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Trends predictions for a post-COVID world

trends predictions for a post-covid world

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There’s a reason that the “my plans vs. 2020” meme lit up Twitter like a pinball machine: No one could have seen that 6 months into the year, we’d be facing global crises on such a grand scale.
Our Trends analysts pushed to find the 2nd- and 3rd-order effects of the pandemic — to anticipate what will resonate with consumers in a reimagined world.
We also asked our Trends subscribers, a talented group of entrepreneurs, to predict the hottest products and industries of the future. Read 27 of their best takes here.
And if you want to know where other big opportunities might lie, these themes are a good place to start.
Tech will shape our social lives
Our Facebook group pondered the question: What will it mean to be part of a community when school and work no longer dictate where you live and who you socialize with?
The opportunity: Businesses that build loyalty through digital communities will reap the rewards.
The Lego Group created the Lego Ideas Community: a place for enthusiasts to interact with each other and crowdsource ideas for new products. Another example: The Nomad List for digital nomads.
Commerce won’t look the same
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27 Trends community predictions for a post-pandemic world

27 trends community predictions for a post-pandemic world

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There’s a reason that “my plans vs. 2020” meme lit up Twitter like a pinball machine: Few people could have seen that 6 months into the year, we’d be facing global crises on such a grand scale. 
A pandemic wasn’t on our list for 2020, but now, it’s our reality.
We asked our Trends subscribers, a talented group of founders, investors, and entrepreneurs, to predict the hottest products and industries of the future. 
Prognostication can be a dangerous game, and we’ve been wrong before — our Trends team wrote two bullish articles on shopping malls and boutique hotels right before the pandemic.
But if you want to know where the post-pandemic business opportunities might lie, these 27 ideas are a good place to start.
Education and EdTech
Ashalesh Tilawat: “This marks a huge turning point in the ‘is college really an investment for everyone’ debate… Unless teens plan on pursuing a law or medical degree, they will soon begin to opt for cheaper and quicker options.”Bryce York: “The surge in online course sales is going to continue and the whole industry is going to prosper from it [as] education is democratized with the spoils going to the best educator …

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Government passes law creating digital nomad visas

government passes law creating digital nomad visas

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The bill initiated by the government was carried in the 101-seat chamber by a vote of 83 to one. A digital nomad visa can be both short-term and long-term. Digital nomad visa applications will be subject to general visa conditions. While in essence, digital nomadism can be construed as a form of tourism, it is not so much tourism in the traditional sense as working for a company from a foreign country, spokespeople for the parliament have said.Estonia is one of the first countries in the world enabling digital nomads to apply for a visa for working remotely.A digital nomad is a person who works remotely, for instance, in IT, finance or marketing while travelling abroad.Digital nomads create significant added value through consuming goods and services in the state they are staying in and have a positive impact on local entrepreneurship.Digital nomads can only come to work from Estonia through a mediator who assumes responsibility for their stay. Granting a visa to a digital nomad is subject to the general terms, among other things they must have sufficient funds for staying in Estonia.In addition, the bill sets out the obligations of the employer as the inviting …

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Council Post: How To Build A Powerful Personal Brand: The First Steps

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In this article, I wish to cover the first steps that I coach my one-on-one clients to take when building a powerful personal brand. In essence, it continues my recent article, “A Proven, Three-Step Formula For Building A Location-Free Online Business” and drills down deeper into the psychology behind building an online business that carries a powerful personal brand.
So many of my clients have the most brilliant ideas. They have magnificent messages, products and services and really thoughtful, meaningful intentions. However, in their enthusiasm to get started, get moving and make their business and lifestyle vision a reality, they overlook a few things. And these things are the key elements to underpin a powerful personal brand and a successful, agile business.
When I commenced on my online business journey, I had just walked away from a million-dollar face-to-face business that was a traditional “devise the product and the learning, fill the room and train the clients, then build on the platform, employ the trainers and grow” model and strategy. Mostly, the people around me at this moment asked me “Why? Why walk away from a successful business? You are making money; your fame and following are growing. …

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When will travellers return? Decimated by Covid-19, travel and hospitality recovery will be a long stretch

when will travellers return? decimated by covid-19, travel and hospitality recovery will be a long stretch

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The months of May, June and July are typically chock-a-block for Tirun, the Indian representative of Royal Caribbean Cruises, which caters to a host of international travel destinations. With the summer months accounting for 60-65% of their yearly business, this period undoubtedly constitutes the bulk of their bookings coming in.
This year, however, the scope to create picture perfect postcard memories of leisurely travels is nowhere to be seen. “The earliest resumption that we see is towards the end of the year for international operations. Our efforts right now are more geared towards people getting their refunds, understanding the market dynamics for onboard products and looking at recovery scenarios to weather the storm,” Varun Chadha, CEO of Tirun reflectively says.
And it is not just the luxury cruises that have been impacted. Travel and hospitality — across the board — has taken a huge hit in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic that has thrown the economy out of gear. While no one is travelling just yet, the industry is looking at ways to adapt to changing consumer preferences, safety guidelines and social distancing norms to reboot the sector in a post lockdown world.
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7 ways to stay in touch with TPG

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Council Post: Three Tips For Managing Remote Teams For Maximum Impact

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As the world finds itself gripped by the coronavirus, a vast majority of businesses have been muscled to switch to telecommuting. And while telecommuting can work well, ensuring your team is set up for success isn’t always as straightforward.
For many teams, the transition to remote work was sudden; they had little to no preparation, so they are now trying to adapt to working from home while also navigating the stressors brought on by today’s challenging circumstances. But there are actionable steps leaders can take to better manage employees and generally steer the boat to success.
Pinpoint what teams need to succeed.
As a leader, it’s critical to remember that people cope with stress differently. While some employees can weather the quarantine and cope successfully with lots of unknowns and unpredictability, others might find it hard to keep their heads above the water. Extroverts hemmed in alone, for example, might be experiencing higher stress levels compared to introverted individuals, as they generally crave more social interaction.

That’s why it’s essential for leaders to spend every ounce of their energy pinpointing what every employee on the team needs to thrive.
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The Essential Digital Nomad Gear | iLounge

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Digital Nomadism is a new phenomenon that has broken the nine to five systems. Imagine the freedom you would have if your office could be packed in a bag, and you could work at whatever time you wished to.The generation-y wants to do both ‘hard work and play’ simultaneously, and they have found the way to do that too.They learn a skill to gain expertise in it. Then they offer it to companies who allow them to complete the job remotely.As exciting as this way of life seems to be, there is a lot of preparation behind it. For instance, you will need a digital nomad gear.The bag that is minimalist yet has all the things you need to travel around the world.Here is a list of essentials that are a part of the digital nomad gear.Table of Contents 1.    A laptop Now, this is one device on which your whole travel depends because it is through this device, you will be able to contact your employers and do your jobs, which will help you earn money. It would be an excellent choice to choose a laptop that is reliable and durable. It should be …

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Get a new-to-you iPad Pro on sale for just $350 — a savings of $250

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This refurbished iPad will work like it’s brand new.

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TL;DR: Save some cash and score a refurbished 9.7″ 32GB iPad Pro with an accessory bundle for just $348.99, a 41% savings as of May 29.

We’ve all dabbled with the idea of buying a tablet at some point. Whether you’re a regular traveler, a digital nomad, or someone who’s always out and about, tablets are a convenient, lightweight, and versatile option for staying connected. Plus, they have touch screens like your phone, so they’re super easy to use on the go. And when it comes to the best of the best tablets around, nothing even comes close to the iPad.
Before you dive headfirst into heaps of iPad options from Apple’s website, don’t get fooled into buying a brand-new $1,000 device – especially when there are more affordable refurbished options that can do pretty much the same things. Refurbished devices work like new, cost way less, and help cut back on your carbon footprint a little. 

Take this 9.7-inch iPad Pro from 2016, …

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Here’s what it’s like to fly right now, according to people who’ve done it

here’s what it’s like to fly right now, according to people who’ve done it

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I love airports. I love to watch people from all over do what they do there because it feels like a moment of shared anticipation among strangers. I miss that feeling and I miss jetting off somewhere myself, but I am really nervous about traveling during coronavirus — not just about the safety of air travel, but also about the experience. I know that I can catch a flight right now, at least domestically, but would it be fun, or an unnecessarily nerve-wracking experience? Before I find that out firsthand, I decided to talk to some people who have gotten onto a plane during this pandemic — for whatever reason — about their experiences.“Entering an airport for the first time in three months with gloves and a face mask was definitely not an experience I thought I would have when I planned my travels for 2020,” Paige Bryan, a 23-year-old in Miami, tells me. Bryan says that she and her younger sister passed through TSA in record time and felt comforted that most people at the airport in Fort Lauderdale were wearing masks. Birmingham, her destination, was another story. “I noticed a lot fewer masks worn by travelers, despite airline regulations,” she says. “ …

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