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,…

Listen

This article is part of a larger feature called “The Future of Crisis” in The Crisis Issue. Asimple question: What if nations and societies around the world face heightened risk today because people find it increasingly challenging to listen well? For skilled listeners in unfamiliar and potentially threatening environments, the first signs of warning and welcome…

Q&A with Catherine D’Ignazio

MISC spoke with Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College, about the possibilities for feminist data visualization; the power, pleasure, and limitations of visual data; data literacy; industries of accountability; and the future of inclusivity. Last year, you wrote an article called “What would feminist data visualization look like?”…

The Future of Financial Institutions Post Brexit

Regulatory changes are not normally the concern of a strategic foresight consultancy, but the possible departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union is a once in a lifetime event. Brexit’s effect on global financial institutions is worth an examination to help inform strategic decisions that may need to be made about the future.…

Finding a New Purpose for Old Technology: A Conversation with Nick Gentry

Many of your materials are sourced by external contributors, including film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-rays, and floppy discs. Why did you choose to work with these items and how is this collaborative effort significant to your artwork? Art is becoming much more inclusive and collaborative. The renaissance days of having this separate, isolated object are…

Food & Drink: Ripe for a Rethink

It’s hard to imagine wholesale disruption of the food and beverage space, where innovation tends to be incremental. Our resident food anthropologist Dylan Gordon provides three prescriptions for change. Vitamins & Minerals Vitaminwater is so yesterday. With natural, unmanipulated foods being the champions of the day, “fortifying” water with synthetic chemicals is a turn-off. Meanwhile, bottled water brands are confronted…

Designers in the Hands of a Passionate Leader

Lee Fain, a senior design strategist at Idea Couture, shares his insights into the world of design management in the most recent issue of Design Management Review. In a piece called “Designers in the Hands of a Passionate Leader,” Lee offers tips of the trade for those who are new to the world of managing…

Your Breasts Are No Good Here

The Bible and Western Civilization. “Okay, that’ll do.” It was the summer of the last year of university and I needed one more course to graduate. I had taken, what I like to refer to as, a personal sabbatical halfway through my bachelor’s degree. I came back to school focused, passionate, and ready to work hard, but…