When you want to take a moment for thought, do some long-term thinking, and focus on the kind of trends research that can help to generate new ideas, take a look at the (newly-redesigned) Emergent Research site featuring a nice collection of reports and research on the sources and impacts of social and business change.
Our focus is the global intersections of social and demographic shifts, technology, marketing and economic decentralization.
I discovered this by reading Steve King’s Small Business Labs blog for some time. Steve is part of Emergent Research, and he posted today about the redesign. I’ve used his posts several times for my posts, I like his work, so I visited.
The research is a special treat. If you have any interest in trends affecting small business and entrepreneurship, look at the studies in the Research and Reports section, on the right top. I particularly like the one on the new artisan economy. The two trends pieces are excellent, and there are also several on the future of small business.