Winning in A Complex World – The Generalist Advantage
Every day, we are confronted with radical uncertainty. To cut through the noise of our complex, interconnected world, we have increasingly come to rely on hyper-specialized experts. The result is that we live in a world that prizes expertise and specialization above all else. The trend toward specialization has helped us to solve important problems, but what if the pendulum has swung too far? Vikram thinks it has – and it’s impacted our ability to manage risk, navigate disruption and uncover hidden opportunities.
Don’t Let the Future Surprise You – Spotting Bubbles Before They Burst
Vikram contends the ability to identify financial (and other) bubbles before they burst is easier if you step outside your expertise. Narrow focus can lead to tunnel vision. Instead, it’s best to look broadly through multiple lenses – to art markets, architecture, popular culture, economics, politics and more. In this speech Vikram empowers audiences with practical tools and assures them that they don’t need to be an expert to effectively anticipate the future.
The Forthcoming Consumption Boom – Why Everything Is About to Change
Every day, the media trumpets warnings of a global economic slowdown. The price of oil and other commodities have crashed, damaging emerging and developed economies alike that depend on them to be high. In a world of persistently low interest rates and easy money, people have struggled to find good investments. The IMF has downgraded its global growth forecasts.
The End of Cheap Food – A Forecast
Food is emerging as one of the future’s most volatile assets. Political, economic, climatic and societal change all factor into the equation. Vikram shows why the era of cheap food may soon be over and describes the geo-political and geo-economic ramifications of this possibility – from Wall Street to Pudong. The implications of land grabs, fertilizer availability, climate change, water scarcity, and price-related food (in)security will have profound impact on our world.
Global Dis-Integration: Threat or Opportunity
Political upheavals are signaling a widespread rejection of globalization. And it’s not just happening in the North Atlantic. Nationalist figures are popping up the world over. Meanwhile, global trade growth has been slowing. What’s driving these seismic shifts, and how should we navigate the great uncertainty they generate? Global trend-spotter Vikram Mansharamani takes audiences on a tour of global economic and political chaos, outlining the deeper forces—demographic, cultural, and technological – driving the unrest. In doing so, he gives audiences the tools to identify both risks and opportunities in a world of dis-integrating business. And, challenging the pessimism that this story might prompt, Mansharamani concludes by describing a long-run reason for hope: the rise of the global middle class.
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