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From hunter-gatherers, we evolved into cyber-urbanites. Almost everything in our cognition is concerned with the future. If we would take away goal setting, planning, or envisioning the future, only impulsiveness would remain. Uncertainties and challenges occur when the time horizon lengthens and the task broadens.

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Babies start to grasp that concept between 4 to 8 months of exposure to disappearing parents and teddy bears. It takes 3 more years before we can begin to grasp what planning for the future entails. Toddlers can tell you what will happen on their birthday. But that is not insight in the future. That is knowledge of a script for birthday parties. To show future insight, you have to grasp what the future may hold and plan for it. Two Canadian Only 4-yearolds planned for emergency and boredom. Younger kids just took a snack. As adults, we still have difficulty get our heads around more complex reasoning about the future.

Understandably, our brains try to economize as much as possible. Most of our reasoning is done on autopilot. We start thinking deliberately when circumstances surprise us, but rational analysis is tiring. So when we do it, we try to develop rules of thumb for dealing more easily with that kind of surprise. Generating rules of thumb is our go-to responses to save energy, but it leads to a blind spot for the complexity in our wider environment. There is this wonderful Book of Odds. Or that a person has toast for breakfast 1 in The odds worth sharing here, is the chance of you reading this article, at this day and time, in this place.

Because for you to read it, all your forefathers during the 10, years of human evolution, needed to be born, find a mate, and have a healthy kid. No diseases, no fatal premature accidents, no natural disasters. Not to mention your liking for futurism that needed to blossom against all odds. Someone has done the math, and the odds are: 1 in The fairway or an alpine hut? The ZillerLodge lies directly on the golf course amidst the Zillertal Valley mountainscape. With amenities and a view which will take your breath away. One with nature.

Remember the two jars with the white and red marbles our teachers used to illustrate probabilities? Well, the future, as history, holds far too many jars with marbles. Our lives consist of very many events and developments, that may or may not be linked, of which we may or may not be aware, and which develop partly outside our control and over time. Not by laymen, not by experts. Many experts have made embarrassingly wrong predictions. The difference between experts and laymen is their amount of experience, but they still share the same blind spots for change.

Boy, they must have had some serious regrets. But then global challenges are real. We do face challenges like scarcity of vital materials, increasing income inequality, and the emergence of many exciting but possibly disruptive technologies. Challenges we may not be able to escape from by innovation alone. First is response flexibility, and second the preferred future. Response flexibility has proven its worth. Take IBM. In the early s, stock prices were falling, and a new CEO was hired. Instead of focusing on the core business, IBM started to focus on change in the environment.

Anything that could be patented was patented. It made IBM ready to seize the opportunity when it arose. Chasing a preferred future is another, more passionate approach that makes it easier to rally the troops. The world we live in is to a large extent the consequence of our own focus and actions. That view leaves the initiative and direction of our future foremost with us. It gives us the responsibility to develop a future worth working for. Instead, the preferred future is like an infant.

Only its first stages are visible and the mature idea is temporarily confined to our brains. It needs protection and care to grow. But I do know that great things are possible, as long as you focus on the business and simultaneously keep an eye out for the early signs of change. Futurist Barbara van Veen MA advises top managers about the uncertainties in their current business strategy and provides insights into the ways companies can ready themselves for strategic surprises in the future.

One of these is Illy, whose familiar red-and-white curvy logo adorns a wide range of espresso machines in our favourite cafes and, increasingly, consumer products such as pods and the home cappuccino gadgets whose popularity has exploded in the last decade. The story behind this Italian icon is fascinating. In the interview, he explains how the timeless principles of the firm enable it to honour tradition while continuing to innovate. He describes the principles as: high quality, consistency, delighting customers, nurturing the workers, suppliers and environment; not simply out of concern for society, but by recognizing the interdependence and relationships that ensure a business operates at its best.

We understand value as long-term value, building through sustainability; transparency, and people development. At the bottom of the pyramid, supporting the business, are the shareholders. That is the opposite to the conventional [business model]. Consapevole che gli sforzi per continuare ad innovarsi abbiano pagato, guarda con fiducia al futuro.

Valori di lungo periodo che ci hanno sempre accompagnato. It is difficult. It is worse than oil. The impact on producing countries is much worse — they are mostly developing countries. Some 25 million families rely on coffee for their livelihood. Coffee underwent a positive revolution from commodity to high added-value. This has led to more consumption and a premium price. In general, the market is passing more financial resources and more value to the producing countries.

Our goal is to end poverty in the rural coffee-producing communities. It is feasible. The objective is to nurture and sustain the skilled farmers whose contribution is so obviously essential. In addition, companies that rely on agriculture in a world of rising human population and pressure on land and other resources cannot ignore the looming environmental pressures.

Climate change is already beginning to have an impact. In some tropical areas, high temperatures or excessive rain has posed problems for growers. This has particularly been a problem in Central and South America, he says. Instead, the firm pays for warehousing, which he acknowledges adds to working capital, but which ensure the best product is in stock, guaranteeing the highest standards of taste and, as a result, the strength of the brand. E di questa trasformazione il marchio Illy ha saputo essere protagonista.

Dieci anni dopo era volato a 3,23 dollari. Penso davvero che sia possibile. Le modifiche climatiche hanno iniziato a creare conseguenze: in alcuni paesi tropicali le alte temperature e le piogge eccessive stanno ponendo problemi significativi per i coltivatori. At the heart of his approach to business is a deep understanding of, and passion for, the product: the infinitely subtle varieties of flavour that coffee.

Maintaining product strategy same as it is now: contribution to the positive revolution. No two bottles of wine are the same. The stylish Espressamente stores have been opened around the world; the Iperespresso capsules involve two-stages: infusion followed by an emulsification process that mixes aromatic oils with air to enrich the flavour and produce a creamy texture.

Oppure nei musei: luoghi della cultura e del cuore. This is a company, and an industry, that is becoming more innovative and sophisticated, reflected in the University of Coffee, set up by Illy and now based in Trieste, bringing growers, the hospitality industry and consumers together. Doubtless there will be new innovations.

There will also be new and unexpected market and environmental challenges. But it looks as though the third generation of the entrepreneurial Illy family is ready. Between and it rose 2. Some billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every year. By Philip Whiteley. For more on Expo Milano , go to: www. When the two large empires first encountered each other in the seventeenth century they soon came to blows over territory.

Relations in later years were suspicious and competitive; during the Cold War the two became bitter rivals. Russia is keen to explore new markets for its oil and gas reserves. Meanwhile Western sanctions and a fall in the global price of oil last year led to massive capital outflows amid concerns about a collapse of the rouble and a government default. Still the Kremlin believes that it has weathered the economic and geopolitical fallout from Russian activities in Ukraine last year. The rouble was one of the best performing emerging countries in early The imposition of informal capital controls and intervention in support of the rouble prevented a rout and even ended with a modest growth in GDP of 0.

The formation of the inefficient Eurasian Economic Union EEU on schedule, a partial recovery in the price of oil and the continued hunger for energy from China. Compared to the military, education is currently languishing at Meanwhile investment is still falling year on year, manufacturing growth remains weak despite the strong rouble, and annualised inflation is in double figures.

These are not the signs of a balanced economy in robust recovery. China seeks a diverse array of energy suppliers to fuel the economic growth that legitimises communist rule. The pair also share certain political beliefs, such as a suspicion of democracy and local nationalisms, and already cooperate in security matters through the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO. The latter is important because although it is often just a talking shop, it includes almost all the Central Asian states of the former USSR. Besides which, China is presently more concerned with adjusting the regional balance of power in East Asia in its favour than Central Asia.

Since geopolitical events have meant that exports from previous Chinese partners like Iran, South Sudan, Sudan and Libya have dropped and China has replaced them with a basket of new states including Russia. Moscow is doubly attractive to Beijing as an energy exporter because if routes through Central Asia can be expanded and linked up China can bypass the strategic US-controlled Malacca Straits. By Neil Thompson. The world staggers from crisis to crisis, with an unexpectedly positive development emerging from time to time.

In economics, successive waves of cheap money unleashed by central banks of major economies in the s and s were only partially effective: encouraging investment in some sectors where rapid development was helpful — such as renewable energy — but also creating further speculative asset bubbles in property, shares and government bonds. The great dollar crash of had a particularly profound effect on the USA and the world. It was left to a Democrat President to cut welfare, and then the Republican successor to cut defence as successive administrations sought a soft default through higher inflation.

Slashing the US Navy altered the global balance of power.


The split of the European Union into essentially three zones was a protracted, painfully drawn-out affair. Less cohesive and technologically advanced than the Nordic Union, it has nonetheless held together so far. Freed of the dysfunctional euro, many Spanish cities, the Ile de France and northern Italy in particular were able to develop rapidly.

The economic outcome for the continent of Europe was relatively benign for some years, but the Old Continent faced perennial threats from Islamist incursions and a latent threat from the east, especially after Russia completed its control over Ukraine in the mids, and formed treaties with ex-European Union states Greece, Romania and Bulgaria. In Europe, nations prioritized welfare and health spending over defence, tacitly assuming the USA would provide protection — which it did until its own crisis hit in the late s.

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In the early s the most unlikely alliance ever established combined finally to thwart the semi-formalized Islamic State of the Levant, when Israel, Iran, Russia and NATO launched an ultimately effective land campaign. Unexpectedly benign developments in western Africa and southern South America have been the most positive developments in recent years. In the Cono Sur region, the.

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Fate also intervened: the unevenness of climate change left the Mediterranean-style climate of the central zone of the Cono Sur largely unscathed, while repeated droughts in California, combined with fiscal crises at state and federal level and high taxes, encouraging a brain drain south to the Sao Paolo-Montevideo coastal corridor which became the most fashionable hi-tech region, with signs that Ghana and neighbouring African countries are following behind. Tension over the Nicaragua Canal in Central America, built as a rival to the Panama Canal with Chinese investment, almost spilled over into all-out war between the USA and China in , but calmer heads prevailed.

Climate change has turned out to be more uneven and unpredictable than expected. The huge shift away from fossil fuels in the mids, led by China, stalled the rise in carbon emissions. Meanwhile re-afforestation programmes acted to soak up excess CO2, and 3D printing slashed the energy consumption of manufacturers. This did not prevent creeping desert in some vulnerable regions, and excessive rainfall in some tropical zones. In science and technology, progress was hampered by the human factor. Impressive rises in longevity in developed countries came to a halt in the s and s.

The prime culprits were obesity, diabetes. However, the revelation that many illnesses were caused by processed foods, misuse of antibiotics or environmental toxins was not welcome news to vested interests in the food, chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. A wave of scandals in the USA changed perspectives, and weakened the moral authority of the West, which had sought to clamp down on corruption after the FIFA scandal broke on how bribes apparently helped fix allocation of World Cup final tournaments.

Artificial intelligence and Big Data had a delayed impact. For years, tech firms made the same mistake as town planners in Europe in the s and s who destroyed communities with urban motorways and high-rise flats: expecting people to work around the technology. In a similar way, excessive automation and infringements of privacy led to a backlash against Big Data.

Many upper income people opted out of social media. Finally, the smartest firms realized their error and began to build systems that respected customer privacy, hiring the best people managers to create teams and make better judgements on use of technology. By , the best people managers were earning more than the best tech geeks.

So what lies in store for the second half of the 21st Century?

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More progress towards valuing the people asset and renewable energy? Or further slides into tribal schisms and global wars over scarce resources? The answer is surprisingly simple. It is lurking from everywhere around you through the interconnected bits of information that comprise your life. In such an intertwined and exposed system, any person, company or institution needs to uphold their credibility with increasing fervour. Just consider the word credit. It has become a term often used not only in the finance and banking world, but more and more in the everyday language of journalists, politicians as well as common people.

We talk about social credit; you may credit the Pope for facilitating discussions between the USA and Cuba. We often talk about political credit; you may credit Boris Johnson for his work as Mayor of London and no doubt, Boris may eventually use this political credit to run for the Prime Minister seat. All this credit takes time to build, it takes an effort to keep, and it is very easy to lose. Whether you are rich or poor, whether your ultimate goal is building your social, moral, political, or financial credit, you need to nurture it the same way you nurture your personal relationships.

Everything around you is more and more transparent, and so you need to remain a credible player within the global credit game otherwise you will lose your fortune. All this is pretty much self-explanatory. However, when it comes to the financial and banking worlds, the role of credit remains not so well understood.

Surprisingly enough, not even economists talk about the far-reaching implications of the emerging Credit Society for the global economy. Sure, we have heard a lot about credit crunch, the crisis of confidence and so on, but nobody has managed to hit the nail exactly on its head. How did the Credit Society exactly come about? It has started proliferating into the realm of economy when the world decided to abolish the gold reserve in the s.

This credit rating is a highly intricate relationship between banks, individuals, institutions, states, companies and other banks. All these are more or less widely known facts which, for some reason, remain hidden to the mainstream economists. For example, take the current Euro Crisis stemming from the looming exit of Greece from the Eurozone please note that this article was written on 29th June — before the referendum in Greece. As a creditologist, I have expected that. The transition to stronger currencies is as logical as the gradual growth of public debt which are both conditional to economic development.

The biggest surprise for me was that ECB and the Euro have been created without the European Ministry of Finance EMF which would be responsible for release of European bonds and for risk-managing the public debts of individual member states and the EU as a whole. If the EU agreed to the creation of the European Ministry of Finance at the end of the s, the Greek crisis would have been long solved if it happened at all and the Euro would have been an even stronger currency. The credit interdependency between creditors and debtors which is the willingness of creditors to credit and the ability of debtors to repay and the overall risk-management of this relationship by every single player in the global credit game is at the very base of the science that may well replace the Economics quite soon — Creditology — and hopefully prevent any future global crises as well as help prevent your own.

Because we are all interconnected players of the global credit game. I spend my days thinking, speaking and writing about the future, and emerging technologies. Whatever the situation, I have one singular mission. I want you to think about the future. How will we live in the future? How will emerging technologies change our lives, our economy and our businesses? We should begin to think about the future now.

It will be here faster than you think. It may be extraordinarily expensive, complex and risky, but for people who want to turn back the clock, it may be worth it. It may sound like science fiction but the science is real, and it has already begun. Another study published in CELL reports that Australian and US researchers have successfully reversed the aging process in the muscles of mice. Researchers gave the mice a compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide or NAD for a week and found that the age indicators in two-year-old mice were restored to that of six-month-old mice.

That would be like turning a year-old human into a year-old! How will our culture deal with age reversal? Will we set limits on who can age-reverse? Do we ban criminals from this technology? These are the questions we will face in a very complex future. One thing is certain, age reversal will happen and when it does it will change our species and our world forever.

The robots are coming and they are going to eat your job for lunch. Worldwide shipments of multipurpose industrial robots are forecast to exceed , units in , and this is just the beginning. These robots will be our personal servants, assistants and caretakers. We already have robots and automation that can make pizza, serve beer, write news articles, scan our faces for diseases, and drive cars.

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We will see AI in our factories, hospitals, restaurants and hotels around the world by We are entering the techno-agricultural era. Agricultural science is changing the way we harvest our food. Robots and automation are going to play a decisive role in the way we hunt and gather. Climate change will also make traditional food production more difficult and less productive in the future. We will need more efficient systems to feed these hungry urban areas. Thankfully, several companies around the world are already producing food grown in these Vertical PinkFarms and the results are remarkable.

Vertical PinkFarms will use blue and red LED lighting to grow organic, pesticide free, climate controlled food inside indoor environments. Vertical PinkFarms use less water, less energy and enable people to grow food underground or indoors year round in any climate. Traditional food grown on outdoor farms are exposed to the full visible light spectrum. However, agricultural science is now showing us that O, Y, G and V are not necessary for plant growth. You only need R and B. LED lights are much more efficient and cooler than indoor florescent grow lights used in most indoor greenhouses.

LED lights are also becoming less expensive as more companies begin to invest in this technology. Just like the solar and electric car revolution, the change will be exponential. By , we may see massive Vertical PinkFarms in most major cities around the world. We may even see small Vertical PinkFarm units in our homes in the future. Transhumanism By , even if a majority of humans do not self-identify as Transhuman, technically.

If we define any bio-upgrade or human enhancement as Transhumanism, then the numbers are already quite high and growing exponentially. According to a UN Telecom Agency report, around 6 billion people have cell phones. This demonstrates the ubiquitous nature of technology that we keep on or around our body. As human bio-enhancements become more affordable, billions of humans will become Transhuman. Digital implants, mind-controlled exoskeletal upgrades, age reversal pills, hyper-intelligence brain implants and bionic muscle upgrades.

All of these technologies will continue our evolution as humans. Reconstructive joint replacements, spinal implants, cardiovascular implants, dental implants, intraocular lens and breast implants are all part of our human technoevolution into this new Transhuman species. This enables the entire lens to display information. The bridge to the smart contact starts with smart glasses, VR headsets and yes, the Apple watch. Wearable technologies are growing exponentially.

In fact, CastAR augmented 3D glasses recently received over a million dollars in funding on Kickstarter. Their goal was only four hundred thousand. The market is ready for smart vision, and tech companies should move away from handheld devices if they want to compete. The question of what is real and augmented will be irrelevant in the future. We will be able to create our reality with clusters of information cults that can only see certain augmented information realities if you are in these groups.

All information will be instantaneously available in the augmented visual future. California and parts of the south-west in the US are currently experiencing an unprecedented drought. If this drought continues, the global agricultural system could become unstable. Thankfully we live in a world filled with exponential innovation right now.

An emerging technology called Atmospheric Water Harvesting could save California and other arid parts of the world from severe drought and possibly change the techno-agricultural landscape forever. Several companies around the world are already using atmospheric water harvesting technologies to solve this problem. Each company has a different technological approach but all of them combined could help alleviate areas suffering from water shortages.

The most basic, and possibly the most accessible, form of atmospheric water harvesting technology works by collecting water and moisture from the atmosphere using micro netting. These micro nets collect water that drains down into a collection chamber. This fresh water.

Will people use this technology or will we continue to drill for water that may not be there? Today we already have 3D printers that can print clothing, circuit boards, furniture, homes and chocolate. Did you get that? You can now buy a 3D printer and print furniture! These avant-garde designs may not be functional for the average consumer so what is one to do for a regular tee shirt? So what is next?

Yes, cars. Divergent Microfactories DM has recently created a first 3D printed high-performance car called the Blade. This car is no joke. The Blade has a chassis weight of just 61 pounds, goes MPH in 2. These are just seven emerging technologies on my radar. I have a list of hundreds of innovations that will change the world forever. Some sound like pure sci-fi but I assure you they are real. Are we ready for a world filled with abundance, age reversal and self-replicating AI robots?

I hope so. In the last five years the number of African billionaires has more than tripled to Ten years on, in Britain, it has come to signify a privileged elite, who have considerable spending power. Like his clients, he sees London as a place to unwind and have fun — which Restaurants such as Nobu, Hakkasan and Cipriani are benefiting from their patronage, as are exclusive clubs such as Boujis, Mahiki, Libertine and the circus-themed Cirque Le Soir. Their cultural influence is also being felt in the capital. Selfridges, responding to the pride of African expats in their home culture, has sold fashion ranges by African designers such as Lisa Folawiyo and Lanra Da Silva Ajayi and Boujis has hosted an.

Afrobeats night with promoters Cococure. It seems that the financial and cultural influence of these wealthy Africans is also having an impact in their countries of origin — and not just because many have homes both abroad and in their home countries. Their global spending power means that their home economies may now be taken more seriously. The fact that a number of international brands such as Hugo Boss have opened shops in West Africa also reflects a growing financial confidence in the African continent.

London looks set to reap the financial rewards created by this growing wealthy elite. You might be wondering, why would the biotech and pharmaceutical industries want to invest so much in finding such cures? For the first time in human history, we have access to advanced technologies that are rapidly evolving to allow radical new ways to treat patients and the results are a society that is quickly evolving into a future that looks like something straight out of a science-fiction film.

By being able to treat ageing and death, that makes every living human being on the planet a prospective patient. So, while curing diseases and cancer might not seem like a profitable move for the pharmaceutical industry, being able to treat ageing and death will create a new drugs and treatments that all of us might be interested in. This also will allow for better marketing since most of the drug commercials and ads we see today only appeal to small percentages of our population who suffer from whichever disease that specific drug might treat.

Zoltan Istvan, founder of The Transhumanist Party and a Presidential candidate, believes that the. The future of healthcare will look much differently than today. Men will have birth control in a form of an injectable gel that blocks sperm for up to 6 months. MicroChips is creating tiny implants that can deliver drugs over the course of decades and one form of that will be a birth control chip that women can have for up to 16 years and control drug delivery via remote control.

Doctors at the University of Maryland are beginning trials on suspended animation, being able to keep patients in a state of limbo between life and death so they can have more time to treat patients in urgent situations. Next year, Dr. Today, the blind are beginning to see with bionic eyes, the deaf are receiving cochlear implants to hear for the first time, and a paralysed man kicked off the World Cup in Brazil thanks to a robotic exoskeleton suit.

This is all just the beginning. Whether you are skeptical or not, one thing is for certain, our future will look much differently than today. The question is, how far will we go to live forever and should we live forever? If governments can agree on the steps needed to limit global carbon emissions, could be the most significant year in recent memory for action against climate change. It is hoped that the outcome will be a legally binding agreement which limits emissions to a level sufficient to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, a cap, agreed by countries, as necessary to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

London is no exception. Whatever the agreement reached in December, global temperatures will remain on an upward trajectory. The question is whether we limit global warming to 2 degrees, or have to cope with disastrously higher average warming. Cities, often low lying and densely populated, are especially vulnerable to the impacts of this warming. In London, the Mayor and businesses have focussed most efforts on mitigating climate change through a reduction in carbon emissions. There has been a tendency for cities to overlook the need to adapt and build resilience to what the future will inevitably bring.

And it is not just a picture of vulnerability to increased risk of flooding, drought and heatwave: Yet these risks, even as their likelihood and potential severity increase, are poorly understood. Small and medium enterprises are even less likely to have taken steps to prepare for the risk of climate change. Evidence from the Federation of Small Businesses suggests 60 per cent have no plan in place to deal with extreme weather conditions.

The adaptation strategies devised by the other 40 per cent rarely take into account the wider vulnerabilities of global supply chains and investments. This includes countries like China, India and Indonesia.

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And businesses, particularly in vulnerable sectors such as hi-tech manufacturing, require assistance to develop the skills to evaluate and respond to the risks they face. Compounding this is the extent to which major investors based in London are reliant on the performance of companies that produce or trade in fossil fuels — products which will, over time, become less valuable.

Any global carbon emissions agreement emerging from the Paris conference later this year could make proven fossil fuel reserves un-burnable, and cause the value of fossil fuel investments to slump. The Committee found that awareness of these potentially severe risks is growing. Some London-based investors have aligned with the global movement to divest from fossil fuels, and The Bank www. The Committee is keen to advocate a transition away from investments in fossil fuels, particularly coal, and instead seeks to encourage investment in more responsible funds.

Such investment could help the insurance industry maintain the critical role which it plays in supporting businesses vulnerable to wider climate change risks. Research suggests the financial pressures for insurance companies of continuing to provide commercial insurance in the face of climate change may mean insurance cover becomes less viable for businesses.

However, encouraging investment in adaptation technologies leads to increased protection from the risks, thus reducing the costs to the insurance industry, and maintaining the viability of commercial cover. London is, perhaps, uniquely placed to take advantage of investment in the green economy. A new Mayoral initiative to develop a hub for green entrepreneurship at the Old Oak and Park Royal development site, being built around the new Crossrail and HS2 transport super-hub in North West London, is beginning to take root.

This should provide a prime opportunity for investment in much needed adaptation skills, research and business development. London, and indeed many global mega-cities, have some way to go to become resilient to the full range of risks which climate change presents. But the opportunity for action, now, is clear. Developing a risk based, citywide approach will be a vital first step. And it must have the flexibility to respond to the uncertain changing climate scenarios we face.

The Committee found that investment can be a force for good in helping SMEs and other businesses adapt to Read the London Assembly Economy Committee report climate change. And they are well placed to provide Report author and former Chair of the London Assembly assistance to those companies which might otherwise Economy Committee struggle to respond.

Serving the private travel needs of an elite international client base, with exceptional customer service at the forefront of everything they do and stand for, Skytime Jets ensure that all clients who fly with them experience the very best that private aviation has to offer. What did you do prior to Skytime Jets? I was working for a private jet operator and charter brokerage based at Farnborough Airport. That company was a victim of the down turn post and finally stopped operating in , which left myself, my wife Kelly and many of our colleagues and employees out of work, so Kelly and I together formulated a plan to launch Skytime Jets.

From the outset we were lucky enough to employ many of the other employees whom we had worked with and who had also found themselves in a similar situation. Since the business launched, we have worked together to transform and develop Skytime Jets into a hugely successful venture which goes to show that good things do come out of adversity and faced with a challenging situation we seized the opportunity it presented to set up our own business. What kind of clients travel with Skytime Jets?

We have a diverse collection of customers from large Plcs and luxury travel agents, through to private individuals. Historically — and the area we still see great success in — is looking after private clients in much the same way as a family office does. We appreciate that our customers are spending a large amount of money and as such, they demand the highest level of service. We believe that this cannot be achieved by a faceless, online product but instead needs to be achieved by delivering an extremely personal level of care, and the client relationship remains at the heart of everything Skytime Jets do.

Who is your ideal client? One who is discerning and understands and values the level of bespoke care that we put into working with them. What do you feel are Skytime Jets biggest achievements, any setbacks or challenges? Without question, the greatest achievement we have had is developing an outstanding reputation and becoming a success in an industry that is dominated by companies pushing for world domination. What are Skytime Jets main competitive differentiators? Our personal approach, experience, understanding, transparency and total financial security. We have an exceptionally experienced team and our clients speak directly to them, whenever they want.

We spend our days ensuring that our clients can see and feel the luxury aspect of flying privately, with a very personal and hand-held approach to service. We strive to see and do things differently, right from the initial client contact through to ongoing customer care. We combine that with a financial structure which means clients can take advantage of Client and Escrow Accounts dependant on their wishes.

Who accesses your services? We have a wide range of clients from private individuals through to travel agents, concierge companies and large corporations. How do you choose your planes, do you have a favourite? The aircraft we provide to our customers come from closely monitored and audited approved suppliers. My favourite however would be the Dassault Falcon 7X — the ultimate in private travel. How do you justify this amount of money for a private jet? His aircraft is Boeing which was designed to carry two hundred plus people so it is at the extreme end of private travel.

What the large price tag does provide is the ability to move large numbers of people to an airport of his choice on a schedule of his choosing. At the end of the day Mr Trump only has to justify it to himself as he is the one picking up the bill! What makes a private jet so desirable? They provide flexibility, privacy and security. Flying to your own schedule, from quiet airports and exclusive lounges can put the enjoyment and luxury back into air travel.

If you could personally own a private jet, what would it be and how would it look? The Dassault Falcon 7X is an amazing and beautiful aircraft. It can carry up to sixteen people in absolute comfort, with three different zones in the cabin where you can dine, relax and even have a rest in a comfortable bed.

On a personal level, what motivates you? Running a successful company with a motivated team enables me to look after and. We joke that we have two families, our children at home and the team in the office as we spend as much time with both! Right from the setup of Skytime Jets, we had a vision of a company that would care for its employees and clients alike. Achieving this goal is what pushes us on every day.

What have you been doing in terms of branding and image? Not on a canal and no outside seating. I met this chef two years ago at Avogaria and he is one of the most passionate in Venice. I recommend his prixfixe menu with the wine flight. His seafood is excellent, all local, and his wines are very well chosen. You'll know you had a true Venetian dinner here made by a self-taught Venetian chef.

We had the tasting menu with wine: quite simply stunning. Do not come here if you want a traditional Venetian meal; do not come if you are happy with pizza and pasta; do not come here if you want everyday food. The chef blends quality ingredients in new ways with deep and satisfying flavours. Each course was excellent and the wines first class. It is not cheap but it is excellent value for the quality. The service was charming and attentive with no sense of rush. We felt very welcome and enjoyed the complimentary grappa to end the meal.

This should be a restaurant that food lovers seek out. Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers. Profile Join. Log in Join. Osteria La Furatola. Improve this listing. Cuisines: Italian. Restaurant details Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine. Description: In osterialafuratola the taste is considered like the harmonic center of a circle composed by sight,hearing,smelling and touch.

All these elements gather in the perfect equilibrium. The pleasentness of the harmony of colours and shapes of the furniture and of the dishes are amazingly linked with the sounds of the restaurant. On one hand the tender music and the kind meeting of the cutlery that welcome the food, on the other the mellow intensity of the scents of the wines that jokingly, through the changing of temperature, evolves and encounter the maravellous contrast hot - cold of the dishes.

Alberto Terrin, owner and chef of osterialafuratola, doesn't consider himself instincive, just creative. Alberto highlightning that his own dishes are creative, reminds that the instinct to make an equilibrated and pleasant dish, always comes from a perfect knowledge of the raw material, not only from a sort of natural instinct. Our sommelier Ilario Fogli is always ready to combine perfectly food and wine giving you the best mix for your dinner. Reviewed August 31, Date of visit: August Google Translation. Report response as inappropriate Thank you.

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