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5 Trends That Will Shape Small Business in 2013 - OPEN Forum. Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2012. Shhhh... don't tell CoverGirl! At 55, Ellen DeGeneres is looking better than ever. She looks even more radiant and youthful than she did when she was years younger! Many have tried to discover her secret: is it botox, face lifts, or just good lighting? The truth is much simpler (and cheaper!) Science & Environment - Cities: How crowded life is changing us. More than half the world’s population are concentrated in urban areas, and this is having an effect not just culturally, but biologically too.

And advances in technology are adding an entirely new dimension to people’s lives. Cities cover just 3% of the planet's land surface, but are already home to more than half of its people . That means cities are bringing people into ever greater contact, where collectively they act as a giant physical, biological and cultural force. Transport links and communication between cities, from superhighways to express trains and planes, allow businesses to operate planet-wide, shrinking the human world and making the global local.

Loyalty & New Media / Millenials- repinned by How the always connected generation might shake out by 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC] About the Writer :: Linda Fox Linda Fox is deputy editor for Tnooz.

How the always connected generation might shake out by 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC]

For the past six years she has worked as a freelance journalist across a range of B2B titles including Travolution, ABTA Magazine, Travelmole and the Business Travel Magazine. In this time she has also undertaken corporate projects for a number of high profile travel technology, travel management and research companies. Altimeter’s Four Disruption Themes for Business. Jeremiah: This was initially posted on the official Altimeter blog, which I’m now cross-posting here on Web Strategy.

Altimeter’s Four Disruption Themes for Business

The Future Shopper Report from The Futures Company. The Future of Sales. Handing the Keys to Gen Y. In recent years, many have focused on the challenges of Gen Y, the latest generation of workers to arrive in and begin to reshape the workplace.

Handing the Keys to Gen Y

For me, they aren’t of merely academic interest. The Next Phase of Social Business is the Collaborative Economy. Above Image: Market Opportunities for the Collaborative Economy by Vertical, from Sharable Magazine follow them on Twitter.

The Next Phase of Social Business is the Collaborative Economy

What’s the next phase of Social Business? That’s the question I’m frequently asked. Without a doubt, the next phase is the Collaborative Economy. [Collaborative Economy is next phase of social. Social networks share ideas, yet collaborative economy shares products & services] Does Car Sharing Really Reduce Vehicle Ownership? With rapid growth and significant user communities, the car sharing industry in North America has been hailed as a solution to traffic, parking, and pollution problems in urban areas.

Does Car Sharing Really Reduce Vehicle Ownership?

Supporters say that with enough convenient and affordable ways to rent a car when they need it, people will find owning a vehicle to be redundant, and eventually choose to go car free. With companies like Zipcar leading the way, the car sharing industry has quickly gone global, branching out into peer-to-peer avenues and community-centric solutions. There's no denying that these services meet an urban need and have potential for significant economic and environmental improvements, but the question remains: does car sharing really mean less cars on the road? Researchers at the University of California recently published the results of a nationwide survey of over 6,200 carsharing members designed to answer that and other pressing questions about this new industry. Key Findings: Dare To Imagine. 5 Tips to Claim Your Identity in the Sharing Economy. Social and mobile are driving a cultural shift that organisations can't ignore. « Petite Poucette », pour Michel Serres la jeune génération va tout réinventer 

Les nouvelles technologies vont encore modifier la vie et la pensée de l’homme dans les décennies à venir.

« Petite Poucette », pour Michel Serres la jeune génération va tout réinventer 

Et la jeune génération, « qui va devoir tout réinventer », a, selon « l’optimiste et/ou lucide » philosophe des sciences Michel Serres, les moyens de relever ce défi. Se mettant à la place de ses deux petits enfants passés maîtres dans l’usage des téléphones-ordinateurs portables à clavier grâce à leur agilité poucière – d’où le titre–, le professeur de Stanford bouscule les notions d’autorité, de savoir, de pouvoir… Les élèves sont détenteurs du savoir Désormais, professeurs et médecins, autrefois détenteurs d’un savoir propre, doivent reconnaître que leurs élèves ou patients sont aussi des sachants, ce que Michel Serres appelle la « présomption de compétence ».

La « civilisation de l’accès » Une nouvelle capacité acquise grâce à l’outil numérique, Internet et les réseaux sociaux. D’une « société du spectacle à sens unique », on passe à une société pédagogique. How 'Millennials' Are Changing Food as We Know It. Génération Y : les trentenaires peuvent-ils encore changer le monde. Les trentenaires sont bien moins insouciants qu'on pourrait le penser.

Génération Y : les trentenaires peuvent-ils encore changer le monde

Rewriting the playbook for “Generation We” If you look up Generation Y in Wikipedia, you'll find it referred to as 'Generation We' — a generation "generally marked by an increased use of communications, media, and digital technologies".

Rewriting the playbook for “Generation We”

So what are the implications of this generational shift for today's marketer? To stay relevant, it means we need to re-write the entire playbook.The best marketers are taking this phenomenon to the bank by using a powerful combination of social, mobile, and digital technology to tap into and connect with this new generation. The 3 main expectations customers have for social companies. Originally published on Social Business News As the world becomes more and more dependent on social media, brands are now using platforms like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with their customers.

The 3 main expectations customers have for social companies

Marketing is no longer the most important way to reach customers on these networks, and social customer service is quickly becoming a useful – and necessary – tool to meet customer expectations. La génération y fait mentir les clichés. Gen Y loves Instagram: A youth movement for Facebook? Gen Y loves Instagram according to a recent study published by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Gen Y loves Instagram: A youth movement for Facebook?

In fact 67% of 18-29 year old internet users surveyed are what Pew calls image “creators.” This is a big deal. Forget Owning. Let’s Share! Share it! When access trumps ownership By Gioia Deucher, Head of Startup Services at swissnex San Francisco.

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The Sharing Economy. [Entretien exclu] Médias sociaux, communauté, technologie : la vision de Brian Solis. Z Generation. Geek. Female geeks. Green affluents. Connected Consumer. Smart buyers. Millennials.