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Urbanization, technology, demographics, and globalization are shaping a new reality

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I have written a number of articles and blog posts on the impact of technology on our personal and business lives. But wait! Technology does not operate in isolation. Economics and “people” issues allow emerging technologies to succeed or fail. Technology plus other forces are creating a new reality faster than you can say “latest iPhone release.”

The world economy’s operating system is being rewritten. In the new book No Ordinary Disruption, its authors explain the trends reshaping the world and why leaders must adjust to a new reality.

Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, and Jonathan Woetzel speak of four global forces that are shaping a new reality.

  1. The age of urbanization.
  2. Accelerating technological change.
  3. Challenges of an aging world.
  4. Greater global connections.

The infographics below paint a clear picture. For further information, read The four global forces breaking all trends.

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

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Author: Jill Barson Gilbert

Founder, President & CEO of Lexicon Systems, LLC, an independent management consulting firm in Houston, TX. Thought leader on environment, health & safety (EHS) and sustainability software. Trusted advisor on strategic planning and strategic marketing issues.

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