Category Archives: Trend watching

T-Shirt Watch

Many moons ago (I’ve never used that phrase before , where did that suddenly come from I wonder?) I wrote something on weak signals and mentioned that t-shirt slogans are a good source of weak signals, emerging trends or at … Continue reading

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Trend of the Month…

…is asociality. This isn’t to be confused with people being anti-social, which generally refers to antagonism, displeasure or hostility towards other human beings. It isn’t quite introversion either, which might be referred to as someone that’s reserved or reflective or … Continue reading

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Trends Vs Fads

Is this a trend, a counter-trend or a fad? It’s not a trend to my mind – not large enough in scale or fast enough in velocity. It could be a classic counter-trend. The bigger a macro-trend the greater the … Continue reading

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Talking about the mega-trends map

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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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