Category Archives: Trends

Is spirituality is the new sex?

  I’m not sure if this is a weak signal, but it’s interesting. An analysis of the Sotheby’s art prize has found that the theme of introspection, especially spiritually, is trending upwards, while sex is trending down. The data set … Continue reading

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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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The on-demand economy

Two interesting conversations last week. The first concerned generational attitudes to privacy. A friend was considering putting their home on Airbnb. His daughter (22) thought it was a great idea. His wife (40 something) was horrified. It exposed differing attitudes … Continue reading

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Future Predictions for 2050 (or before, but who can say?)

Here’s a list of some of the entries I removed from my final Mega trends & Technologies map for a variety of reasons. Gyroscopic inertial thrust engines (reactionless drive) Electrification of Africa Rise of Christianity in East Asia Cascades of … Continue reading

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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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2017 Trends & Ideas

Continuance of volatility, confusion, ambiguity and uncertainty We’ve moved from a G-7 world order dominated by the US to a G-Zero world with no clear super-power. The resultant vacuum is being fought over by just about everyone, including an assortment … Continue reading

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Trends for 2017

I’m taking to the BBC tomorrow about trends for 2017 and here are my top of my head thoughts. I may develop these on this blog, add to them, remove a few…although they all feature strongly on my new mega-trends … Continue reading

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Relationships between science and fiction

Still working through whether or not there might be a good graphic in the linkages between scientific fact and speculative fiction. In this vein, came across this today, which is one of the best things I’ve read about trends and … Continue reading

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