Cam Pegg Pocket Articles

January 7, 2019

101 of the best consumer-focused innovations from 2018

Every business leader, entrepreneur, innovator and marketer wants to know where customers are headed next. Us too! And at TrendWatching we’re obsessed with one big, counter-intuitive idea:

Medium • 5,119 words • 23 minute read

January 7, 2019

Mark Ritson: Don’t be seduced by the pornography of change

As we head into the holidays marketers around the world are about to take a well-earned break. There is just time for one more festive tradition. Somewhere between Christmas and the New Year we all get a deluge of predictions, prophetic articles and PowerPoint trend decks.

MarketingWeek • 1,777 words • 8 minute read

October 10, 2018

The Power of Curiosity

Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, shares a compelling business case for curiosity. Her research shows allowing employees to exercise their curiosity can lead to fewer conflicts and better outcomes.

Harvard Business Review • 4,495 words • 20 minute read

September 24, 2018

25 Years of WIRED Predictions: Why the Future Never Arrives

But in WIRED, exuberance was almost always given the final word. In September 1999, the magazine published an essay by Kevin Kelly that squarely acknowledged widespread public fears of an impending stock market crash—and smiled in the face of incipient panic.

WIRED • 598 words • 3 minute read

September 20, 2018

How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars?

Mars P.D. will have to deal with new blood-spatter patterns, different body decay rates, and space-suit sabotage—and they won’t be able to fire guns indoors. If humans ever go to Mars, the worst of our impulses will accompany us there.

The Atlantic • 4,133 words • 19 minute read

September 6, 2018

Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo

When it comes to design thinking, the bloom is off the rose. Billed as a set of tools for innovation, design thinking has been enthusiastically and, to some extent, uncritically adopted by firms and universities alike as an approach for the development of innovative solutions to complex problems.

Harvard Business Review • 2,901 words • 13 minute read

August 25, 2018

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

The economist J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.”

James Clear • 1,993 words • 9 minute read

August 8, 2018

The Problem With the Facebook Cafeteria and Free Food

This spring, Facebook announced plans to expand beyond its Menlo Park headquarters into neighboring Mountain View, which is also home to Google headquarters. In the fall, Facebook will take over two eight-story buildings in the California suburb.

The Ringer • 1,960 words • 9 minute read

August 6, 2018

Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not

As a Japanese, I grew up watching anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion, which depicts a future in which machines and humans merge into cyborg ecstasy. Such programs caused many of us kids to become giddy with dreams of becoming bionic superheroes.

WIRED • 1,677 words • 8 minute read

August 2, 2018

The Bullshit Web

My home computer in 1998 had a 56K modem connected to our telephone line; we were allowed a maximum of thirty minutes of computer usage a day, because my parents — quite reasonably — did not want to have their telephone shut off for an evening at a time.

Pixel Envy • 2,269 words • 10 minute read

July 31, 2018

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

On Aug. 3, 2001, a McDonald’s film crew arrived in the bustling beach town of Westerly, Rhode Island. They carried their cameras and a giant cashier’s check to a row of townhouses, and knocked on the door of Michael Hoover.

The Daily Beast • 8,444 words • 38 minute read

June 25, 2018

It’s time to rein in the data barons

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress earlier this year to discuss how the now-defunct political-data company Cambridge Analytica acquired data of up to 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent, one of the few pointed questions came from Lindsey Graham, a Republican senat

MIT Technology Review • 3,239 words • 15 minute read

June 23, 2018

Do 'Close Door' Buttons in Elevators Actually Do Anything?

When you’re running late for work, one small comfort is finding an empty elevator waiting for you at your office building. You scurry inside, and since no one else is waiting to enter, you jab the 'close door' button. The doors comply, the elevator starts moving, and you breathe a sigh of relief.

Mental Floss • 735 words • 3 minute read

June 22, 2018

The Legend of Nintendo

On the top floor of the building, Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo Co.’s president, took a seat in a wood-paneled conference room, next to a translator. A crescent of handlers settled into chairs nearby while a server brought out cups of hot green tea.

Bloomberg • 3,283 words • 15 minute read

June 20, 2018

Capitalism's greatest weakness? It confuses price with value

The global financial crisis, which began in 2008 and whose repercussions will continue to echo round the world for years to come, has triggered myriad criticisms of the modern capitalist system: it is too ‘speculative’; it rewards ‘rent-seekers’ over true ‘wealth creators’; and it has pe

World Economic Forum • 1,794 words • 8 minute read

June 12, 2018

To work for society, data scientists need a hippocratic oath with teeth

One person unsurprised by the unfolding data scandals surrounding Cambridge Analytica and Facebook is Cathy O’Neil. In 2016 Cathy published her book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.

WIRED UK • 3,057 words • 14 minute read

June 11, 2018

Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children

For the millions of adults who grew up watching him on public television, Fred Rogers represents the most important human values: respect, compassion, kindness, integrity, humility.

The Atlantic • 1,132 words • 5 minute read

June 5, 2018

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

As a fantasy lover, I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t aware of JRR Tolkien. I read The Hobbit until it fell apart as a child, and have always strived, in my own contributions to the genre, to take even a shred of the care in my world-building that Tolkien did in his.

The Guardian • 1,288 words • 6 minute read