1. 9.) Trends to Watch in 2010 – TV-Internet Convergence

    Virtually everywhere you look there are video screens. You see them in bars and restaurants, on elevators, in the back of taxis, and on airplanes. Even most cell phones have now have video screens. Some are connected to the Internet and others are connected to cable television, two distinctly differ…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 o…Read More

  3. 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 …Read More

  4. 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 acces…Read More

  5. 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…Read More

  6. 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 chan…Read More

  7. 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 doe…Read More

  8. 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…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 o…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 chos…Read More