Institute for the Future

46 Years and Counting …

The Institute for the Future has 46 years of forecasts on which to reflect. We’re based in California’s Silicon Valley—a community at the crossroads of technological innovation, social experimentation, and global interchange. Founded in 1968 by a group of former RAND Corporation researchers with a grant from the Ford Foundation to take leading-edge research methodologies into the public and business sectors, IFTF is committed to building the future by understanding it deeply.
Take a look at their web page, there are interesting reads and infographics about the future

Skills + Competencies needed in the research field

Objectives 2020
Research policies are central to domestic growth and international competitive strategies. From “Lisbon” to “Bologna” and throughout the construction of the European Research Area, the knowledge economy and the knowledge society have repeatedly been cited as major challenges for the coming years.
Other issues, key to predicting the outcome of current changes in the needs of the research world, include changes in education systems and increasing profesionalization of research work, job appeal, and mobility and career management. In this context, APEC (Management Jobs Association) and Deloitte Consulting decided to conduct a joint international survey on the skills and competencies needed in research-related jobs within the next 10 years. For the first time, a forward-looking international study presents the vision and expectations of researchers and research managers with regard to skills and competencies.
This study addresses six key questions: What are the main trends in the changing organisation of research? What skills and competencies are currently sought after in a researcher? Which are specific to a junior researcher and which to an experienced researcher? How will they change over the next 10 years? What is the current degree of proficiency of these skills? What actions and strategies have been introduced or are planned to produce, attract and retain researchers? This study therefore addresses a wide audience: PhD students, researchers and research personnel, recruitment and career management professionals in every type of organisation (laboratory, business, university department, etc.), professors, newly qualified researchers, and executives keen to exercise their talents in the research world.

Learning from the Extremes

A report that outlines four basic strategies governments in the developed and developing world can pursue to meet these challenges: improve, reinvent, supplement and transform schools and learning.
Interesting to read and think about