solar power electricity trends

Solar power is (still) going to be a big deal

Eric Garland Energy Leave a Comment

Yes, yes, this headline has been evergreen since John Denver was playing at Red Rocks, but seriously, when you check out the trends behind the coming solar revolution, you will be paying attention. Sneak preview: You may see solar-generated electricity compete on price with the coal-powered variety in the near-term future. It’s exciting. Check this video from Competitive Futures about …

Future musical instrument retail

The Radical Future of Musical Instrument Retail

Eric Garland Music, Retail 9 Comments

Some of my most popular material of late has been about musical instrument retail, though focused on a single company and its effect on the marketplace. Nearly a million readers later, I have been hoping to do a much more thorough job of showing just why MI retail is undergoing a revolution, one with ample shocks for all players. I …


The case for an Internet ratings system

Eric Garland Technology 29 Comments

As an intellectual worker, the citizen of a free republic, and an all-around sentient human who prefers incisive, useful information to vulgar, senseless tripe, I would like to make a modest proposal. After a prolonged assault by the nonsensical, the vicious, and the trivial in my online interactions of late, I long for the construction of a two-tiered Internet ratings …

Baby Boomer Future

Baby Boomers, the future you were promised has arrived

Eric Garland Futurism, Technology 1 Comment

Whether I’m speaking on the road as a keynote speaker or consulting in a company or hanging out at a cocktail party, the moment I say that I study future trends, there is a high likelihood that somebody born between 1946 and 1964 who will take me to task: This has annoyed me for years, since I never personally promised …

Ferguson was a failure of knowledge management

Ferguson was a failure of knowledge management

Eric Garland Analytical techniques, Government Leave a Comment

There is a cultural and political question that Americans are asking: How could the corruption and abuse detailed in the Department of Justice report on the Ferguson Police department have gone on under our noses? How could a police department conduct themselves in such a lawless manner for so long without it coming to some authority’s attention? Beyond the moral …