Your WorldSo often in our day-to-day life, it’s easy to overlook how YOUR world is affected by THE World. Consider these trends and how they will likely impact your future and the world of work.

Trend #1 – Of all the people aged 65+ that have ever lived, 50% are alive right now.

Not only is the world becoming more crowded (the global population will soon hit 7.5 billion, and it’s also a world where people are living longer, less people are being born, more people are living alone and the nuclear family is becoming the exception not the rule. Unless something dramatic happens, demand (and prices) for almost everything is expected to rise.

The most significant demographic change is the aging population, which has serious implications for everything from health care and pensions to the world of work. In terms of workforce size, China, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan will together be responsible for almost 50% of the increase.

Trend #2 – There are now almost as many cell-phones (6.8 billion) as there are people on earth (7.3 billion).

75% of the planet owns a cell-phone and globally smart-phones are outselling PCs. In addition to mobile phones there are also 2 billion Internet users and 100 million people using Facebook every month.

What does this all mean?

  1. The movement of power is going away from companies and governments to individuals. The tools available on the Internet have given you the means of production and distribution, a combination that was only available to large companies in the past.
  2. The erosion of industry barriers. In media, there is now less distinction between creators and consumers. Consumers are creating, filtering and distributing content and there is a symbiotic relationship developing between social and professional media.
  3. Attention. The ease with which information can be created and distributed means that we are now receiving so much information and it’s becoming much harder to distinguish between what is important and what is not. Too much choice and complexity is also leading to the demand for simplicity and edited consumption in markets as diverse as retail and consumer electronics.

Stop for a moment and take a look at your job and career and see what’s happing in the world that could change your world. Maybe it’s time to add some new skills or develop an on-line brand where you can earn multiple streams of income from customers anywhere in the world.

The tools are right in front of you waiting for you to become not just a consumer, but a creator of something of value to others and discoverable by having an on-line personal brand.