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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Researching Society's Edges

We're often asked about how we go about our work of identifying, tracking and forecasting the future of small business. One of the key tools is identifying and studying edge communities. These are groups that exist outside of the mainstream...

Many High Earners Living Paycheck to Paycheck

We' written a fair amount about economic uncertainty and the impact it's having on everything from marriage and birth rates to the rise of the on-demand economy and the rapidly growing number of people with side gigs. One of the...

Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported...

McKinsey's Four Global Disruptions

McKinsey's new book No Ordinary Disruptions covers 4 global forces they believe are rewriting the world economy's operating system. The 4 are: The Age of Urbanization Accelerating Technological Change Responding to the Challenges of an Aging World Greater Global Connections...

Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

Last week the results from the spring coworking space member survey were released at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC). Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with GCUC and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads on this study. The key finding is...

64% of Americans Own Smartphones

Pew Internet's U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015 profiles American smartphone usage and the growing role that "smartphones play in helping Americans access, share, and create information and communicate with others." And while the growth of smartphones and smartphone usage is...

HBR - The 3-D Printing Revolution Has Arrived

Regular readers know that while we're very excited about 3-D printing, we continually warn not to get caught up in the surrounding hype. Harvard Business Review's The 3-D Printing Revolution (subscription may be required) not only is one of the...

How Large Corporations See Contingent Workers

Holistic Talent Supply Chain Management is an HBR study sponsored by Kelly OCG, which is the outsourcing division of the large staffing firm Kelly Services. The study surveyed around 300 global business leaders to understand the talent challenges large organizations...

Global Interest in Coworking Booming

The annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) is this week in Berkeley, California. And it's good times for this industry. According to analysis by Deskmag, global interest in coworking is booming and at all time highs. Key quote on from...

The Appification of Small Business

The Appification of Small Business is a new research report from Intuit shows the extent to which small businesses have moved to the cloud, a trend they forecasting to continue (disclosure: Emergent Research contributed to this report). Key findings include:...

The Rise of the Dependent Contractor

It seems like every day there is a new article slamming sharing economy platforms and marketplaces for their labor practices. Recent examples include: NPR's In Sharing Economy, Labor Laws Fall Short US New's The Not So Nice Sharing Economy SF...

Seth Godin's Freelancer Course

I can't imagine any clearer signal that the freelance economy is happening than having one of the most successful business authors of past decade or so - Seth Godin - release a training class on becoming a freelancer. The class...

2.7 Million Independents Work in the On-Demand Economy

According to a new report from MBO Partners - Independent Workers and the On-Demand Economy - about 2.7 million American independent workers report using at least one on-demand economy platform or marketplace as a source of work or income. The...

Coworking in India

I'm just back from a trip to India where I had the opportunity to visit several coworking spaces. Coworking in India is growing quite rapidly, with more than 100 spaces across the country and new spaces popping up on a...

The Shoe That Grows - Small Business Innovation in Action

The Shoe That Grows is a simple and clever solution to a massive problem - providing children in the developing world with inexpensive, long lasting shoes. Ill-fitting or the lack of shoes is a big problem. Over 2 billion people...

Dogs Helped Humans Outcompete Neanderthals

Really interesting review of the book The Invaders in the Wall Street Journal. The book argues that humans and their dogs outcompeted Neanderthals, leading to their demise. Homo sapiens arrived in Europe about 40,000 years ago. It appears they quickly...

Coworking and the Blending of Work and Life

We quit using the term "work/life balance" many years ago. It simply doesn't fit the world most of us live in. Instead, we started using "work/life flexibility". This term fit what we were hearing in our interviews and seeing in...

The Myths About Working in Retirement

A good study from Merrill Lynch on working in retirement is nicely covered in the Fast Company article The Real Reasons More People are Working in Retirement. The study covers in detail what they call the 4 Myths of working...

The Pet Sitting Dog Fight

Seattle based Rover.com, a site that connects dog owners and sitters, recently announced a $25 million funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures. This brings the total amount raised by Rover to $50 million across 4 funding rounds. Other investors...

The Advantages of Being a "Global Cosmopolitan", or a Digital Nomad

"Global cosmopolitans" are people who have lived, worked and studied for extensive periods in different countries. And according to a professor from the highly regarded European business school Insead, because of their travels and life paths: "They have often developed...

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