Mindfields of interest

I’d like to share with you a range of people and organisations whose thinking I find inspiring, informative and useful.  It’s eclectic.  That’s the way I operate. A mixture of purposefulness and serendipity.  If you’ve anything that would be great to add, please email me the link.  Marianne@futureNOWKnowHow.com

Clay Shirky: Quite simply one of the most insightful and easy to understand thinkers about how the internet is transforming the world

Nilofer Merchant: a prescient and innovative thinker about the impact of social technologies on just about everything but especially business and the way organisations work

IDEO.org: Using human-centred design practices and projects to support communities around the world to move out of poverty.

HBR blog network: take your pick on stimulating contributors

Post Carbon Institute: Source of excellent futureNOW analysis on interrelated economic, energy, environmental and equity crises that define the 21st century. Supports groups and individuals wanting to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

World Business council for sustainable development: Their Vision 2050 report identifies the pathway that business must follow to ensure a sustainable future for the planet.  IT is based on intensive consultation and research.

Stanford Social Innovation Review: comprehensive range of case studies and research on social enterprises and NGO activities.

John Hagel: powerful thinker about the impact of the world wide web on changing business from ‘push’ to ‘pull’, from marketing to collaboration.

Institute for the Future: long track record of developing insights into how the future could be with a practical application.

Eric Garland: economist and sh@#* stirring commentator. Astute and entertaining, what more can one ask for.

TED books: short brain stimulants from TED conferences

Thefuturescompany: a commercially focused foresight and insight company focused on trends that will create opportunities and threats for mainstream businesses.

Ageing in the 21st Century: a report released by HelpAge and the UNFPA to assist organisations and governments improve the likelihood that we can manage the radical change in demographics created by ageing populations of citizens.

B Corps: a certification for sustainable businesses that meet standards in relation to social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Aims to change the definition of business success.

Collaborative consumption: The 21st century mantra. This site, based on the book, collects examples of activities that reinvent traditional market behaviours through technology, particularly social medias, to enable new forms of access/sharing/consumption to take place in a scale never before possible.

How to Fix the World: Nothing ambitious, just a manual and handbook for radical innovators who want to reinvent and revolutionise institutions that are needed to “run” the world.  A partnership with Umair Haque.

Ashoka: A collective of partners that operate globabally to support an entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector that enables citizens to be entrepreneurial in addressing social issues.

Fast Company: Good source of news on innovative commercial and social entrepreneurs with ‘world changing’ ideas.

Festival for the future: NewZealand, a small country reclaiming its history of being a place of social leadership with a youth festival on futures.

Peter Sims: Profit and Social Entrepreneur with good insights into how organisations need to adapt to a futureNOW of seismic shifts in technology, media and society.

Youth and Media: A research project on young people’s interactions with ditital media, based at the Berkman Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

The Verge: This site covers the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture. It provides in-depth reporting and long-form feature stories and community content.

VideoLectures.NET: A bit heavy going (academic lectures) but a good open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.

Anthropology and economics: at last reality intrudes in the dimal(ly fails to grasp reality) science!