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Ford's 2019 Look Ahead Suggests 'Trust' Opening For Automakers Over Silicon Valley Rivals

Ford’s futurist has picked up some sobering data on how consumers globally view digital technology and its purveyors. And in the process, Sheryl Connelly may be giving her bosses at Ford and at other automakers some interesting grist for their approach to autonomous driving. Connelly is just coming out with her seventh annual prognostication on […]

Ford’s Challenger: 5 Questions With Futurist Sheryl Connelly

Ford has looked into its crystal ball and identified trends that have led to two momentous decisions for the company: returning to Detroit and phasing out passenger cars and sedans. Sifting through the mountain of data to identify actionable insights is the bailiwick of Sheryl Connelly, Ford’s global futurist. While it’s a grand title, Connelly is quick to point […]

Most Parents Would Trust A Self-Driving Car More Than a Stranger, Ford Finds in Trend Report

If forced to choose between putting their child in driverless car or in a vehicle driven by a stranger, the majority of parents, Ford reports, would prefer a non-human to take the wheel. “When we talk about trust, that’s somewhere where we see something really jumping out at us,” Sheryl Connelly, futurist at Ford ($F), […]

Breaking Rules In The Toy Business

While kicking around the possibility of getting into the toy business, entrepreneur Nicholas J. Webb found that industry experts felt that the best way to turn a profit was to create a toy that children would get sick of within a week or so. After their excitement over a new plaything had waned, they’d toss […]

What's the Future of Digital?

If you want to understand digital trends, it pays to check in with Erik Qualman, author of Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence and the founder of the Socialnomics blog. Here are four insights he shared about the future of social media, and the companies driving digital innovation. The Triumph of LinkedIn. Twitter and Facebook grab […]

Equal Man Is Edu-taining and Empowering Superheroes

MSU alumnus Erik Qualman – better known as Equal Man – likes to empower people. “My mission is to empower 7 billion people this century,” he says. Equal Man does that through edu-tainment. Qualman relates specific tactics to help one achieve empowerment and be a “superhero.” Equal Man is well known for his best seller Socialnomics. Now, though, […]

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