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The Factories of the Past are Turning into the Data Centers of the Future

Here's how our data-rich lives will transform our physical and social landscapes.
Graham Pickren | Roosevelt University

We live in a data-driven world. From social media to smart cities to the Internet of things, we now generate huge volumes of information about nearly every detail of life. This has revolutionized everything from business to government to the pursuit of romance. We tend to focus our attention on what is new about the […]

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Can E-Commerce and Sustainability Co-Exist?

A successful company is a sustainable company, which also allows it to keep up with the e-commerce boom.
Greg Brown | UPS

Technology is transforming the retail landscape as we know it. According to Forrester, U.S. online retail sales are anticipated to exceed $520 billion by 2020. Globally, online sales are growing three times faster than GDP. Increasingly, online shopping is being combined with traditional shopping trips to brick-and-mortar stores. According to the 2016 UPS Pulse of the […]

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6 Issues That Will Shape the EU in 2017

The EU reflects on past issues to identify challenges and opportunities in 2017.
Carl Bildt | European Council on Foreign Relations

A year ago in Davos, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Europe published a short report: Europe: What to watch out for in 2016-2017. We noted that the EU “seems to be moving from one emergency to the next” and that “Europeans have taken their eyes off more profound long-term challenges.” We concluded […]

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Smashing the Glass Ceiling: 6 Davos Leaders Explain How They Did It

How to successfully move past stereotypes in the workplace.
Stéphanie Thomson | World Economic Forum

When it comes to closing the gender gap, we’ve made an immense amount of progress in a relatively short amount of time. But we’re nowhere near where we need to be. According to the latest Gender Gap Report, worldwide we’ve managed to close only 59 percent economic participation and 23 percent in politics. In some regions, it could take […]

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A Better Way: Leadership, Technology and Prosperity

How we can use tech innovation for the good of all people.

In March 2004, a comedy of errors unfolded in the Mojave Desert. The DARPA Grand Challenge offered a million-dollar prize for any self-driving car that could complete a 240-kilometer course. The best performer didn’t even make it 12 kilometers before coming off the road at a hairpin turn and getting stuck on an embankment. One […]

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Sustainable Production Could Take Us to Mars

Sustainable thinking could open the door to a new world.
Wayne Visser | University of Cambridge

In September 2016, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that we could have human missions to Mars as soon as 2022. One side effect – apart from pushing the frontiers of space travel – is that such missions will challenge us to design and perfect various systems of sustainable production. The reason is quite simple: Mars […]

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A Call For Responsive and Responsible Leadership

Why trust, sensitivity and empathy are the leadership qualities of the future.
Klaus Schwab | World Economic Forum

Leaders have to be responsive and responsible. They must understand that we are living in a world marked by uncertainty, volatility and deep transformational changes. Many people are living in precarious situations and searching for identity and meaning in a fast-changing world. They want to regain their sense of purpose. It requires courage and commitment […]

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Global Trade and Conservation Can Work Together

Countries can be competitive in global trade without racing to the bottom in their environmental standards.
Matt Burgess | University of California

Rob Williams | University of St. Andrews

The United States is the world’s largest seafood importer, purchasing about $20 billion worth every year. It is also a global leader in seafood sustainability, with some of the world’s strongest laws and policies designed to prevent both overfishing of target species and incidental harms to other species. One of the major global challenges to harvesting […]

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Fighting Blindness in the Heart of Africa

Here's why better logistics can often solve the greatest healthcare challenges.

Trachoma, a painful bacterial infection, has blinded roughly 6 million people, forcing the afflicted to pursue unimaginable methods for relief. They take sandpaper to their own eyes. Trachoma is also a completely treatable disease that a simple antibiotic can cure. Yet the problem rages on in poor communities throughout the world that lack access to […]

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What We Loved at CES 2017

Here’s what caught our attention at the year’s largest tech summit – and what could become part of everyday life in the near future.
Dave Roegge | UPS

Convenience was the hot item at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with everything – including the kitchen sink – designed to make our lives easier and better. This year’s smart devices were even smarter, artificial intelligence was more intelligent and virtual reality looked, well, more real. As expected, drones were one of the big […]

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5 Industries That Will Be Completely Transformed by IoT

The true promise of IoT is massive connectivity across industries, but can it deliver?
Jennifer Alsever | Wired Brand Lab

Contrary to popular belief, the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is not just about your alarm clock knowing when you leave the house or your thermostat adjusting the heat upon your return. Yes, these technological advancements offer myriad possibilities, but IoT technology is so much more than a connected light bulb — it’s […]

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How Knowledge-Based Analytics Can Drive Drug Discovery

Knowledge and data analytics will fuel the next frontier in healthcare.
Louisa Roberts | IBM Watson Health

Data-driven analytics is far from a new concept in healthcare. From improving population health and disease management to advancing precision medicine initiatives, data-driven analytics have laid the foundation for more targeted care for decades. But in today’s information-overloaded environment, where the data is only as powerful as the insights generated from it, the key actually […]

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Generation Z in the Workplace: 4 Tips for Future Employers

An award-winning roboticist – and high school junior – offers advice to employers who will soon hire Gen Z workers.
Anna Nixon | STEM4Girls

Anna Nixon is seemingly tireless. She’s the co-founder of an educational nonprofit. She’s an award-winning roboticist with more than nine years’ experience. She’s an accomplished conference speaker and a teacher. And one more thing: She’s a high school junior. At 16, Nixon has received more accolades than most will in their entire professional careers. Most […]

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Closing the MRO Gaps

Companies that sell spare parts, chemicals and other maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies are scrambling to adapt to evolving customer expectations.

Manufacturing long-lasting equipment — think industrial machinery — can be a profitable business, especially for those who understand their markets and customers best. But the real profit opportunity comes after the machinery is sold. That’s because equipment owners typically spend many times the original purchase price on spare parts, chemicals and other materials required to […]

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4 Steps Toward Sustainability

Improving your company’s sustainability goals requires delving into the unknown.
Mark Wallace | UPS

Picture a 9-month-old baby attempting to walk. She toddles a few steps, stumbles and falls. If she’s ready, curious and committed, she hoists herself up again. And again. This process takes time and effort. In the same way, companies are finding their way in environmental sustainability. As consumers increasingly seek sustainable products and services, many […]

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How Blockchain Will Transform Our Cities

How will blockchain change the internet? By transforming it from an internet of information to an internet of value.
Hussein Dia | Swinburne University of Technology

Many trends on the horizon offer opportunities that could transform our cities. From self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy to cloud computing and blockchain technologies, each of these trends is quite significant on its own. But the convergence of their disruptive forces is what will create real value and drive innovations. Take blockchain and the sharing […]

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Is the Impostor Phenomenon Hurting Your Career?

Here's why you feel like you're not good enough to do your job.
Simon Watt | Frontiers Blog

Have you ever felt that you are not good enough and that someday soon someone will see through your façade of competence and expose you a fraud in your job? If so, you are not alone. This sensation of being a fake in the workplace, somehow in a position beyond one’s true capabilities is known […]

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A Digital Path to Better Healthcare

Mobile technology is laying the foundation for the future of healthcare, but it doesn't have to be flashy.
Ann Aerts | Novartis Foundation

Africa has changed remarkably, and for the better, since I first worked as a young doctor in Angola some 20 years ago. But no change has been more obvious than the way the continent has adopted mobile technology. People in Africa – and, indeed, throughout low- and middle-income countries – are seizing the opportunities that […]

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6 Ways Companies Can be Faster, Smarter and More Adaptive

What will improve business understanding during The Emergent Era?
Beth Comstock | General Electric

By the time you’ve gathered enough information to make a decision, the time to make that decision has already passed. This has been a periodic problem faced by managers for decades. And with the speed and volatility we face today, it has become our default condition. How to adapt? By taking a page from nature. […]

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What Responsive Leadership Really Means

It's not just about people in power. It's about empowerment for everyone.
Zamantungwa Khumalo | POWER FM

A few months ago, I was producing a talk radio show on one of the most popular mid-morning radio shows in Gauteng, South Africa. The first hour of the show is an open line. Listeners can reflect on some of the stories from the previous day’s headlines and share solutions to our country’s pressing challenges. An […]

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How to Click with High-Tech Online Shoppers

Here’s what we can learn from how people shopped in 2016.
Dave Roegge | UPS

It’s clear that holiday shoppers were driven by two main factors this gift-buying season: technology and convenience. According to Consumer Technology Association (CTA), 68 percent of shoppers – about 170 million people – purchased technology this year. And most of those people bought what they wanted, when and how they wanted it. In our 2016 UPS […]

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Industry Experts’ Top IoT Predictions for 2017 and Beyond

What experts from around the industry expect for IoT in the not-too-distant future.
HPE Matter | HPE

The number of connected devices is expanding at a faster pace than ever before, and it’s clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay. We spoke to top industry analysts and business leaders who shared their thoughts on where IoT is heading next year – and in the years to come. This article […]

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Improving Traceability for Better Supply Chain Performance

Choosing a solution to track and trace products can impact supply chains in multiple ways.

Many companies are striving to improve supply chain traceability in response to increasing demand from customers and government regulators for more information on product flows. The ability to accurately track the movement of products also helps companies increase the efficiency of supply chains. Researchers at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), Shah Alam, Malaysia, […]

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The Promise of Digital Finance

Mobile phones are the key to global financial inclusion.
Laura Tyson | University of California, Berkeley

Susan Lund | McKinsey Global Institute

An economic development revolution lies literally in the palm of a single hand. As mobile phones and digital technologies rapidly spread around the world, their implications for economic development, and particularly finance, have yet to be fully realized. The sooner that changes, the better for people worldwide. In emerging economies today, two billion people – […]

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The Top 10 of 2016

Our favorite Longitudes articles from this year.

At Longitudes, our mission is to provide thought-provoking content that sparks discussions on the issues and trends shaping the global economy. It’s certainly been a game-changing year for businesses and economies all over the world. As we look back on 2016, we’re eager to reflect on what we’ve learned and the stories we’ve told. These […]

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How 2017 Will Challenge and Reward Retailers

Here are five steps to get ahead for the New Year.

Cooler temperatures, seasonal hiring and final preparations for the holiday shopping season are upon us.  Before we know it, the headlines and water cooler conversations will evolve from this year’s holiday sales to what the New Year will bring. The major storylines shouldn’t be too hard to predict. Online shopping projections, especially mobile, continue to […]

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Why This Holiday Season Points to Small Retailer Success

Mobile and local shopping trends level the retail playing field.
Udayan Bose | NetElixir

Retail giants dominate the holiday sales season. In fact, a mere 10 companies are predicted to account for more than 66 percent of all retail revenue in the final quarter of 2016. But two of this season’s biggest shopping trends — mobile growth and local searches — are creating more opportunities for small retailers to […]

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7 Pieces of Advice to Climb the Corporate Ladder

Getting your career off the ground doesn't take rocket science. Roger that.
Paulo Gallo | World Economic Forum

The rat race. The corporate ladder. The corporate game of thrones. Whether you like it or not, chances are you’ll end up in one of those models as you progress in your career. But how do you make the best of it? Paolo Gallo, chief human resources officer at the World Economic Forum, gives his […]

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TED@UPS: What If More Expensive Isn’t Better?

When it comes to healthcare, how can we do more with less?
Jan Denecker | UPS

As medicine advances, so does the complexity and price of healthcare. Jan Denecker takes the stage at TED@UPS to share three ways the modern healthcare industry can learn to do more with less.  Jan shares his story in his TED@UPS talk featured below.    Click here to learn more about Jan.   Every morning, wake up […]

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How to Feed the World

Agricultural research and greater productivity can defeat global hunger.
Bjørn Lomborg | Copenhagen Business School

Hunger has wracked humanity since time immemorial. Nearly every major society has been shaped by famine. One estimate suggests that China suffered drought or flood-induced starvation in at least one province almost every year from 108 BC to 1911. Yet the struggle against hunger is a battle that humanity could finally win. More cereals were […]