December 7th, 2013
The fast and easy answer is yes. The privacy our parents and grandparents had is no longer. The privacy we still have in pockets of our lives will not be available to our children and grandchildren. The historical definition of privacy that has existed for centuries no longer exists.
In the last seven years I have written and spoken about privacy and whether we will have any in the future. In 2006, before the iPhone and all the hand held computing that has followed, I wrote a column titled “Technology Advances, Privacy Declines”. As I wrote in a recent …
October 9th, 2013
This column first appeared in the Shift Age Newsletter.
Regardless of what transpires in the geo-political landscape relative to 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, longer term, in the 21st century.
Twenty years ago the United States “won” the Cold War. Twelve years ago the country was attacked by Al Qaeda. This prompted the country to enter two wars in Islamic countries. It …
September 18th, 2013
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 gathering about 10 years ago. I was struck by the unique and amazingly creative images I saw in the media. As a non-camper I was impressed that thousands of people would journey to a dusty Indian reservation in the northwest corner of Nevada …
June 12th, 2013
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. In this column I address the third major consumer economic trend, moving from an ownership to a rental society. This trend as with the prior two will be prevalent primarily in the developed world and then spread globally in a decade or so.
Four years ago I started to suggest that in the United States, the reorganizational recession of 2007-2010 might have broken the aspirational, patriotic …