Industry lectures

The future looks different for every industry after the pandemic.

In the industry lectures, I zoom in on the future of a number of industries and I translate megatrends to the industry in question.


The future of Energy

There is plenty of energy for everyone and that energy can be harvested in smarter ways in the near future, leading to an era of permanently cheap energy.

Thorium MSR Power stations will soon supply dirt-cheap energy, and tidal energy and energy from seaweed and sea waves are also on the way. Solar energy is becoming cheaper, geothermal energy will contribute to our energy supply, geothermal energy is becoming more important and energy efficiency is also improving.

Cheap energy means the end of old revenue models in the energy sector, but also leads to the end of wind energy in its current form.

Digitization 4.0

The Digital Transformation is now really breaking through after the corona pandemic. It is used strategically by companies to make their operational organization more efficient, to improve their value proposition and to put customer satisfaction even more central. Only 27 percent of companies have a cohesive digital strategy. Digital Darwinism, however, is becoming the norm: ‘change or disappear’. The moment has come when all major digital trends have reached their tipping point. Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) have all come of age, they merge and reinforce each other: a nexus of forces. The Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) are now being added to this, technologies that provide even more acceleration. They reinforce each other and form a digital storm that is sweeping business with devastating effect.

Old revenue models are disappearing, new ones are taking their place.

Vital Countryside

The countryside is reinventing itself thanks to the corona pandemic and has the prospect of a new future, in which more and more urban dwellers move to the countryside, where they work from home.

The countryside is already popular with starting internet entrepreneurs and SMEs. Young people in various European countries are also moving, often for financial reasons, to demographic shrinking areas, where house prices and the cost of living are still manageable. So on to urbanization and e-towns.

In this lecture, trends and opportunities for rural areas are mapped out.

Farm & Food in the 21st century

No farmers no food.

The world population is growing by a net 220,000 people per day. The challenge for the Farm & Food sector is to offer around 9 billion people tasty and healthy food by 2050 at a reasonable price and in a sustainable way, in accordance with COP21, the Paris Climate Agreement. More food will be needed in the next 40 years than in the past 4,000 years.

Dutch farmers produce so efficiently that they set an example for the world.

At the same time, fewer and fewer young people want to become farmers. What is the future of farmers? And how is the Farm & Food industry developing, partly in light of the current digitization?

The Government of Tomorrow

Society, that’s us citizens together. And in order to allow every citizen to develop his or her talents as effectively as possible, there is a need for a government that facilitates citizens and does not function as a hindrance.

In the participatory society that is now developing, groups of 150 citizens (‘tribes’) will increasingly be able to organize themselves, just like 12,000 years ago, when we also lived in tribes. Most zoning plans that we know today are from a bygone era, while a true revolution is now underway, that of the Digital Transformation.

In fact, all zoning plans should be released within the next five years, in order to subsequently develop new zoning plans.

Education for Tomorrow

After the corona pandemic, education must train children even better for the labor market of tomorrow.

This means that full use must be made of digitization to create personalized education, suitable for the tailor-made development of the talent of each child.

At the same time, the human dimension is becoming more important than ever. Only an inspiring teacher can captivate young people and instill passion for his field.

Future-proof education revalues ​​history. After all, history always repeats itself, only the form in which that happens is different. How can schools and teachers prepare for this new era?