January 28, 2015

Syriza Scenarios

Patrick Marren
Partner

A Greek election may offer a glimpse of the future - or a brief detour to a failed past.

This past Sunday, Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, won a large victory in Greek parliamentary elections over the main establishment parties, the center-right New Democracy party, led by Andonis Samaras, the Movement of Democratic Socialists, led by George Papandreou, and the already shriveling Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), recently led by Evangelos Venizelos, and founded by Papandreou's grandfather. 

Syriza fell two votes shy of gaining an absolute majority of the...Read more

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December 24, 2014

How We Might Not Have Gotten to Now

Patrick Marren
Partner

Steven Johnson's How We Got to Now - and why we might not get to ThenRead more

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December 05, 2014

Should We Be Worried about Plunging Oil Prices?

Peter Kennedy
Partner

What's not to like about the dramatic fall in world oil prices?  Here are some things to watch. 

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October 24, 2014

Why Driverless Cars Are Still Not

Peter Kennedy
Partner

Autonomous vehicle technology has made great strides, but a fascinating confluence of non-technology factors continues to inhibit the sector.Read more

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September 22, 2014

What if Thomas Piketty is Right about Inequality?

Peter Kennedy
Partner

A FSG conversation on one of the most important economic questions of our time.Read more

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September 15, 2014

Lessons from Scenario Planning

Patrick Marren
Partner

Some things we've learned in several decades of scenario planning.Read more

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August 26, 2014

ISIS, Hitler, Orwell

Patrick Marren
Partner

A war with no "good" side. Read more

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April 10, 2014

Transportation in 2050

Peter Kennedy
Managing Principal

FSG associate Mark Safford takes a shot at describing what transportation could look like in 2050.Read more

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April 04, 2014

The Biggest Economic Trend of Our Lifetimes

Patrick Marren
Partner

Has no one noticed the main fact about our country over the past 13 years?

A couple of years ago I wrote an article entitled Strategy's Main Failure: The Extermination of Livelihood.

In it, I came up with the hypothesis that much of what has passed for "strategy" the past decade or more had actually been about cost cutting, and in particular, cost-cutting of the largest line-item: labor. 

Unfortunately, when every company decides it's time to...Read more

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March 09, 2014

Scenario Perspectives on California Drought

Peter Kennedy
Partner

Is the current California drought about climate change or some periodically recurring rainfall shortage?  The experts don't agree.  Which is why planners affected by this situation should rigorously think through multiple scenarios -- and their implications.Read more

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