Trends

The Importance of Seeing it Coming

In my travels this year, the one comment I’m hearing is “we just didn’t see it coming.” The grocery industry didn’t see it coming when Amazon suddenly jumped into their industry and 25 billion in market cap got erased overnight. An insurance company in California didn’t see it coming when the effects of climate change fueled a raging wildfire that ...

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Scenarios for Smart, Sustainable, Human Cities

Intelligent, Connected, and Mobile – By Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington, April Koury, and Maria Romero How might technological advances in data management, artificial intelligence, and energy help shape the future of cities? A vision of the “city of the future” is often presented as a compelling symbol of the direction in which society could progress. Whilst visions differ, ...

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Two Reasons You Can’t Afford to Retire

The tired old notion of retiring is absolutely the wrong way to think about the most important part of your life. We get old when the weight of our memories and regrets starts to exceed that of our dreams. When it to comes to the topic of retirement, the old rules no longer apply. In 1935, when the Social Security ...

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The Truth About Millenials and Gen Z

Why Most of What You’ve Been Told About Millennials and Gen Z Is Dead Wrong Buying into a false generational narrative undermines our organizations and our society. Among our greatest enemies, as individuals, as organizations, and as a society are the false biases that justify an attitude of “us and them” –in a word, discrimination. Fortunately it’s one of the ...

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The Biggest Economic Shift of the Next 100 Years Is Already Under Way

The greatest innovations often elude us cloaked in obtuse jargon that masks their impact. Here’s one you don’t want to miss. It never fails that the greatest innovations often come wrapped in obscurity and misunderstanding. I can imagine a scene in which the first wheel was met with head scratching, confusion, and comments along the lines of, “Yeah, but it’s ...

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The Eco Lux Trend – Is Your Brand Missing Out?

Like it or lump it, the “eco” market is not going anywhere. 66% of global consumers say they are willing to pay more for sustainable brands (Bain & Company). Despite global economic instability, last year the luxury market grew by 5% to an estimated €1.2 trillion globally (Bain). And Europe regained its place as the top region for luxury sales ...

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Preparing for an AI Driven World

Preparing for an AI Driven World - Innovation Excellence

Even if dystopian visions of robots taking our jobs are overblown, Josh Sutton, Global Head, Data & Artificial Intelligence at Publicis.Sapient sees significant disruption ahead. AI will transform every industry and not every organization will be able to make the shift. The time to prepare is now.

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The Emergence of the Blur

Followers of technology, in consumer electronics, might remember that at the beginning of the new millennium, we observed a new trend named technological convergence: product/ categories barriers started intersecting and overlapping, while categories themselves – traditionally based on one functional aspect – stopped making sense from a consumer point of view. This technological trend culminated with the smartification of phones ...

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