August 18, 2014

Brazil's path to inclusive growth

Report| McKinsey Global Institute

June 19, 2014

2014 CNBC's Disruptor 50


May 13, 2014

Japan Design,

Kenya Hara's view. His ideas also apply to China and Brazil.

May 12, 2014

Adam Minter interview on Fresh Air

The author of my current favorite book Junkyard Planet interviewed by my favorite interviewer.

May 8, 2014

Three trends in design:

open source, the maker movement, and the share economy, from NYT.

May 6, 2014

African Transformation Index

a better measure of economic progress than GDP

May 5, 2014

Global recycling podcast

with Adam Minter

May 2, 2014

Upcycling in China-

some interesting contacts in Beijing, an old tradition becoming a new trend?

April 30, 2014

China to be world's largest economy based on PPP in 2014

4 30 Economist article with nice chart. Also note Chinese tourism trends.

April 24, 2014

Congo Sapeurs

A lesson in clothing and culture, cooped to sell Guinness.

March 28, 2014

Twin Cities Maker

at the Hack Factory. Could be an interesting visit before going to China.

Hackerspaces in Shanghai

I need to learn more about shanzhai and hackerspaces in China, XinCheJian in particular.

March 25, 2014

the resource revolution

Nice sustainability trend summary by McKinsey

February 12, 2014

2U blog

Nice online learning blog

January 20, 2014

startups 2.0

From the Economist

December 9, 2013

Favela tourism in Rio

A Forbes article and a crowdfunding campaign.

November 14, 2013

Brazil political view

Economist interview with Eduardo Campos, governor and probable presidential candidate in 2014. Nice overview of Brazil's issues today.

November 12, 2013

The future of grocery stores?

from Wired

November 8, 2013

China water

from the NYT this should part of every China SWOT

October 18, 2013

Luiz Ruffato speaks out about Brazil

Perspectives on the recent protests from an esteemed author, opening speech at Frankfurt Book Fair

September 19, 2013

Brazil's new middle class

Good NPR story about their challenges

August 7, 2013

Continuum Fashion

Digital printing and fashion

April 4, 2013

What's in store for China in 2013?

A wonky McKinsey set of predictions. Nice middle class analysis.

March 7, 2013

3D printed car in Minneapolis

article about RedEye On Demand, a subsidiary of Stratasys. Case? Guest speaker? Site visit?

February 20, 2013

New Google Glass info

From Huff Post, interesting new video. Infrastructure issues?

February 19, 2013

Lenovo as China's future

The Economist discusses how Lenovo got big, branded and value-added.

February 15, 2013

Lucy Bernholz

Great report and blog about "the social economy", impact investing.

February 5, 2013

Trends in federal spending

explain why innovation around social and environmental problems is likely to come from social entrepreneurs and not government. graph

January 23, 2013

Creative distruction

NIce report and stats from Innosight.

July 12, 2012

Rise of developing world cities

Nice report by McKinsey- check out the charts! 65% of econ growth now to 2025 from mid-sized cities.

March 7, 2012

internet based subcription model

NYT article on recurring revenue models.

3 little pigs and social media

clever video by the Guardian.

February 14, 2012

Brazil market entry advice

New middle class going straight to smart phones and brands that embrace 'Brazilianess'

February 10, 2012

disruptive online news with healthy revenue for writers. See the CivicVentures connection is this article

December 11, 2011

"The Growth Map: Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond."

Jim O'Neill at Goldman expounds on BRICS in NYT article.

December 9, 2011

Lean start up model

There are many opportunities to launch new ventures in a leaner way.

December 6, 2011

Brazil challenges

Nicely summarized with lots of charts, from a Rio prof.

December 5, 2011

Chipotle award winning ad and Stratasys

The role of a 3D printer in an innovative ad for Chipotle.

November 30, 2011

The Chinese dream is a little different

November 7, 2011

China's confident consumers

McKinsey insights on consumer trends Regional differences and growth trends.

October 15, 2011

Future of Biofuels conference in Sao Paulo

June 13, 2011

new Brazil Without Misery program

An attempt to move 16M Brazilians out of poverty by 2014.

new healthcare gold rush

Four types of opportunities, according to PwC. Fixers, Implementers, Retailers, Connectors. Minpost summary

June 6, 2011

China trends: wedding photography

An example of younger generation self expression.

April 28, 2011

PPP, US and China

More on the relevance of purchasing power parity comparison methods.

China old before rich?

Fine tuning the one child policy, according to CSM.

Chinese superwealthy

are hedging their investments in many ways.

April 27, 2011

The Big Mac index

Why you want to buy your BIg Macs in China, instead of Brazil, according to the Economist

25 million digital junkies in China

according to McKinsey Quarterly chart and article

April 14, 2011

New Chinese architecture

Wow buildings, some in Shanghai.

Hermes in China

Shang Xia is Hermes' attempt to create a local Chinese luxury brand. China is projected to be world's largest luxury goods market by 2015.

Unique Chinese luxury goods

for 'Shanghai hipsters'.

April 2, 2011

Brazil oil challenges

From Council on Foreign Relations

March 30, 2011

Palindrome Pledge

Donating more than money to nonprofits

February 22, 2011

solar cell efficiency

Nice chart on trends.

January 29, 2011

Platform growth strategies

NYT article mentioning Michael A. Cusumano's work, and a video

good Brazil numbers

Brazil's economy added 2.52 million jobs in 2010, the highest number since such statistics were first compiled in 1992, the Labor Ministry said. The previous high was in 2007, when employers added 1.61 million jobs. Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)/Agencia EFE(18 Jan.)

social entrepreneurship trends

Ashoka's view on trends: participative, sector agnostic

December 13, 2010

Brazil video

60 minutes gushes over Brazil's economy.

November 5, 2010

Why Brazil now?

Good explanation why a global law firm is opening an office in Brazil.

October 28, 2010

The future of biofuels

from the Economist 10 28 10

October 16, 2010

Brazil economis trends

according to the Carlyle Group "trends, including a rapidly expanding middle class (from 38% of the population in 2003 to 52% in 2009); more women participating in the Brazilian consumer market (women represent 65% of domestic consumption - 3rd largest market in the world after the U.S. and Japan); and an increase in purchasing power by more women participating in the workforce (from 31% to 45% in the past seven years) and higher average salary growth than men (42% vs. 25% CAGR in the past seven years)."

October 12, 2010

2010 Brazil Biofuels report

Great history, facts and future directions of Brazil's biofuel industry. Grupo Sao Martinho, Amyris Biotechnologies, Dedini and Novozymes look interesting.

October 11, 2010

hype cycle and iPad

Nice graph and worth studying why the iPad launch worked so well.

May 13, 2010

mobile health

lots of buzz around this topic. Here is a good source of news.

March 19, 2010

"Of course, China will lead everything."

February 3, 2010

8 misperceptions about China

A good article from Ad Age China by PT Black, Jigsaw International in Shanghai.

September 21, 2009

Moobella icecream maker

Just secured$18M to launch commercial instant ice cream makers according to NYT article. Nice video on company website. Significant redesign since launch in 2006. Still only in Boston. Many regulatory issues. Web bases monitoring. Mass customization trend.

Moobella icecream maker

Just secured$18M to launch commercial instant ice cream makers according to NYT article. Nice video on company website. Significant redesign since launch in 2006. Still only in Boston. Many regulatory issues. Web bases monitoring. Mass customization trend.

September 10, 2009

Hara Hachi Bu

Why are 5,000 people in Albert Lea, MN wearing bracelets that say "Hara Hachi Bu"? It is part of the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project. Also tied into Richard Leider, a"purpose coach".

May 12, 2009

ideas project

A website with lots of social networking trends.

March 23, 2009

the future of news

It is rare to get to see an industry self destruct. Here is one blogger's take on What's next for news.

February 25, 2009

web 2.0 measures of influence

Ford is going give away 100 Fiestas to influencial individuals. Here are some of their measures:

"Do you have over 500 friends on Facebook?," "Do you have over 1,000 followers on Twitter or 250,000 subscribers on YouTube?" But these are basic thresholds; the next step is seeing what type of "pull" they get from their application videos on YouTube, which shows they can be a valuable agent for us.

February 13, 2009

middle class in China and elsewhere

Good Economist article on why 50% of the world is now middle class. The China charts are quite interesting.

January 15, 2009

The Global Strategic Institute describes seven revolutions in the world between now and 2025. Good source of global trends.

December 3, 2008

Empathy sessions

Great article in WSJ about how companies get closer to the customer (aged in this case) before designing products. There is also an embedded video the shows a GE empathy session.

October 1, 2008

web 2.0 and bike community

Civia's attempt to encourage bike commuting. What are the key factors for creating a successful online community?

February 13, 2008

more on caffeinated candy

WSJ article:
Stimulus Plan for Candy:
Pack It Full of Caffeine
February 13, 2008; Page B1

December 19, 2007

2008 micro trends

How do we help student be better trend surfers?

Micro Trends That Will Affect America in 2008

Mark Penn and Kinney Zalesne are the authors of the bestselling book "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes" (Twelve, 2007).

December 18, 2007

a video social networking site called Seesmic

This is an interesting new, buzzy business. Might be interesting to look at first week, before we know anything, then revisit at the end.

A French Twist in Silicon Valley
With backing from high-profile investors, Loïc Le Meur is giving new meaning to the idea of "building a company online"

November 14, 2007

Lulumon Clothing setbacks

Possible case about an innovative clothing line, supposedly with seaweed. Good way to discuss setbacks, perhaps the web of relationships.

November 5, 2007

40 Bond street

New development in NYC. Hybrid apartment, town home w/ services like a hotel. Designed to the max and expensive. New and retro at the same time. An example of how the premium price. Catching a lot of trends.


NYT article:

September 12, 2007

disruptive data storage technology

Out of the labs comes 'racetrack memory" Could be a nice case or exercise with Christianson to talk about disruptive trends.

September 6, 2007

Mash ups

Innovation project for 4050?

August 29, 2007

sobering economic trends

From NYT:

Good reasons to develop entrepreneurial skills.

August 27, 2007

second life problems

Hard to tell if second life is hype or real. Worth exploring in class?

China Polution

Good comprehensive article from NYT on pollution situation.

Important to get all of the nuance when discussing with students.
-Comparison to US and UK development phase
-US current record on pollution
-conflicting priorities in China
-entrepreneurial opportunities related to the environment
-impact on creative class economy
-political will in China

August 22, 2007

recording everything

Here is a New Yorker Article about Gordon Bells project to record everything in his life. Is there a business in this? Maybe. It certainly is a technological trend/possibility. Microsoft is funding a research project on it called MyLifeBits .

July 12, 2007

the word hybrid

A powerful word- combining two separate element into something better. Students could work with this to generate new business ideas. Google search- how many different examples? When are hybrids less beneficial?

lovemark brands

Students should strive for this in their projects, related to WOW experiences.

"Kevin Roberts, the chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi, a division of the Publicis Groupe, wooed Penney with his theory of “lovemark? brands. Such brands, he contends, “inspire loyalty beyond reason? — in other words, they earn customers’ affection, not just their business. Examples include Apple or Starbucks, brands powerful enough to inspire lifetime faithfulness and the patience to wait in very long lines for coffee or an iPhone."

NYT article

July 3, 2007

Businesses Embrace 'Mash-Ups'

Businesses Embrace 'Mash-Ups'
July 3, 2007; Page A9

Could this be an easy to start classromm biz? What is the business model?

July 2, 2007

Buying Into the Green Movement

7 1 07 NYT article: Is green consumerism helpful or misguided? What will it lead to?