The Future is Not Here. It's everywhere
Future Here Now Journal, January 24 2023
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Putting it to Work
Imagine that you are building a product from scratch, but there are no limits on what you can use. There’s no shipping costs - you can get the parts from anywhere, without worrying about shipping or tariffs or taxes. There’s no supply chain risks, all the people you need are immediately available.
How would that change the process of creating a new product today? What would be easier? What would be harder?
The Differently-Distributed Future
Our future businesses and organizations will face a very different landscape than the one we became accustomed to during the Industrial Era, and one key element of that is what an article below refers to as “the end of globalization.”
That’s a little oversimplified, but indicators point to a future where more and more of your products, people and other inputs come from nearby, not around the globe. At the same time, however, we’ll be drawing information and ideas - and products - more seamlessly than ever from across the globe.
A contradiction? Yup. Which is also a key difference between how we all came up, and how we will work in the future. More on that in a minute.
The overarching reasons for these trends are pretty simple:
It’s All Volatile. In the Guide to Surviving the Fusion Era (get your copy here), I talk about the VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) We typically thought of the world of our Industrial Era upbringing as
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