Category Archives: Trend watching

Map of Global Mega Trends




Here you go then. Use this link to get to a high resolution version. A3, A1 and rather wonderful AO sized copies on paper are available upon request (no charge except for print, post and a cardbaord tube). See you … Continue reading






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Trends are not where the future is found




I’ve had a bit of an epiphany. I was talking to someone last week about what the future of retail might look like…in 2020. That’s right, how the future will look in 48-months. Such a timescale automatically pulls anyone back … Continue reading






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Trend spotting




  It strikes me that if you want to spot trends or engage with the zeitgeist a good way to start is to look at what people are reading, watching or listening to. A good example is the recent US … Continue reading






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Strategic Trends




Last night I attended the launch of Global Strategic Trends (issue 5) out to 2045. If you don’t know it this document describes the future context for defence and security out to the year 2045, although it’s useful for general … Continue reading






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Fauxstalgia




                  New book #1 is done. Now to catch up with What’s Next, which is now so late it’s almost historical (and hysterical). Several things caught my eye today. Firstly, a new … Continue reading






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Classic counter-trend




          Apparently sales of fountain pens are on the rise. For instance, according to Amazon, sales have doubled this year compared to last and are up 400% on 2010. But why? I suspect the reason is … Continue reading






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Why trends bend




If one more person had said “Have a magic day” I might have hit them. I’ve been in Hong Kong for a night staying at the Disneyland Hotel. Mickey Mouse in Cantonese and Mandarin is somewhat weird. Anyway, amongst other … Continue reading






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Yesterday’s futures




                    I’ve been at the University of Warwick attending a conference organised by the Society of Chief Librarians. There was a good talk on scenarios by Rafael Ramîrez, a fellow in … Continue reading






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