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The Bottom Line - Futurology

Updated Thursday 11th July 2013

Evan Davis meets three business leaders who are placing massive bets on the future of farming, biomass fuel and the creation of a hyper-connected global society.

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Thursday, 11th July 2013 21:30 - BBC Radio 4

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Predicting the future is a skill that can earn investors and businesses a fortune - but get it wrong and disaster looms. In sectors like energy and technology planning decades ahead is an absolute necessity - but how can CEOs know what the world will look like in 2030 and how do they persuade shareholders and staff to come along for the ride?

Evan Davis meets three business leaders who are placing massive bets on the future of farming, biomass fuel and the creation of a hyper-connected global society and finds out about timing, balancing risk and holding your nerve.

Also, the views from America, Sweden and the UK on corporate tax are discussed.

In the studio this week are:

  • Dorothy Thompson, CEO, Drax
  • Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson
  • Jim Rogers, investor

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 11th July 2013 at 8.30pm. Versions will also be broadcast on BBC World Service, BBC World and BBC News Channel. To find out more, or to listen online where available, please visit bbc.co.uk.

 

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