• Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014
  • Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014

Gold Mercury Sustainable Global Futures – Vision Research Projects Q2 2014

As part of Gold Mercury's global governance research agenda for 2014 on strategic visioning and business model innovation, we have started new research projects to uncover the next paradigms in the areas of: THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, THE FUTURE OF MEDIA CONSUMPTION AND CONTENT, THE FUTURE OF ENERGY, SUSTAINABLE CITIES OF THE FUTURE,  THE FUTURE OF THE OCEANS, REDEFINING THE PURPOSE OF GROWTH IN VIEW OF SUSTAINABILITY, and a project on the UNITED NATIONS concept of RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT. 

If you wish to contribute to any of these projects as a sponsor, researcher, contributor or partner organisation, please send an email to Chon Kemp – Corporate Affairs Manager: chon.kemp@goldmercury.org. Below is more detail on these strategic visioning projects:

Project Title: MANAGERS OF DREAMS – The Future of Financial Services & Money

Description: The financial services industry constitutes an important service to economies but recently has been the cause of much woe and misfortune. A new 2014 study on the ‘Millennials’ generation showed that the financial services industry is prime for disruption: A third of ‘Millennials’ believed they’ll be able to live a bank-free existence in the future, banks were among their top hated brands and viewed these financial institutions as irrelevant. A technological revolution coupled with the loss of trust and the demands of a new generation are set to transform the players and tools available to this industry. This report will explore the current trends and new players affecting its transformation, and will examine the future trends, features, and business models of the financial services sector.

Project Title: The Future of Content, Media, Entertainment & Knowledge

Description: In the modern world, there is more content than available time to consume it. With the advent of the content explosion, this issue poses diverse social and economic problems. As content and information have grown ever more abundant and universally accessible, attention limits our ability to consume them. This paper looks at the way in which technological and paradigmatic advances in information and content are affecting how we give and compete for attention, and how information and knowledge must be organised, produced, marketed and consumed in the future.

Project Title: ENERGROWTH – The Future of Global Energy

Description: Around ¾ of our oil fuel is used in transportation, and around ¾ of our electricity powers buildings. The remainder of both runs factories. So radical improvements in transportation, buildings, and factories in a variety of areas can help to reduce our reliance on oil and gas. We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply. This requires proliferation of hefty technological change – but also requires some pretty significant and deep paradigm shifts in the way that society conceptualises and frames issues around energy and power; socially, economically, and politically. In order to reinvent the industry, we must reinvent our thinking too. This report will cover the technologies and paradigms needed to facilitate a shift towards far more efficient energy usage (not solely production, but consumption also) in 2050.

Project Title: HUMANOPOLIS – Sustainable Humans = Sustainable Cities

Description: With the global population set to reach around 9 billion by 2040, the question of how to ensure decent quality of living for this vast number of people, without jeopardizing the capabilities for future generations becomes paramount. What are some of the emerging trends and technologies in modern cities which can be used to help promote a sustainable future for humans? This report examines key urban sustainability issues, and presents future business models and innovations which will help combat them in the future. Re-inventing cities will also mean re-inventing how humans consume, learn, work and live.

Project Title: TO CARE OR NOT TO CARE – The Future of Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Description: R2P is a United Nations initiative established in 2005. It is an emerging ideal which exerts that sovereignty is not a right, but rather entails responsibilities for states to provide protection and security for their populations. This report will analyse the current state of R2P and its history, failures and successes, and also identify the barriers and issues currently hindering R2P initiatives, as well as explore key recommendations required in order to advance this critical humanitarian concept.

Project Title: Re-inventing Growth: How to merge growth and sustainability to create a better future

Description: Modern economic and business thought is about growth almost at any cost. With sustainability quickly becoming a serious obstacle to the future of mankind, growth as a strategic concept has to be redefined and re-invented. This report aims to redefine the concept of growth by merging it with sustainability. The short term, unsustainable solutions employed by businesses everywhere, are quickly becoming problematic in this increasingly unstable and complex world – understanding how to merge business model innovation and sustainability should be at the core of future business strategy.

Project Title: 70% WATER: PLANET OCEAN – Redefining how we Perceive our Oceans, our World and Ourselves

Description: Our lives and economies depend on a healthy ocean. When we saw our planet from space for the first time, we did not call it the “brown planet,” or the “green planet.” Earth’s place in our solar system is as the “blue planet,” with 70% of its surface being covered by water. The Oceans form the majority of our planet, yet are often not widely considered to be a major element of sustainability in the overall public eye. Understanding the issues and future challenges facing the future governance of our oceans is paramount to sustainable development. This report will explain why the oceans are critical to our future and what can be done to advance governance of these crucial human resource.

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