Yellow mealworm is soon to appear on European menus, in bars, smoothies and burgers, after the EU decided that they are safe for human consumption. It’s just the first insect that will be hitting supermarket shelves–the EU is likely to approve others soon. Read more (Forbes)
During the first UK lockdown, a Spotify notification announced that I was one of My Chemical Romance‘s top listeners. Worldwide. This was amusing to my friends, who imagined me playing “I’m Not Okay” on a continuous loop (in the shower, through a carefully concealed earphone on work calls) but, actually, that wasn’t too far from the truth. And were any of us really okay? Read more (Refinery29)
The 16th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Reportanalyses the risks from societal fractures—manifested through persistent and emerging risks to human health, rising unemployment, widening digital divides, youth disillusionment, and geopolitical fragmentation. Businesses risk a disorderly shakeout which can exclude large cohorts of workers and companies from the markets of the future. Environmental degradation—still an existential threat to humanity—risks intersecting with societal fractures to bring about severe consequences. Yet, with the world more attuned to risk, lessons can be drawn to strengthen response and resilience. In 2020, the risk of a pandemic became reality. As governments, businesses, and societies grapple with COVID-19, societal cohesion is more important than ever. Read more
Fears of contagion lead us to become more conformist and less accepting of eccentricity. Our moral judgements become harsher and our sexual attitudes become more conservative Read more (BBC)
Global Generation Z 2021 (Google Slides)
Global Generation Z 2021 (PDF download)
With the send-off of the Class of 2020 to college in all its forms — in-person, hybrid and Zoom, we have launched the first round of children who have never known a world prior to 9/11. They’ve grown up with worried and questioning parents on all ends of the political spectrum. And just when they are about to break out on their own, COVID-19 brings their senior year to a screeching halt, making their entry into adulthood one of trepidation. Every social misstep is a landmine to set them back and keeps their slightly older Gen Z counterparts in suspended animation. To know them, we need to understand that within Gen Z lives a breadth of archetypes underscored by a foundational commonality.
Concepts of grit, resilience and resourcefulness come up during conversations centered around Generation Z. Without question, the pandemic has strengthened their sense of responsibility, both within their local communities and globally. Yet, a June 2020 CDC study reports that presently 74.9% of 18-24 year olds in the US have more than one adverse mental or behavioral health symptoms. These two states of affair existing simultaneously are counterproductive for the success of Generation Z. The Silent Generation lived through their years of crises but were given hope coming out of World War II. Generation Z, however, is halted in their tracks when they should be able to soar. This time of growth is fraught with tension on normal pre-Covid days. The sustained suspension they have now is not easy to endure. The meaning of all this needs to be unraveled quickly. The normalizing of virtual relationships of all kinds already has begun to take hold out of necessity.
Macro Trend Themes: Sense of Agency, Quest for Allies, Bandwidth Pitfalls, Meaningful Human Skill, Climate Change Dread, Meaningful Policy, Womenonmics, Relentless Tension
Country Clusters: Cluster One (Traditional) USA/UK/France/Japan Cluster Two (Cautious) China/India/Mexico/South Korea Cluster Three (Constrained) Turkey/Russia/Philippines/Nigeria Cluster Four (Introspective) Venezuela/Iran
Micro Trend Themes: Residual Trends: Age Restrictions, Teen Networks, Shifting Sport Engagement; Dominant Trends: Community Building, Aligning Reality, Social Responsibility; Emergent Trends: Aware and Advocating, Cultural Movements, Food Security; Disruptive Trends: Women Normalizing Sport, Digital Coping, Music as Diplomacy
In reviewing a series of World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on cannabis and its derivatives, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) zeroed-in on the decision to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs — where it was listed alongside specific deadly, addictive opioids, including heroin, recognized as having little to no therapeutic purposes. Read more (United Nations)
Covid-19 will likely have permanent effects on the way we work. But the way we live, socialise and move about the world will be different, too. Read more (BBC)
Money and information won’t flow like it used to and global companies will have to make stark choices. Read more
The sober mood among fashion executives surveyed in last year’s report has evolved over recent months into a strong determination to manage the industry through the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more (McKinsey)