Future Map For Consumer Brands

Overview

My goal as a futurist, also called a foresight expert, is twofold: (1) predict where the proverbial hockey puck is going to be; (2) put a plan in place that gets me there so that I can take maximum advantage of it.

My futurist work started in 2017, when I began to research and curate insights into what will happen to better help me as an entrepreneur.

Summary

Since I began my foresight work in 2017, groundbreaking research has emerged from pioneering futurists and other subject-matter experts that has given us unmatched insight into the unfolding tapestry of the future, thereby allowing us to position ourselves and our businesses to survive and thrive.

We are currently in the final gasps of the “Old Normal” that has existed since 1945 along with its antiquated systems and structures.

We face a challenging transition I call “The Reckoning,” a period of profound restructuring and economic readjustment not seen since the 1930s Great Depression and WWII.

After this lies the “Resurgence” and “New Normal” in the 2030s and beyond, a period with great potential for growth and prosperity in the U.S.

I am using my futurist work to help position me, my family,  my career and skills, and my businesses to not just survive through the The Reckoning, but also be setup to thrive in The Resurgence that follows.

I publish my predictions and action plans for consumer brands on this page.  Scroll down to access those tools.

How To Future-Proof

My goal is to help DTC/B2C/B2B2C/consumer brands transition from the Old Normal, through The Reckoning and into the New Normal.  I offer the following.

1. Start future-proofing right now

We’re all experiencing the stresses of an uncertain future that seem to be compounding on each other with no end in sight. How does all this play out? When can we return to a sense of normal where we can rest in greater certainty about our futures with much less fear?

I try to answer these questions through a significant body of work I’ve published that contains a treasure trove of revelations along with a roadmap for how we can navigate the future.

Start future-proofing yourself, your family, your career and skills, and your company immediately with the open source docs published further down this page.

2. I can enthrall and motivate your audience about the future

Do you run a conference or lead a business group/association? Book me, an experienced speaker with a knack for bringing my futurist work to life that inspires and imparts optimism and positivity.

For those of us who live and work in the U.S. and for those that may not live here but still sell products in the U.S. market, this country is uniquely positioned with tremendous assets and capabilities to navigate the future.  An overarching goal through my futurist work is to help people see the abundance we possess and empower them with confidence for the future. I believe this nation can thoroughly conquer The Reckoning, soar in the New Normal and extend our successes to help the rest of the world.

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Additional content and tools

I go deeper with subscribers and create content and tools to help answer questions, like:

  • What products to develop that will be successful and which to avoid;
  • The markets, whether domestic and foreign, and distribution channels to focus on and which ones to avoid;
  • What sustainable technologies and practices to adopt;
  • How business models are changing and which new ones to adopt;
  • Where to locate manufacturing in a deglobalizing world, optimized for labor/automation, government regs, access to resources, proximity to customers and risk management;
  • What are the Achilles heels, “unknown unknowns” and deep, hidden risks that make a company fragile;
  • What are future government policies (regulations and taxation) and how to prepare for them;
  • What are major consumer shifts that could upend brands and how to prevent this disruption;
  • Which brands are already on the New Normal track that we should model and emulate and why;
  • What are risks you have not heard off and which ones that pose a threat to you.

Changelog and information dataset

I use a database where I post all future map content changes and additions.  It contains all the raw content that I come across which gets integrated into my slideshares, articles and tools. Subscribers have access and can perform deep searches.

Zoom calls for one-on-one

My published work can be overwhelming. Schedule Zoom calls with me, where through a one-on-one IRL interaction, I can help focus your company and make sure you do not miss important guidance that is published in my work.

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4. Let me unleash your company’s full potential

Engage me as a consultant where I can help co-create competitively defensible, disruption-proof strategies that equip your business to thrive in the years ahead.

I have significant experience developing, launching and growing DTC/B2C/B2B2C/consumer brands, especially in context as a leading-edge technologist, business model innovator and exponential growth strategist.

In addition, my futurist work has opened up opportunities for me to travel in many circles – not just across consumer product segments – but across society, culture, economics/financial markets, politics/geopolitics, technology and the environment/sustainability.

I can leverage my deep operating experience along with my strong macro-view perspective to help you position your business to get through The Reckoning and flourish in the New Normal.

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Published Documents And Resources

I group my futurist content into four areas: upcoming business cycles, exponential technologies, emerging business models and consumer shifts.  Content published below includes:

  • Upcoming Business Cycles:  to understand the future and what we can expect,  start with this slideshare.  I dive deep into the The Reckoning and Resurgence periods and how they will play out.
  • Exponential Technologies & Emerging Business Models: I grouped these two together because new technologies tend to drive new business models.
  • Consumer shifts: they are not the same as trends, which when identified are already here. Consumer shifts are bigger and can run many years, if not decades. I avoid covering trends because they emerge and fade quickly, making it nearly futile to strategically position oneself to capitalize on them.
  • Outdoor and Active Lifestyle Industry 10-Year Outlook: this slideshare reveals what the industry should expect through The Reckoning period.
  • New Normal For Consumer Brands:  this slideshare provides a roadmap to help brands transition away from the “Old Normal” we have now that is no longer working and dying, through the The Reckoning, and into the New Normal for the 2030’s and beyond. This slideshare is tailored to the outdoor and active lifestyle industry, but much of what is published here can also work for other consumer product categories.
  • Future Map spreadsheet for probabilities and timing: this spreadsheet has tabs that support the slideshares with probabilities, timing, severity and other data and tools.
  • Charts That Caught My Attention:  I periodically update this document with new charts.
  • Crowdsourced Survey.  These are a great list of questions that I like to ask others and answer for myself.  I have turned them into a survey so that we can tap into the collective wisdom of the consumer product industry.
  • Ongoing webinars:  I run webinars a few times a month presenting about the future.  Please contact me and I will send you the schedule link.

I have licensed the content on this page under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. which allows anyone to freely share, adapt, and build upon my creative work as long as they credit me, the creator, and share any changes they make under the same license.

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Crowdsourced Survey

These are a great list of questions that I like to ask others and answer for myself.  I have turned them into a survey so that we can tap into the collective wisdom of the consumer product industry. By exploring our perspectives on existential threats, lagging areas, industry heroes, and magical improvements, we can all gain valuable insights and level up our game. This survey is anonymous and takes a few minutes. As I get responses, I will aggregate, analyze, comment on and publish results. Results are posted via a link in the survey confirmation response. Click here to open this survey into its own page.

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