8 Things Spock Would Say About Disruptions: Trends 2017


Trend 1: The future is reality but not REALLY! On the rise is all realities- VR/AR/MR.

Spock: “Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.” – Star Trek, season 2, episode 24 (“The Ultimate Computer,” 1968)

Trend 2: There will be no excuse for not knowing. Artificial Intelligence and Robots are Radically Transforming The Economy

Spock: “Insufficient facts always invite danger.” – Star Trek, season 1, episode 24 (“Space Seed,” 1968)

Trend 3: The Emotionally Agile Company CultureTake our survey, hire smarter, see how engaged your employees are and gain more workforce benchmark against those companies with the strongest agile and innovative cultures. DM me we will get you started. Have you measured what your contract workforce does to the overall emotional agility and engagement of your company culture? DM me for more information. Or check out Gameday Decisions, our advanced workforce hiring index and analytics platform.

Spock: “May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.” – Star Trek, season 3, episode 7 (“Day of the Dove,” 1968)

Trend 4: To the Minimalist Movement, one of the hottest documentaries on Netflix.

Spock “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but is often true.” – Star Trek, season 2, episode 1 (“Amok Time,” 1968)

Trend 5: Social media becomes more critical than ever in 2017. See Hubspot Trends

Spock: “Without followers, evil cannot spread.” – Star Trek, season 3, episode 5, (“And the Children Shall Lead,” 1968)

Trend 6. Everything is possible…it is the truth!

Spock: “When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, 1991

Trend 7: Serious Biohacking for Superhuman Health. Biohacking trend

Spock: “Live long and prosper.” – First spoken in Star Trek, season 2, episode 1 (“Amok Time,” 1968)

Trend 8: Global Consciousness is on the rise and many companies, universities and people are willingly stepping up and in to solve these challenges. MIT’s Solve at the United Nations is a live pitch event, where selected innovators pitch their solutions to Solve’s challenges on Refugee Education, Carbon Contributions, and Chronic Diseases to a panel of expert judges and a live audience. Those selected by our judges will become Solvers. As Solvers, they will receive support and join Solve community members at Solve at MIT on May 8-10, 2017.

Spock: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1982

Bonus Trend: The 50+ are being sought after! The pattern is clear: The older the cohort, the greater the growth. According to U.S. News and World Report, 70 percent of human resource experts believe older workers have a strong work ethic. Based on the number of adults over the age of 50 who are part of the workforce, this assessment seems accurate. For older Americans seeking employment, the need many companies have for their skills and experience makes finding a job easier. 

Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy: “If you’re gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don’t leave your prize stallion in the stable.” 

Spock: “A curious metaphor, doctor, as a stallion must first be broken before it can reach its potential.” 

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Teresa Spangler is a serial entrepreneur, a growth strategist, an innovator with a bias toward disruption and loves designing experiential events that highly engage communities and customers. She’s the founder of Gameday Decisions a machine learning and advanced analytics platform as a service. As a futurist, she often speaks on trends, disruptive technologies, new sales strategies, and invention and covers topics on technology adoption, leadership, women in leadership and growth during rapid economic changes. She is the author of the Game of Life Book Series, a contributing author to OpenForumClick to learn more about Plazabridge Group.

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