Yesterday’s tomorrow is now - and with hindsight what we know now almost seems so obvious. But the history of how we got here is not necessarily a clue to what the future holds – that is a different social science.
So, what will tomorrow bring? And tomorrow’s tomorrow?
Nobody knows for certain, but the renown futurologist Rohit Talwar has an impressive track record for being able to articulate scenarios which might pan out in our mid-term future. Together with 60 co-authors he has now published a compendium of foresight on the relentless forces that are driving the deep and transformative penetration of every aspect of society. Their book, The Future of Business,
focuses on the critical social and economic forces, business trends, disruptive technologies, breakthrough developments in science and new ideas that could reshape the commercial environment over the next two decades. It explores how these future factors could come together to force a fundamental rethinking of the purpose, strategy, business models, values and structures of organizations as they seek to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing reality.
The British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce not only prides itself on its one hundred year-plus history but also on its capacity to keep pace with developments and embrace our ever-changing business environment. It is therefore with great pleasure that we announce our partnership with Rohit Talwar and FutureScape Publications by presenting a serialization of The Future of Business - every month we shall publish a new chapter.
For those of our readers who wish to purchase the book in its entirety we offer a 30% discount through use of our promotional code bpcc1 at the checout.
The Future of Business - Navigating the Next Horizon
By Rohit Talwar
What are the forces, ideas, tensions, developments, opportunities, and choices shaping the future of business over the next twenty years?
Charting the Future of Business
The future of business over the next two decades will not be a linear extrapolation from the present day. There are many possible scenarios - each with multiple paths to get from where we are today to an uncertain tomorrow. Those scenarios arise from the complex interplay between a range of future factors:
Socio-demographic changes, and the rapidly evolving values, needs, and expectations of individuals and societies. Political and economic shifts.
Alternative possible trajectories for energy, resources, the environment, biodiversity, and sustainability. New business thinking and the impacts of an increasingly globalized business landscape.
Rapid and convergent developments across a range of disciplines in science and technology with potentially disruptive impact.
This chapter examines the critical tensions and choices that are arise from the interplay of these forces and outlines the domains of science and technology that could catalyze the biggest changes in our world. I highlight emerging business sectors that could shape tomorrow’s economy and examine the new business strategies and behaviors that these develop- ments could enable. I conclude with an assessment of the critical decisions businesses need to make as they define their future purpose and strategy.