Future-Trend-Report-719

According to Wikipedia, “futurology is the philosophy, science, art and practice of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Futurist studies seek to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel.”

Because of our unusually fast changing society it become more important than ever to keep our ears to the ground and listen for the weak signals that indicate a new trend. Each of these weak signals has the potential for growing into a societal shift which changes the rules for how businesses interact with potential customers.

Future trends are important because they are the beacons that signal new opportunities for the enterprising minds who figure out how to leverage them.

Here are this week’s top eight trends that you will want to pay close attention to.

1.) Boss Nation – Growing Number Of Self-Employed In US
Mark Penn:  It’s a common lament in America that we spend too much time working for “the man.” But these days, more and more of us are the man.
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2.) Future of Retail – Thinking Outside The Box
Glen Hiemstra:  In his keynote address Monday morning at RSPA RetailNOW 2009, futurist Glen Hiemstra provided an in-depth look at the U.S. economy. Specifically, Hiemstra gave attendees a variety of data points which provide indications as to when the economy will recover (“real recovery should occur by the fourth quarter of 2009”) and what factors will play a part in that recovery. He went on to explain that from 2000 to 2008, we were living in a “make believe economy” that we couldn’t sustain forever. Now, the economy is correcting itself. So, what should today’s VARs (and businesses in general) be doing today to be poised for success during the recovery?
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3.) Jon Stewart Most Trusted Newscaster
Don Tapscott:  In the wake of Walter Cronkite’s death, time.com asked readers to vote for today’s most trusted newscaster. The decisive winner, with 44 percent of the vote, was Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s pull-no-punches “The Daily Show.” This was well ahead of the 29 per cent for NBC anchor Brian Williams, 19 per cent for ABC’s Charles Gibson and 7 per cent for CBS’s Katie Couric.
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4.) Lifestyle Disparities Of American Elites From Mainstream America
Mark Penn:  There’s always been lots of talk in this country about income inequality, but very little about lifestyle disparities, differences which are pulling American elites farther and farther away from mainstream America.
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5.) How Consumers And Businesses Are Embracing ‘Foreverism’
Trendwatching:  While the ‘now’ has never been more popular, with many consumers still keen on instant gratification, trying to maximize the amount of experiences they can collect in as little time as possible (and with as little budget as possible), there are equally strong forces promoting the ‘forever’:
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6.) 3-Generation Households Enhance Economic Well-Being Of Children
Journal of Family Issues:  Living in a three-generation household can significantly enhance the economic well-being of children, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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7.) Parents Not To Blame For Increased Problem Behavior In Teenagers
Oxford University:  Poor parenting is not the reason for an increase in problem behavior amongst teenagers, according to research led by Oxford University.
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8.) The Average 50 Year Old Is Healthier And Fitter Than 25 Year Old
Telegraph:  Researchers found the average 25-year-old consumes over 2,300 calories a day, exercises only three times a week and munches on 12 types of junk food a month. But the typical 50-year-old has only 1,990 calories each day, does at least four forms of exercise and treats themselves to just one piece of junk food each week.
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According to Wikipedia, “futurology is the philosophy, science, art and practice of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Futurist studies seek to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel.”

Because of our unusually fast changing society it become more important than ever to keep our ears to the ground and listen for the weak signals that indicate a new trend. Each of these weak signals has the potential for growing into a societal shift which changes the rules for how businesses interact with potential customers.

Future trends are important because they are the beacons that signal new opportunities for the enterprising minds who figure out how to leverage them.

Here are this week’s top eight trends that you will want to pay close attention to.

Boss Nation – Growing Number Of Self-Employed In US
It’s a common lament in America that we spend too much time working for “the man.” But these days, more and more of us are the man.
Continue reading
Future of Retail – Thinking Outside The Box
In his keynote address Monday morning at RSPA RetailNOW 2009, futurist Glen Hiemstra provided an in-depth look at the U.S. economy. Specifically, Hiemstra gave attendees a variety of data points which provide indications as to when the economy will recover (“real recovery should occur by the fourth quarter of 2009”) and what factors will play a part in that recovery. He went on to explain that from 2000 to 2008, we were living in a “make believe economy” that we couldn’t sustain forever. Now, the economy is correcting itself. So, what should today’s VARs (and businesses in general) be doing today to be poised for success during the recovery?
Continue reading
Jon Stewart Most Trusted Newscaster
In the wake of Walter Cronkite’s death, time.com asked readers to vote for today’s most trusted newscaster. The decisive winner, with 44 percent of the vote, was Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s pull-no-punches “The Daily Show.” This was well ahead of the 29 per cent for NBC anchor Brian Williams, 19 per cent for ABC’s Charles Gibson and 7 per cent for CBS’s Katie Couric.
Continue readingLifestyle Disparities Of American Elites From Mainstream America
There’s always been lots of talk in this country about income inequality, but very little about lifestyle disparities, differences which are pulling American elites farther and farther away from mainstream America.
Continue readingHow Consumers And Businesses Are Embracing ‘Foreverism’
While the ‘now’ has never been more popular, with many consumers still keen on instant gratification, trying to maximize the amount of experiences they can collect in as little time as possible (and with as little budget as possible), there are equally strong forces promoting the ‘forever’:
Continue reading3-Generation Households Enhance Economic Well-Being Of Children
Living in a three-generation household can significantly enhance the economic well-being of children, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Continue readingParents Not To Blame For Increased Problem Behavior In Teenagers
Poor parenting is not the reason for an increase in problem behavior amongst teenagers, according to research led by Oxford University.
Continue readingThe Average 50 Year Old Is Healthier And Fitter Than 25 Year Old
Researchers found the average 25-year-old consumes over 2,300 calories a day, exercises only three times a week and munches on 12 types of junk food a month. But the typical 50-year-old has only 1,990 calories each day, does at least four forms of exercise and treats themselves to just one piece of junk food each week.
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