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The Journal of 2020 Foresight
Wednesday, November 13, 2002  

Mass Customization Boom and Deflation for the Next Decade

Chapter One: Basecamp

By Steve Howard, CKO
The Knowledge Labs

Table of Contents
Chapter One: Basecamp
Chapter Two: The Ridge
Chapter Three: The Outpost
Chapter Four: The Tribal Territories

Top one hundred trends: 100-91, 90-81, 80-71

70 – Little or no inflation over the next decade, despite dramatic economic growth. (Dent)

69 – The next depression from around 2010 to 2025. (Dent)

68 – Many niche products from the past decade moving into the mainstream. This means changing leadership in most industries, threatening many established products and services. (Dent)

67 – A general preference for safety, clean air, privacy, and selective intimacy—a kind of "humanness"—will lead a migration trend from suburbs toward smaller cities, towns, and neighborhoods similar to the last generation's move from the cities to the suburbs. (Dent)

66 – The baby boom generation will demand more personalized, customized, high-quality products. (Dent)

65 – These demands will move business away from production of standardized products on the assembly line to delivery of specialized, personalized products and services produced at the front lines of organizations as close to the customer as possible. (Dent)

64 – Third of 3 boomer age segment waves drives a spending surge that won't peak until around 2006 to 2010 (Dent)

63 – There are two concentrated savings phases in the family life cycle, ages 35 to 44 and 50 to 74. Baby boomers will be moving strongly into this first range from the early 1990s into the early 2000s. (Dent)

62 – As savings increase, there will be more capital for our economy to invest This means a lower cost of capital for our businesses, which will make them more competitive and help encourage a longer-term view on capital investment again. (Dent)

61 – Labor shortages until 2015, automate for productivity (Dent)


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