Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Future of War

Interesting report on the future character of conflict out to the year 2029 just published by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), which is part of the Ministry of Defence in the UK. The top line is that the … Continue reading

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Rise of Singles

Single women bought 25% of the homes sold in the US during 2008. Single men bought another 9%. So 1/3 of all homes in the US in 2008 were bought by singles. Meanwhile, in Europe, Euromonitor estimates that one third … Continue reading

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Water water everywhere (but less and less to drink)

In 2001 a number of agricultural research scientists were briefed to investigate future world food production. At the same time a group of UN scientists embarked on an assessment of the likely economic and social impacts of water shortages in … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very, very beginning. And we … Continue reading

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Localism

Remember ‘Globalisation Unravelling’ – one of my top ten trends for 2010? Here’s a nice example. According to the Times newspaper, McDonald’s in Britain is “listening more to local consumers:.something McDonald’s has sought increasingly to do around the world.” Moreover, … Continue reading

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What’s Hot on Twitter

I don’t really care what’s popular on Twitter but if you do here are some lists. I especially like God and the Bible (ranked under ‘things’) alongside Starbucks and Wal-Mart (‘business’). Source: Sysomos.com (full link in comments).

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Mobile phone etiquette

A man walks into a public toilet and goes into the nearest clean cubicle. As he sits down he hears someone entering and locking the door of the cubicle immediately next to him. Second man: “Hello mate, how’s it going?”. … Continue reading

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Li Edelkoort

I’m not a big fan of the rag trade but Dutch-born Li Edelkoort (one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential people in fashion) can be a bit of an oracle at times. Here are a handful of her insights from … Continue reading

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Future Files – Croation Edition

Just in case there are any readers of my blog out there in Croatia you can now buy my book!

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Media Exposure Over Time

Here’s a slide from a Kaiser Family Foundation report in the US called Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8-to-18 Year Olds, (2010). There a link to the report (pdf) in comments.

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