Through the application of clever new methods of generating energy there will be plenty for everyone leading us into an era of permanently cheap energy. The innovations around the corner include Thorium MSR power plants and energy created by waves, tides and seaweed. Solar energy will become more efficient and cheaper to produce and as well as becoming more energy-efficient we will increasingly be using geothermal sources. Cheap energy will spell the end of the old earnings model in the energy sector, and will also lead to the end of wind energy in its current form.Read more
A shift in the balance of power, choices of time spent, different ideas about material possessions and health and a shift in the concept of solidarity all feed into the current transformation to a new model of society. Technological disruptions are forcing the pace of innovation, and this technological progress leaves in its wake winners and losers. Success is determined by a person’s ability to adapt, be flexible, empathetic and forge links to work together with others. The main challenge, especially in health care, will be the ability to embrace new technology whilst at the same time retaining the human touch. Much remains unclear. What will future hospitals and doctors’ practices look like? The changes are more far-reaching than for example the use of an App to allow patients to monitor aspects of their health. The digital transformation of society in general will need to be reflected in health care along the guidelines of the so-called Triple Aim (better care, better patieRead more
The digital breakthough transformation is happening now. Businesses are employing this technology strategically to make their operational organization more efficient, to increase their net worth and to ensure that client satisfaction is even more central. Only 27% of businesses have a coherent digital strategy. However, Digital Darwinism will become the norm: ‘change or disappear’. All big digital trends have reached their tipping point: Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) have come of age and now interrelate and strengthen each other, thus becoming a nexus of forces. To this can be added the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR), technologies that will be responsible for further acceleration. They all reinforce each other and together become a digital storm that rages with devastating effect through the business community. Old earnings models disappear, new ones take their place.Read more
The countryside is reinventing itself with plans for a thriving future. Already internet companies and SMEs are attracted to set up their businesses there. In various European countries young people are choosing to move to rural locations that have been suffering from shrinking populations, often out of financial considerations because the cost of living is cheaper. Onwards to rurbanization and e-towns. In this lecture Bakas will chart the trends and opportunities for the countryside.Read more
No farmers, no food. The world population is swelling by 220.000 people per day. By 2050 the Farm and Food sector faces the challenge of offering around 9 billion people healthy and nutritious food produced in a sustainable manner and at a reasonable price, according to COP21, the Climate Agreement signed at Paris. In the next 40 years more food will be needed than in the previous 4,000 years. The efficient farming methods of the Dutch are an example to the rest of the world. But less and less young people want to become farmers. What is the future of farming? And how will the Farm and Food sector develop in the light of digitalization?Read more
All of us citizens together make up society. And in order to allow each citizen to reach his or her potential it is Government’s task to function as a facilitator, not a hindrance. In the up and coming participation society ‘tribes’ of about 150 people will increasingly be organizing their lives, just like 12,000 years ago when we also lived in tribes. All the town and country plans that are current are in fact already out of date because a revolution is taking place: the Digital Transformation. What should happen is that in the coming five years all longer term plans are scrapped in order to develop new forward plans fit for the future.Read more
Money makes the world go round. That is, and always will be, the case. However, whereas in the US 80 percent of businesses borrow money without resorting to banks, in The Netherlands that is only the case for 20 percent. But via Bazel-III and shortly Bazel-IV there is a change towards the American system of lending. Fintech is coming up, and blockchain technology is making sure there will be new currency. It is already possible to obtain a mortgage via Peer2Peer banking in Germany. What will be the future for banks, insurance companies, pension funds, investment banks and private wealth managers?Read more
The function of education is to skill up children for the employment market of tomorrow. Therefore we need to make full use of digitalization to create personalized education tailored to develop the talents of each individual child. At the same time the human touch will become more important than ever. Only passionate teachers can inspire and enthuse children to learn new skills. Future-proofed education learns to re-evaluate history. It is a truism that history repeats itself, only the form it takes alters. How can schools and teachers ready themselves for the new times ahead?Read more
The population in many European regions is shrinking. And growing numbers of people live alone in the ‘single people society’. Living alone is becoming more expensive, especially for the elderly, as pensions are now reducing. Therefore, the future is group residential housing and multi-generational homes. Young people in their twenties who lived independently are returning to their parents’ homes: the “kangaroo children”. As we are now increasingly working from home, our home offices must also live up to regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. But we will also be working differently; the portable workplace will be emerging. The blending of real estate functions means that, actually, all zoning plans will have to be released for 5 years, to enable the huge transition in society. At the same time, the low interest rates (which will remain low for at least another 40 years) will result in investments in real estate and (agricultural) land becoming more attractive. ConstRead more
Around 100 years ago, we travelled less than 30 kilometres a year. Now we travel at least 30,000 kilometres a year, not including transport by air. Soon there will be 9 billion people travelling, an increase in tourism and, at the same time, more virtual possibilities than ever before. Meetings through Skype or other methods of videoconferencing, virtual reality making it feel as though you are in another region, though you are actually sitting at home. Self-driving cars and trucks, drones that take your home to your holiday destination, motorcycles that are also boats and many more recombinations of transport modes. But later on will we be able to travel within an extremely short timeframe using the Hyperloop? Will there be new supersonic aircraft? What impact will the terror threat have on travel? And the mixing of bacteria from all over the world that turn against man. Will that make us travel less in the future?Read more
Every Dutch entrepreneur will have to deal with China in one way or another in the coming period. Just as the 20th century was the American Century, the 21st century becomes the Chinese Century. Most megatrends are therefore Chinese megatrends. This popular science book charts the Chinese ambitions and trends in the areas of economy, trade, technology, digitization, food & health, tourism, geopolitics, safety, transport and logistics. Dutch entrepreneurs, both in large corporations and SMEs, can take advantage of this Trend Lecture by Adjiedj Bakas, who already marked the rise of China in his first bestseller Megatrends Netherlands in 2005.Read more
Capitalism is the best thing ever invented by mankind. It is thanks to capitalism that humankind have been able to develop and grow more in 500 years than in the preceding 5000. We are living longer and in better conditions, we are richer (even the poorer are better off), we can put in place amazing innovations and in our current knowledge based economy we have access to unimaginable stocks of knowledge and information. Whatever is next?Read more
In Holland at least 97% of businesses are SMEs. Collectively SMEs are responsible for 47.5% of Dutch turnover and of those businesses with their own R&D activities 97% are SMEs. No-one talks about entrepreneurial enterprise as a life style, and yet that is exactly what it is. Bakas has developed this lecture, based on the book of the same title, for entrepreneurial associations and for customer relations meetings organized by banks and accountants who provide services to SMEs. Bakas is very familiar with the SME model, not least because he is the Shadow Minister for Innovation in the shadow cabinet of the ONL entrepreneurial association.Read more
In the coming 10 to 15 years at least 80 percent of people will lose their current job, according to the well-respected Singularity University. New jobs will replace existing jobs. There has been a historic trend towards a shorter working week; from 70 hours in 1850 to 35 hours currently. This trend is set to continue to include a re-distribution of paid and unpaid work in the participation society of the future, with the right to a minimum of 1 day’s paid work per week as an alternative to the minimum wage and state benefits. The future of work is going to look radically different from what people now think.Read more
Adjiedj Bakas can provide a tailor-made lecture for your company or organisation, Based on any subject you wish. Based on your briefing and a telephonic preliminary conversation, he will prepare a presentation that suits you completely. Your visual material will also be integrated. Perfect tailoring for a tailor-made event.
Trend watcher Adjiedj Bakas is a popular speaker, chairman and panel member at conventions, events, seminars and other occasions. His energetic, positive and out of the box presentations are, if requested, tailor-made for the client and the audience. Bakas provokes and is always positive, especially in these times of economical change. According to him we are not facing a crisis, but a new reality. His motto is: “A kite only flies against the wind.”. Would you like to have more info?Click here
“It was a pleasure hearing Adjiedj bakas speaking at a financial conference in Lagos, Nigeria. His presentation was unique, educative and interesting!”
“Adjiedj Bakas trad onlangs voor de tweede keer op voor onze leden. Het was een geslaagde avond. We hebben veel positieve reacties gehad op de avond als geheel en zijn optreden in het bijzonder”.
“Ik vond de lezing die ik onlangs hoorde van Adjiedj Bakas erg inspirerend. Ook ik werk in een business die op zoek moet naar nieuwe ideeën en ik ben door Bakas’ verhaal op goede gedachten gebracht.”
“Adjiedj Bakas gave a meaningful and valuable lecture for Yakult in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I got a lot of energy and motivation from his speech.”
“Adjiedj Bakas lectured in Rome for our clients in the financial and telecom industry. The conference meeting went very good and primarily thanks to him. All guests have highly appreciated his speech.”
"Adjiedj Bakas recently held a fantastic presentation for our costumers, architects, designers and others. We had a lot of high level visitors, his presentation was part of making this happen."
Vijf jaar geleden waren mijn man en ik aanwezig bij een Food-lezing van Adjiedj Bakas in de Stoomhal in Wormer. Hij sprak over de regio, en voorspelde dat dat lokale producten een grote comeback zouden gaan maken. Dat gezegd hebbende, vroeg hij aan de zaal met 200 ondernemers; ‘Wie, in deze cacaoregio, zit er nog in de chocolade?’ Toen vervolgens niemand zijn hand opstak, wist mijn man Wouter wat hem te doen stond. Na afloop van de bijeenkomst liepen we naar buiten, en Wouter zei: ‘We gaan de
“Adjiedj Bakas trad onlangs op voor onze leden. We hebben een top-evenement gehad. Iedereen heeft genoten van de presentatie van Adjiedj. Ik ging zelf erg geïnspireerd de zaal uit en ik kreeg veel enthousiaste reacties van onze leden”
“Adjiedj Bakas lectured at our conference in Salzburg and shared his thoughts with us. It was a pleasure to meet him. Most people in the audience were positive. His speech was very entertaining, we had many laughs, and this is what a key note speech should be“
“Adjiedj Bakas trad onlangs op voor onze medewerkers. Dat was bijzonder sprankelend en inspirerend!”
“Adjiedj Bakas is een wolk van een man. En een topspreker!”
“Adjiedj Bakas verzorgde een lezing voor het Corps Diplomatique in Suriname. Zijn optreden was informatief en inspirerend. Het was een privilege om erbij aanwezig te zijn.”
“I heard Adjiedj lecturing here in London at JPMorgan bank. It was a pleasure to meet and hear him. We need more people like him to shake the traditions!”
“Adjiedj spoke at our annual event in Tokyo, after successful performances earlier in Berlin and Paris. He was a star as always!
“ Adjiedj Bakas lectured at our conference about food security for 500 stakeholders from all over the world. We have to thank him. His speech was a perfect inspiration for the people, as we were hoping for. The conference was a full success. And he helped us achieving this” .
“Adjiedj Bakas hield een geweldige lezing voor onze klanten.”
“Adjiedj Bakas lectured at our event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. We only had raving reviews from our clients about his breathtaking presentation.”
“In Salzburg I heard a very interesting presentation of Adjiedj Bakas.”
“I heard Adjiedj Bakas speaking in Lagos, Nigeria. He is such an inspirational speaker and a very personable fellow. He added color and glamour to our Conference. He was the toast of the conference and everyone enjoyed his presentations. He simply ran the show. “
“I heard a lecture by Adjiedj Bakas in Berlin. It was truly fantastic, and definitely the best session of the whole week”.
“It was refreshing to hear Adjiedj Bakas speak. Hs speech struck me so much I haven't stopped talking about it.“
“I recently heard Adjiedj bakas speaking. It was a mind blowing presentation, that has engendered disruptive thoughts in me.”
“Adjiedj Bakas lectured for our sales force. His speech was one of the highlights!”
“ It was a great pleasure to have Adjiedj Bakas as speaker at our event!”
‘ Adjiedj Bakas trad onlangs op tijdens een ondernemersbijeenkomst in onze regio. Zijn presentatie sloot mooi aan op die van de Rabobank en hij leverde maatwerk door ook lokale bedrijven te integreren in zijn verhaal. . De snelheid zat er goed in en de gasten waren zichtbaar geboeid’
“Adjiedj Bakas opened our annual conference with a speech about trends in leisure and sustainability. It was even better than what I imagined! The perfect start for a good conference.”
“Adjiedj Bakas was the keynote speaker at the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference. The feedback of the participants was very positive. We thank Adjiedj for his outstanding presentation.”
“Adjiedj Bakas was keynote speaker at our recent conference. He added great value to this 22nd WCBI (World Conference of Banking Institutes). His presence and presentations were invaluable.”
“I was most impressed by Adjiedj Bakas’ presentation.”
“Adjiedj Bakas lectured at VIV Europe, the global event for the animal husbandry and processing markets for meat, eggs, fish & shrimps and milk. We truly enjoyed his speech. You don’t forget his speech easily, the emotional impact on the audience is enormous.”
“Adjiedj Bakas lectured for our global financial specialists. Our people liked it very much! Fun, different and provocative, just what we hoped for!”
Adjiedj Bakas was one of the 50 speakers at our major Shell conference about the future. The audience elected him as one of the two best speakers out of the fifty. We sincerely appreciate his out-of-the box future vision and the eye-openers he gave us in his witty speech
“Adjiedj Bakas hield een lezing op het jaarcongres van de 900 leden van onze opdrachtgever GFSI (Global Food Security Initiative). Wij waren meer dan tevreden over zijn lezing.Het was de perfecte afsluiting van een goed congres”.
"Adjiedj Bakas gave a wonderful and inspiring speech at the opening of our conference about the future of boat, during our annual Fair BOOT Düsseldorf 2014. Our audience was really delighted!"
“Trendwatcher des Vaderlands”
"Thanks to Adjiedj for his inspirational presentation.”