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FuturistU > Innovation & Change > Adaptive Innovation > Module 5 / 5

Ideation

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
When it comes to ideation, people are often worried that they are sticking to the path and missing out on ideas that are so close within one's grasp. In this module Jeremy will walk you through a number of workshops and tactics that will help you extract better thinking from yourself and your team.
Workshop Question:
How might you incorporate workshops and brainstorm sessions to extract better thinking from yourself and your team?
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Senior Metaverse
Companies are leveraging virtual reality to enhance elderly peoples' daily lives
Trend - Due to mobility issues and/or other age-related disabilities, senior citizens find it more difficult to connect, travel, exercise, and enjoy outdoor activities. Brands are leveraging the accessibility of the metaverse to create tailored experiences that address these problem areas. Services emphasize social interaction and immersion in the metaverse.
Workshop Question - How could your brand take advantage of the metaverse to improve accessibility services for customers?
8.2
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Interactive Branding
Companies are making new products accessible with interactive experiences
Trend - Brands across various industries are finding new ways to introduce their products to consumers through interactive experiences and product workshops. These events make new products more accessible and less daunting to consumers as they provide product knowledge through hands-on learning.
Workshop Question - What resources can your company offer to increase brand and product knowledge?
7
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Pet Kit
Brands curate kits specific to pet care
Trend - Pet care has become a bigger priority for owners, and brands are now curating special kits that help consumers better take care of their cats or dogs. These include everything from first aid kits, to kits that help reduce anxiety in pets.
Workshop Question - How is your brand adapting to the growing popularity of pet care?
5.5
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Accessible Hygiene
Brands are designing personal care and hygiene items to be more inclusive
Trend - Mainstream brands in the personal care space are designing their products to be more accessible for those with disabilities. These include shampoos, deodorants, and toothbrushes designed to be used by individuals with different abilities or dexterities.
Workshop Question - How can your brand increase your inclusivity and accessibility efforts?
5.2
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Plant Shop
Plant care workshops and classes help people hone plant-based hobbies
Trend - Plant care is a popular hobby among Millennials and now, older Gen Z, and brands are taking advantage of this trend with workshops and classes that help people hone their skills in this space. These workshops are taking place both in retail spaces and virtually amidst pandemic pivots.
Workshop Question - How is your brand curating distinct experiences for its more loyal customers?
5.9
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WFH Culture
Brands replicate office culture from home for their employees
Trend - In order to keep employees engaged as many companies enter a year of work-from-home setups, many are trying to replicate in-office rituals virtually. These include everything from coffee breaks to chat rooms that are mapped out to look like offices.
Workshop Question - How is your brand keeping employees engaged?
5.8
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Senior Skincare
Skincare brands launch products targeting boomers
Trend - While countless skincare brands explicitly focus on Millennial consumers, products specifically targeting boomers are also on the rise. These mature skin-focused products ditch elusive claims of age-reversal and instead focus on skin health, texture, and post-menopausal skin concerns.
Workshop Question - How can your brand meet the needs of consumers at different life stages?
4.5
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Alleviated Search
New platforms & initiatives are assisting job-seekers with accessibility
Trend - Recognizing the difficulty of finding a job and the intimidation that some consumers experience when reaching out to recruiters, brands are launching platforms and initiatives to help alleviate stressful formalities and facilitate a better connection with potential offers.
Workshop Question - How can your brand support consumers in their job-search?
3.5
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Appified Side-Hustle
Tech brands are incorporating side hustle-specific features in their apps
Trend - Developers are creating mobile applications that can assist consumers and budding entrepreneurs with building and maintaining their side hustles. The platforms include useful features, pertaining to organization, investment, and so on.
Workshop Question - How can your brand help individuals multi-task?
5
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Dating Wellness
Brands offer beneficial services relating to dating
Trend - Brands are addressing the pressures and effort of dating by offering wellness-related solutions that give people more confidence in their dating abilities. Services include how-to guides and dating wellness workshops.
Workshop Question - How is your brand enhancing customer experiences?
4.3
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