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How to Manage a Future of Abundance

The influential economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin looks ahead to a world of virtually free energy and zero marginal cost production, and to a desperate race against climate change.

Most people in the business world are aware of …

(1) the convergence of computer and communications technology,

(2) the shift in energy from fossil fuels to renewables,

and (3) the movement toward self-driving vehicles and robot-driven manufacturing.

But only a few people are thinking intensively about how all these technological changes will fit together — along with changes in advanced manufacturing, water systems, agriculture, healthcare, and education — to generate rapid, widespread growth accompanied by a dramatic reduction in ecological footprint.

This systemic approach to the industrial future is the domain of economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin

He argues, for example, that both capitalism and the fossil fuel industries are hitting limits that stem from the laws of thermodynamics.

Investor-based capitalism, which focuses resources for immediate returns,…

will inevitably be replaced by a more distributed and streamlined network-based capitalism, alongside a sharing economy governed by a high-tech global commons.

According to Rifkin, this new hybrid economic system will be made possible through the provision of solar, wind, and other renewable energy on demand, facilitated by innovations such as the Internet of Things and blockchain.

In the world he envisions, the costs of producing and delivering an increasing array of goods and services will dwindle to near zero, and economies will have to learn to manage abundance — and the use of shared goods and services.

These shifts will happen during the next 40 years or so, he says, unless they are cut short by the exponentially increasing dangers of climate change and species extinction.

Even those who do not agree with Rifkin’s theory that capitalism is in the midst of a fundamental transformation must respect the exponential power of the forces he is tracking.

Intelligent technology, in particular, is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, lowering costs, replacing human labor, tracking human activity, and making many new things possible — which could be the “dark net” of authoritarian surveillance or a broadening of wealth and quality of life.

To read the full interview go to Strategy and Business site here.

RIFKIN: A new technological infrastructure is gradually coming together, brought on by digitization. The process began with the maturation of the communications Internet over the past 25 years.

Now this is converging with a second Internet, this one for renewable energy. It’s a new digital power grid, stretching across continents, which allows millions of people to produce their own wind and solar electricity and send their excess power generation back into the system.

Both of these Internets will converge, during the next decade, with an emerging digitized mobility Internet composed of increasingly autonomous electric and fuel-cell vehicles operated by near-zero marginal cost renewable energy on smart road, rail, water, and air systems.

These three systems will allow people to share communication, energy, and mobility partially in the capitalist market and partially in the emerging sharing economy.

Customers – they pay your bills

Customers don’t care about market share. They care about the customer reviews.

Customers don’t care about brand positioning. They care about solving their need.

Customers don’t care about channels. They care about shopping anywhere.

Customers don’t care about org chart. They care about kindness and respect.

Customers don’t care about legacy systems. They care about same day shipping.

Customers don’t care about internal acronyms. They care about talking in human language.

Customers don’t care about cool offices. They care about search ranking.

Customers don’t care about the banner ads. They care about not being interrupted.

Customers don’t care about departments. They care about having a one-to-one relationship.

To be customers centric, we need to think, feel and act like customers.

We need to change business metrics to customer metrics.

We need to break off with channel mentality to focus on experiences.

We need to get rid of internal acronyms to use human language.

We need to stop interrupting and start engaging.

This is very key when developing Smart City planning that people are kept at the forefront of everything. Technology is the enabler of many of these initiatives. Start with what outcomes you want to achieve and how the community will benefit from the changes.


Sharing Economy websites in New Zealand

There are a host of websites being developed to help cater for people to people transactions cutting out the traditional more expensive providers.

In New Zealand Uber and Airbnb are getting a lot of traction now but there are dozens of NZ developed sites providing niche services including idle , shareacamper , yourdrive , cityhop and trademe to name just a few.

Rideshare and car-pooling…

Uber – the global ride-share app is available in NZ and Australia. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Hop in—your driver knows exactly where to go. And when you get there, just step out. Payment is completely seamless. Download the Uber app for a free ride on me**

Want to sign up as a driver in NZ? Then click on this link

Uber is a smartphone app that makes it easy to get paid for driving your own car. It’s simple to use. When you want to make money just turn on the app and pick up riders. You’ll see how much you made after every ride and you’ll get paid weekly.

Others to be profiled =  getchariot , Zoomy (Auckland central only)

Holiday rentals , places to stay…

Airbnb – connects travelers with hosts offering unique local experiences and places to stay.

On Airbnb, you can book homes and things to do, or start earning money as a host.

Idle – is an Airbnb property management website.  After every stay , Idle will have your home professionally cleaned. They offer several others services including planning and preparing your property for listing.

Camping , Motorhomes and recreational vehicles (RVs)…

Share a Camper – connect travelers with the whole of New Zealand. From coast to scenic coast

Employment and Internships , full-time and part-time roles…

Internships NZ – established company providing opportunities for those wanting roles in NZ companies.

Car Hire , Hourly rates , CBD locations…

Your Drive – wheels whenever you need them. Hire or rent out a vehicle from a local owner.

cityhop is New Zealand’s first car share company. It is based on the same concept as a car hire company however the major differences are that they have cars parked all over the CBD and members can hire by the hour!

Food delivery…

A growing list of companies who partner with restaurants offering quality food delivery (not just Pizza!)

Urban Sherpa , delivereasy , foodninja , deliveroo

(this post will be added to along with a guide to the whole sharing economy ecosystem in New Zealand).

  • **Free ride amounts varies city by city.