Author Archives: Richard

2020 Trends

I’m having a clearout of my office and I keep stumbling on various things. Here’s the cover from someting I did 10 years ago, along with a list of 10 trends for 2010. They seem pretty on the ball for … Continue reading

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The World in 2020

I cannot wait to re-read this little lot and work out what they got right, what they got wrong and possibly why. The World in 2020 (top) was written in 1994, Horizons 2020 (Siemans) in 2004 , Future Agenda 2020 … Continue reading

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How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

I should perhaps point out that this isn’t photoshop, it’s an actual fire globe in Austria. Can’t help but think that Sydney fireworks missed a trick. Perhaps they should have asked everyone around the harbour to simply turn they phone … Continue reading

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Moon shot of the month (for Max)

Following on from my Table of 100 Disruptive Technologies, I recently received an enthusiastic email from Max Nocerino, a Sci-Fi fan and aspiring futurist from Queens, New York. His idea is a table of future tech, but one that’s very … Continue reading

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Idea of the Year

Maybe that’s a bit over the top, but I just love this idea. The Resturant of Order Mistakes is a restaurant in the Toyosu district of Japan that is staffed by people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The idea is to … Continue reading

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A golden age of den building?

I don’t remember where I heard this (I may even have read it in a book I’m reading called The Geography of Genius), but someone recently said that the golden age of den (camp) building was between the wars. I … Continue reading

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All my ideas are held in the cloud

Historically, the sight of rising smoke generally meant human activity or presence. To some extent it symbolised life. Nowadays it generally means the opposite. Smoking is deemed bad for us. It is bad for the environment too. Puffs from cigarettes … Continue reading

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Future Shock @ 50

In 1970, Alvin and Heidi Toffler wrote a book called Future Shock, which went on to become a worldwide bestseller. The core idea in the book was a condition characterised by “shattering stress and disorientation”, brought about by “too much … Continue reading

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Future of UK Tax?

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