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Insights & Observations

Thoughts on the consumer, culture, marketplace, and the world.

We track the culture and analyze it as events happen. The insights and observations we report on serve as the building blocks of our trend analysis.

n. China and Germany taken together, particularly as an economic entity or market. “The 'Chermany' analysis is interesting insofar as it explores the economic relationships that Germany and China each have with their respective trading partners and the similarities of both sets of relationships.” —Bob Adamson, "The Power of 'Chermany'," Seeking Alpha, March 17, 2010

In his new book, The Big Short, Michael Lewis explains how Wall Street destroyed $1.75 million in wealth. During an interview he describes the current Wall Street unchecked and unrepentant bonus culture as “a very elegant form of theft.

Michael Lewis on 60 Minutes,

It’s the collisions between different knowledge networks that are crucial to innovation.

Cory Ondrejka, EVP, Digital Marketing, EMI Music

More than 6 in 10 American adults (63.1%) were either overweight (36.6%) or obese (26.5%) in 2009, up a small but measurable amount from the 62.2% who were classified as overweight or obese in 2008.

What made Copenhagen such a charged atmosphere was the clash of two forces. On one side: the rising expectations, engagement, and intensity of civil society. Activists have spent the last two years characterizing COP15 as humanity’s last chance to save itself; success was characterized as a full legally binding treaty targeted at 350 ppm of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. On the other side: a set of political circumstances and leaders that rendered activist aspirations all but impossible.

David Roberts,

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