Signs of deep shift in the economy

Posted in affluence, business, economics, emerging issues by thenextwavefutures on 11 October, 2007

The price comparison site uSwitch got quite a lot of PR at the weekend for a report which said that UK disposable income had fallen to its lowest level for ten years (the report’s not on their site, but there’s a reasonably detailed summary in the Telegraph.) The coverage is generally about consumers running to stand still. But I wonder if this – along with some other economics trends – is a sign that we’ll have to change some long-standing assumptions about the economy.



UK government ‘blind’ to wave power

Posted in blindspot, emerging issues, energy, environment, sustainability, water by thenextwavefutures on 11 October, 2007

There was an article in Technology Guardian last week about an Irish innovator who was developing a prototype of a wave power generator in the Galway Bay. It captured well the obsessive nature of much innovation. But from a futures perspective the most interesting part of the article was a passing comment by a British scientist on the plan. (more…)