food production while minimizing the environmental impact and increasing natural resource use efficiency.


Social Cohesion: A Conceptual and Political Elucidation

This article aims to clarify the concept of social cohesion by embedding it within a dynamic, multiscalar and complex understanding of socioeconomic development in the city. Section 1 gives a European perspective on the relationship between differing views of social cohesion and urban policy and how its relation to competitiveness is inherent to contemporary EU cohesion discourse. It examines the ambiguity of policy orientations that seek an answer to this failing functionalisation. Section 2 unravels the complexity and multidimensionality of social cohesion as a problSmatique.

The economy for the common good - An economic model for the future

The paper discusses the undesirable consequences of the current economic model and the possibility of introducing a new economic model for the future.

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The paper holds that the current economic model has led to serious social, ecological and cultural problems in addition to the prosperity it has created. This systemic crisis, as it is called, calls for "system change".

Emergence of a global space market

It is anticipated that many innovations will be developed by space enterprises that will accelerate the establishment of a global space market. [Ref:


Emergence of new industry sectors and professions

Advances in science and technology are bringing with them a number of new industries – many have the potential to be worth US$1 trillion or more within two decades.


Speed and duration of business cycles

There is a growing sense that the speed of business cycles is increasing whilst there duration is reducing. As technologies such as the internet compress time and distance, organizations are under competitive pressure to adapt their structures, processes and systems on an almost continuous basis.  As a result, there is a growing emphasis on the need for speed, flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness.



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