The engine of growth, the incubator of culture and the catalyst of cool.

https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/06/how-culture-shapes-economic-development/562328/

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/city-character

Global Metro Monitor 2018

 

Douglas Rushkoff is a futurist and technologist. His upcoming book, Team Human, will explore what it is to be human in a technology dominant and guided world.

Among his themes is his observation that increasingly the purpose of wealth is to buy escape – from others, from one’s community and from a hostile and lethal future.

https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1

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The 2008 global economic crisis is among the reasons why we find ourselves where we are today. Things fell apart and a significant number of people realized that the system was not only stacked against them but was broken.

Ten years distant we’re beginning to see historical analysis that describes the ramifications of the event in clear perspective.

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n13/john-lanchester/after-the-fall

In times of change:

https://www.ft.com/content/a4010798-73a8-11e8-b6ad-3823e4384287

https://shift.newco.co/the-principles-of-post-advertising-ab09deeeeea5

https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/creativitys-flexible-futures-fawnbrake-story/1484906

Ken Auletta’s new book “The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)” is his insider account of the current chaos and transformative change besetting the advertising industry.

The media business is locked in an existential struggle to adapt to complex changes in technologies, demographics and behaviors, among many complex forces at work. It’s a story of the decimation of 20th Century Madison Avenue by 21st Century digital and data ascendance.

Faris is a brilliant planner and understands media better than most.

Transposing the Food Pyramid model he examines the proper relationship to media consumption and gives guidance as to the quantity and quality of constituents and the portions that are good for us.

In media as in advertising and marketing, ultimately it’s always about relationships – to utility, aspiration, purchase, consumption and brands.

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Mary Meeker’s report is published: more than half the planet is on the Internet. E-Commerce is surging and China is expanding exponentially. Fewer smartphones and more time online.

Internet Trends Report 2018 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

An alien in the Deep?

A controversial study has a new spin on the otherworldliness of the octopus

Fascinating investigation of how our perception of time organizes the world and enables us to understand ourselves.

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

https://www.ft.com/content/ce6ef7b8-429a-11e8-93cf-67ac3a6482fd

There’s branding and the “metaphysics of consumer desire”, and there’s the psychology of marketing.

http://www.apg.org.uk/guesteditor-richardshotton