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 ...

The Concept of Place Has Changed Forever – My TEDx Talk

The Concept of Place Has Changed Forever – My TEDx Talk

It was an honor to be part of Sarasota TEDx 12-12-12. The theme of the event was “Creativity Matters.” Throughout the day, creativity was manifested by talks, performances and creative interactions. Held in the Ringling Museum and the historic Asolo Theater it was a wonderful event. The talk I gave at the end of the ...

Welcome to the Shift Age!

Welcome to the Shift Age!

We have left the Information Age and entered the Shift Age. This new age is an era of transformation unparalleled in terms of the amount of change that will occur in the next 20-30 years. I have been writing and speaking about the Shift Age since 2007, and my first book of that name was published five years ago this ...

Entering the Shift Age: A New Era, A New Publication Method

Entering the Shift Age: A New Era, A New Publication Method

This has been a year of extremely productive writing for me. Long-time readers of this column may question that statement, as I’ve had less columns here in 2012 than in prior years. Why is that? Over the last twelve months, I have been writing a book. “Entering the Shift Age” is a deep look into the new age we are ...

So… Now What?

So… Now What?

It is the end of November 2012. We now know who the President of the United States will be for the next four years. We know the results of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A month from now, we will know that the Mayan Prophecy did not mean that the world would end. Shortly thereafter, we will see how Congress and the ...