Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

Living in Germany: Elections & Voting

This is a consequential election not just because Germany will pick their new chancellor, but lot of really hot topics like Climate Change, putting speed limits on the autobahns, tax on wealth have all bubbled up to political mainstream

Design Innovation Readings

Watch David McCandless’ “Information is Beautiful” talk

At CreativeMornings/London, David Mccandless shares the process behind his stunning visualizations and the role journalism has played in pursuit of making sure that Information is beautiful and meaningful […]

Design Readings

Watch Chris Clark’s “Everybody Knows When You’re Talking To Your Mother” talk on Interaction’14 | IxDA Conference

A crash course in sociolinguistics, and a challenge to find the messages hidden in your own words […]

Information Technology Trend Watching

Listen to Alvin Toffler’s “Possibilities, Not Predictions” interview for NPR

Alvin Toffler’s talks about the 40th anniversary of the book “Future Shock”, the effect of rapid change holds insights into the present, and how we prefer to talk about the future in terms of Possibilities, Not Predictions […]

Innovation Readings

Watch Clay Shirky’s “How the Internet will one day transform government” talk at TED

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens […]

Design Innovation Inspiration

Watch Rory Sutherland’ “Sweat the small stuff” talk at TED

Rory Sutherland makes the case that many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. Master class of Problem Reframing


Watch Amory Lovins’ “A 50-year plan for energy” talk at TED

In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world’s dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision […]

China Economics Trend Watching

Living in China: Limits to the inflow of Foreign Workers likely to be set

China’s top legislature began to deliberate a draft law on exit and entry administration, which aims to cope with the surging overseas visits by Chinese and the influx of foreigners […]

China Economics Innovation Trend Watching

Living in China: Shanghai takes steps to curb talent drain, price hikes

Shanghai will carry out new policies to create a better work and living environment to retain non-local professionals, including expats, and to stabilize the growth of consumer prices, the Shanghai’s Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng told a meeting in town recently […]


Watch Sam Richards’ “A radical experiment in empathy” at TED

By leading the Americans in his audience at TEDxPSU step by step through the thought process, sociologist Sam Richards sets an extraordinary challenge: can they understand — not approve of, but understand — the motivations of an Iraqi insurgent? And by extension, can anyone truly understand and empathize with another?