Kantar Futures Blog

Category: economic downturn

Repairing the material world

communities, culture, economic downturn, places, social responsibility

Repairing the material world

Emily Pitts writes: Demos’s recently launched ‘It’s a material world’ argues for the social value of heritage conservation, at a time when budgets for conservation courses are being slashed and… Read More »

Understanding consumer attitudes to saving

economic downturn, financial services, global, personal finance, research

Understanding consumer attitudes to saving

Giles Powdrill writes: Since 2004 The Futures Company has worked with Aviva, one of the world’s largest insurance companies, on an annual survey focussed on understanding consumer attitudes to saving… Read More »

Designing for austerity

design, economic downturn, innovation

Designing for austerity

Andrew Curry writes: Alice Rawsthorne has an interesting article on the impact of recession on design in the International Herald Tribune. It seems it’s all good news. This shouldn’t be… Read More »

Credit crunch cliches

economic downturn, media

Credit crunch cliches

Andy Stubbings writes: One of the great lines in the film Network is when the news anchor Howard Beale covers the news of the 1970s recession by telling viewers, “I… Read More »

Grant Park’s tipping points

culture, economic downturn, economics, future, history, places, politics

Grant Park’s tipping points

Editor’s note: Walker Smith, who runs The Futures Company’s Yankelovich division in the United States, has sent a long post reflecting on the 40-year context of Barack Obama’s Presidential victory… Read More »

Understanding the ‘Aldi effect’

behavior change, consumers, economic downturn, research, retail

Understanding the ‘Aldi effect’

Alastair Morton writes: The Guardian last Friday splashed pictures of baked beans and ‘Beamers’ across its front page to make the point that consumers’ habits are changing as a result… Read More »