FUTURIST: These Are The 10 Social Trends To Watch For Next

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Morris Miselowski is a self-described stirrer in the traditional Australian sense. That means he challenges current thinking and puts people off balance by looking at the world from another angle.

He’s also a futurist: He creates a detailed possible future to help companies plan for opportunities.

And he does this for some of Australia’s biggest companies.

He says that hypothesising on what innovations wait ahead is always a fearsome and exciting quest.

“But the real skill is in being able to gauge which of these yet to be seen innovations and inventions are going to truly resonate and have a positive, sustained and real impact on our lives,” he says.

Here are some of his views on the near future:

  • The technology high we used to get from all things digitally new will be much harder to get. We now take for granted how far we have come and what we have achieved in the last decade of digital evolution.
  • Purse strings loosen and investment in the new will be more common. This is time of the entrepreneur and intrapreneur as we evolve further into a society which values the work of the individual and the few.
  • We will stop wallowing in the doom and gloom of the past five years since the Global Financial Crisis. We will collectively accept the past, begrudgingly understand its social, cultural and financial ramifications will be with us for many years to come and decide to refashion and relearn normal.
  • Collectively we will begin to replace the knee-jerk short term planning of the past decade with a more medium term outlook horizon.
  • In many areas, including space exploration, transport, health and welfare, corporations are rising over governments. The fortress walls of historically entrenched government offerings are tumbling to private enterprise providers.
  • Sharing and collaboration will be mainstream. The traditional have all, do all, know all, no longer serves us as well as it once did. It is not necessarily the ownership of the means of production which brings wealth but the effective use of it. This new normal of reaching out to a broader community and of forming crowd companies that can collaboratively and exponentially advance our own pursuits will continue to become mainstream management and personal mantra.
  • Mobile devices are already themselves marked for extinction with a slew of wearable technology including smart watches and heads up displays seen inside the lens of non-prescription spectacles. Products such as Google Glass will shift information away from the mobile phone screen to an alternate viewing screen and experience.
  • Mass production and the notion of what manufacturing is will also be questioned as 3D printers rise on the retail, office, manufacturing and medical scenes. This next frontier is the ability to produce bespoke and one-off items on demand without the need for huge inventories and investment of time and resources. These 3D printers are the now the equivalent of the old dot matrix printers of the 1980s, incredible devices in their day which have advanced over the years to become ordinary and common place equipment.
  • Mixed in with all of these parallel, converging, competing and merging influences is the ever diminishing line between local, national, international, physical and virtual. The ability to source globally, adjust regionally and buy locally will become increasingly commonplace. Purchasing will know no borders. This will disrupt the notion of how, when, where, why and from whom we buy.
  • This year will also herald the start of a new era of human wellness. This minute-by-minute real-time insight into our body’s wellbeing gathered by wearable health devices will be analysed and sent to health and allied health professionals for further insights, comments and suggestions.


Morris on Sky News Business

me_and_switzer_8_April_14 The Future is an incredible space, it allows us to wonder and imagine, to invent and to innovate and to take the best of what we are and have done and mix it with the possibilities of what we might yet become.

In this Sky News Business TV segment Peter Switzer and I chat about what a Futurist is and does, explore some of the key future business impacts including 3D printing, crowdsourcing and a world where most businesses are still missing out on their innovation possibilities because they still think in silos when it comes to their physical and digital business.

Watch this segment now and then share what innovation lies ahead for your business.

Calm down and get real

deep-breathing2014 will be a year of great change – psychologically, emotionally, technologically and pretty much for all of the other ology’s.

Alright we get it. The worlds had it tough. Things will take a while to build towards a new normal, which will for the first time have to include a digital version of ourselves and the world and yes we’re obviously all connected all day (well almost) and we can do lots of cool stuff with our new gadgets and new toys – but I’m over all of this obvious stuff, so just tell me how does all this make a real difference to my life?

This backdrop started the conversation between James Lush of ABC Local Perth and I in our regular on-air look ahead.

As well as the new normal, we chatted about the growing movement for digital detox’s, digital Sabbaths and digital time out, the rise of ephemeral apps like Snapchat that allow us to communicate, but don’t long term store the conversation and apps that are time and place sensitive and can automatically stop, halt or silence technology like when you’re at the cinema, in bed or at Church.

We also chatted about the changing business landscape that will eventually see many of us as Entrepreneurs and Intrepreneurs (same thing as an Entrepreneurs but is an employee of the company stirring things up internally); the rise of new businesses and business paradigms by looking at websites and apps like Etsy and Ebay that allow anyone to sell anything to anybody and digital service providers such as Uber that allow you to find a driver and car in your local area in real time and the slew of uberesque innovations I’m sure we’ll see in the very near future that will connect people needing goods and services with those providing it in real time.

As always it’s great gazing into the future with James, take a look at all my predictions for 2014 and beyond, and have a listen to the segment and share your thoughts for what you see ahead.

Fast Forward through 2014

abc_local_me_1_Jan_14The new economic normal, 3 Australian state elections, peek a boo panels in women’s fashion, 364,997 new Australians added to our population and super-foods freekah and teff were just some of the 2014 trends I chatted about with Kate O’Toole of ABC Local radio national in our look at what trends I have predicted for the year ahead.

In this extended interview Kate and I worked our way through the changing business landscape of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs – internal and external business champions, innovation hubs that foster and encourage community and crowd businesses allowing us to form joint ventures and temporary business relationships with others as required to take advantage of a burgeoning sharing and collaboration culture.

Synthetic thinking and thought metamorphosis also gained air-time as we looked at the growing role our mobile devices and apps are going to have in sorting out what’s important to us and bringing that information in real time to a screen near us.

Health and wellness also sparked interest with listeners as we explored the shift away from a repair mentality with healthcare to a wellness culture where we will become increasingly responsible for our own health care monitoring as we evolve into an era wear a combination of changing culture, increased medical awareness and intervention possibilities and wearable devices that monitor our vital signs ongoing will provide us with personalised health insights, health suggestions and the motivation with which to action it.

This brave new world is of course not yet in existence and because we can is not a good enough reason to bring anything to reality, we must take control and ensure that we steer these horizon trends down a purposeful and human-centric path.

Thanks to all the ABC listeners, talk back callers and to the many new subscribers that have come on board since this interview, here’s wishing you all a most incredible 2014, may it exceed all of your expectations of it!!

Have a listen to the segment now (46 minutes) and share your 2014 predictions with me.