Nikolas Badminton
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Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving.

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I Found a Booming Tech Industry Hidden in Victoria

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 6:27 PM

I boarded my float plane and charted a course that took me from Vancouver to Victoria Harbour. As I stepped off of the dock and onto the streets I found a place that felt quite passive. Tourists, students, newly weds and nearly-deads -- or so some say.

Looking at the...

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Party Leaders Should Commit to Growth Through Code Literacy

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 5:34 PM

As a new Canadian, I have been very much looking forward to this upcoming election. I've scrutinized and considered the parties policies (some are very vague), and the debates that have happened and, I'll be honest, something seems to be missing. I come from the UK originally and education has...

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F.L.O.W. Offers a Model for the Future of Work

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 12:43 PM

HR departments, recruiters and believers in the idea that you need to work for a company are all in a tailspin. They say that they have your #dreamjob. The truth is, they don't. They're liars. I'd be surprised if they actually think this. isn't about Millennials with...

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Vancouver's Community-Led Startup Culture Makes it World-Class

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Vancouver is a special place. Its geographic location is incredible. The mountains, the ocean, incredible scenery, an open-minded culture and a pioneering spirit -- these are many of the things that attract people to move here and call it home.

Things are not all positive though. The job climate can...

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How Canadian Businesses Can Become the Powerhouses of the Future

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 7:07 PM

In the technology world we hear about startups becoming unicorns. 'Unicorn' is a term in the investment and venture capital industry use to define a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded USD$1 billion dollars. When you look for these (apparently not so) mythical creatures we find a plethora...

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NASA is Embracing Crowdsourcing: Lessons for Success

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 6:37 PM

Crowdsourcing is gaining pace in 2015 with accelerated growth in 2014, expanding by 167 per cent to reach $16.2 billion raised, up from $6.1 billion in 2013. And, in 2015, the industry is set to more than double once again, on its way to raising $34.4 billion.


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Biohacking Is Here and Becoming Mainstream

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 8:41 AM

One of the most exciting areas of innovation and exploration around technology today is also one of the most misunderstood -- biohacking.

Biohacking is the practice of changing our biology and physical situation by employing the hacker ethic -- sharing, openness, decentralization, free access, and world improvement. It's the...

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Saying Yes to the Future of Conferences

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 12:19 PM

It's 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, and there are 200 people watching a "dive-in" movie on a big screen from the pool and the hot tub. Pockets of conversations continue -- including some deeply philosophical ones -- and business ideas spring to life, while a 3D printer buzzes in the corner....

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Vancouver Technology Companies Need to Create a Culture of Growth

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:24 PM

Some three or so years ago the digital business landscape changed when a new breed of self-defined marketers appeared -- Growth Hackers. They realized that focusing on being a deep expert in a single discipline was too restrictive and not agile enough to get the results needed for the businesses...

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Marketing Pioneers' New Rules for Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 5:47 PM

It's challenging being a marketer in 2015. You need to balance new platforms, the changing structures of teams and creative freelance resources, and consumers that demand more from your products and services now more than ever before.

To gain a perspective on how to operate in this ever-changing world I...

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Crowdfunding and Online Resourcing Working Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:05 PM

On Tuesday March 3rd, 2015, we saw a gathering of over 700 people from all sorts of organizations looking for insights and discussions at the first 2015 Canadian Crowdfunding Summit in Toronto, Ontario.

Canada is a leader in donation-based crowd funding. We are seeing companies built in Canada bolstered by...

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The Useless Home Gadgets That Tell Us Not to Think For Ourselves

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:46 PM

X-ray specs, Sea Monkeys, Crypto-rings, Whoopee Cushions, Black Eye Telescopes. I loved the comic ads that were used to entice children to part with their pocket money back in the day. They were fun, they were gimmicks, and most importantly, they were cheap and throw away. These days we have...

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The Future of Work and How Millennials are Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:18 PM believes that every time a project is posted and subsequently delivered that lives are changed. In some cases, it's as simple as making a project budget go a little further, getting a concept proven or some amazing design work delivered. In other cases, the projects posted and the work...

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Wearable Technology, Psychadelics and Other 2015 Predictions

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:49 AM

For the past few years, I have actively spent time to think about what technology trends will have the biggest impact in the coming one to three years. The following trends are those I have noticed, been attracted to, thought about, and discussed with friends over the past few months....

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Advice from Canada's Most Talented Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 4:44 PM

When I started my new job with, I was researching where and who to reach out to in Canada and I quickly realized the force that is the Ottawa start up scene. Sure it's the capital and that should be an obvious choice however I found something truly unique....

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Flexsourcing: The New Resourcing Model

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Companies are at a crossroads. Hiring freezes, increased workloads and reduced headcount makes for tough times and long hours. And that is just for established company, think about the really hard days in a startup as well and working starts to feel a little less than ideal for a sane...

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What Happens When Social Media Landscape Leaders Fight For Dominance

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Connecting with eCommerce and a focus on original visual content has become critical for Social Platforms as we deep-dive into Pinterest's meteoric rise in the social market; this demand for original content delivers a surge in creative and content jobs; Apple breaks what appeared to be Android's unshakeable dominance with...

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Creativity, Collaborative Economy and Building the Future: The End of Days?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Every day I have really interesting conversations with creatives and technical folk about my decision to work with and how we connect people to design, build, write and create businesses and successes. I then realize (after debating value, distributed economies, the creative processes and other subjects) that we are...

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Richard Branson's Unlimited Vacation Proposal Is An Expert Move

(7) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 1:49 PM

On Tuesday 23rd September, Richard Branson announced a bold new step forward for Virgin in a blog post on their site.

Flexible working has revolutionised how, where and when we all do our jobs. So, if working nine to five no longer applies, then why should strict annual...
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Design Is all Around Us, so Why Don't We See It?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Design is all around us: in the streets, on the bus, at work and in our homes.

Designers see it, learn from it, critique it, and improve upon it on a daily basis. For most of us normal folk, it is a lot less obvious. People do say that...

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