Posts Tagged ‘slideshare’
Uploading some of my notes during the Economist China Summit in Beijing (Nov 2010).
When I was in CN last month, we were showed the outline of a pilot reform program by the central govt to reform Pearl River Delta into ‘Asia Pacific’s most dynamic city cluster’ by 2020. That was quite an audacious statement, and you probably know that a ‘pilot reform’ by the China central govt means they set the large directions but leave it to the city governments to work out the details, and more importantly, best practices of what works will be replicated across China to guide the formation of their mega city clusters. What makes PRD 2020 interesting is they are gearing to go head on with Korea in terms of advanced manufacturing, creating a services hub that will be augmented with HK (if they get it right) and the number of global Chinese MNCs they want to create. I’ve combed through the outline and with some help from HK’s Civic Exchange group on slideshare here it is!
A super quick post to put up the slides from a talk I gave at NLB a couple of days ago. It is ongoing research so I would love to hear people’s comments as I finetune/clean up the research.
More and more companies are starting to position their products and services with consumer affordability in mind. Innovating with price as the starting point, more companies are stripping out the undesired frills – sacrificing indiscernible differences in quality, features and standards – for portability, ease of use and most importantly, significantly lower price than the next best substitute. Think of $400 netbooks, $2,500 cars, $40 cellphones, etc.
Known as the theory of disruptive innovation by Clayton Christensen, new entrants often enter at the bottom of the market, where they are ignored by established incumbents. These products then grow by taking away significant market share to the point where they eclipse the old product. MP3 music technology, Internet long distance phone calls all entered their respective markets that way. Offering flexibility, convenience over features and sound/voice quality. Consumers want quick and dirty over slow and polished. Having it here and now is more important than having it perfect. “High-quality” or what we think of as a “better product” has a different meaning in today’s world. Suddenly what seemed perfect is anything but, and products that appear mediocre at first glance are often the perfect fit. Here’s an excellent article in last month’s Wired on The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine.
One common thread among the companies that have profited from “going no frills” and selling to the Good Enough market, is in crafting the perfect concoction of price/quality/feature tradeoffs that appeal to their new customers. Can your firm innovate to the extent that it is five times cheaper and trade down on features whose perceived value is less than five times the price? In a way, it’s simply Blue Ocean strategy with the emphasis on affordability.
Here are some ideas I’ve posted on slideshare. Enjoy!
Delicious slideshare from the British Chamber of Commerce on the future of the economy. The green shoots are real enough, but the big issues facing the economy are very real. Look for slide 18 for the demand gap. Emerging Asia’s economic prospects are intact, but true Asian decoupling is a 2028, not 2008, event. Look at slide 25.
I stumbled upon this slideshare of McKinsey’s China’s Urban Billion presented in Delhi. I like the map on page 15 because it shows future city clusters that we can extrapolate from R Florida’s existing LRP map. And of course bears asking how well we know these centers of future demand
This started out intriguingly by iFTF’s Anthony Townsend‘s “The Future of Technology-led Economic Development“. Research parks and incubators are starting to show their age as an economic development tool. Tectonic shifts in the way scientific research and technological innovation happen are leaving them behind, and pioneering new models of collaboration that will require us to rethink how we create places for these activities.
Townsend’s work focuses on the impact of new technology on cities and public institutions, essentially the intersection of science parks + incubators, mobility + urbanisation, future R&D models. It’s fascinating stuff, especially relevant as Singapore was one of the first to enter the real estate science park play and make it really work as a driver of growth.
Townsend is now building out the iFTF ‘Science in Place’ program, which will focus on understanding how future science and technology trends will shape innovation at various scales: the laboratory, the campus, the region and the world. Townsend’s ideas are also summarised in his slideshares below.
I think the last slideshare is the more interesting one. Specifically, most of what Townsend mentions are not unknown to Singapore, and we are already doing it. What is missing is the flexibility, what in FG we used to call scalable infrastructure, to quickly build out for prototyping. Here you might want to take a look at slide 34 for the ecosystem of innovation that builds in community buzz and experimentation (instead of science being isolated) and slide 44 which actually urges mixed uses for future science spaces. Our Biopolis is a step in the right direction, but so much more should be done.
Finally, also in collaboration with Townsend, a Future of Science Parks map. Both Townsend and the creators of the prezi map mention they will unveil the full results of the future of science parks forecast at the XXVI Annual World Conference of the International Association of Science Parks in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 1-4, 2009.
PheiSunn just sent this around from her Finland trip, a set of scenarios of the world post-crisis from the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA. Interesting overlaps with what we’ve also designed for the future of global demand post crisis.
From McKinsey, an analysis on the impact of US savings and the fall in world consumption. Clincher takeaway is each percentage point increase in savings leads to a fall of US$100bil in spending, making recovery much more difficult. The entire article is here.