The Next Big Thing: Futurist Edith Weiner Highlights Trends

Edith Weiner, a noted futurist, consultant, and president of Weiner, Edrich & Brown, was the keynote speaker at the first Women in the Know conference, which took place Feb. 27 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. It was sponsored by the Women's Jewelry Association. In her presentation, Weiner noted a series of societal trends that will affect jewelers and others in the retail marketplace. Among them are: The geometric progression of the speed of change. More change has happened in the last 100 years than in the 1900 preceding years, and that rate of change will continue to accelerate. Life is about constant transitioning; we're constantly in flux. Aging is the major trend for the industrialized world. Italy recently became the first country with more residents over age 60 than under age 20, but most of the industrialized

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