Rudy De Waele is the curator of Shift 2020 - How Technology Will Impact Our Future, a collaborative book including foresights – quotes, paragraphs and essays – by leading experts in technology.
Many areas of how we will communicate, work and do business are covered in depth. Topics include 3D printing, apps, crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, green technology, hyperconnectivity, media, retail, smart cities, social media and society.
There is also a focus on emerging markets such as the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The contributors, and the topics they address, include:
- Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer, SENS Research Foundation – biotech
- Andrew Hessel, Distinguished Researcher, Autodesk – 3D printing
- Scott Jenson, Product Strategy, Google – computing
- Neelie Kroes, Vice-President, European Commission – politics and society
- Kosta Peric, Deputy Director Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – finance
- Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now – media theory.
The book follows on from a project Rudy released in 2010, called Mobile Trends 2020, a collaborative outlook on mobile trends for the next decade.
Rudy says: “Reviewing the document a couple of months ago, I realised the future is catching up on us much faster than many of the predictions made at that time. I thought it was time to ask the original contributors for an update on their original predictions and new foresights for the year 2020.
“Additionally, I wanted to broaden the scope of this new book project and asked new contributors to give their vision and foresights on a wider array of topics.”
Rudy is a speaker, author, curator and mobile and innovation strategist with nearly 20 years’ experience in internet technology, specialising in mobile innovation and start-ups since 1999. He assists global brands, start-ups and organisations with open innovation strategy on how to mobilise business and products through research, strategy and presentations.
He is a founding partner of Nyota Media, based at ideaSpace, the world’s first growth agency for innovative African entrepreneurs, start-ups and international companies that use technology to improve the lives of Africans.
He found time out from that work to complete the book, launched this month (January 2014).
Rudy says: “The book has been entirely curated and edited at ideaSpace. I really love the spirit and vibe at ideaSpace. Many great start-ups and entrepreneurs are gathered here and there’s a constant flow of ideas going around. It’s a very inspiring work environment.”
Shift 2020 is available as an e-book, paperback or hardcover photobook here. at For more about Rudy visit here and see here for more on Nyota Media.
Every country needs a vision statement which stirs the imagination and motivates all segments of society greater effort. It is an essential step in building a political consensus on a broad national development strategy, which encompasses inter-alias, the roles and responsibilities of different agents in the economy, such as Central, State and local government, the private corporate sector, the small and tiny sector, people organizations etc.
It must identify the potential risks and bottlenecks and their possible solutions in order to mobilize efforts in a focused manner. It is clear, therefore that to meet these objectives, a vision statement has to operate at several levels of generality and specificity. India in 2020 - A Vision It has always been the dream of every citizen of an economically backward and poor country, to see that the country developed with no negative systems or ideas or beliefs. It is my dream also to see India as one of the most developed nations.
2020 is a good deadline for seeing a developed India. One always feels sad when we see someone begging on the streets or when we see dirty, broken roads in shabby slums. One also feels jealous when we hear about the United States advancing in every field. By 2020, India will be on the same platform on which America is now. The first and foremost thing I see in India 2020 is 100 percent literacy rate. Every citizen in the country will be able to read, write and understand any one language including the farmers and slum-dwellers.
India will not have any unemployment. The people will earn their bread and there shall be none called 'beggars'. The beggars will also be employed at least as sweepers earning a small but a salary of their own. The people shall be above the poverty line. Education is the second main thrust area of this document.
Greater coverage and better quality education at all levels from basic literacy to hi-tech science and technology is the essential prerequisite for raising agricultural productivity and industrial quality, spurring growth of India's budding and biotechnology sectors, stimulating growth of Manufactured and service exports, improving health and nutrition, domestic stability and quality of governance. The report calls for concerted efforts to abolish illiteracy, achieve 100 per cent enrolment at primary and secondary levels, and broaden access to higher education and vocational training through traditional and non- traditional delivery system
India in 2020 will not have recognition in the world as a developing country but a name as a developed country. India will be far advanced in the fields of science, military, technology. India will stand up and say I am the world leader and I don't take orders from anybody be it USA, Russia or anybody else for the matter. I will decide my own decisions and will stand to it. And also India will take an active step in the development of other below par countries and strive for their development.