As new energy sources are discovered, they follow roughly the same curve. The big story of the 2000’s was “how does cheap storage impact your project”. I think the story for the next decade will be “how does cheap energy impact your project”?

As new energy sources are discovered, they follow roughly the same curve. The big story of the 2000’s was “how does cheap storage impact your project”. I think the story for the next decade will be “how does cheap energy impact your project”?

Evolution of Your Desk - Wired (by way of the Harvard Innovation Lab)
The Pew Research Center does it again with this fascinating study on the affects of marriage on a whole host of demographics, gender, ethnicity, college education, etc. I thought this table on the education shift of never married men and women was especially telling.
In the 1960’s women were faced with a hard choice between higher education and marriage (31% of post-graduate educated women never marry where as only 7% of high school educated women never marry). Now, around 20% of women will never marry, and it doesn’t matter their education level. Men, on the other hand, have seen a demographic divide over marriage an education. The higher your level of education, the more likely you are to marry. Now, fully 25% of high school educated men will never marry, where as only 14% of post-graduate educated men will never marry. 

"There are 77 never-married men ages 25 to 34 with post-graduate degrees for every 100 women with similar educational credentials. 

The Pew Research Center does it again with this fascinating study on the affects of marriage on a whole host of demographics, gender, ethnicity, college education, etc. I thought this table on the education shift of never married men and women was especially telling.

In the 1960’s women were faced with a hard choice between higher education and marriage (31% of post-graduate educated women never marry where as only 7% of high school educated women never marry). Now, around 20% of women will never marry, and it doesn’t matter their education level. Men, on the other hand, have seen a demographic divide over marriage an education. The higher your level of education, the more likely you are to marry. Now, fully 25% of high school educated men will never marry, where as only 14% of post-graduate educated men will never marry. 

"There are 77 never-married men ages 25 to 34 with post-graduate degrees for every 100 women with similar educational credentials. 

Last week we posted an population study showing Africa would triple in size in the next 100 years to 3.1 Billion people. When the governments of countries with that kind of explosive population growth aren’t stable or resourceful enough to lay down infrastructure to those growing communities, what do you do? As this Wired Article points out, one option is to, literally, rise above the roadblocks with drones.  
The adoption rate of cellular technology in Africa demonstrates that it’s people are hungry for technology, communication and connection. Imagine using lightweight cargo drones to connect rural African towns to pass goods and information. Countries wouldn’t need to invest as much in infrastructure to reap the benefits of cheap and willing labor or previously untapped natural resources. 
As you develop your projects, can you imagine a way they could be used by these rural populations as the technology to connect them to the global community emerges?

Last week we posted an population study showing Africa would triple in size in the next 100 years to 3.1 Billion people. When the governments of countries with that kind of explosive population growth aren’t stable or resourceful enough to lay down infrastructure to those growing communities, what do you do? As this Wired Article points out, one option is to, literally, rise above the roadblocks with drones.  

The adoption rate of cellular technology in Africa demonstrates that it’s people are hungry for technology, communication and connection. Imagine using lightweight cargo drones to connect rural African towns to pass goods and information. Countries wouldn’t need to invest as much in infrastructure to reap the benefits of cheap and willing labor or previously untapped natural resources. 

As you develop your projects, can you imagine a way they could be used by these rural populations as the technology to connect them to the global community emerges?

Africa’s population will at least triple by 2100, reaching 3.1 billion and possibly as high as 5.7 billion. The population of Nigeria, currently 160 million people, could rise to 1.5 billion and overtake China as the world’s most populous nation

World Population Unlikely to Stop Growing this Century

In order to predict our future, sometimes we have to look back our past. We need to know where we’ve come from, to see what future trajectories we might headed toward.The Pew Research Center released a Collection of the 10 Studies that have most appropriately demonstrated the global trends of the last 10 years.
The graphic above shows the changing demographics of the 60 years and where we’re headed for the next 40. They key here, is to see the flattening of demographics, the peaks representing previous population booms seem to smooth out over time to a more homogeneous population age spread.
Have you considered how changes in future demographics and attitudes might affect your project?

In order to predict our future, sometimes we have to look back our past. We need to know where we’ve come from, to see what future trajectories we might headed toward.The Pew Research Center released a Collection of the 10 Studies that have most appropriately demonstrated the global trends of the last 10 years.

The graphic above shows the changing demographics of the 60 years and where we’re headed for the next 40. They key here, is to see the flattening of demographics, the peaks representing previous population booms seem to smooth out over time to a more homogeneous population age spread.

Have you considered how changes in future demographics and attitudes might affect your project?

xkcd always manages to remain relevant.

xkcd always manages to remain relevant.

Children are among the most savvy of technology users. They’ve grown up surrounded by tablets, smart phones, apps, and the internet as a whole. They are keen observers and willing consumers of the latest, newest, coolest technology. This NY Times article “Toward a Childproof Internet" describes a new round of tech companies who are looking to develop applications specifically aimed at child consumers. For example, Norwegian company Kuddle is looking to introduce an Instagram-like photo sharing application designed specifically for children.
While I’m all for kid friendly technology, I think these new applications raise a larger question, why aren’t companies including use cases for children into their basic design?  Instagram should be considering children as one of their primary users and designing filters and content aimed specifically at them. Kids will only continue to be a larger and larger portion of the marketplace. Have you considered how children might use and consume the projects you manage?

Children are among the most savvy of technology users. They’ve grown up surrounded by tablets, smart phones, apps, and the internet as a whole. They are keen observers and willing consumers of the latest, newest, coolest technology. This NY Times article “Toward a Childproof Internet" describes a new round of tech companies who are looking to develop applications specifically aimed at child consumers. For example, Norwegian company Kuddle is looking to introduce an Instagram-like photo sharing application designed specifically for children.

While I’m all for kid friendly technology, I think these new applications raise a larger question, why aren’t companies including use cases for children into their basic design?  Instagram should be considering children as one of their primary users and designing filters and content aimed specifically at them. Kids will only continue to be a larger and larger portion of the marketplace. Have you considered how children might use and consume the projects you manage?

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The PM Futurist Where are we headed? What does the future hold? This blog hopes to explore these future trends in emerging technology and ask probing questions about Project Management to help us re-frame our projects to focus on what's next.



About the Author: I'm a Program Manager at the "World's Largest Startup". I'm a PMP, a Six Sigma Green Belt, I have 3 Engineering Degrees, I'm a writer, I'm a mom. Do any of these qualifications really describe a person? No. What I really am is a woman who is uniquely dedicated to exploring what the future of technology looks like and how that future is shaping Project Management.

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