Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The sharing economy should be renamed

I'm all for the sharing economy. I am sure that mobilizing idle resources and sharing them is a way to create more value for less. But parts of the sharing economy is rapidly moving away from the local, person-to-person exchange with an emphasis on the social value of interaction. Instead, some services are becoming billion dollar companies, which happen to operate platforms for sharing, but are driven with a much stronger emphasis or even a starting point in accumulating money.

I think that coordinating exchanges is a perfectly valid business model, but the ideological facade is starting to look a bit deceptive. My inner cynic rises when I see videos like this one, from Peers.org - it's pretty thick, IMHO:

I am not alone in feeling that the "sharing" part of this new economy might be a misleading word. Personally, I prefer the "We-economy" or "The participatory economy".
Tom Slee, a Canadian blogger, regularly writes scathing posts describing what he sees as the hypocrisy and even sinister aspects of the sharing economy.
The tone is a bit harsh, but I'm with him for long stretches:
Check his post: Why the sharing economy isn't
or: Some obvious things about internet reputation systems

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hvad vil du leve af, når robotterne overtager dig arbejde?

Jeg anmeldte Brynjolfsson og McAfee's glimrende bog "The Second Machine Age" i Politiken. Den er bestemt værd at læse. Det er et af de store paradokser vi står overfor: Vi udvikler os derhen, hvor vi selv (eller rettere: størstedelen af os) bliver overflødige. 
Det kunne være rart at have en håndfuld troværdige forslag til løsninger.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Video-foredrag om scenarie-metoden


I forbindelse med “Young Digitals” arrangementet i Sønderborg indspillede jeg fornylig et videoklip, hvor jeg forklarer den grundlæggende metode bag scenarier - et af fremtidsforskningens væsentligste værktøjer. 

I det her tilfælde handler det om at undersøge udsigterne for brugen af teknologi i fremtidens undervisningen, men scenarie-metoden kan bruges til alt mulig andet. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Suddenly, money doesn't work

The Dankort system, the almost universal card payment system in Denmark, is down this morning. It’s mindboggling to think of all the small and large disruptions this creates – paying for transportation for instance.

It’s striking that with such large systems, you get equally large disruptions. Suddenly, in a glitch, money in general is out of order. That’s huge. Enough to make you consider carrying cash around. But then again, you can’t pay for a train ticket using cash at my station.  

Scaling your business in China - how to handle growth

In the Universe Foundation’s “Suitable for Growth”-project, we just published the latest issue of our newsletter on business in China. This time we focus on Scaling: What happens when you start growing? How do you keep in control, what kind of organization do you need, what are the dangers that can get you into trouble?

Good advice from the CEO’s of Radiometer and House of Amber.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Robert Reich on Inequality for all

Robert Reich continues to deliver some of the most lucid analysis of the economic development. In this funny and thought provoking speech in the Commonwealth club of California he discusses the theme of his recent film, Inequality for all.
You ought to hear it. 

CEO of GE Healthcare discusses the need for frugal innovation

The CEO of GE division for healthcare, John Dineen, gave a very interesting keynote speech at the recent World Innovation Summit for Healthcare in Qatar. You can see the videorecording at the WISH website.
Among his observations were that GE traditionally has focused on taking their devices to the next level technically. But now they need to be as concerned about bringing costs down and making their products accessable in emerging markets. The coming years will be about Quality, cost and access, Dineen said. He also said that GE needs to be both clinically and economically relevant.

An example of a lower cost product from GE is a new orthopaedic MR scanner, which only scans limbs, so patients are not completely inserted in the scanner. It’s much more compact, less intimidating to the patients, and the price is $500.000 – rather than $2 million for a full blown MR scanner.

Another example is the smartphone sized V-scan, a battery driven, handheld and extremely easy to operate scanner, which sells for around 8.000 euros. It’s sold to doctors that do house calls in Japan, as well as to midwives working in African villages.
John Dineen observed, that selling to emerging markets means that GE needs to change their business model from simply selling devices, to taking part in creating an entire local eco-system of trained personal, maintenance, electrical charging etc.