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I’ll admit that it’s hard to think about the future when we are confronted by very difficult realities in our present. The tragedy in Orlando has made me think of many things, but, from a futures perspective, it reminds me that we will achieve nothing if we cannot find ways to constructively include, celebrate, and respect our collective diversity. It’s the only way we will construct positive futures.  

Read more | 06/13/2016 - 17:19

This week’s (or past two weeks’) mix includes insights from Mary Meeker’s 2016 internet trends report, two interesting reports from Pew Research Center (addressing social media as a news source and 18-to-34 year-olds living at home), and some really great recognition for libraries and librarians. You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.

Read more | 06/07/2016 - 01:01

This week’s mix includes announcements from Google’s I/O developer conference (the Google assistant, Allo and Duo, Home, and Daydream) that advance trends in artificial intelligence, encryption, and virtual reality.

Read more | 05/23/2016 - 17:44

One of the big stories this week – accusations that Facebook manipulated its trending stories section to exclude conservative news – has fascinating implications for the information work we all do every day. One of the smaller stories – two friends who surveyed a coffee shop full of individuals working on their computers – has some fascinating implications for the community work that we all do every day. It was one of those weeks that helped me think about the inspiration we can take from lots of things happening in our environment.   

Read more | 05/16/2016 - 23:31

Some news around journalism - the draw of long-form, the complexity of graphic, the melding of content and (ingredient) delivery. Gaming culture popping up in museums and bars. The implications of transgender rights on corporate influence and college admissions.    You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.  

Read more | 05/09/2016 - 23:28

Stories build emotional intelligence. Adult coloring (and other activities) helps build community. Subject experts have the answers. Library professionals facilitate group learning. Some things aren’t news. But it’s nice to see them in the news, presented in new and different ways. In addition to the above, some interesting pieces about high schoolers’ preparedness for college and careers, the evolution (and sometimes exclusion) of streaming services, and trust and diversity in the sharing economy.

Read more | 05/02/2016 - 18:39

A good mix this week, including some interesting news in education (grade inflation, digital textbooks in NYC schools, and the prospects for the Class of 2016), new access implications for Amazon Prime, and a fascinating look at Magic Leap and the future of mixed reality. You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.

Read more | 04/25/2016 - 19:02

Facebook’s F8 developer conference shared new products and tools from the social network, including the integration of bots into its Messenger product, something that got a lot of news coverage. This week’s publishing and media coverage seemed to tip toward trends in video and audio and additional news about teen social media preferences seemed to confirm those trends. There’s also additional info on water scarcity, trends in higher education, and the announcement of the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge winners.

Read more | 04/18/2016 - 14:41

There’s a lot of Facebook info this week and the coverage spans Books, Publishing, and Media, The Internet, and even Artificial Intelligence headings. Maybe that will keep you reading through to the end of this week’s compilation. Maybe. Along the way you’ll also see some interesting trends in education, privacy, and even robots. You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.

Read more | 04/11/2016 - 14:42

Media and demographics. That’s where the news seemed to align this week. And some interesting pieces about the internet, including the dark web, the evolution of Snapchat, and challenge of web site annotations.   You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.   

Read more | 04/04/2016 - 20:46

Microsoft’s teen-focused chatbot Tay brought a critical eye to artificial intelligence this week. Streaming content (television and music) showed its potential in two new reports. And some interesting stories about credentialing in education. And please read the Sephora story toward the end of this collection – it says so much about how spaces are evolving.    

Read more | 03/28/2016 - 14:13

There’s been another uptick in subscribers to the newsletter version of this post – thank you and welcome! – and so I just wanted to share a bit of the thinking behind this effort.  

Read more | 03/21/2016 - 15:36

We lost an hour this week (things were so much easier when I lived in Arizona), but that doesn’t mean we lost any bit of news. Artificial intelligence breakthroughs, virtual reality’s continuing expansion, a growing focus on the power of data, and concern for millennials and younger generations filled this week’s news cycle.   

Read more | 03/14/2016 - 15:45

Voice. Hands free. Livestreaming. Oh, and a cluster about Food - let’s just make that its own heading from now on. And Virtual Reality – if it makes it to McDonald’s and roller coasters, you know it’s for real.  

Read more | 03/07/2016 - 17:25

This week felt like clusters of news around specific trends. Bite-sized reading. The power of young women. Computer science in the curriculum. Voice in technology. It’s always helpful to see the news align from different angles pointing to similar insights.   Two short commercials before we dig in.   

Read more | 02/29/2016 - 15:43

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