The world is changing.
This was the case about 1 million years ago, when people started to light fires. And it is certainly true for today. The difference for us, however, is that we now have a fairly good understanding of fire. However, the digital transformation and the associated density of innovation presents us with numerous challenges now and in the future. In the last 15 years alone, technological developments have fundamentally changed our daily lives. For some, eBooks, navigation devices, video streaming, voice recognition, cloud computing, instant messaging, autonomous cars, private space travel, AI-controlled factories, robots, smart phones, smart homes, smart cities and smart factories are all part of everyday life. But what is technically possible has meanwhile outstripped what is socially possible. We are wondering, what needs to be true to make our world future proof.
In this blog we deal with these developments and their impact on our coexistence. What does it mean for us as a society when content from anywhere in the world can be stored in the cloud and retrieved from anywhere else. When communication can be operated synchronously and asynchronously via completely different channels without losses and delays. When the prosperity of society is no longer directly linked to the labour force of a society. And when information, regardless of relevance, truthfulness and moral filters, can quickly spread worldwide.
Personally, we are big proponents of digitization, mobility, industry 4.0 and all other technological trends that are currently being hunted by the media. Measured in terms of the spread of war, hunger and disease, we are doing better than ever before in history. And in our naive opinion, most current developments have the potential to drive this positive trend forward. But there are also pessimistic voices. Is life becoming more impersonal? Are parts of society being abandoned? Are terror, fear and social coldness favoured by Amazon, Facebook and the like?
We believe that all these questions are justified. That is why we would like to deal with it. We want to understand the causes and take a look at possible solutions. At the same time, each of us has a very personal view of the future:
The future of work
Gregor Ilg joined etventure in 2013. As Head of Product he deals with new product ideas, technologies and trends on a daily basis. Much of this concerns concrete problems which, objectively speaking, are not always of general interest. But there are still new, innovative ideas in small and large scale, which can be thought about independently of the concrete project work.
Everyone is talking about “digital transformation”. And it polarizes. What happens to our working environment in the face of change? It not only breaks down traditional jobs, but the entire structure. Co-Working Spaces, Click Worker, Digital Nomads, Generation Y and in between a couple of robots, who are supposed to pay income tax in the future. Where is this going to lead? From current methodologies to perspectives on the future of employment (or New Work) Gregor deals with everything that has to do with the future of work. #NewWork #Product Management #Agile
The future of education
Andreas Broby Ilg worked as a self-employed entrepreneur for four years after graduating as a teacher. Here he learned that all too often human interests have to submit to economic goals. He experienced the ups and downs of entrepreneurship with all its pros and cons. In 1997 he changed his professional field and still works as a teacher in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Born in Copenhagen, he has been teaching students in a Danish market project for 10 years now everything about the land of islands and bridges, what children want to know about it and also teaches Danish as the second foreign language.
After a burnout, among other things as a result of a problematic social interaction and conversation culture at his school, he felt the urge to make a difference in his life. Since then, he has worked intensively on what a sustainable life could look like in the future. His main topic is, of course, education.
How to develop team spirit for a safe feeling in community or class? What qualities should a teacher have so that children follow him as friends and not for fear of bad marks or punishment? What is the best way to collect children and young people and prepare them for the challenges of a new digital society? What goals should education have in the future? #Sustainability #Attention #Diversity #Openess #Values #Honesty
Future of the world
Last but not least, the current developments naturally also have a very personal influence on us and our environment. Certainly, in some cases driven by digitalisation, the topics here go far beyond that. There are many exciting initiatives and ideas that deal with the modern world. Economically, politically, culturally and socially. We would like to look at these topics and compare them with our very own perspectives. We want to get a feeling for where the journey is going and if possible we want to travel with you. #FutureProof
But no matter how diverse the topics are. And even if they are objective in nature and perhaps have little coherence, there is a principle underlying this whole project:
Only when you are clear about the “why”, you have a good chance to find the right “how”.