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FuturistU > Innovation & Change > Infectious Messaging > Module 4 / 4

Bonus Workshop

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
When you envision how the near future might look, It's likely you cite changes that are perhaps already taking place. This module highlights an activity to fast-track your thinking and rework how you view time and progress.

By internalizing the pace of change that has already happened, you’ll realize that your far-future predictions are likely not that far off. The exercise highlighted in this module will help you prepare for it.
Workshop Questions:
1. What is one industry shift that has greatly impacted your business that you didn't see coming?
2. If you could turn back time to 5 years ago, what would you change about your brand's plans? What would you keep?
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Scrolling Management
Social media platforms implement tools to mitigate doom scrolling
Trend - Social media platforms have developed new tools to help consumers manage their screen time. As doom scrolling becomes an increasing concern for many users, companies are implementing features that limit the user's content access to foster a healthier online environment.
Workshop Question - How is your brand ensuring the consumer's health and safety?
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Brand Activist
Influencers are replaced by representatives of social change in online campaigns
Trend - The pandemic ushered in varying degrees of change, including a political reckoning wherein the idea of activism became more mainstream and social media-friendly. Brands looking to participate in these conversations in a way that goes beyond lip service are doing so by replacing influencers with known activists.
Workshop Question - What is a cause that is important to your brand, and how can you become more vocal and active about it?
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Carbon Negative
Brands committed to the environment aim for carbon-negative production
Trend - Carbon-negative production is on the rise as brands look to stand out in a sea of others claiming that they're friendly to the environment. These brands aim to actually contribute more to carbon-offsetting than they produce, rather than simply aiming for carbon-neutrality.
Workshop Question - How is your brand shownig its commitment to environmental and/or social issues?
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Meditation Pairing
Brands are addressing digital fatigue and anxiety with new wellness features
Trend - Apps and video conferencing platforms are introducing built-in features and programming that will help consumers during their daily routines. Centered around mental health, these initiatives work toward staging interventions that help one build boundaries and healthy habits during COVID-19.
Workshop Question - How can your brand assist consumers in building healthier online habits?
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Crowdsourced Grocery
Consumers are contributing status updates to streamline shopping in COVID
Trend - Regardless of the stage society is in regarding COVID and the new normal, consumers are likely to want to reduce time spent in crowded public places. Brands in the grocery space are assisting with this by co-creating solutions with customers.
Workshop Question - Where can you make better use of your customers to develop clear solutions?
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Branded Accountability
Some brands take responsibility for their own inaction on issues of justice
Trend - Consumer pressure has made brands and institutions more aware that their past unwillingness to address the inequality that they help perpetuate, both internally and in society at large, is no longer an option. Some brands are aiming to change by taking significant financial and/or representation-based measures that aim for the equal treatment and success of visible minorities and women.
Workshop Question - How is your brand making internal changes that reflect the push for real, systemic change?
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Entrepreneurial Push
More individuals are embarking on the path of entrepreneuriship amid COVID-19
Trend - Businesses are launching campaigns and resources that are meant to support individuals who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic. These activations offer important information and coaching for starting one's own business.
Workshop Question - How might your brand support budding entrepreneurs?
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Neutral Beverage
Beverage brands prioritize carbon-neutral or negative production
Trend - Brands in the beverage space are re-shifting production processes to reduce their impact on the environment--aiming for carbon-neutral or negative outputs. Brands attempting this include everything from water to alcohol beverages.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing reducing its carbon output, or impact on the environment in general?
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QSR Sanitation
QSR companies are creating sanitation initiatives promoting consumer safety
Trend - QSR businesses are highlighting new sanitation initiatives to make consumers feel better as locations reopen after the initial outbreak of COVID-19. These initiatives are being highlighted through marketing campaigns, as well as novel branding, which combine to quell the concerns of consumers.
Workshop Question - How can your company emphasize consumer safety?
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Sports Bubble
Sports leagues are resuming in 'bubbles' to adhere to precautionary standards
Trend - The COVID-19 pandemic caused many major sports leagues to pause their season in order to ensure players’ safety. As regulations become slowly lifted, leagues are resuming in "bubbles" that are monitored by strict protocols for the health and safety of everyone involved.
Workshop Question - What are some ways your brand can adapt to not being able to provide its regular product or services?
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