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 …
May 26th, 2013
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 here, I wrote about Conscious Capitalism, one of the three new dominant trends of consumer behavior for the Transformation Decade 2010-2020. Conscious capitalism is when a company takes on an altruistic cause, charity or practice and applies revenue to that endeavor. In that column I profiled two companies, Tom’s Shoes …
April 24th, 2013
In 2010, I made the decision to write a book about the New Health Age. Along with my co-author, Jonathan Fleece, we realized that the discussion about health care in America was being driven by fear, ignorance and manipulated by politicians. Any discussion with these three components is a stupid conversation. We decided to write an intelligent book to bring some intelligence to the discussion about the future of health care in America. In late 2011, “The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America” was published.
It was clear to us that certainly the United States …
April 10th, 2013
[This column was first published in Shift Age Newsletter #22]
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 brand. Donating to or underwriting a charity has long been a way to allow a company to point to something that it was supporting to benefit it’s hometown community or a national charity. Supporting a …