December 26, 2011

100 Things to Watch in 2012

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Facial Recognition Fury, Fat Taxes, Remaking “Made in China”—just a few items from our annual list of 100 Things to Watch for the year ahead.

It’s a wide-ranging compilation that in part reflects broader economic, environmental, technological and social developments we’ve been tracking. As always, technology has a prominent presence: Among other things, the list spotlights the rise of LCD art, growing concerns over cloud and mobile security, the much-anticipated Facebook IPO, and interactive screens infiltrating our retail and restaurant experiences. The list also includes noteworthy events on the calendar, people to keep an eye on, and things to watch in marketing, retailing, travel, food and sustainability.

Check out our list, along with a little bit about what makes each item worth watching, below.

JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2012
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We’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you agree with our choices? What will you be watching for in 2012?

5 Responses to "100 Things to Watch in 2012"

1 | Chathi Anderson

December 31st, 2011 at 8:19 pm


#37. Frankly, it scares the heck out of me. If you cannot use your car to safely drive from point A to point B, then take the bus.

2 | Chad Thiele

January 3rd, 2012 at 1:14 pm


This is a great list. With all the new smartphone owners out there, apps for the aging world are very intriguing to me. I subscribed to the RSS feed. I look forward to reading your posts in the future. Have a great 2012.

3 | Yos

January 4th, 2012 at 6:32 pm


Given the proliferation of ipads around the globe and undoubtedly more to come in 2012, it seems strange that the presentation cannot be viewed on an ipad, nor can it be downloaded. How about something to work on for 2013? Thanks

4 | Will Palley

January 6th, 2012 at 1:26 pm


Hi Yos,

Thanks for your comment.

For your convenience, our 100 Things to Watch in 2012 is available for free download on SlideShare, here:

– JWTIntelligence

5 | Thom Westergren

February 4th, 2012 at 5:42 pm


What I’m looking for is crowd sourced government. Our representatives don’t vote on our behalf anyway. Why don’t they just write the laws and let us all vote on them. The giant pool is bound to come up with the “right” decisions. Let the internet create a real democracy, instead of just the Republic or Oligarchy that we have now.

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