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The100: Anthropocentrism, the ‘right’ mistakes and monks

By Alistair Vince | February 21, 2020

Monk Mode Modern work is a mess. Or, as Bruce Daisley, ex-European VP of Twitter, would say: modern work is a lie. Just try not to put your neck out as you nod along with everything he says… Open-plan offices have made it harder to concentrate. Email has added an average of 2 hours to …

The100: Starting over, deliberative rhetoric & heartprints

By Alistair Vince | February 7, 2020

I quit By this point in the year many people have waved the white flag to their resolutions. Their hands full of retrieved chocolates. The still squeaking running shoes are just for show. All the while mumbling promises to do better next year. But, if the resolution to quit your day job and set up …

Opportunity Identification

By Bo Beep | February 6, 2020

Qualitative opportunity identification utilizes consumers to uncover real pain points, needs, and workarounds to drive innovation towards actual gaps in the market, faster. Involving the consumer earlier in the process narrows the scope of innovation and quickly allows client teams to focus on what’s important: solving REAL consumer problems. It’s estimated that of the 30,000 …

The100: Thinking fast, harbingers of failure & ice cream

By Alistair Vince | January 24, 2020

Trender bender Little known fact: if you laid all the pages of all the 2020 trend reports published to date,  end to end, they would circle the earth. Twice. Helpfully, Julian Cole has kindly pulled together all the relevant PDFs into one handy place. I’m sharing it because I know it will be popular; but …

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – How consumers are leading the way on waste

By Jenny Hearne | January 17, 2020

Whether you love Greta Thunberg or not, there is no denying that she is making people sit up and listen. And is empowering them to take action, no matter how small, to make a positive difference to the world. But she is not the only one. There are many others that are leading the way …

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The100: Trends, Sapiens and Fairycakes

By Alistair Vince | September 20, 2019

From The New School Tim Stock teaches what looks to be a hugely interesting course at The New School called Analyzing Trends. Sadly, I’m a few thousand miles and most likely a couple-of-hundred grand short of being able to enrol. But Tim has released the slides from the course introduction where he covers a plethora of points. …

Opportunity Identification Case Study: CBD Skincare

By Bo Beep | September 17, 2019

Within the last year, CBD is popping up everywhere, it’s the hottest trend and the buzziest ingredient. Even with all this buzz, what do we really know about consumers who use it and what is desired from its use? CBD is currently the newest cure all – it will provide relaxation, eliminate pain, bring better …

Post Launch Consumer Appraisal: Nivea Biodegradable Wipes

By Jenny Hearne | September 16, 2019
Nivea Biodegradable Wipes

“Wiping away waste” I am old enough to remember when facial cleansing wipes took the UK market by storm in the late 90’s.  Penetration and sales rocketed as women transformed their cleansing routines. This new product format meant that they were able to use less products and conveniently remove their make up at speed.  Wipes …

The100: Long term thinking, mental reframing and Haddon Salt Esq.

By Alistair Vince | September 6, 2019
(c) Junkyardsparkle

Flipping failure It’s good to be back in the hot seat after a couple of weeks on holiday (and see that no-one had filled my drawers with balloons… it happens here). One of the trip highlights was a 3-day hike through the Atlas Mountains with the saucepan lids. You see, walking is about 498th on the …

Unwrapping packaging-free stores

By Ian Hare | August 30, 2019
Pack Free Stores

Given all the hype… no hype is not strong enough… the movement (this word was used by one of our thinkers) around reducing the use of plastic, we decided to explore the small but evolving world of packaging-free stores. We had a bunch of shoppers (those who frequent packaging-free stores and those who don’t but …

The100: Universal laws, intellectual mischief, and CSI Miami

By Alistair Vince | August 16, 2019

Intellectual mischief Alex Morris has released his Strategy and Planning Field Guide. There are enough gems in there to sink a ship. I simply can’t list them all. So here are my top 5: Page 28: Ways to start doing research differently Pages 34 – 35: The danger of aggregates and averages Page 37: A guide …

The100: Strategy advice, conflated data and Dirty Dancing

By Alistair Vince | August 2, 2019

This is just the beginning The BBC has published a list of 101 people, ideas and things that are changing the way we work today.  The potential for a competitive e-residency market is intriguing, and ‘JOMO’ is utterly brilliant. Willy Wonka is a postman On the topic of workplaces, these trivia and pictures from Roald Dahl’s …

The100: Byron Sharp, contingency planning and eggs

By Alistair Vince | July 19, 2019

The search for the substantial Big data, big responsibility. And this bang-on-the-money article from Alex Murrell is a useful health warning when it comes to using it. Murrell discusses 5 question marks around big data (of collection, claims, completeness, correlation and comprehension) and shows how we need to look at big data with a more …

Post Launch Review: Hostess Bakery Petites

By Bo Beep | July 17, 2019
Mini Cakes

The idea of including treats and eliminating deprivation is currently a trend in the diets of US adults hoping to achieve a balanced diet. More adults are practicing a ‘treat yourself mentality’ with 46% of adults choosing products that are familiar from childhood.* One area of familiarity is the snack cake, often produced by Hostess. …

The100: Paradoxical ignorance, storytelling plots and Upernavik

By Alistair Vince | July 5, 2019

The 7 basic plots I’ve read mixed feedback on this year’s Cannes Lions Festival. Some have been gushing, whilst others appear exasperated. My favourite pieces to come from the 5 days? Oh alright then… The Marketoonist’s depiction of events, Murray Cadler’s home truths, and Adweek’s breakdown of how Cannes winners used the 7 basic plots of storytelling. Purpose matters. …