What developments and trends can we expect in the year 2016/2017 – according to the Chinese The Year of the Monkey and the Year of the Rooster respectively – and how will these trends transform business life and earnings models in the coming years? How will these trends influence entrepreneur, consumer and society alike? Using his annual trend books Bakas takes the public for a glimpse of the near future that is tangible, recognizable and yet surprising. Don’t expect Bakas to leave you in your ‘comfort zone’.
In Holland at least 97% of businesses are SMEs. Collectively SMEs are responsible for 47.5% of Dutch turnover and of those businesses with their own R&D activities 97% are SMEs. No-one talks about entrepreneurial enterprise as a life style, and yet that is exactly what it is. Bakas has developed this lecture, based on the book of the same title, for entrepreneurial associations and for customer relations meetings organized by banks and accountants who provide services to SMEs. Bakas is very familiar with the SME model, not least because he is the Shadow Minister for Innovation in the shadow cabinet of the ONL entrepreneurial association.
Capitalism is the best thing ever invented by mankind. It is thanks to capitalism that humankind have been able to develop and grow more in 500 years than in the preceding 5000. We are living longer and in better conditions, we are richer (even the poorer are better off), we can put in place amazing innovations and in our current knowledge based economy we have access to unimaginable stocks of knowledge and information. Whatever is next?
In the coming 10 to 15 years at least 80 percent of people will lose their current job, according to the well-respected Singularity University. New jobs will replace existing jobs. There has been a historic trend towards a shorter working week; from 70 hours in 1850 to 35 hours currently. This trend is set to continue to include a re-distribution of paid and unpaid work in the participation society of the future, with the right to a minimum of 1 day’s paid work per week as an alternative to the minimum wage and state benefits. The future of work is going to look radically different from what people now think.