Syria May Be a Pivot Point for America

Syria May Be a Pivot Point for America

Regardless of what transpires in the geo-political landscape regarding the civil war in Syria, it may well be looked upon as a pivot point for citizens of the United States. This could be the beginning of a necessary and critical conversation about the future of the country in the Shift Age and, in the longer term, in the ...

Burning Man is Now a Meme

Burning Man is Now a Meme

Burning Man has become a meme. A fast moving, rapidly expanding, global meme. That was my take away from being at Burning Man this year. It has moved beyond the San Francisco Bay-area word of mouth, organic growth of the 1990s and the 2000s, and blown up into a phenomenon. I first became aware of the Burning Man ...

PRISM and Privacy: A Conversation That Must Be Had

PRISM and Privacy: A Conversation That Must Be Had

  I recently wrote about the decline in what used to be called privacy. The definition of privacy is mutable, ever-changing. What was considered private 100 years ago, even 20 years ago, is practically non-existent today. As I wrote in 2006, before the iPhone and all devices that have followed, “Technology ...

Privacy and the Two Realities of the Shift Age

Privacy and the Two Realities of the Shift Age

Now that PRISM has been unveiled, there are (and will be) significant discussions about personal privacy and government monitoring of personal communications. There are several levels or developing issues and trends that this revelation triggers for all of us to think about. Privacy The fast answer is that there is no ...

Moving From an Ownership to a Rental Society

Moving From an Ownership to a Rental Society

In two recent columns, here and here, I wrote about two of the three consumer economic trends that are and will dramatically change consumer and buyer behavior well into the 2020s. The third major consumer economic trend will see us move from an ownership to a rental society. This trend as with the prior two will be ...

Less is More: The Second Major Consumer Economic Trend

Less is More: The Second Major Consumer Economic Trend

Since 2010, I have been speaking about what I see as three new consumer economic trends that will alter consumer behavior in the developed countries of the world. A number of aligning forces are significantly increasing the influence and impact of these three trends. In a recent column, I wrote about Conscious ...

A Vision of 21st Century Healthcare and Medicine

A Vision of 21st Century Healthcare and Medicine

In 2010, I wrote a book about the New Health Age. Along with my co-author, Jonathan Fleece, we realized that the discussion about healthcare in America was being driven by fear, ignorance and political manipulation. Any discussion with these three components is a stupid conversation. We decided to write an intelligent book ...

Conscious Capitalism: A Major Trend in Consumer Behavior

Conscious Capitalism: A Major Trend in Consumer Behavior

One of the three major consumer trends I have been speaking about during the past few years is conscious capitalism. Conscious capitalism is when a company takes on an altruistic cause, charity or practice and applies revenue to that endeavor. Initially this behavior was mostly about creating a feel good halo around a ...

The Green Recession, Revisited

The Green Recession, Revisited

More than four years ago, in early 2009, I published a column saying that the great recession we had just entered would be a green recession. In February 2009, in a column titled, “This Great Recession is Actually Green,” I wrote: “The view here is that when the U.S. does emerge from this recession in 2010-11 it will ...

The Hagel Nomination and a 21st Century Defense Department

The Hagel Nomination and a 21st Century Defense Department

The politically delayed confirmation of Chuck Hagel to become the Secretary of Defense could well be a pivot point, and an essential one, for the future of the Department.  It is time for this most important arm of the government to become more aligned with 21st Century realities. Much of the thinking in the United ...