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June 15, 2020

If you knew everything about tomorrow…

What would you do differently today?

If you knew everything about tomorrow…

What would you do differently today?

Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve

A History of The Future



Original Futurist and best-selling author, Faith Popcorn is renowned for her extraordinary ability to position brands and entire corporations to succeed in the ever-evolving landscape of Tomorrow. With her provocative company, BrainReserve—the preeminent think tank of future-focused market researchers, trend trackers, and trailblazing thought leaders from diverse industries—Faith has garnered a documented accuracy rate of over 95% in forecasting everything from technology to nutrition to personal care.

/ 2030

Pleasure Economy

With the human mind connected to the Internet and every craving immediately fulfilled by direct downloads, a new indulgent, feel-good marketplace emerges

/ 2025

Robotic Romance

25% of marriages will be between humans and bots. Dating services will create your perfect chatbot friend who manifests into a cyborg companion to satisfy every need

/ 2022

Virtual Voyaging

Billions are spent traveling through fantasy realms that blend past, present and future. Choose a holographic companion, from Winston Churchill to Lady Gaga, to join you

/ 2020

Avatar Existence

Predicted that virtual culture replaces “real life” and our digitized selves roam freely, socializing, sexualizing and consuming through the ether

/ 2019

Marijuana Market to Bloom

Advised Big Food and Pharma that Missing Cannabis is akin to Missing the Internet

/ 2018

“The Future of Masculinity”

Introduced Gender Fluidity in “The Future of Masculinity” at Cannes Lions

/ 2010

Embracing Feminism

Predicted the "SHE-cade," The era between 2010 to 2020 embracing feminine values, business style and ethical relationships with the consumer

/ 2000

Personal Ethics to Drive Consumer Decisions

Predicting consumers would begin shopping more with their hearts and minds and less with merely their wallets, brands were cautioned consumers would begin to buy only from companies whose ethics aligned with their own

/ 1998

"Fast Food" Becomes "Junk Food"

Warned McDonalds the Smoking Police would find a new target in Fast Food

/ 1993

Shopping Enters the Ether

Advised P&G that Internet buying and home delivery would quickly replace supermarkets

/ 1991

“The Popcorn Report” Debuts

Published Best Selling book, “The Popcorn Report”

/ 1990

"Do It Herself" Movement

In response to shifting trends and female empowerment, Stanley Tools was told to targeting women would increase their market share by breaking into a previously-untapped segment

/ 1989

Uncapping the Bottled Water Market

Advised Coke to Bottle Water because "blue" would be the next "green"

/ 1987

"Filmless Future" for Kodak

Despite dominating the photographic film market for most of the 20th century, Kodak was warned to prepare for the once-unfathomable "filmless future." It didn't

/ 1981

The Emergence of the "Cocoon"

Named and Framed the Trend Cocooning; meaning that humans would live, work and mainly live at home

/ 2030

Pleasure Economy

With the human mind connected to the Internet and every craving immediately fulfilled by direct downloads, a new indulgent, feel-good marketplace emerges

/ 2025

Robotic Romance

25% of marriages will be between humans and bots. Dating services will create your perfect chatbot friend who manifests into a cyborg companion to satisfy every need

/ 2022

Virtual Voyaging

Billions are spent traveling through fantasy realms that blend past, present and future. Choose a holographic companion, from Winston Churchill to Lady Gaga, to join you

/ 2020

Avatar Existence

Predicted that virtual culture replaces “real life” and our digitized selves roam freely, socializing, sexualizing and consuming through the ether

/ 2019

Marijuana Market to Bloom

Advised Big Food and Pharma that Missing Cannabis is akin to Missing the Internet

/ 2018

“The Future of Masculinity”

Introduced Gender Fluidity in “The Future of Masculinity” at Cannes Lions

/ 2010

Embracing Feminism

Predicted the "SHE-cade," The era between 2010 to 2020 embracing feminine values, business style and ethical relationships with the consumer

/ 2000

Personal Ethics to Drive Consumer Decisions

Predicting consumers would begin shopping more with their hearts and minds and less with merely their wallets, brands were cautioned consumers would begin to buy only from companies whose ethics aligned with their own

/ 1998

"Fast Food" Becomes "Junk Food"

Warned McDonalds the Smoking Police would find a new target in Fast Food

/ 1993

Shopping Enters the Ether

Advised P&G that Internet buying and home delivery would quickly replace supermarkets

/ 1991

“The Popcorn Report” Debuts

Published Best Selling book, “The Popcorn Report”

/ 1990

"Do It Herself" Movement

In response to shifting trends and female empowerment, Stanley Tools was told to targeting women would increase their market share by breaking into a previously-untapped segment

/ 1989

Uncapping the Bottled Water Market

Advised Coke to Bottle Water because "blue" would be the next "green"

/ 1987

"Filmless Future" for Kodak

Despite dominating the photographic film market for most of the 20th century, Kodak was warned to prepare for the once-unfathomable "filmless future." It didn't

/ 1981

The Emergence of the "Cocoon"

Named and Framed the Trend Cocooning; meaning that humans would live, work and mainly live at home

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TrendBank

These 17 known cultural & societal undercurrents, first identified by Faith Popcorn, explain and predict the fluctuating dimensions reflected in the human experience as they evolve to define the consumer behaviors of Tomorrow.

 

“Too many marketers assume that future will hold back and wait until they’re ready for it. It won’t.“

— Faith Popcorn

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Our proprietary TalentBank is comprised of an expert panel of over 10,000 of the planet's most brilliant visionaries and Future Thinkers, representing every industry and cultural arena—from media to medics to marketers; from visual artists to alchemists to academics.

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Sung Park

Customization & Innovation Expert

"We’ll have a machine learning database of hundreds of natural ingredients and know how to use them to regulate the genomic pathways of chronic disease."

Roy Larke

Fast Fashion & Japanese Commerce Expert

"In Japan, we’re increasingly seeing a range of brands—often private brands—tiered to serve different consumers."

Tom Pearson

Artistic Director & Immersive Media Specialist

"There's a cultural shift happening. It isn't that a Millennial comes along and they're just a Millennial in their expectations forever, they're also growing up and changing and getting things done."