posts tagged ‘Creative Urban Renewal

Due to Labor Day office closures, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past two weeks. Find our roundups collected in magazine form on Flipboard, the iOS and Android app; download the app to view this week’s edition here: http://flip.it/J6FjO -A Salon columnist examines “dematerialization” in the digital age as physical possessions come to mean […]

Hurricane Sandy has brought home the notion to many in the U.S. that “weather on steroids” is the new normal, a message that bodies like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been sending for a while with increasing urgency. With billion-dollar disasters on the rise, buzzwords like “superstorm” will pop up with regularity as […]

Hackathons are gaining traction in Southeast Asia—appealing to Millennials’ entrepreneurial mindset and desire to make an impact—and shifting from a means for developers to socialize and collaborate into multidisciplinary events in which people with diverse skills build apps that address urban and social issues. Singapore’s first UP (Urban Prototyping) Weekend, in June, saw people from […]

Our most recent report spotlights what’s trending in the social good space. Our research found that when it comes to CSR efforts, consumers care deeply about their communities and feel that brands should too. Across age groups, consumers believe local authorities aren’t doing enough to help and that it’s better to take matters into their […]

September 15, 2011

Social Good

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Our September trend report, “Social Good,” explores how macro trends—including the call for radical transparency, rapid urbanization and advancements in technology—are influencing social good initiatives. For instance, we’re seeing less “goodwashing,” more creative strategies for urban renewal and corporations embracing “shared value”—putting social issues at the center of their business strategy. We’re also seeing nonprofits ramp […]

Tech giants are tapping into Americans’ newfound sense of DIY civic reform with Code for America, a new nonprofit supported by Yahoo! and Microsoft, among others. For 2011, 20 idealistic techies were chosen to partner with four cities—Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Seattle—on a Web-based idea that each came up with for making their city “more efficient, transparent […]

As a companion to our 88-page trends forecast for the year ahead, we’ve created a 2-minute teaser video that gives a quick rundown of our 10 trends. Special thanks to The Nursery, which made this video come to life. Credits Produced and directed by Kerri Doherty and Sean Stewart Animated by Josh Burggraf and Will […]

Today we released our sixth annual year-end forecast of key trends that will shape or significantly impact consumer behavior in the year ahead. An overriding theme in our 2011 report: technology, which is driving many of our trends and at the center of others. As devices become deeply ingrained in people’s lives, we’re seeing technology […]


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  • Bio-responsive spaces
    May 19, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    DynamicSanctuary

    At last week’s Sight Unseen Offsite event in New York, Ford partnered with indie design studio The Principals to create the “Dynamic Sanctuary.” The sanctuary is a sculptural space made out of plastic, Plexiglas and LED lights that connect to a heart rate monitor and fade in and out based on the wearer’s pulse. The space was meant to be a haven from the chaos of daily life and a “poetic metaphor for the design ideas behind Ford’s 2015 Edge vehicle,” said Sight Unseen.

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  • Rosé’s normcore moment
    May 14, 2015 | 12:21 pm

    Rosé

    As summer nears, once again we’re on the cusp of “rosé season.” While late spring often sees attempts to elevate the red-headed stepchild of the wine world into a product worthy of connoisseurship, this year something different is afoot: a knowing celebration of rosé’s bland charm.

    For perhaps the first time, a wine label is emerging from the self-aware world of Instagram—and, no surprise, it’s a rosé. Continue reading “Rosé’s normcore moment” »

  • Snapchat TV
    May 12, 2015 | 5:25 pm

    Snapchat

    This summer, TV’s highest-paid female actress, Sofia Vergara, will star in a reality series launching exclusively on Snapchat. The series, titled Vergaraland, is co-produced by Fusion and Vergara’s production company, Latin World Entertainment. It will tell the story of her Hollywood life through the eyes of her 24-year-old son.

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  • Virtual reality theme parks
    May 11, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    TheVoid

    Some worry that the coming age of virtual reality could lead to an epidemic of digital shut-ins—why leave the house when you can “be” anywhere with the touch of a button? The Void, however, imagines a social space where virtual reality might draw people together—a 21st century take on the classic video arcade.

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  • Intangibles
    May 7, 2015 | 6:37 pm

    Intangibles

    How much would you pay for a snap? A voicemail?

    Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has launched an online shop that could be considered a conceptual art piece itself. The shop sells what Walker calls “intangibles”—ephemeral, digital commodities such as personalized ringtones or custom avatars to use on social media. Prices range from $1.99 to nearly $4,000, for a virtual ocean-view property on the platform Second Life.

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  • WhatsApp marketing
    May 6, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    Clarks

    Clarks shoes in the UK recently launched a WhatsApp campaign to bring the brand to life for its fans. The campaign asked users to add three characters to their contact lists—“some of culture’s greatest innovators, rebels and fashion icons”—who were all fans of the shoes. The characters then sent messages, videos and Spotify playlists through the app, telling the brand’s story while interacting with Clarks enthusiasts.

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  • Facebook’s Anthology
    April 30, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    FacebookVideo small

    Video is king on social media—more than 4 billion are viewed per day on Facebook alone. To capitalize on that, Facebook has just introduced Anthology, a partnership with seven media companies with the aim of creating unskippable ads.

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  • MyIdol
    April 27, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    MyIdol

    Social media is abuzz with tiny pole dancers. And rock stars. And pandas. All thanks to an app that takes the humble selfie to new heights of playful absurdity—and in 3D, no less.

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  • Tindergram
    April 17, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Tinder Instagram

    Swiping just got more interesting—with its latest update, Tinder lets users browse the Instagram feeds of their potential matches. The pairing (which, Adweek notes, seemed inevitable) offers “a sort of social diary, co-written by your friends and family” to help people better stalk their dates.

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  • Everlane’s Transparent City series
    April 8, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    Everlane LA

    “We call it Radical Transparency,” says e-tail startup Everlane. The company, known for its luxe basics, was built on the principle of disclosing production costs and keeping markups as low as possible. Now, Everlane has launched the Transparent City tour, a first-of-its-kind look at the inner workings of like-minded local companies. The kickoff event in LA brought guests behind the scenes with local bloggers, designers and chefs to learn about their creative inspiration. And, perhaps the culmination of the week — Everlane invited a select few on a tour of their factory, sharing the garment construction process from start to finish. The tour had a 300-person waitlist.

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