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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