Trend_blend_2008 Over on the Trends in the Living Networks blog, Ross Dawson points to a 2008 World Trends Map that his Future Exploration Network helped put together, modeled entirely on a map of the Shanghai underground subway: "While last year’s map was based on the London tube map, the 2008 map is derived from Shanghai’s underground routes. Limited to just five lines, the map uncovers key trends across Society, Politics, Demographics, Economy, and Technology."

Among the key trends identified on the map: Simplicity, Reality mining, 3-D printers, Virtual protest, Female chauvinism, Geospatial web, Celebrity worship, Karma capitalism, Networked risk, Data visualization, Same sex couples (with kids) and Constant partial attention.

[Image: Trend Blend 2008]