Future of Work
The challenge in the field of work and income is how to unlock human potential in a flexible labour market. Next2Company has seen the labour market change radically in recent years. To increase flexibility, many sectors have switched from employees to subcontractors or freelancers. In many cases, this has led to transaction-based cooperation, unsustainable use of human resources, people being side-lined on the labour market, and inefficient supply chains. Value can be created by deriving greater synergy from partnership and by placing a renewed focus on unlocking human potential. This calls for transforming ways of cooperation and business models.
Future of Finance
The challenge facing the financial sector after the -economic crisis is how to create value for customers and society. We see countless opportunities to tailor the sector’s solutions even more effectively to individual customers, offer peace of mind and flexibility. The challenge is not to see the various financial products as separate segments but to integrate them into a complete solution for consumers. Transparency is required, and technology can play a key role in this. Consumers want more than just financial returns. In their role as investors, financial institutions can also function as a lever in the transition to a sustainable society.
Future of Justice
Six billion people worldwide still lack optimal access to justice. Justice is not necessarily something you need to go to court for. It is about how people and organisations agree on effective rules, make practices transparent, and avoid and resolve conflicts. We believe that the heart of the solution lies in defining justice needs of people and organisations as a starting point. It is about finding effective, affordable solutions to their needs. There are many more ways to do this than the traditional legal system provides. To get there, legal, technological and organisational innovation often go hand-in-hand. This calls for innovators who can bring these things together. And that calls for what we describe as Justice Innovation.
Future of Cities
Neighbourhood development is a key focus of attention. The main aims are to improve the physical quality of the neighbourhood and cases such as social cohesion and quality of life. There is very little focus on residents’ financial concerns or their ambitions in life. And there is a lack of anticipation to the themes of energy, mobility and care transitions, which converge precisely at neighbourhood level. A missed opportunity.
Organisations from different sectors can work together to develop smart concepts that meet the needs of people and businesses. Concepts where, for example, it is no longer the bricks and mortgage that take centre stage but the demand for housing, employment and well-being.
The focus has widened from simply ‘houses’ to encompass people’s living and housing needs in general. Those needs are very diverse. For some people, their needs are linked to their work; for others, the relationship with care is important.
Future of Energy
On the road towards a sustainable energy system the energy sector is facing fundamental transformation. Besides phasing-out fossil fuels, an even more radical change is happening in the architecture of the sector. In the near future the competitive battle will not revolve around generating our supplying energy, but on providing flexibility and orchestrating supply and demand on multiple levels. For the energy supplier and their key customers this provides all kinds of opportunities to develop new business models. These opportunities even multiply when the sector is able to collaborate strategically with amongst others the industry, construction, healthcare and finance sector. Together they can co-create shared value by connecting the strategic challenges in their respective sectors and discover new sustainable business models which capture cross-sector potential.
Future of Mobility
Mobility does not merely stand for cars, public transport or asphalt. It is about enabling people to meet, to participate in society and to transport people and goods effectively and efficiently.
New societal challenges related to mobility and transport will undoubtedly pop up in a growing economy and prospering society. To solve these challenges requires sustainable solutions, based on smart applications of technology, connecting key players and initiating innovative market pilots. We need to keep cities accessible and enable sustainable deliveries of goods, accommodate growing amounts of people that commute to their work and we need to face new realities in the logistical supply chain.
At the same time, we see a changing role for consumers that become more independent, flexible and engaged. It is up to new and incumbent players in the marketplace for mobility to effectively and sustainably act and grasp opportunities. We challenge organizations to make connections between the world of mobility and other sectors, like healthcare, education, government and technology. By doing this, new and smart logistical solutions and mobility services will come to live, that will contribute significantly to social and economic return.