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Tracey Follows

Tracey Follows writes the ‘Future of...’ column for Campaign, decoding what future trends mean for our evolving society. While she was chief strategy officer at JWT, Tracey created the agency’s first planning foresight team. Making the shift from strategist to futurist, she now runs her own strategic foresight consultancy, Any Day Now, as well as studying the subject at the University of Houston, and is a member of the World Future Society and of Faith Popcorn Brain Reserve’s Talent Bank.

Why face is the future
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Why face is the future

As another week passes, we draw another step closer towards global face culture, says the Futuremade founder.

The future of gender marketing
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The future of gender marketing

As tech, retail and fashion disrupt traditional stereotypes, gender-specific marketing is looking increasingly outdated, says the Futuremade founder.

Why the future of luxury is time
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Why the future of luxury is time

There's only one sense in which we are all born equal. It's our time.

How data can save our cities
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How data can save our cities

There is more we can do to avoid a repeat of tragic recent events.

What if bots started developing their own social behaviours?
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What if bots started developing their own social behaviours?

The long-term impact of robot culture and AI needs to be better investigated by the media and advertising industries.

Embrace RealEquality and redesign the future to be as much female as it is male
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Embrace RealEquality and redesign the future to be as much female as it is male

Unless a more hands-on approach to equality is adopted, not even our kids will live to see it. It's time to start mobilizing.

Embrace RealEquality and redesign the future to be as much female as it is male
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Embrace RealEquality and redesign the future to be as much female as it is male

Unless a more hands-on approach to equality is adopted, not even our kids will live to see it. It's time to start mobilizing.

Embrace RealEquality and redesign the future to be as much female as it is male
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Embrace RealEquality and redesign the future to be as much female as it is male

Unless a more hands-on approach to equality is adopted, not even our kids will live to see it. It's time to start mobilising.

Here's why Nike is ready for the future
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Here's why Nike is ready for the future

Nike scores high in areas such as financial fitness and happy staff.

In an age of Brexit and Trump, marketers must always consider the alternative
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In an age of Brexit and Trump, marketers must always consider the alternative

Brexit. Trump. Shocking outcomes or ones we just hadn't considered? Head down to your coffee shop and discover other ways of thinking.

The future of luxury brands in an on-demand world
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The future of luxury brands in an on-demand world

Can luxury brands both embrace the sharing economy and remain aspirational? It's an existential question they now need to answer.

Mixed reality will mean all athletes become superhumans
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Mixed reality will mean all athletes become superhumans

Sport as we know it could be changed forever with people's desire and ability to optimise themselves through biology, chemistry or technology.

EU and Brexit claims about the future have become more hyperbolic
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EU and Brexit claims about the future have become more hyperbolic

The short-termist arguments in the EU referendum campaign highlight our misunderstanding of the future, writes Tracey Follows.

The future of news is immersive
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The future of news is immersive

With the proliferation of smartphones, virtual reality, augmented reality and ever-improving algorithms, prepare to 'experience' news that offers multiple viewpoints and is truly immersive.

Take a glimpse at the future of sex
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Take a glimpse at the future of sex

We're living in a more globalised world of constant connectivity. As such, our personal, as well as public, lives are increasingly being mediated by technology.

The future of... voice
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The future of... voice

Phones are now powerful mobile computers. But how long until voice-activated handsets lead the conversation, asks Tracey Follows, chief strategy and innovation officer at The Future Laboratory.

The future of emotion
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The future of emotion

The sometimes stark world of digital intelligence has led people to pull back and rediscover the joy of getting emotional, with brands now targeting 'emotional data', writes Tracey Follows.

The future of ageing: it's time for marketers to stop being myopic about millennials
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The future of ageing: it's time for marketers to stop being myopic about millennials

At the start of a new year our minds are focused on all that is 'new'. But what about all that is 'old' and ageing - might we value that more, or less, in the future, asks Tracey Follows.

The future of crime: brands need data-centric CEOs
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The future of crime: brands need data-centric CEOs

As consumers' lives become more entwined with technology, they, and brands, must become more protective, of their data, writes futurist Tracey Follows

The future of average: why millennials and Gen Z are striving for the unique
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The future of average: why millennials and Gen Z are striving for the unique

Demographics and generalisation have long been a key part of marketing, but, as technology changes the consumer's relationship with brands, are they still helpful?