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eLearning > Innovation & Change > Ability to Change > Module 4 / 6

Optionality

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
This module introduces the concept of optionality and looks how decisions we make today can limit our choices and opportunities of the future. We tend to make decisions that get short-term results, not realizing that certain choices can fix us to the path we are on and reduce our future potential. Optionality is about making decisions that increase our future choices.

To illustrate the impacts of optionality, Jeremy highlights examples from the CPG industry and his own journey building Trend Hunter and the Future Festival events. Throughout the module, you'll learn why and how seemingly small decisions you make, can have massive impacts on your future. You'll also learn more about how you can tap into optionality to increase your options and your ability to create more opportunity.
Workshop Questions:
1. What five decisions have most impacted your adult life?
2. What decisions are you making to open up your future options?
3. In which parts of your business could you create more long-term options?
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Metaverse Expansion
Tech brand are investing in developing and perfecting metaverse experiences
Trend - The term “metaverse” refers to a virtual reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment, as well as with one another. Tech companies are racing to develop the potential of these digital spaces, with emphasis on social life, culture, and brand presence.
Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize future metaverse opportunities?
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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?
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Reversible Design
Sustainable practices are becoming more commonplace for architects and designers
Trend - With sustainability as a top priority, architects and designers are embracing different eco-friendly concepts. "Reversible design" is the architecture of structures that can be easily deconstructed, reused, or where parts can be removed and added easily.
Workshop Question - What sustainable brick-and-mortar practices can your brand employ?
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Election Accessibility
Some brands are doing what they can to make voting more accessible
Trend - The upcoming U.S. election has resulted in brands doing their part to make voting more accessible to consumers. Everything from ride promotions to education distribution are being facilitated by brands to increase voting accessibility.
Workshop Question - How is your brand taking a stand when it comes to supporting positive causes?
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Homebody Furniture
Consumers' interest in stylish, cozy furniture is increasing amid COVID-19
Trend - Designers are debuting furniture collections that embrace the homebody aesthetic with silhouettes that are stylish and contemporary. The pieces magnify coziness as a key concept through oversized and soft features.
Workshop Question - How can your brand make consumers feel more comfortable and/or secure?
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Robot Retail
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of robots in retail
Trend - Autonomous devices in retail spaces that ensure limited contact between employees and customers are on the rise. Though these technologies have been used sporadically, they're in accelerated development due to the implications of retail openings amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Workshop Question - How can your brand go above and beyond to protect customer and employee health?
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Symptom Detection
Tech brands are launching wearables that are capable of detecting COVID-19
Trend - Companies are trying to flatten the curve with smart technology by releasing wearable devices that can detect COVID-19 symptoms. Deployed as bandages or wearables, these gadgets serve to help individuals catch an infection early on.
Workshop Question - How can your brand answer to consumer concerns about health and safety?
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Remote Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring becomes more common in the healthcare space
Trend - Remote patient monitoring systems are on the rise as the healthcare industry looks to increase the safety of both doctors and patients, as well as remove barriers related to accessibility when it comes to medical care.
Workshop Question - How can your brand better adjust for a post-COVID world?
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Touchless Design
Designers are launching sensor-based devices for touchless experiences post-COVID
Trend - Public spaces and industries—especially those connected to travel, physical retail, and hospitality—are rethinking the design of their layouts, as well as the amenities and services that they make available to consumers. As economic and social restrictions due to COVID-19 are incrementally lifted, companies are looking for ways to regain consumer trust by enhancing safety measures in their facilities.
Workshop Question - What measures can your business take to ensure consumers feel safe when pandemic lockdown measures are lifted?
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On-the-Go Charge
Brands come up with products and services that charge electric vehicles on-the-go
Trend - Brands address one of the biggest worries for electric vehicle drivers—the range of charge. For the concept to become truly refined, manufacturers need to address the paradox of long distances, making sure that drivers can reach their destination without any fuss. As a result, products and services are developed with on-the-go charging capabilities.
Workshop Question - How can your brand better alleviate consumer anxieties?
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