From our research we develop actionable insights regarding opportunities, risks and consequences of current and future affairs. We publish these in a variety of products in which we focus respectively on technology and innovation, processes of hegemonic shift and broader socio-cultural dynamics.
“Our mission is to decode the future in order to unlock society’s potential.”
The Macroscope is our newsletter, which covers the full scope of our research and insights. Every week we identify and reflect upon the major drivers and ideas that shape our time. Short Insights provide a brief reflection on current events while our full notes connect multiple data points and develop original perspectives and actionable insights.
Filtering the Future
Filtering the Future is a quarterly research report in which we develop an elaborated perspective of the technologies that will have significant impact in the near future. Our focus is on the real-world applications of these technologies and the ways in which they will shape the world of tomorrow.
The Risk Radar
The Risk Radar is a monthly research report in which we monitor and qualify the world’s biggest risks to watch. Our updates are based on the estimated likelihood and impact of these risks. This report provides an additional ‘risk flection’ from a political, social, economic and technological perspective.
Embedding Technopolis – Haroon Sheikh – 2017
The global village is under pressure. In order to protect local communities and their traditions, walls, real and symbolical, are erected across the globe. In Turkey, Russia and China, cosmopolitanism seems to be giving way to rediscoveries of tradition like Ottomanism, Eurasianism and Confucianism. In Embedding Technopolis, Haroon Sheikh rethinks modernity and tradition and gives insight into their complex relationship. From state-led capitalism in East Asia to democracy in India and German industry, Sheikh shows how ancient traditions surprisingly persist in our contemporary world and thrive symbiotically with modernity. At the same time, he develops an innovative method of psychopolitics to analyze the logic of how societies deal with modernization.
From Luxury to Necessity – Sjoerd Bakker – 2016
What do computers and smartphones have in common with the railways, electricity, and the automobile? Each of these triggered with its inception a technological revolution that radically changed the way we live, work, eat, shop and enjoy ourselves. From Luxury to Necessity shows how these technological revolutions have affected everyday life and led to new consumer practices. Even though they would develop into absolute necessities within decades, all of them started as novelties for which meaningful uses were still unclear. The true value of these technologies was only realized when consumers started using them as part of new and valuable practices. This book recounts the struggles of consumers, businesses and governments to make sense of the new technologies and their unexpected uses. The historical perspective of the book sheds new light on the current IT revolution, shows the remarkable similarities between past and present, and helps us to understand how new and existing consumer practices evolve with technological innovation.
De Opkomst van het Oosten – Haroon Sheikh – 2016
Everywhere around us, we see a world in transition: from the Euro-crisis and the return of a powerful Russia, to the unrest in the Middle East and the economic rise of China. According to Haroon Sheikh, these are signs of the end of the Atlantic Era. For centuries, the gravity of the world lay in Western countries who dominated the Atlantic Ocean. At this moment, the power is shifting to the East. Sheikh inquires into the economic and geopolitical changes along the Eurasian landmass, stretching from Germany to Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Iran and China. Old traditions, empires and trade routes like the Silk Route are being revived in this region. De Opkomst van het Oosten (The Rise of the East) is an unorthodox book about the geopolitical shift to the east, meant for everyone who wants to understand the current drivers and relations in our fast-changing world.