Coaching, Caring and Connecting Are Shaping the Future of Jobs

Jobs like walker/talker, fitness commitment counsellor, digital tailor, ethical sourcing manager, AI business development manager and man-machine teaming manager are among the tech jobs that are expected to be on the HR radar in the next five years.

These jobs share the common theme of Coaching, Caring and Connecting: Coaching being the human ability to help others get better at life; Caring being the human endeavour of improving people’s health; and Connecting being the intellectual leverage only humans can bring in connecting man with machine, traditional with shadow IT, physical with virtual, and most importantly, commerce with ethics.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Collaboration Makes Smarter Communities

Across the nation, communities are building smarter energy infrastructure that leverages the power of data to solve problems. These projects will spur economic development, improve sustainability, enhance public safety and drive efficiencies — ultimately creating a better quality of life for citizens. For more of these projects to become reality, key stakeholders in the community, private industry and government must understand how best to work together.

Source: Smart Cities Dive

The FCC Just Killed Net Neutrality

It finally happened: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted to end net neutrality — the regulation that prohibits internet service providers from blocking certain services, slowing down particular websites, or charging more to access them. In a close 3-2 vote, the commissioners chose to remove the Obama-era regulations enforcing net neutrality. The vote also signifies a more philosophical shift: the FCC will no longer consider the internet a utility, further restricting the commission’s ability to regulate it.

Source: Futurism

Unlocking the Circular Economy

Digital transformation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution holds the potential to redefine the very basis of our materials-reliant industrial economy. Enabled by the internet of things, a new model of growth gaining independence from finite resource extraction is emerging. Can pervasive connectivity become the new infrastructure enabling effective material flows, keeping products and materials at their highest value at all times, thus enabling the coming of age of the circular economy?

Source: World Economic Forum

Three Cities Using Open-Source Data

Mapping tools and work with geospatial data are essential for cities to address today’s urban challenges — from traffic safety to disaster response and neighborhood health. The open-source mapping company Mapbox is collaborating with Melbourne, West Midlands Combined Authority in UK, and Bloomington, Indiana, to gather first-hand insights on their particular local needs. With these partner cities we will build data-driven tools using mobile sensor data, which will be available as open source tools to other cities later on.

Source: Mapbox

Survival of the Fittest Is Out, Survival of the Connected Is In

We’re living in an era where digitization and automation are transforming how we work together, including in the social sector. Nonprofits of all sizes are now seeking out partners across geographies to execute a shared vision in real time. Big data can foster partnerships. However, combining data from different platforms in different formats may pose a challenge to most nonprofits, which lack the resources of for-profit businesses for data analysis.

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

Helping Smart Cities Harness Big Data

Harnessing the power of open data is key to developing the smart cities of the future. But not all governments have the capacity — be that funding or human capital — to collect all the necessary information and turn it into a tool. Mapbox, an open-source mapping company, is working with three cities that are ready to take on their most pressing issues through data.

Source: CityLab