December 17, 2010
Weekly Roundup: ‘Hope is on the move,’ the battle over smart cities and China’s ‘ant tribes’
-“Hope is on the move,” reports The Economist. Optimism no longer defines Western culture, with 87 percent of Chinese saying their country is moving in the right direction, vs. just 31 percent of Britons. We looked at hope-fueled vs. fear-fueled markets in an AnxietyIndex Quarterly last year. (Click here to download.)
-McKinsey Quarterly looks at how “the growth of emerging markets will strain global finance.”
-Examining The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion, a 10-year forecast map from The Institute for the Future, Fast Company asks, “Who will own the brains of smart cities—citizens or corporations?”
-Western drug corporations are looking to gain in Asia by developing drugs for diseases that are more common there, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-The Pew Global Attitudes Project explores social networking use around the world, as well as other technology-adoption trends.
-Nielsen released a study on mobile phone ownership among youth around the world. Fast Company highlights two tidbits: Italy has the highest smartphone penetration among youth, and smartphone users skew male, except in the U.S.
-eMarketer forecasts that tablet sales will exceed 81 million units worldwide in 2012.
-Ad Age looks at how Latin American entrepreneurs have localized the Groupon model for “consumers who don’t like to plan ahead.”
-Smartphone-equipped shoppers represent “a revolution in retailing” that’s “striking fear into retailers,” says The Wall Street Journal.
-In China, a steep rise in college graduates is outpacing the supply of good professional jobs, leading to an “ant tribe” of educated young job seekers, reports The New York Times. The Times also examines how the recession has prompted a rise in entrepreneurship among young American graduates.
-The Pew Research Center examines how different generational cohorts access and use the Internet; certain activities, like seeking health information and purchasing products, are becoming “more uniformly popular across all age groups.”
-How are Americans dividing up their media time? TechCrunch parses a recent eMarketer report and finds that adults spend as much time on mobile devices as they do reading print magazines and newspapers. And a Forrester survey finds the average American is spending as much time online as watching TV.
-ReadWriteWeb surveyed the Top 10 Internet of Things developments of 2010.
-Everything that mattered in 2010: The New York Times published its annual list of the Year in Ideas. Facebook released its top status trends of the year, Twitter published its year in review lists, and YouTube spotlighted the most watched videos of the year. Contagious rounded up “vital trends, campaigns and technologies from the past year.”
-We recently released our sixth annual forecast of key trends that will shape or significantly impact consumer behavior in the year ahead. To see what’s on tap for 2011, read more about the report here or watch a two-minute teaser video that gives a quick rundown of our forecast.