And now (as they say), time for some­thing com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent. So many great arti­cles, books, videos and ideas-in-oth­er-forms flow through The Nextsens­ing Project that it has not been pos­si­ble to blog on all of them. To rem­e­dy that, once a month, we plan to bring you a choice list of items that we thought would inter­est any­one who is curi­ous about the future of organ­i­sa­tions, pro­fes­sions, and soci­eties. And, if we find a pro­file of peo­ple we con­sid­er nextsens­ing lead­ers, we’ll include that as well. Hope you enjoy this change in our edi­to­r­i­al pace! We’re call­ing this new feature…


Get your head togeth­er! If you are into the world of Ocu­lus Rift [link], then you know that vir­tu­al real­i­ty head­sets are get­ting hot­ter by the minute. One of the lat­est mod­els is called “Vive”. Check this head­line: “HTC sold 15,000 Vive units in its first 10 min­utes on sale.” Accord­ing to Jacob Kas­tre­nakes (@jake_k), the new head­set goes on sale April 5. [Read More Now]

I’m slow­ing me down. When it comes to find­ing that next great idea, man­agers might con­sid­er get­ting out of their own way. Accord­ing to Oliv­er Sta­ley (@Ostaley), a new study sug­gests that col­lab­o­ra­tors are often bet­ter at pin­point­ing boom ideas over los­ing con­cepts; cre­ators can enhance their bat­ting aver­gae for suc­cess if they take a more holis­tic approach to cre­ative think­ing. It comes down to more involve­ment of co-work­ers, who may be of great help in decid­ing which ideas are worth strong com­mit­ment. [Read More Now]

SmokestackA bil­lion good rea­sons to work hard­er Bill Gates believes he has the answer to cli­mate change — and he’s putting up $1B to make it hap­pen. Kevin J. Delaney (@delaney) reports that many sci­en­tists believe that “…car­bon-emit­ting coun­tries must reduce green­house gas emis­sions by 80% by 2050… and stop emis­sions entire­ly by 2100.” Trou­ble is, no one’s work­ing hard enough to make that hap­pen. Per the arti­cle, Gates is “com­mit­ting $1 bil­lion of his own mon­ey over five years to invest in clean-ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy, and has been push­ing gov­ern­ments to increase their fund­ing.” [Read More Now]

Read all about it! Is dig­i­tal news already on its way out? That’s the scoop accord­ing to USA Today’s Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC), who cites falling ad rev­enue and less-than-com­pet­i­tive pric­ing as rea­sons for dig­i­tal’s demise. [Read More Now]

You can ignore this. Researchers are now tak­ing a hard look at how well we “ignore”, accord­ing to Kirstin Faw­cett (@kirstinfawcett). Says the lead author of a new study: “Indi­vid­u­als who explic­it­ly ignore dis­tract­ing infor­ma­tion improve their visu­al search per­for­mance.…” [Read More Now]

An inno­v­a­tive bank? Real­ly? The bank­ing world is on the cut­ting edge and Chris Skin­ner (@Chris_Skinner) has every­thing you need to know in 2016: “The Top 10 Trends in Bank­ing Inno­va­tion”. My favourite? “The 24/7 bank is here… it does­n’t cut the mus­tard to be 9 till 5 any­more.” [Read More Now]

Mr. Crush­er, Engage! Techies and Trekkies rejoice! “Warp Dri­ve” is upon us, but you’ll have to make the trip to Vir­gini­a’s Route 28 in the US in order to be part of the action. The new­ly chris­tened boule­vard on Orbital Sci­ences Cor­po­ra­tion’s cam­pus proves that for­ward think­ing can also be a lot of fun. [Read More Now]

Bat­ter­ies are includ­ed. Will elec­tric cars final­ly start gain­ing trac­tion on the glob­al mar­ket? It’s all in the bat­ter­ies, reports Bloomberg’s Tom Ran­dall (@tsrandall): “Bat­tery prices fell 35% last year.… By 2040, long-range elec­tric cars will cost less than $22,000 [USD].” [Read More Now]

Also, from Bloomberg: “Beau­ti­ful Freaks” I’m keen to check out the new “Hel­lo, World!” fea­ture that Bloomberg is plan­ning. Per their web­site announce­ment: “Hel­lo World invites the view­er to come on a jour­ney. It’s a jour­ney that stretch­es across the globe to find the inven­tors, sci­en­tists and tech­nol­o­gists shap­ing our future.… Join jour­nal­ist and best-sell­ing author Ash­lee Vance on a quest to find the fresh­est, weird­est tech cre­ations and the beau­ti­ful freaks behind them.” Can’t wait. [Read More Now]

Open Air Chair

Wait­’ll you see this! Bold new office design aims to eschew the bleak expe­ri­ence of work­ing in a cubi­cle. But is the trend actu­al­ly work­ing? Nikil Saval cites a 2013 study: “50% of work­ers in open-plan spaces suf­fer from a lack of sound pri­va­cy.… 30% com­plain about a lack of visu­al pri­va­cy.” Great pho­tos accom­pa­ny the arti­cle. Now, you just need to find a qui­et place to look at them. [Read More Now]

Ten who tru­ly changed the game Jef­frey Garten served as dean of the Yale School of Man­age­ment. He just pub­lished From Silk to Sil­i­con: The Sto­ry of Glob­al­i­sa­tion Through Ten Extra­or­di­nary Lives and it’s excerpt­ed in the five-star jour­nal, strategy+business (@stratandbiz). The excerpt will give you a feel for Andy Grove, the CEO of Intel for many years. Says Garten: “… [No] per­son had as much to do with mak­ing pos­si­ble the third indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion as this Hun­gar­i­an immi­grant who arrived in the US in 1956.” [Read More Now]

Need a lift? The future is here for car dash­boards. Sam McMil­lan (@samismo) reports that auto man­u­fac­tur­ers are dou­bling down on inno­v­a­tive design, espe­cial­ly for self-dri­ving cars — every­thing from touch dis­plays to ful­ly auto­mat­ed work­sta­tions. [Read More Now]

And we’ll leave you with one from my old stomp­ing grounds, Michigan…

Pol­ished into Chrome­books… A group of enter­pris­ing edu­ca­tors in Michi­gan have proven that old tech can make a new and last­ing impact. Ben Pop­per (@benpopper) spot­lights the NYC start­up, Nev­er­ware [link], that helped them trans­form out­dat­ed PCs into Google Chrome­books (or, at least, the next best thing to a real Chrome­book). It’s an inspir­ing sto­ry of how old PCs tossed in a “junk pile” were upgrad­ed help­ing low-income stu­dents and schools keep pace with the 21st cen­tu­ry. [Read More Now]


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