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This is a cool visualizations of trends for 2009 in different sectors. It's from Trends in Living Networks blogger Ross Dawson. You may remember the very popular Trend Blend 2007 and Trend Blend 2008 which used transportation themes. Created by Future Exploration Network’s Chief Futurist Richard Watson, also of NowandNext.com, the 2009 trend map uses a "multi-tentacled hydra."
It reminds me of the Conversation Prism from Brian Solis which was inspired by Darren Barefoot's "social media starfish" that he created for his book "Getting to First Base" which was a remix of Scoble's white board. There's a difference, it's a little broader than social media.
The mega-trends are:
- Global connectivity
- Power shift Eastwards
- GRIN technologies
- Climate change
There are eight arms, which represent the following sectors or areas:
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I marked in red the trends that caught my eye, more about that later.