Jobs adapt to societies' new challenges

Enabling motivated people to create their own

Skills are rediscovered and praised

Showing not a lack of talent but of appropriate empowerment

Frontiers are pushed daily...

Opening worlds for new pioneers

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In this section of the Blog

You will get in the know of the new trends shaping our world. You will be able to plan your projects, investments and life-long learning path ahead making sure they match the opportunities of tomorrow. 

It is Time for You to Get a Seat at the Future’s Table

 

Singinnovation

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Singapore is speeding up fast on the innovation highway and isn’t afraid to show it and share it. Lately, innovation is everywhere and we know that our industrially-based systems need to evolve. We will have to catch a wagon to this future.

More and more options align and we should indeed think of joining the right crowd to move away from an automatized past not to risk to stay still in a blurred present. We could for example joint the Innovators Network or the Innovators Institute. Through events and trainings, they assemble a community of fast-paced innovators, across sectors, and offer you a ticket to ride.

Will you participate in incarnating this new wave and make things more concrete for others?

http://www.t-i-n.co/

http://www.theinnovatorsinstitute.com/

Innovation is Everywhere

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By Martin Pasquier – a life adventurer that I am know honored to know

Innovation is Everywhere, an exploration of startups in emerging markets
 
By 2020, 3bn new people will be online, mostly from emerging markets. In the same time, countries from South America, the Middle-East, Asia and Africa are recording amazing growth rates in both economics and demographics. And, just as in the US, Europe and China, entrepreneurship and startups are on the rise there too, providing jobs for young population, new businesses, and a reason for talent and money to move there.
 
Becoming a startup hub, regionally or globally, doesn’t happen overnight, and we roam the world to understand how different countries in the emerging world are fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. What are the best practices that make talent come to a country rather than an other one? How can tax incentives and visa policy help startups to grow? How to create a successful tech ecosystem putting in conversation tech giants, gov agencies, entrepreneurs and universities? What should be the place of government and where should it stop? 
 
By exploring and analysing each country’s strategy and tactics, we want to identify the ways a startup culture can grow in different conditions. We also identify in these emerging markets what the top startups are, who the connectors of the local tech scenes are and what are the pros and cons of setting a startup there. Today, cities, countries and regions all compete for talent, and it’s important to know what will be the next Silicon Valleys.
 
In 2013-2014, we have reported on 8 countries, and starting in August 2014, we’ll be covering 20 countries in all continents thanks a small team of fixers (in Nigeria, Lebanon, Portugal, Chile and Singapore), and add new products from our exploration. We act as a media, with most of what we see being published in articles accessible to anyone, and we provide custom research and services for companies and investors interested in fast-growing markets.
 
You can follow us on www.innovationiseverywhere.com

Techparadise hello!

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My brain instantly felt motivated as I entered the Singtel Innovation and Development department. What a treat! All the last technologies made by the ICT giant for healthcare and education available right in front of me.

I reached heaven when I got to try the new headset that analyzes your brain waves and will power to make a strawberry fly on the screen in front of you. What a great tools to help children with ADD to focus and learn better!

They understood that people today need to become savvy by themselves but to also be connected to the world. They look for every positive impact possible of technology on peoples lives. They work with the Singaporean governments to improve their interfaces with its citizens. They work with banks to develop highly secured services. They work with universities to enable students to map opportunities on the job market.

Thanks to Singtel, Singapore wants to become a smart nation. Sounds like paradise right? Wondering if it has a price… Surely, by submitting your own ideas and proposals to use Singtel’s technology you could contribute to make sure this race goes the right way. If you idea is good you will even be able to join their great incubator Innov8. Try their “Future-Back” approach, start from your dream back to reality and pave the way. Big names are also behind you and somehow, that’s comforting!

http://innov8.singtel.com/

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21st Century Talent Spotting – by Harvard

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Spotted by Anthony Tige, Project Consultant FLIP @ PSE – Cambodia

=> A new article directly from Harvard on talent spotting in the 21st century

“Basically, the key idea of the article is that the world (and therefore what is expected of employees) is changing so fast and becoming so complex that “having the potential to learn new skills and to adapt to changes and new situations is even more important, for a manager, than having the right skills for his current position as it is now”. It gives some clues about how one can spot people with such “adaptation qualities and ability to fit in ever changing roles” (potential as they say) and nurture these people so that they can grow and express their talent.”

If you don’t want to get stuck in the 20th century, read it quick : http://hbr.org/2014/06/21st-century-talent-spotting/ar/1 

Singapore, the schooled nation

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Once upon a time, some people thought of creating the educational paradise and so they tried – in Singapore!

The city-country is famous worldwide for its very good levels on Pisa reports and so on, but I never imagined that education would take such a big and central place on a national agenda. Soon, I understood that Singapore lacks natural resources and therefore absolutely needs to enhance its human capital to be productive, competitive and stay up front. So the government has been, and still is, massively involved in creating the best possible educational ecosystem. They fund national universities, they give budgets to schools to pay for entrepreneurship/community service/financial literacy/etc. programs to complement the core curriculum, they enable youth centers to be created, they support the very energetic startup scene that is emerging, … Money isn’t a problem – sometimes investments are clearly made without enough assessment or social impact measurement, but overall it provides many great opportunities to citizens. And they are all very much concerned by this issue, making education one of the key values in Singaporean families. Parents pay for « tuition » (private tutoring) for their precious kids to be the best. Children and youngsters work very hard and non-stop to improve their curriculum, get awards, master new skills, and expand their competences. But there are downsides to this first very appealing portrait: many suicides, ngos needed to help young people find hobbies, lack of empathy and need for community service programs, etc.

Education seems to serve bigger interests than the ones of the individuals who often seem lost in this competitive environment. They do not know how or why to learn which, in the end, could be a real problem when companies and state departments will need to innovate. Hopefully, many young entrepreneurs are leading the sector towards a more balanced situation by creating innovative startups, incubators and apps to help young people enjoy learning and define purpose. (Detail of projects in following posts)

Singapore appears as a highly dynamic place to start building educational initiatives: there is financial support, very talented partners and collaborators, incredible intercultural spirit to enrich your project, vision for the future, a “hungry” market and playful competition. Singapore could be a great open door for the ones interested in making it in Asia. Almost no excuses to miss out!

 

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