1. 8.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – Alternatives to Incarceration

      In a country that claims to be the land of the free, the number of people under the control of the U.S. corrections system has exploded over the last 25 years to more than 7.3 million, or 1 in every 31 U.S. adults, according to a report released by the Pew Center on the States. The actual number of people behind bars rose to 2.3 million, nearly five times more than the world's average. The U.S.…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 1.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – The End of Golf

    Golf has hit a brick wall, a veritable trifecta of bad luck. Rest assured, golf won’t be going away anytime soon, but the current industry slump is only the beginning of a much larger trend. When you combine the fact that there are too many golf courses, declining revenue streams, record number of golf course bankruptcies, the implosion of the game’s only superstar, Tiger Woods, and an emergin…Read More

  7. The Future of Colleges & Universities – Part Three

    Disruptive Technologies NOTE: The following is the third in a four part series title: The Future of Colleges & Universities:  Blueprint for a Revolution Even though learning technologies will ascend to the realm of the virtual world, there will still be interface devices that connect digital learning with the human mind. In this section I will focus on five disruptive technologies to give you…Read More

  8. The Future of Colleges & Universities – Part Two

    The College Experience NOTE: The following is the second in a four part series title: The Future of Colleges & Universities:  Blueprint for a Revolution   Colleges and Universities carry with them considerable inertia. They have long-standing traditions, huge alumni networks, solid brands in the minds of consumers, and are more durable than corporations with many having lasted centuries and …Read More

  9. Future Trends Report :: 8 Key Trends Affecting Our Future

    If you are feeling left behind by all of the changes happening around us, you're not alone. In this week's Future Trend Report we are finding that there are currently nearly 90,000 local governmental entities that have sprung to life in the US. This includes counties, municipalities, and townships as well as single- purpose governments such as school districts and special districts. We have also i…Read More

  10. The Museum of the Future

    Establishing a new standard for cultural relevance Just mention the word museum and a myriad of images come to mind. Folks line up for blocks for a King Tut exhibit. Visitors swarm extravagant nanotechnology and human anatomy displays. Static displays have been the bread and butter for years. That is changing. Museums these days seem to cater more and more to the fun-science junkie in us. There is…Read More