We want the physical world to mimic the internet


If you have friends with small children, I am sure at some point they have proudly told you how their little darlings could do just about anything with an iPad before they could even walk or talk. You’ve probably also seen the videos in social media with titles like, “Baby works iPad perfectly. Amazing. Must Watch!” From this it may seem like babies have suddenly became really smart but actually it’s the world that’s changing, not the children. Continue reading

Peter’s passionate predictions: creative collaboration

Do you have a strategy for how to leverage opportunities for creative collaboration? Networked Society evangelist, Peter Linder, describes how barriers to collaboration at and between companies are rapidly disappearing. Peter predicts that collaboration between employees and within ecosystems will be a vital enabler for success in the Networked Society.

What does Green City really mean?

ICT and city life

My colleague and friend, Craig Donovan, Manager of Sustainability Research at Ericsson, joined us at the New Cities Summit in Dallas, USA last week. It was a well-attended event with participants from over 50 countries including mayors, private and public sector representatives, start-ups, academia and members of the media. We were all there to discuss the future of cities and how we can transform the 21st century metropolis. Continue reading

The next revolution starts on the back label

In the Networked Society, just about every industry will have to change – even transform – as access to information and the ability for things to communicate is fundamentally changes the rules of the game. I wonder, however, if the greatest change is not hidden in the potential of print, and in the power of making it connected. Continue reading

Peter’s passionate predictions: Nomophobia

I am pleased to introduce ‘Peter’s Passionate Predictions’, a series of short videos published here, each Tuesday, on the Networked Society blog. I believe videos will replace slides as the new ubiquitous information bearer of stories in the Networked Society. In these 1 minute-long videos it is my ambition to inform you each week about a different phenomena going on in the Networked Society. Feel free to suggest topics you would like me to address in a future and I will do my best to turn it into something interesting.

The first topic in this series, Nomophobia, the fear of forgetting your mobile phone. Today, it’s easier to forget your wallet or keys when heading to work than to forget a smartphone which means that Nomophobia has become one of the biggest phobias in the world today.

Do you recognize the feeling?

Truth not trust – the importance of data integrity in the Networked Society


For the first time, we are hearing Tom Wheeler, head of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, start to discuss changes to regulation if cybersecurity is not adequately addressed by network providers. This is just a beginning. There is both need and opportunity to re-think what it takes to be safe in the Networked Society. Continue reading

Seventy seven society sketches & statistics

2014 trends

I’d like to introduce you to a collection of 77 short stories that outline the trends I believe will shape the Networked Society during the remainder of 2014. This collection is designed as a library of short stories, allowing you the flexibility to combine them into a variety of presentation formats. The world is becoming inter-dependent across a variety of areas and storytelling needs to span multiple trend domains in order for us to see the big picture. Continue reading

Take a fresh look at your city

City Index tool

Dear readers, this may be a bit too much Ericsson marketing for your taste, but for the last couple of weeks, well months actually, I’ve been working pretty hard to launch an interactive tool visualizing our Networked Society City Index. It‘s a really interesting opportunity to see your city from a new perspective and I’m pretty excited about it. So I just had to let you know. Continue reading

Do consumers want to talk to machines?

Internet of things

Earlier this spring I was invited to be a keynote speaker at a conference about machine-to-machine communication, or M2M, that Ericsson was arranging in Finland. When people heard that I was going to participate, a few stared blankly at me and said, “You’re a consumer research guy and this is about machine communication. This isn’t anything you should be concerned with!” Continue reading

What can policy makers do to maximize impact from ICT?

ICT policy

In my previous blog I wrote about the catalytic forces driving transformation in the Networked Society. I hope that I provided you with a good foundation and understanding of what transformative, ICT-enabled change is all about. I promised however to come back and write what policy makers can do to maximize the impact of ICT and shape the transformative change in socio-economically desired directions. Continue reading