Futurist Chris Carbone

Chris Carbone has worked in trend and foresight consulting for over a decade, serving clients from Fortune 500 corporation and foreign and US government agencies. During this time he has researched and authored dozens of reports and scenarios on wide-ranging topics…from the future of leisure and play, to the future of urban mobility, to emerging consumer lifestyles in China.

Chris has been quoted in numerous publications including The Miami Herald, The Washington Post Express, and Fast Company, and has appeared on the CBS Early Show.

Chris has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in marketing, and received his undergraduate degree in history from Gettysburg College. For more information, visit him on LinkedIn.

Where Will You (and Your Kids) Work in 2020 and Beyond?

By Futurist Chris Carbone

Where will you work in 2020? That’s the million-dollar question. In fact, the future of work is one of the hottest trends I am studying. Like the economy, it is one of the big mysteries that keeps us all up at night.

As a futurist, my job is to track international business and consumer trends by reading and analyzing just about anything I can get my hands on. The goal is to determine what the world might look like five, 10, and 20 years down the pike, and by tracking what’s going on today, my colleagues and I are able to forecast what life might look like around the bend.

In fact, my research shows that work will look much different in 2020, whether judged by the types of computing devices we use on the job, where we work, or the way we collaborate with our co-workers. Following are some of the trends that I am seeing.

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Glimpse the Future With "Millennial Momentum"

Be Inkandescent magazine, November 2011 — “It’s easy to find books and articles that tell you that we’re headed down the wrong path … that we’re going to be less healthy, more divided, less secure, and generally less well off as a nation in the future,” writes Futurist Chris Carbone.

“But as Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais show in Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation Is Remaking America, there are other ways to view the future of the United States and its social, economic, and political dynamics.”

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Press Release: Spike TV on The Future of American Men


Washington DC, July 2, 2008 — What are guys’ lives like today? What is important to them and how can we better relate to them? That was what Spike TV asked the Washington DC-based futurist research and consulting firm Social Technologies to help the network find out.

As the home of everything “men,” Spike TV commissioned the study to gain a deeper understanding of the many facets of men, according to Kimberly Maxwell, senior director of brand and consumer research.

“We wanted to check the pulse of American guys to be better able to understand their lifestyles, their daily habits, and values,” she says, noting that the research builds upon Spike’s 2004 “Guy’s State of the Union,” which delivered a wide-ranging overview of guy’s lives.

Maxwell worked with Social Technologies’ senior analyst Chris Carbone (pictured above) to investigate how men aged 18 to 49 feel about fatherhood and family, politics, relationships and women, role models, work and stress, technology, and more.

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In the News: Social Technologies on the CBS Early Show, The Future of Men

CBS EARLY SHOW, July 3, 2008 — Featured today on the CBS Early Show was a spot on the study Social Technologies’ conducted this spring for Spike TV on The Future of American Men. At a man-friendly bar called the Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant in Philadelphia, anchor Maggie Rodriguez talked to five men earlier in the week who each represented one of the personas outlined in the study. Then, from the plaza of the GM building in New York City, she introduced the piece saying: “Let’s talk about men.”

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In the News: Chris Carbone talks to The Washington Post about Experiential Gifts

THE WASHINGTON POST EXPRESS, Dec. 14, 2007 — Your friends seem to have everything, or are steering clear of accumulating more “stuff,” so what do you buy them this holiday season? In a December 14 article for The Washington Post Express, reporter Kris Coronado suggested Washingtonians tap into a new trend of buying experiential gifts. For insight into the trend, Coronado turned to Social Technologies’ Director of Programs Chris Carbone.

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