Welcome to this 31st issue of our newsletter “Weak Signals and other Trends”. Each week, I sift through hundreds of sources of inspiration to track where we’re heading. We discuss those trends and signals every Saturday at 9am EST on Clubhouse in the summer..
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This is what I noticed this week, thank you for reading and sharing this newsletter to those who look into the future.
Tools and methodologies competitive intelligence professionals are using:
Never forget what you learn. Show me a 10ft paywall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder. Dormant data. A browser extension that shows you discussions and websites mentioning the page you are on and interesting pages on the same domain. Simple Mathematical Law Predicts Movement in Cities around the World.
Looking at the familiar with “alien eyes” allows you to unlock new opportunities and avoid missing emerging risks
Is America experiencing an unofficial general strike? Hidden workers. Why do the dots disappear? Air & Space Travel Was Once Called Vain and Wasteful Too. Will DAOs replace corporations? Community group buying. Fast fashion getting faster for influencers. Second-Order Thinking. Apple Studying Potential of AirPods as Health Device.
En francais, l’immeuble inversé.
‘Grandmillennials‘ Spend up to $150,000 on Grandma-Style Home Decor. The way-forward machine. Reinventing the receptionist role. Workplace re-entry. Networked Planetary Governance. The James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times as powerful as the Hubble. Barry Callebaut’s chocolate company Launch Of Functional Beverage Targets Booming Consumer Interest In Food As Medicine. Time millionaires. How climate change could drown landmarks around the world. Egocentric 4D Perception. Brands help consumers along in the process of hosting. Items used by consumers on a daily basis are being made antibacterial.
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Weak signals and tiny patterns
Weak signals are indicators of a change, a trend or an emerging risk that might become significant for the future. They allow us to run hypothesis, expand our thinking, and challenge assumptions. How will you interpret those in your industry or field of expertise?
An accessible games database. If you need to hire a bio-liquidator. Americans check their smartphones 96 times a day. A survey of monuments shows many mermaids, but few women elected officials. Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company. China’s noisy ‘dancing grannies’ silenced by device that disables speakers. Dolls replace former residents in a remote, depopulating Japanese village. Micro-startups for sale. Household cleaning items using .solutions inspired by enchanting witch rituals. Millennials want their babies to have unique domain names. Polarized Full-Face Sunglasses. Twitter’s red flag trend. After video game ban, Chinese kids turn to livestreaming gamers. Taco Bell Customers Will Soon Be Able To Order A Chalupa And EV Charge.
Join us to discuss those trends and signals every Saturday at 9am EST on Clubhouse. We have a panel of futurists that illustrate what those signals might mean, and an enlightened group of curious minds in the room.
Down the rabbit hole
This is a new section. It highlights a subject that lead me to many useful threads, or a single site, that opened many doors.
This week, I went into an exploration of Stripe’s press.
Articles for the curious mind …
Experts decode seven pages of a 700-year-old manuscript telling the story of Camelot. The psychology behind ‘revenge bedtime procrastination‘. Our movies and offices are engineered to sound natural based on what rang false in the theatres of 18th-century Paris. Dogs can ‘catch’ their owners’ emotions. Inside fulfillment center. Living ‘Bee Fences‘. Corpse, Corps, Horse and Worse – 99% Invisible. Primate memory.
Time traveling with Ikea catalogues. Can you dock that spaceship? Switzerland at its best. Strav-art. Free-diving. All emotions: The Joy And Pain Of Boston Marathon Runners. Mixed-use post office in Zhejiang