Archive for March, 2009

27 Mar, 2009

One-career families

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: modern family

All of us are thinking about success differently than we did a year ago. In our own lives, we’ve gone from a mind-set of more, more, more to one of living within our means, making ends meet and getting a decent night’s sleep.
On a larger scale we hope this will translate to a general shift [...]

25 Mar, 2009

Arm’s–length intimacy

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: internet

Recently, a steamy online romance between bullet-scarred bad boy Tommy, 18, and hot 17-year-old jailbait Jessica ended badly. After exchanging countless e-mails full of intimate details and passionate promises of what they would do when they finally met in person, it turned out that Tommy was actually an overweight, lonely 45-year-old bachelor and Jessica was [...]

So it’s clear that Obama is outraged on our (the taxpayers’) behalf, and we thank him for that. On the heels of the President’s recent dressing down of insurance giant AIG for its huge bonus payouts, CEO Edward Liddy told Congress he has called for the return of “at least half” of bonuses of more [...]

We’re seeing the rise of the $104 giver. It’s the new philanthropy, put in the hands of you and me. It’s the power to make real moves via laptop or Blackberry or iPhone—and via small donations of a couple of dollars per week that gain strength from the momentum of massive virtual networks. These givers [...]

14 Mar, 2009

Indicators: what’s happening?

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: consumerism| reboot

Where can we find true indicators of what’s happening now, so that we can help coherently shape our future? We all look to mainstream media, who relentlessly attempt to break down for us the multi-zero sums that are nearly impossible to comprehend. At the gym or the coffee shop, we hear people tell their own [...]

11 Mar, 2009

Talking about the near future in Seattle

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: trendspotting

Marian Salzman on Seattle TV (King 5/Kong)
And finally, photos from a trends luncheon hosted by Porter Novelli in Seattle:

09 Mar, 2009

The story of Jack + Bill is millennial empowerment

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: millennials
In these challenging times, nothing is more important than innovation, because nothing will help us reboot optimism quicker. Jack + Bill may have begun as an offhand challenge to Alyson Campbell and a group of New York­–based Millennials last spring, but we have come an awfully long way since then. Jack + Bill is the [...]

05 Mar, 2009

The saving lifestyle

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: credit crisis| millennials| recession

When a few influential people start doing something different, we have the makings of a trend. For example, when households started to forgo landlines and use only cell phones at home. Or when Millennials started watching “TV” on their laptops rather than their televisions. 
But when entire populations suddenly start doing something radically different, it’s a [...]

01 Mar, 2009

Am I addicted to news?

Posted by: Marian Salzman In: current events

I tele-commuted one day last week, so TV news was my workmate all day long. It was an eye-opening experience. I watched Joe the Plumber attend a book signing five people showed up to; and economic report after economic report repeatedly reminding me that the sky is still falling. I heard various conservatives rant, numerous [...]