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FuturistU > Innovation & Change > Ability to Change > Module 3 / 7

Neurological Shortcuts

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
This module looks at how over time, we become more intelligent, but we dramatically lose our raw creativity. The key is that our brain has a series of neurological shortcuts meant to make our lives easier. Instead of coming up with 200 ideas for every possible challenge, our brain narrows our thinking, reverting to things we've seen done before. That's great for making life simpler, and for times where you need to make a split second decision. However, it is terrible for innovation and change and times of chaos and change.
Workshop Question:
How could you retrain your brain to proactively hunt for opportunity?
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Raw Kibble
Modern dog kibble is adapted to mimic the benefits of a raw food diet
Trend - Brands are creating dog foods with high-quality ingredients like real meat, fruits, and vegetables. These foods aim to emulate the nutritional advantages of raw diets while providing the ease of dry kibble, allowing pet owners to provide a balanced diet without the hassle of meal preparation.
Workshop Question - How can your brand effectively support consumers who are heavily impacted by inflation?
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Perimenopause Supplement
Perimenopause supplements target symptoms like hot flashes and more
Trend - Perimenopause supplements, rich in vitamins and minerals like magnesium, vitamin B, and calcium, are gaining traction as essential tools for managing the symptoms associated with perimenopause. Social media platforms are driving a heightened interest in supplements designed to support hormonal balance and alleviate symptoms during this transitional period.
Workshop Question - How can your brand cater to previously underserved markets, specifically in the realm of women's health?
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AI Brainstorm
Brands are launching AI tools that foster creativity and collaborative ideation
Trend - Startups are launching artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tools that automatically expand on and connect rough ideas. These tools are designed to foster creativity and enhance the value of brainstorming sessions—quickening the process of turning ideas into actionable plans.
Workshop Question - Where could your business implement AI-powered tools to improve its day-to-day operations?
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Automated Cook
Brands are creating autonomous chefs that can cook meals without human intervention
Trend - Businesses are using computer-based systems and robots equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) technology to prepare and cook food. These chefs are trained to measure ingredients, expedite cooking times, and ensure food safety.
Workshop Question - How can your brand use AI to refine or expedite tasks in the workplace?
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AI Pet
Brands are incorporating AI technology into pet products and services
Trend - Companies are adding artificial intelligence (AI)-powered features to pet products to improve safety and quality of life. These features include facial recognition, disease detection, weight tracking, and more, which help pet owners understand their animals' needs.
Workshop Question - How can your company's product be modified to benefit both people and animals?
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Custom Workflow
Personalized prioritization apps enable more inclusive and effective work styles
Trend - Apps and services that aid in summarizing, prioritizing, and organizing work tasks in personalized ways are more popular than ever in the post-pandemic workplace. Not only does this custom approach to workflow give more flexibility, but is more inclusive of different work styles and needs.
Workshop Question - How can your organization maximize output without dictating how and when work is completed?
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Agile Workplace
As more offices adopt a hybrid model more flexibility is needed
Trend - The post-pandemic workplace demands more flexibility than before. The average office worker knows how to be productive from home, making the idea of being in the office full-time harder to justify. Thus, hybrid workplaces are more common than ever; however, these come with a unique set of challenges that organizations in the industry aim to solve.
Workshop Question - How has your workplace culture changed, and how can you make these changes work to your advantage as an employer?
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Luxurious Anime
Luxury brands are launching anime-themed fashion collections
Trend - Luxury fashion brands are unveiling anime-themed collections to foster relationships with the younger generation and today's nostalgia-fueled adults. Anime and cartoon motifs can transform pieces into collectibles valued for years, and with the popularization of diverse media, brands are finding inspiration outside the dominant culture.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage pop culture trends to promote its product/service?
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Creatine Supplement
Wellness brands are repositioning creatine as a general health supplement
Trend - Creatine is a supplement commonly used in pre-workout and post-workout products for the purpose of increasing muscle training and endurance. The popularity of the amino acid has led to brands infusing it into beverages, gummies, and general health products for general consumers' health.
Workshop Question - How could your brand integrate its products into consumers' daily lives?
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Advanced Baking
Baking kits are being offered with more upscale designs and ingredients
Trend - Elevated baking kits are giving consumers the opportunity to make the more sophisticated baked goods they see in stores or on social media, at home. The advanced flavors and designs of these kits make them suitable for everything from hosting to shared experiences with family.
Workshop Question - Which changing consumer behaviors or lifestyles could your brand better appeal to?
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