Trend: Urbanization
How to Compete with Online Retailers
Warehouses Online Shipping
Brick-and-mortar stores adapt to the evolving marketplace

Stop us if you’ve heard this story before: thanks to new technology, a new company starts selling goods remotely and delivers them right to Read More »

An Education: Changing the Way We Learn
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The bleeding edge of continuous education.

Our educational lifecycle is changing, for the better. Once upon a time, education was a very terminal thing. School was a fact of life. Read More »

Appealing to Millennials and Their Kids
Millennials and Children Coffee Shop
Generation Y is starting new families imbued with their own style and values

The Occupy Wall Street movement that began last year often touted its diversity, from disillusioned 20 year olds up to retired seniors. But there Read More »

Pop-Up Shops in NYC’s Dirt Lots
Pop Up Tent NYC
A vacant space in SoHo is transformed into a unique retail opportunity

While walking around SoHo this afternoon, we noted that a someone had pitched a tent on what is usually a vacant dirt lot. A Read More »

Uncovering The Real “Cool Japan”- Part 2
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Second in the five part series exploring the real "Cool Japan", looking this time at Japanese Architecture

Last week we discussed how Japan needs a helping hand when it comes to boosting the image of “Brand Japan” to the West. Unfortunately, Read More »

The Dangers of Importing Local Traditions
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Failure to adapt to local sensitivities dooms an Indian version of Spain's La Tomatina
Failure to adapt to local sensitivities dooms an Indian version of Spain's La Tomatina

To me, India is not one country but a “theme & ideology” under which many countries stay together. The demography, psychography, and even economy Read More »

Small-Scale Experiments Transform Urban Spaces
NYC Parking Park Pilot
NYC's pilot scheme for innovative initiatives made pop-up parks on the street a reality
NYC's pilot scheme for innovative initiatives made pop-up parks on the street a reality

Earlier this summer we relaxed at this summertime pop-up mini café on Sullivan St. (between Prince St. and Houston St.), a small plant-filled patio taking Read More »

Reaffirming Mexican Identity in an Age of Globalization
Mescal Bar Mexico
Renewed interest in mescal demonstrates the desire to celebrate and distinguish Mexican culture

Whatever its merits and drawbacks, globalization has undeniably increased the uniformity between what were once distinct cultures. However, some societies are now starting to Read More »

Does “Local” Preclude National Reach?
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Brands struggle to balance customers' desire for local with the need for an expanded presence, and vice versa

Today’s prevailing economic model, in which companies sell highly standardized goods to the mass market, has been undeniably successful. Multiple steps in the production Read More »

Space Aliens Invade São Paulo
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Street art on display in galleries and on the streets in Brazil

Invader, the French urban artist, has brought his unique mosaic art to the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. In an eventful year for the artist, his Read More »