March 16, 2012
Weekly Roundup: Shifting gender roles, most innovative companies and Kony 2012
-The Economist takes a look at whether we should be optimistic about a global economic recovery.
-The Guardian reports on the OECD’s warning that urban air pollution is set to become a bigger health threat than dirty water.
-Vijay Vaitheeswaran, author of the new book Need, Speed and Greed, talks to Co.Exist about why he foresees a “post-industrial revolution” and a wave of bottom-up innovation.
-Chinese and other buyers are snapping up Italian luxury brands, according to The Economist.
-The recession and its aftermath have made 18-34-year-old Americans a less coveted demographic for marketers, according to Time.
-A new study finds that Millennials care less about social and environmental issues than their Boomer parents did when they were younger, reports the Associated Press.
-The New York Times looks at the rising fear of toxins in household goods among American moms and says a “chemical purge may be developing into a ritual of new parenthood.”
-“Women are overtaking men as America’s breadwinners,” says Time in a cover story that examines the upside of this trend.
-As men take a greater interest in housewares, more products are being designed to appeal to them, reports The New York Times.
-Gartner says that in about two years, the “personal cloud” will become the center of our digital lives rather than the PC and outlines some trends driving this shift.
-Fast Company lists the world’s 50 most innovative companies, and the top 10 in a range of industries and regions.
-Retailers are retooling for younger, in-store shoppers who “prefer Pinterest recommendations, Zappos reviews and Fashism feedback to interacting with someone behind the counter,” reports The New York Times.
-Nielsen finds that by and large, U.S. smartphone owners visit major online retailers via their mobile websites, not their apps, Mashable reports.
-A new Nielsen report on the Asian media landscape finds “fundamental changes to the way in which media is consumed.”
-The end of a long era: Encyclopaedia Britannica announced it will no longer publish print editions.
-Newspapers are attracting a new audience of foreign readers online, as The Economist reports.
-Ad Age spotlights a Forrester report on media consumption among Brazilians and Mexicans that forecasts spikes in online adoption over the next five years.
-Kony 2012 becomes the most viral video in history.