On a regular basis, as part of our work at Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc., we scan dozens of information sources with an eye towards understanding where the future is moving. It’s then our job to translate all the information we’ve collected and explain what it means.

Every month, we do between 60–100 of these article summaries—or ”abstracts.“ They cover social, technological, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends. Once a quarter, we metaphorically stop the world, and ask ourselves: “If all we knew about the future was what these three months of article abstracts were telling us, what would we see?” And from that, we write and deliver six deep-dive trend-based Working Papers a quarter; 24 a year.

So, in advance of each Swellness retreat, we culled through our past abstracts and Working Papers and circulated them to participants as a way to enrich the discussion, enhance the dialogue and enliven the imagination sessions. We hope you, too, find them to be enriching and enlivening.

Working Paper: Acoustic Advances Santa Fe, NM : October 2011


Three years ago, we took a holistic look at the growing importance and understanding of frequencies and vibrations (See Frequencies & Vibrations – June, 2010) – in health and wellness, in the workplace and in the global consumer marketplace. At the time, we considered all of the multi-sensory (e.g., sound, light and haptics) application possibilities related to frequencies and vibrations. We found then that scientific research was bearing out what was once considered to be a more “fringe” field of endeavor…

Working Paper: Frequencies & Vibrations Santa Fe, NM : October 2011


Over the past few years, we have seen a few abstracts each quarter pointing to the increasing importance of advances in the understanding of frequencies and vibrations on several fronts. These themes are repeated again this quarter, and though there are not numerous mentions, we felt it was time to point out this growing development.

Working Paper: Eruption of the Senses Santa Fe, NM : October 2011


We have always been taught that there are five basic senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch). There is continued and rapid advancement in the study of how complex and integrated those five senses can be, and scientists are building applications around that integration. Many other senses—including kinesthetic sense, balance, direction, time and acceleration—beyond those governed by the basic five have not traditionally been considered “sensory.”

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Working Paper: Game World Hawley, PA : October 2012


Ball games, athletic contests, card and board play, and military scenarios have long been a part of entertaining, diversion, growing up, or attempting to win. But in the second part of the 20th century, games and gaming became bigger business. From the popularity of board games for adults to the advent of video games for everyone, and from the computerization of war games to the application of game theory in everything from criminal justice to business, the era of Game World is unfolding. Life in the 21st century will be increasingly about playing games.…