Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Biggest Question of the 21st Century

I was speaking with someone yesterday and I was reminded about an article by Michael Wolf in the FT. It’s essentially about how the “great convergence” (between West and East) is going to shape this century and is informed by … Continue reading

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What’s Next issue #27 is up

What am I doing? I’m so glad you asked. I’m helping to write some thought starters for a workshop for the Australian Book Industry Strategy Group. I’m also having lunch with a few folks at Shell and preparing a prospectus … Continue reading

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Calorie inflation

I’m about to put up (out?) issue 27 of my What’s Next trend report ( so here’s a sneak peek at just one of the items. Despite the fact that, globally, one billion people are now obese, the idea that … Continue reading

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Food Trends Summary

The visual is still in the kitchen, but here’s a text version to nibble on… Starters Ageing Singletons Health & wellbeing Hectic households Cynical consumers Digitalisation Fragmented families Nostalgia Individualism Personalisation Informality Globalisation Localism Anxiety Eastern influence Connectivity Loneliness Data … Continue reading

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Almost served – Key food trends for 2011+

I’m just waiting on a hyperlink to put the new food trends menu out. In the meantime I’ve been trying to get my head around global trends for 2011 as a whole – as opposed to regional trends. I still … Continue reading

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Forensic phenotyping – part 2

Here we go. Further to my post on forensic phenotyping (Jan 6), here’s something from my book Future Files (2007). If you are charged with a criminal offence in the UK, a sample of your DNA is taken and added … Continue reading

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Thought for the day

“One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.” – Joseph Stalin.

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Forensic phenotyping

I’m trying to write something about prediction for Fast Company magazine. So far all I’ve got is this from Aston Webb, a Victorian architect, talking about London in the year 2014 from the perspective of 1914: “There are two great … Continue reading

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Food trends

I’m just putting the finishing touches to a menu of food trends for 2011+ (a collaboration with Charles and Wayne at The Food People). In the meantime, I spotted this list of food and drink trends in today’s issue of … Continue reading

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War and the Art of Innovation

Few quick snippets plus something longer to ponder… I forgot to say how impressed I was with the Global and Mail whilst in Canada recently. This is a really good newspaper. Couple of interesting thoughts from Tuesday’s edition. Firstly, an … Continue reading

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