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Intro to Ability to Change

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
In today's world, people miss out on new opportunity because we lead busy lives and get caught up in a predictable groove, repeating past decisions. This makes it difficult to spot opportunity, and more difficult to act. Even when we have a great idea, it can be a struggle to get buy-in, influence others, and make change happen. It doesn’t have to be that way.

This course examines how people can caught in these grooves of predictability and how to overcome them. Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche introduces the 7 Traps of Path Depedency and how to escape them to capture new opportunity. If you’ve ever dreamed about what great ideas might be within your grasp, this course will nurture those feelings and give you tactics and exercises to bring you closer to your full potential. It will give you the push you need to overcome path dependencies, break free from the traps, and move toward something new. You’ll develop the tools to engage your next big idea and make change a reality.
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Mindful Entrepreneurship
Brands release programs that help users learn about and build businesses
Trend - Between competitive markets and economic instability, entrepreneurship has become more challenging for the average consumer to take on. Programs that help users learn about and navigate the process of building a business (or aspects of it) are becoming popular among aspiring entrepreneurs.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better support employees or customers in their personal pursuits?
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Outdoor Offices
The ongoing pandemic has made outdoor workspaces more popular
Trend - Workplace flexibility has been a common topic of discussion after the the ongoing pandemic resulted in professionals working from home indefinitely. Now, businesses and employees are leaning into workplace flexibility with outdoor office spaces that balance productivity and function with comfort and convenience for workers.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing flexibility for its customers or employees?
7.6
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Accessible Vaccination
Branded offerings and features aim to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible
Trend - Vaccine hesitancy and inaccessibility have been issues in different parts of North America, and so some brands are making the process more accessible with offerings like appointment information, transportation, and work accommodations to encourage people to get vaccinated.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing vaccine accessibility for its customers or employees?
3.6
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AR Holiday
Brands leverage augmented reality when advertising around the holidays
Trend - Brands are leveraging augmented reality technology to reach consumers at home for the holidays. These initiatives include product testing, demonstrations, and mixed reality portals to interact and engage with consumers.
Workshop Question - How can your brand interact and engage with consumers through technology?
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Activism Pop-Up
Pop-up experiences are framed around social causes
Trend - Attending pop-up experiences gives people a sense of "being in the know," and therefore creates a sense of community between attendees. Taking advantage of that, social and environmental causes are now using pop-ups to expand their reach, form supportive communities and educate people.
Workshop Question - How could your brand build a sense of community among customers?
7.7
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Redefined Valentine
Valentine's Day promotions are adapted with the ongoing pandemic in mind
Trend - Valentine's Day promotions this year are vastly different and serve consumers new, restricted ways of living amidst the ongoing pandemic. Brands are offering everything from Valentine's themed virtual wine tastings to chef-made meals that can be enjoyed with a partner at home.
Workshop Question - How is your brand offering customers a sense of normlacy amidst ongoing uncertainties?
4.5
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Audio-Only
Audio-only apps offer new forms of social media and content interactions
Trend - What was recently considered "old fashioned" is being made new again--audio-based communication and engagement with content are being revamped with audio-only options that take the pressure off virtual communication, or allow people to multitask while engaging with content that typically includes videos.
Workshop Question - How can your brand offer consumers alternatives to their entrenched habits?
3.7
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Increased Output
Video conferencing platforms are offering more service diversity to consumers
Trend - Brands are optimizing video conferencing platforms and tools to deliver increased effectiveness to users. These new features strengthen the experience by enabling increased and diverse output—from podcasts to digitized minutes.
Workshop Question - How can your brand increase the productivity of consumers at home?
3.3
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Virtual Cosmetic
Cosmetic brands are being more experimental with their virtual experiences
Trend - Distinct virtual experiences that are facilitated by cosmetic brands are on the rise as businesses look to balance customer and employee safety with their bottom line. Experiences include everything from virtual game pop-ups to virtual makeup studios.
Workshop Question - How could your brand balance safety and experience?
6.7
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Pedestrian Mapping
Maps for pedestrians prioritize safety and experience
Trend - Pedestrian-specific maps in app form are on the rise and prioritizing user experience both in-app and in-person. These apps include everything from augmented reality directions to personalized walking routes.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing the new activities and habits consumers have picked up this year?
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