Top 10 Reasons to Watch Trends: World Future Society Members Explain the Value of Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis. (Future View)
Wagner, Cynthia G., The Futurist
A recent issue of Futurist Update, the World Future Society's monthly e-mailed newsletter, invited readers to explain why it is important to pay attention to trends. Most respondents identified a tangible professional or personal payoff for trend watching, which can be summarized as follows:
1. Get investment ideas--and save money: "We are a group of angel investors. The futurist membership has given us insight into ideas or firms we are considering for funding. You have saved us money." Carl Meyering, The Meyering Corporation (Detroit metro area).
2. Get early warnings: "I am interested in watching for new trends for the same reason that I watch for traffic in both directions before I cross the street. I want to take advantage of new opportunities and avoid approaching disasters." Charlotte Cowling, Bellevue, Washington.
3. Get confidence: "I'm using trend information in energy, food, and living preferences to …
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Publication information: Article title: Top 10 Reasons to Watch Trends: World Future Society Members Explain the Value of Environmental Scanning and Trend Analysis. (Future View). Contributors: Wagner, Cynthia G. - Author. Magazine title: The Futurist. Volume: 36. Issue: 2 Publication date: March-April 2002. Page number: 68+. © 1999 World Future Society. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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