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Democracy or Oligarchy

The trends that I monitor to predict the future are driven by: 1. competition for resources, 2. technology, 3. demographics, and 4. governance. This article will focus on governance because that's what's been on my mind this month. The question is how are we going to govern ourselves? Recently several states have passed legislation to limit voting rights. These seems odd to me to do in a...

A Year for the History Books

It's hard to believe it was just over a year ago (March 10, 2020) that Michigan announced its first two confirmed cases of Coronavirus.  Fast forward a year and it is hard to remember the world as we knew it before we had ever heard of Coronavirus. I do remember having mixed feelings from disbelief to being frightened of the unknown. There was so much uncertainty, so little known or shared in...

The Tales of Holi

As spring wind blows and winter bids farewell, a wonderful celebration of colors can be witnessed in Hindu Nations. The joyfulness of the festival is enhanced by vibrant colors. On this day people come together with their loved ones and put colors on each other. The ritual begins with the lighting of a bonfire one day ahead of Holi, and this process represents the victory of good over evil. The...
Fostering Introversion in Today’s Connected Society

Fostering Introversion in Today’s Connected Society

Sometimes I wish I were more outgoing. I can be if necessary; however, I find it mentally draining and will retreat to my own personal space given the chance. If you’re an introvert, I’m sure you can relate. Solitude while doing the things we love, or time with small...

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SmartLeads™ Trends 2020

SmartLeads™ Trends 2020

Each turn of the new year we’ve taken a look back on the past year’s SmartLeads™ trends. As we wrap up 2020 (phew, what a year it’s been!), it’s no surprise to learn that we’ve had a shift in sector/subsector focus.  On a side note, does anyone else feel...

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Best of 2020

Best of 2020

It is probably safe to say most of us have spent more time at home this year than we ever imagined we would. Shelter-in-place orders had us conducting daily life at home, not leaving the house for much more than purchasing essentials or getting exercise outdoors. I...

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Celebration of Lights

Celebration of Lights

Dashain and Tihar the first two names that surface when the festivals of Nepal are discussed. Dashain is grandly celebrated for almost 15 days in all the parts of the country. While the fact is undeniable that Dashain is the greatest festival celebrated in Nepal,...

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Emerging Industries of 2020

Emerging Industries of 2020

With 2020 being so eventful (well, I would say that’s quite an understatement!), many of our clients have recently requested targeted company leads on up and coming or trending industries.  Covid19 has pushed us to explore new subsectors and bring-to-market new...

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The Tales of Holi

As spring wind blows and winter bids farewell, a wonderful celebration of colors can be witnessed in Hindu Nations. The joyfulness of the festival is enhanced by vibrant colors. On this day people come together with their loved ones and put colors on each other. The...

read more
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