Globalization and the Future of Supply Chains
Our globally connected system provides for efficiency and scale but also adds risk and fragility. These risks have largely been hidden, but cracks in the system are beginning to emerge, and supply chain resilience has become an issue of intense focus across industrial sectors.
Defense Acquisition Reform is a National Security Issue
The U.S. defense acquisition system, designed for the pre-digital revolution economy, is structurally unable to keep up with the rapid pace of technology.
Strategy, Constraints, and Compulsions
Business strategy is more easily understandable when we deconstruct the unique constraints and compulsions that companies operate under.
Machine Learning and the New Innovation Paradigm
Machine learning and artificial intelligence change the fundamental paradigm of how computers execute instructions and how they interact with humans, which will reshape industries and create new tools for public institutions.
Customization at Scale
3D printing allows custom items to be manufactured at price points similar to traditional manufacturing, which will significantly impact the consumer products and inventory management industries.
Global trade is the backbone of globalization, as visualized in this amazing interactive map that depicts a year of merchant fleet movement data.
Job Creation and the Robot Apocalypse
The coming “robot apocalypse” can both save and create jobs in the developed world, especially in the United States, which has barely scratched the surface on the application of robotics to manufacturing.
3D Printing and the Regionalization of Economic Activity
The continued development and eventual widespread adoption of 3D printing will change the shape of global trade.
Anticipating Effects at Scale
Our model allows us to quickly identify and evaluate unanticipated technological, socio-economic, and political developments that have the potential for system-wide effects.
Global catalysts are technological and socioeconomic forces that change the shape of the global economy, compelling companies and public entities to adapt.