What Will a #MeOnly Society Mean for Human Wellbeing?

Here is a developing trend worth pondering (with significant investment implications): the slow death of the family and the emergence of a #MeOnly society. Consumption, travel, housing, etc. are increasingly centered on the individual. Do you doubt it? This is backed by data (the number of young and middle-aged people living alone is soaring) and surprising new trends, such as “solomoons” replacing honeymoons (you celebrate…

“Walkshops” Not Workshops

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION What can be done to reduce “easily” preventable costs that add to the fiscal burden of so many countries around the world? This is where wellness kicks in! New research conducted at Queen’s University Belfast and recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health concludes that sitting for too long costs countries hundreds of millions every year. The…

A Silicon Valley Paradox: Obsessed with Both Workaholism and Wellness

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION An issue to watch is whether our relation to work, and what it means for wellbeing, will evolve in 2019. When there is so much science-based evidence showing the necessity of a good night’s sleep, why is workaholism so much in vogue among successful entrepreneurs and investors? The culture of work zeal is particularly entrenched in the tech industry, where…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Trouble with Decluttering? Being Dependent on Stuff is Part of Being Human, Stanford Scholar Says – Stanford News, February 5, 2019 At the heart of humanity’s history is a dependency on objects and things. Preparing for a Good End of Life – The Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2019 The best way to achieve a peaceful death is by planning ahead and enlisting the help…

Celery Juice: A Wellness Fad Born of Promotion by One Person on Social Media

Today’s major issues manifest that we live in a world of “ontological” uncertainty. Nobody can predict (let alone know!) how Brexit will unfold; whether the US-China trade war will escalate or not; if the Yellow Jackets movement will fade away; whether climate change will accelerate beyond our wildest fears… It is startling (but not infrequent) to hear decision makers and experts directly involved in such…

Does Wellness Tracking Improve Our Wellbeing? Data Privacy Looms as Huge Issue

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION In The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff makes the case that customers are being reinvented as data sources. This produces anti-democratic asymmetries of knowledge that in turn transform our economies and societies. Her argument will gain traction in 2019, exacerbating the tech backlash and putting the issue of privacy firmly at the core of new laws, regulation and collective…