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January 20th, 2020

2020 Forecasts

  The problem I have about forecasts for the year is just that, they cover just 12 months. To many, if not most, people, the year ahead is about as much future as they want to, or can, see. Most people think the future is about their plans and it is hard to plan beyond […]

 

 

January 3rd, 2020

2019/2020

  [parts of this column were published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune]  You will most likely read this column at the very end of 2019.  2020 is hours away. There is always the hoopla of the year-end: top ten lists, news reviews,  and, on a personal level, a look back at the year and what […]

 

 

December 10th, 2019

Books I Highly Recommend

Some of the questions I am most frequently asked are  “What books would you recommend?”  or “What books should I read to better understand what might happen in the future?” or “What have you read recently that has influenced your thinking?”   Given that it is also the holiday giving season, I am suggesting books […]

 

 

November 25th, 2019

The Significance of Singles Day

Singles Day was November 11, 2019 in China.  During that 24-hour period $38 billion in sales was reached, all on-line.  This is a phenomenal number when compared to more common American shopping metrics. Cyber Monday – the Monday immediately following Thanksgiving – generated $7.9 sales in 2018, all on-line in America. Of course, there are […]

 

 

November 4th, 2019

The First Internet Age Impeachment Trial

“The Medium is the Message”  – Marshall McLuhan It is fair to say that Dr. McLuhan is the greatest philosopher about media that has ever lived.  He wrote in the mid-20th Century and basically influenced how the world thought about Television. “The Global Village” was created by electronic media.  All his commentary on this subject […]

 

 

October 14th, 2019

Moving to a Finite Earth Economy – Now!

[Welcome to all new subscribers!  We hope you enjoy receiving blog posts now and in the future!]   We face an accelerating climate crisis. Climate change is now.  This means that we have finally entered the “fight or flight” stage of human awareness about it.  It is no longer some possible catastrophe decades in the […]

 

 

September 17th, 2019

Historical Disruption in the Automobile Industry

 100 years ago, the automobile industry was rapidly expanding in America. The internal combustion engine [ICE] autos were rolling out of factories in ever greater numbers. The prices had just come down, installment payment plans were created to fuel the sales of the auto companies and the automobile started to become part of the American […]

 

 

September 9th, 2019

Moving from an Ownership to a Rental/Access Economy

The decade long trend of moving away from ownership has been accelerating in the last several years.  It is one of the most significant, yet underreported macro-trends in the global economy.  So much of Capitalist thought is around ownership that this trend is a major reorganization of economic structures. Real Estate This was something I […]

 

 

September 5th, 2019

The Collapse of Legacy Thinking

[Apologies to regular readers of this column for my absence the past two months.  I have been completing the book trilogy mentioned in the last post, which is from the end of June.  I am now back].   Anyone who has read “Entering the Shift Age” [2012] or heard me speak since then knows that […]

 

 

June 18th, 2019

Moving to a Finite Earth Economy – Crew Manual

 This is the title of my new trilogy of eBooks. Book 1, subtitled “The Three Economies”, was published at the end of March. Book 2, subtitled “New Metrics and Technologies”, was published last week. Book 3, subtitled “Global to Personal”, will be published in early July. For information on the Finite Earth Economy and to […]

 

 

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