With the overwhelming amount of content available every day, it’s hard for us to decide what’s really relevant. One reliable and inspirational source is the TED Talks series of influential videos from influential expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity.
We think the following 6 could be of interest to you, as they deal with future trends in real estate. Their topics range from millennials and new ways of working, to parks underneath the city, and space construction. Enjoy!
1. The sky is not the limit
In the next 15 years, the market for commercial space-travel is predicted to double from $300 to $600 billion. Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Swedish Spaceport, believes that the cosmos is the next big frontier in business. And while microgravity research, lunar real estate and space tourism may still sound like sci-fi, Nilsdotter argues that the gravity currently grounding the space economy is about to dissipate.
Karin Nilsdotter · Space entrepreneur
Karin Nilsdotter is Co-Founder and CEO of Space Travel Alliance and Managing Partner of Spaceport Sweden, two pioneering initiatives to make the dream of commercial space travel a reality.
2. A park underneath the city
Dan Barasch and James Ramsey have a crazy plan — to create a park, filled with greenery, underneath New York City. The two are developing The Lowline, an underground green space the size of a football field. They’re building it in a trolley terminal abandoned in 1948, using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below. It’s a park that can thrive even in winter.
Dan Barasch’s grandmother grew up in New York’s Lower East Side. Now, he’s building an underground park in her old neighbourhood, where green space is limited. Before he left his job to work full-time on the Lowline, he led strategic partnerships at PopTech; held multiple roles at Google; and worked in small business development in New York City government. He also consulted for UNICEF in Nairobi and with the 9/11 Survivors’ Fund in Washington DC. He began his career at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, co-producing the weekly NPR show “It’s Your World.”
3. Work does not happen at work
Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make the workplace actually work.
Jason Fried thinks deeply about collaboration, productivity and the nature of work. He’s the co-founder of 37signals, makers of Basecamp and other web-based collaboration tools, and co-author of “Rework.”
4. How megacities are changing the map of the world
“I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth,” says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever-more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls “connectography.” This emerging global network civilization holds the promise of reducing pollution and inequality — and even overcoming geopolitical rivalries. In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: “Connectivity is destiny.”
Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders.
“By exhorting leaders to make use of new, open technologies that encourage more diverse and dynamic marketplaces, Khanna makes a powerful argument: the world can become smarter than the sum of its parts.” — Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Google.
5. Why we need to pay attention to Chinese millennials
If Chinese millennials were their own country, they would have the third-largest population in the world, says Sebastian Guo. They are well-educated, super- motivated and the largest emerging consumer demographic on the planet. So why is it that the business world is still obsessed with understanding American millennials? In his passionate and perspective-shifting talk, Guo says it time to think outside our western boundaries and focus eastward.
Growing up in China while its youth culture was transforming, then living in the US and Germany, Sebastian Guo has witnessed a diversity of burgeoning millennial cultures. He began his UPS career in Atlanta as an international marketing intern, identifying opportunities in markets around the world. Now he works in Singapore, where he develops marketing analytics and infrastructure to drive revenue growth across 14 Asian markets.
6. What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work and vice versa
For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen if we got intentional about how we all work together? In this accessible talk, Conley shows how age diversity makes companies stronger and calls for different generations to mentor each other at work, with wisdom flowing from old to young and young to old alike.
New York Times bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV) at age 26, transforming an inner-city motel into the second-largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years; soon thereafter, the young founders of Airbnb invited him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Conley served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years, and today he acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership.
By Viviana Plasil, Head of Marketing & Communications Germany
Viviana Plasil has been Head of Marketing & Communications Germany at Cushman & Wakefield since December 2017.
With her extensive experience including Digital Marketing she will further develop and expand activities in this area at
Cushman & Wakefield Germany.
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