Monthly Archives: January 2011

2011 Trend map

Trends2011_mapfinal That much promised link…

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The Future of Bookshops (and Work)

I forgot to say something. If you live around Oxford you simply must attend the Creation Theatre Company’s production of Doctor Faustus – amongst the books in Blackwell’s Bookshop (4 Feb-24 March). There’s also a panel discussion in the philosophy … Continue reading

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Out and about

Update. Event in London on the future of work followed by a flying visit to Oxford to do a talk at Blackwell’s bookshop. (Thanks Zool). Bright audience. Very bright audience. To misquote Yeats, it’s a wonder that anyone does anything … Continue reading

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2011 Trend Map

In the words of Saint Bob, the beloved singer-songwriter and social trends observer: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Having said that, a little information graphic can’t do any harm. So here’s a new … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi Hardware Store

Nice to see the new book in Singapore airport. Bumped into the old one in Vancouver airport a few weeks back too. I’ve been thinking (dangerous, I know). I must have one of the best jobs in the world. I … Continue reading

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Population Trends

The  absolute increase in the world’s working age population (i.e. men and women aged 15-64) will be approximately 900 million people over the next 2 decades. Sounds a lot, but the increase over the previous 2 decades was 1.3 billion*. … Continue reading

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Laptops, sandwiches, DIY skills & romantic fiction

A driver in the UK was recently pulled over by police for using a mobile phone and a laptop whilst driving. Police also suspected that the driver might have been eating a sandwich at the same time. Meanwhile, a report … Continue reading

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2020 Tax Commission

There’s a group called 2020 Tax Commission looking at how Britain’s tax system should look in the year 2020. All well and good. Except that the commission is made of white, middle aged men, 90% of whom have an economics … Continue reading

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Thou shalt not blog on Sundays.

Part of my digital diet.

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Predictions for the next 25 years

The Observer newspaper recently asked a group of experts for some predictions for what might happen over the next 25 years. Here’s some extracts from the predictions, together with my own comments. Thanks to Bradley who sent me the original … Continue reading

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