Fast Forward

Dane at Business Opportunities Weblog has referenced an article by Fast Forward magazine in his latest entry.

From the article:

The future is something to get excited about again. Here’s our look at the surprising people, ideas, and trends that will change how we work and live in 2005

Two of the 101 Ideas caught my attention.

13. Going Off the Grid Goes Upscale

Grim survivalists, idealistic hippies, and new-age mushballs used to be the only folks interested in living in energy-self-sufficient communities. Now come off-the-grid housing developments for a more yupscale crowd, such as GreenWood Ranch Estates, 487 solar-powered homes near Kingman, Arizona (about three hours from Phoenix and two hours from Las Vegas). GreenWood could become the model for other similar communities in the western deserts, where land is cheap and the sun is free. Expect to see more real-estate developers latch on to the idea.

My link to RealGoods might get a few more “hits” now. One of the things I have been interested in for years is photovoltaic houses, and this was a major reason why I decided to enter construction and real estate with my current partner.

49. Your Next Business Strategy

In today’s global economy, where the pace of development is brisk, you’re not going to get better, faster on your own. Innovation will come only through meaningful relationships with other companies. So posit John Hagel and John Seely Brown in Your Next Business Strategy (Harvard Business School Press, June 2005), a challenging book that seeks to jolt readers out of complacency about their company’s capabilities. Offshoring merely to find cheaper wages is too narrow a strategy. The global economy offers opportunities to build networks of relationships with like-minded firms not only to share resources but also to learn from one another. The upshot: We’ll design better products, solve problems faster, gain more control over manufacturing, and share ideas with creative people from around the world. Early adopters are Nike and the thousands of partners it uses to make athletic shoes, and Li & Fung, a Chinese supply-chain orchestrator that helps apparel designers such as Ann Taylor.

John Hagel is the author of Net Gain, a favorite book of mine. Hagel was one of the first to write about virtual communities on the web; a passion of mine and the way I conduct most of my business.

Thanks Dane, for bringing all this to my attention, it’s a great article and one I plan on bookmarking. Dane was also kind enough to mention my little blog yesterday on his blog. I believe turnabout is fair play.

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