In the WE-economy project we recently published a report, which looks at the collaborative economy as part of a wider change driven by increasing connectivity, empowered users, coordination of resources with greater precision, and a shift from products to highly contextualized services.
The report examines how companies can adjust to fit the new
economy, and presents relevant considerations based on the Business Model
Download the report here
With the BOP lab at the Confederation of Danish Industry I have recently written a report on the “Hi-tech Low cost” concept. The idea is that Western companies can use advanced technology, like smart phones or 3D printing, to deliver frugal solutions to emerging markets that short circuit the conventional relationship between utility and cost.
My latest book is "Ground rules for the 21st. century”.
The book is a comprehensive overview of the trends that are shaping our future. It identifies a number of “game rules” that one should be aware of in order to thrive as we move ahead.
The book examines how the relationship between the individual and the community is changing. We are facing a variety of difficult challenges, but perhaps the most important change we need is to realize that we are fundamentally interdependent, whether we like it or not. We are connected - by technology and by ecology - and our fate is increasingly shared. Now we need to act accordingly.
It is published in Danish, but I have translated it into English.
You can download the chapters and read more about it here.
There is an English abstract of the main points here.
I manage the “We-economy”-project, which examines how the conventional economy is being challenged and changed by a set of new approaches and business models that are emerging in the intersection of the sharing economy, the maker movement, the circular economy and trend to co-creation.
I’m giving a brief explanation of the ideas in this video of my presentation at the OuiShare conference in Paris in May.
Recently, at the Danish Universe Foundation, I have been leading a project about "Frugal solutions". The basic idea is that as growth stagnates in the West there will be an increasing demand for products and service, which offer the quality that matters to end users at a lower price. The project examines how Western companies might create solutions that add value in ways that doesn't raise prices.
You can read all about it at the project website.
You can download the 8 page easy to read pamphlet.
Or listen to my 15 minute presentation of the concept at the American Academy of Management conference.
A couple of years ago, I coordinated Asia New Busines Creation, a project where companies from Denmark, China, Singapore and Korea exchanged methods and experiences in innovation.
You can read more about the project at the AsiaNBC website, where you also download the beautiful booklet which summarizes our findings.
You can also have a look at this short tongue-in-cheek video presenting the 4 main characteristics of the innovation approach of Asian companies - using LEGO bricks to explain. All you need to know in 3 min and 42 secs.
My book ”Snapshots from the future” contains 7 short stories that describe life in about 25 years time - give or take a decade.
The book is published in Danish, but the text has been translated into English and the whole thing is posted right here
For years I've wanted to create something like a cartoon, with a heavy emphasis on pictures and a narrative form to engage readers more emotionally. I've tried to keep it light and inviting - but the underlying facts are never the less a quite serious attempt to destill years of future studies into a coherent picture.
It can be read by kids at about 15 years, but it's not meant to be just for school. I would hope that anyone trying to make sense of the future could find some inspiration in it.
I’ve worked a lot with issue of education and skills for the future. Here is An essay about the mindset for change and the new basic literacies needed for the network society - the necessity of trusting uncertainty, embracing interactivity and assuming responsibility. The stuff we at least have to instill in our children.
I’ve written a handful of books over the years:
The first, introductory chapter of my book "The New Nature" which was published in Danish 1998