SOURCE: Future Exploration Network

Future Exploration Network

December 14, 2010 08:15 ET

Launch of Top Trends for 2011 and the Decade Ahead by Leading Futurist Ross Dawson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) - Influential future think-tank Future Exploration Network has launched its map of top trends for 2011 and the decade ahead.

The release includes an attractive visual map of the decade, descriptions of the 14 'ExaTrends' of the decade, and the 11 themes that will define the Zeitgeist for 2011. Ross Dawson, chairman of Future Exploration Network, led the analysis performed by the organization's global team.

"The zeitgeist for the year ahead will be driven by the social and business impact of emerging technologies, combined with the anxieties of a rapidly shifting economy," notes Dawson.

The Zeitgeist themes for 2011 include:
-- Networked or Not? Our fundamental choice on whether to live a fully connected life.
-- Everyone Naked. WikiLeaks is just the beginning of naked government and business.
-- Immersive Entertainment. 3D, motion sensors, augmented reality... we can't get enough.
-- Social News Curation. The more news we share, the less we need the news headlines.
-- Sensory Indulgence. Fine tastes and sensory luxury are now a basic expectation.
-- Wrath of Crowds. Our voices are amplified to ravage reputations as never before.
-- End of 9 to 5. Work transcends time, for good and for bad.

The map also includes an analysis of the 'ExaTrends' of the decade, to describe the exponential change of today. 'Exa' means 10 to the power of 18, while 'Mega' represents 10 to the power of 6.

"We are at the dawn of a new decade," notes Dawson. "We need to understand the deep underlying trends that will shape our lives. Vital issues include the rise of China, the development of a world in which we live or die by our reputation, and a soaring media economy in which newspapers become extinct yet many other media forms explode to dominate our waking hours."

Download the visual map and detailed descriptions of the Zeitgeist for 2011 and ExaTrends for the Decade here:

About Ross Dawson
Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. He is Chairman of four organizations, including international think-tank Future Exploration Network. Dawson is best-selling author of books including Living Networks, which predicted social networks and micro-messaging years before Facebook and Twitter existed. He speaks around the world about the future of business, writes one of the globe's top ranked business blogs, and is frequently interviewed and quoted in leading business media such as CNN, Bloomberg TV, ABC TV, The New York Times and The Guardian. 

About Future Exploration Network
Future Exploration Network is a leading consultancy specializing in the future of business. It works with major organizations to help them engage with the future, build effective strategies, innovate, and achieve results. 

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