Returning to Nature:
 Food Culture Heads North  

I first visited Mugaritz in 2003, when the restaurant was on
the run-up to its second Michelin star. At the time, northern Spain was a surging font of innovation in global haute cuisine, specializing in the highly technological sort of cooking that came to be called (over the howls of the chefs) “molecular gastronomy.” That season,…

The Future Isn’t Your Friend

Future thinking needs a dose of cosmic pessimism if it’s to have any utility at all. I recently spent a week at Ohio University in the verdant college town of Athens, lecturing at a NASA-sponsored summer program that trains students from 
around the world for careers in the space industry. Over several intense and lengthy…

The New Luxury: Keeping Fashion Relevant in 2020

The year is 2020, and Zara has just announced that they will be closing one third of their brick-and-mortar retail locations. Their ecommerce operations only fared slightly better, with only one fifth of the workforce cut. H&M announced a freeze on opening any new stores for the next quarter. Instead, they will be focusing on…

Why Storytelling is Important to Business

As long as there have been humans, there have been stories. Stories, told orally, were one of the first forms of human communication, and, in large part, were used to learn from one another’s experiences. Today, they are still at the center of all that we do and say. However, when we think of stories,…

Create/ Elizabeth Jameson

How does your artwork navigate the divide between science and art? My artwork lives at the intersection of science, art and technology. Connecting these communities has given me so much joy and enabled me to challenge how so many people looking at disease from various perspectives see themselves, their work, and their community. I am…

The Impact of Clarity – Interview with Lee Steffen

This post originally appeared on DesignThinkers, an annual conference hosted by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers.  Lee Steffen will be speaking at DesignThinkers 2016 where he will be talking about The Spark. An award-winning creative director, photographer, composer and popular speaker, Lee Steffen strives to find the beating heart of every creative venture and inspire others…

Crowdfunding Futures Thinking

Idea Couture has just launched IMPACT: A Foresight Game on Kickstarter. Much of the strategic foresight work we do at Idea Couture is about helping decision-­makers navigate uncertainty and capitalize on change. “Decision-­makers” in this case usually refers to C-level executives at Fortune 500 companies. For our clients, we function as a kind of strategic radar, identifying the threats and opportunities that aren’t in plain sight. We look beyond the purview of your typical corporate strategic planning cycle, instead speculating on possibilities that sit 7, 10, and 15 years out, or further. Strategic foresight is a process, and…

A Woman’s Space, A Man’s Domain

The Rising Star of Food O ver the past two decades, food, and its preparation, have experienced a meteoric rise as a source of entertainment. The birth of specialty channels dedicated to it, the cult of celebrity chefs, and the number of televised cooking competitions are all testaments to our ever-growing obsession with food and…

Raden: A Case For Better Travel

Forget dead devices, excess baggage charges, and lost belongings, Raden is the new, efficient, and fashionable way to travel. Their slogan rings true: Raden’s smart luggage is the case for better travel. While traveling can sometimes be anxiety inducing and stressful, Raden’s bags make globetrotting seamless and enjoyable – whether you’re embarking on a short,…

Women in Leadership: Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts knows something that many of today’s business leaders don’t know, and that some don’t even really care about. It’s something she knows about herself. And, given her undeniable success as CEO at Burberry and the sheer expectation over what she is quietly doing as SVP of Retail at Apple, it’s something that has…