1. The Great Bank & Credit Card Backlash

      The smell of corruption is offending more than few nostrils Recent attempts by Congress and the Federal Reserve Board to curb the excessive fees being charged by credit cards, banks, and finance companies have resulted in a punitive industry response with interest rates and fees climbing in almost every category. This action has resulted in nothing short of a full-scale revolt by a victimized-f…Read More

  2. 10.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – The Coming Explosion of Single Use Devices

      In the end, its less about the device and much more about the interface Over the past couple decades the World Wide Web has been growing by leaps and bounds with huge amounts of new data being added on an hour by hour basis. Accessing this information, however, has always required an interface device which has traditionally been the computer. A computer was a computer and for most of us if we h…Read More

  3. 7.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – Colleges Face the Perfect Storm

      After looking at all the signals, there is no other way to describe it. Colleges are under attack. Several legs of the financial stools upon which they are sitting have been kicked out from under them, forcing higher tuition rates on an already cautious base of consumers. But money is only part of the equation. Cultural shifts, technological advances, and changes in customer perceived value a…Read More

  4. 6.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – The Turing Test for Avatars

    The recently released James Cameron thriller Avatar has set an entirely new standard for moviemaking, and in the process has given us a visualization of what the evolution of the avatar may lead to. The term “avatar” in the context of a digital computer-self was first coin by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 cyberpunk novel Snow Crash. Before that, the concept of avatar within Hinduism was associat…Read More

  5. 5.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – Bookless Libraries

      Many people regarded the September 2009 headline, “Cushing Academy Goes Bookless” as more of a curiosity than a serious trend. The way Cushing Headmaster James Tracy put it, "Instead of a traditional library with 20,000 books, we’re building a virtual library where students will have access to millions of books.” But underlying this blip on the radar screen lies a groundswell of innova…Read More

  6. 4.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – The Personal Mobility Explosion

    The Audi Snook - concept vehicle Pay close attention, there is a revolution brewing on the personal mobility end of the transportation spectrum. Nothing symbolizes personal freedom more than our ability to travel from one place to another quickly, and efficiently. But for the most part, we’ve been putting all our eggs into one basket – the basket of automobile transportation. In this post I wi…Read More

  7. 3.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – Forced Entrepreneurship

    Forced entrepreneurship, making its way to a family near you One of the overriding forces in 2010 will be the financial pressures stemming from the recession. The recession will not be ending anytime soon because Washington is too focused on the wrong issues, and the stimulus money is not being channeled to the people who are most likely to create the jobs. The outplacement firm of Challenger, Gra…Read More

  8. 2.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – The Coming Legal Marijuana Era

    With the hippie generation moving into the seat of power, many of the hard-line arguments for keeping marijuana on the same banned substance lists as heroine and cocaine are fading into the history books. The challenge all along for those wishing for outright legalization of pot has been that it doesn’t exactly fall into the “good for you” category, parents raising small kids are afraid of i…Read More

  9. iTunes U – The Rise of the 800 Pound Guerrilla

      In April 2009 Stanford University announced that its iPhone Application Programming course had broken the 1 million download mark from the Apple iTunes site. And it did it in record time - less than seven weeks. The course is nothing more than a series of classroom videos being taught by a team of Apple engineers. But the price was set at that very attractive price point of "free." One catch th…Read More

  10. The Future of Colleges & Universities – Part Four

    Disruptive Scenarios NOTE: The following is the fourth in a four part series title: The Future of Colleges & Universities:  Blueprint for a Revolution Most of us have great difficulty translating ideas of what the future holds into useful stories and concepts. For this next section, I have chosen to describe the upcoming changes in terms of scenarios. Each gives a brief description of one ele…Read More