100 Years From Now …

100 Years From Now …

Towards the end of 2011 I was invited by Steelcase to be one of “100 Minds” participating in the “100 Dreams, 100 Minds, 100 Years,” project, which was an exploration into our world and work life 100 years into the future.

The project sought insights about the future from 100 people from around the world; these “100 Minds” imagined the world to come, creating a picture of the world of work and provided insights into the discoveries that lie ahead.

I wrote a short statement that I labored over for weeks – perhaps the most important 500 words I’ve written in my career as a Futurist.  I thought it would be interesting to share it again here, 7 years on from having written it, to see how far we’ve come already since then and the direction we are fast moving in.

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The Mindful Powers of Hiking

The Mindful Powers of Hiking

It is clear that hiking is now an extremely favoured fitness trend; even expected to surpass the popularity of yoga in 2019. With health, fitness, mindfulness and general wellbeing firmly taking centre stage in all aspects of our life, we want to understand why and how this activity can have a positive impact on us both physically and psychologically.

What do you do to relax? What activity makes you happy? How do you practice mindfulness?

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Why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project

Why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project

Recently I’ve been thinking about how so many of our apparent choices in this digital age are predetermined for us – that we are constantly being directed.  Online recommendations steer us away from what is unrelated, unfamiliar and unexpected.  This effectively edits out anything that challenges our pre-existing beliefs and interests.  I’m talking about how when I buy a book on Amazon it then suggests similar books that might interest me; Netflix and YouTube make suggestions of similar things to watch in relation to what I’ve already watched; Instagram and Pinterest suggest who else to follow based on who I already follow.  The algorithms work on the basis of ‘If you liked that, you’ll love this’. Continue reading “Why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project”

Why Coworking spaces are the Future of the Workplace Industry.

Why Coworking spaces are the Future of the Workplace Industry.

Coworking spaces are a global phenomenon and are vastly changing the landscape of employment. According to the 2018 Global Coworking Survey; 1.7 million people will be working in around 19,000 coworking spaces around the world by the end of 2018; and we, at Scarlet Opus, are no exception.

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How to Embrace the Wabi Sabi Design Concept

How to Embrace the Wabi Sabi Design Concept

The perfectly imperfect way to welcome a simple, authentic and natural style of living.

Now is the time to search for the beauty in the disorder; gently expose weaknesses and reveal new strengths. This trend explores resilience and recovery when things breakdown; it is a quest for truth and realness. At its core is ‘Wabi-Sabi’ – the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection and the art of ‘Kintsugi’ – repairing damage and breakages with precious materials.

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